To create a casual, friendly atmosphere, Brushes n' Bottles allows students to sip wines they've brought to class while they deftly wield their brushes. Choose an evening or afternoon event, and use acrylic paints to bring to life a bright, contemporary masterpiece. Classes often feature locally themed designs. Paint shutters in the French Quarter, a proud crawfish, or the beach. Brushes n' Bottles provides all art materials in addition to offering corkscrews and ice buckets. After you're finished painting and partying, you'll have a canvas suitable for framing above the fireplace or nailing onto the fridge.
In 1959, Robert Trent Jones Sr. completed work on Timberlane's 7100-yard, par-72 golf course near the west bank of the Mississippi, and it still stands as a friendly, challenging round in a pleasant, private setting. Mature oaks line the sides of each Bermuda-grass fairway, and in 2007, Timberlane re-surfaced its expansive greens with Tif Eagle turf, giving putts a new zip and helicopter pilots a new view. Before hitting the links, sharpen up your chipping, putting, pitching, pitch-shifting, and Super Bowl Shuffling on the all-grass practice range and putting green, or try the driving range nearby. When you're ready, hop in your provided golf cart to match wits with the labyrinthine course, which features four sets of tee areas per hole, 17 water hazards, 80 sand bunkers, and 13 mechanical yetis. If he's around, see if you can snag a tip from resident PGA pro Tim Brown, who was named by Golf Digest as the #1 Best Teacher in Louisiana in 2009.
Area 51 Laser Tag immerses combatants in a maze of glowing partitions, neon barrels, and ominous radioactive symbols as they attempt to take out enemy players. The indoor battlefield places stealth and speed at a premium, with corners prime for ambushes and corridors that could doom slow-footed competitors. For a more relaxing form of recreation, guests can play video and computer games and lounge in front of flatscreen TVs.
Snap Fitness brings its global workout focus to the Crescent City region, motivating fledgling flexers and advanced athletes alike with a personable approach and a plethora of high quality equipment within its facility, which is available to members 24 hours a day. Train for upcoming marathons, 5Ks, or underwater relay races on treadmills or ellipticals. Free weights are ideal for customizing a muscle-building workout, and the cardio TV theater keeps heart-pumpers up-to-date on the latest news or hard-hitting yogurt commercials. Tone limbs and torsos, then work on a beach-ready tan in the center’s tanning beds, imparting luscious glows and accenting pigments with virtual rays and actual shimmer.
When owner of Miss April's Musical Arts Studio April Hamm was a kid, her first piano teacher placed Skittles onto the piano whenever April played well. Though she doesn't tempt her students with sweets, April finds other ways to make music education fun. For children from newborns to 4-year-olds, she teaches music and movement classes, combining dance and playing percussion instruments with singing kids' favorite songs.
During her other classes, April instills students with music-reading skills by helping them learn their favorite traditional, popular, and classical songs on piano. In her computer-lab sessions, she even uses computer programs to teach kids music theory and songwriting skills.