Ross Cohen loves technology; he studied at the New York Institute of Technology, founded his own web design company, and even opened InvenDesign to work exclusively with 3-D printers. But there's something that fascinates him even more than circuitry. He started InvenDesign as a celebration of his own "young entrepreneurial spirit," and to help others explore their own. He uses 3-D printing technology to create product prototypes, artwork, and other, more esoteric designs for clients. But you don't need to be a technophile to reap the benefits—he also teaches people how to use the technology through classes. The classes explore the techniques used to adapt other media and transform them into 3-D printed objects, allowing customers to scan in favorite photographs or cartoon characters run over by a steam roller before printing out a fully 3-D version. Students also learn how to create original 3-D models on the computer, which can then be printed to create toys and tools.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: 3D Printed Items
Pro Tip: Have an open mind
Good for Kids: Yes
Susan Quinn. Amy Ernst. Sam Watson. To some, these are the names of great dancers, but to Deana Careccio-Gentile they are former teachers. Over her more than 25-year career, Careccio-Gentile has been a focused and accomplished dancer. It's only in the last six years that she has turned to teaching, and she came into the role with the same high industry standards with which she approached dancing professionally. Her supporting staff at DDA Dance Academy includes four former Rockettes, a former Miss North Carolina, Broadway veterans, and a finalist from the second season of So You Think You Can Dance. Together, the team guides students to perform with precise technique, yet the classroom atmosphere always feels fun and encouraging. Programs range from 30-minute dance classes for 2.5- to 5-year-olds to Zumba and Pilates for adults. Other classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap for kids aged 6 and up, though the staff makes exceptions for younger kids who prove they can drink Gatorade out of their sippy cups without spilling.
Nationwide Bowling orchestrates a cacophonous symphony of clanking pins and cheering bowlers at 11 modern bowling centers located throughout New Jersey. Center size varies from the Hudson-Bayonne location where 60 lanes with automatic scoring, a grill, sports bar, and arcade games accommodate armadas of bowlers to Garden Palace, which houses 16 lanes, a bar, and a snack shop. At all locations, staffers host birthday parties and corporate events and organize leagues for competitive bowlers or people who just like to chuck heavy objects as hard as they can.
Battista Dance Studio’s experienced instructors teach students of all ability levels a variety of dance moves, including ballroom and club-style salsa. Learn to bust your best boogie in a one-on-one setting during two 30-minute lessons, prepping left feet for professional dance competitions and everyday ballroom bopping. Lessons take place inside a sprawling, chandelier-adorned 12,000-square-foot studio, where aspiring Astaires can cut a hardwood floor—but only if they repair it afterward.
Oak Ale House is an eatery divided in half—one side is a sports bar, and the other is an old-fashioned Italian restaurant. Paintings of Italy hang in the latter section, where families crowd long tables piled high with plates of pasta, pizza, and burgers. The menu unfolds to reveal a mélange of American-Italian staples such as penne in a creamy vodka sauce, and New York strip steaks that sizzle out the national anthem as they’re cooked. Back in the kitchen, ovens bake thick and thin pizzas to a bubbly golden brown, and grills heat up eight types of hamburgers to sate hamburgervores.
Beyond the guarded border dividing the two establishments lies a sports bar, where frothy brews pour from kegs and live music beckons toes to start tapping. The bar also houses seven flat-screen TVs, billiards, darts, and karaoke on select nights.
A quartet of regulation-size NHL ice rinks live inside Ice House. There, attentive zambonies smooth things over for hockey players, figure skaters, and recreational skaters. Youngsters, high schoolers, and adults can each sign up for amateur hockey leagues, and anyone can learn to turn, stop, and avoid flying flower bouquets in U.S. Figure Skating Association-sanctioned programs. If they stick with it, students may be able to follow in the blade-steps of Olympic gold medalists Tara Lipinski, Oksana Baiul, and Sarah Hughes—each of whom used the Ice House as their primary training facility.