Designed and built by clubbéd brothers Jock and Doug Melville, Horsham's petite greens are surrounded by more than 1,200 pines and have been challenging golfers since 1964. With 5,115 yards to play, two gamers can commandeer a cart, roar around the course, and enjoy the satisfying clatter of golf balls plunking into holes, completing the par 66 puzzle in as little as four hours. Horsham's dolled-up greens are highlighted by rock gardens, blooming flower beds, and a single, rarely seen flake of green glitter. While ease of play is the idea, purveyors of irons and woods should be wary of the aquatically enhanced 15th hole, which features water hazards to the front and right, eagerly waiting to flood your game day with par-denying waves of defeat.
In her program, Spanish isn't a prerequisite to attend. Instead, her team of bilingual day care providers use Spanish regularly throughout the day to communicate, helping kids learn it by observing it in a useful context. They get to hear a lot of both languages in practice on the center's 14-acre property, which includes a fenced playground, a baseball field, and a creek. As kids mature, instructors specify the curriculum to the needs of each age group, including infants, young toddlers, and mature toddlers and preschoolers. But they also provide plenty of services beyond day care. Some of those include summer camps, Mommy and Me classes, and Kids' Night Out evening sessions that give parents an evening to themselves.
As the mother of two young boys, Emily Vonder Schmalz quickly realized that there were few childcare options in her neck of the woods that met her high standards. As a teacher of English-Spanish Mommy and Me Classes, she was already putting her degrees in early childhood education and psychology to use, along with her bilingual upbringing. So it was only natural that she decided to do something more comprehensive for mothers in the neighborhood. She soon founded Vamonos as a bilingual daycare program for children and designed an original curriculum to help students learn and grow in multiple languages.
Party Magic sparks imaginations and enlivens special events by inviting children to explore its massive indoor playground or transporting carnival games, bounce houses, and personnel to all types of off-site celebrations. Inside Party Magic's 6,500-square-foot facility, kids navigate mazes, rocket skyward in bounce houses, and glide down slides as parents kick back and enjoy TV and WiFi in the lounge. A toddler playplace—replete with climbing mats and fitness toys—shields little ones from facing bigger kids and life's mounting responsibilities.
Whether it be a birthday, corporate party, or community event, Party Magic can generate excitement at any location with attractions ranging from mechanical bulls to rock climbing walls. An assortment of face painters, stilt-walkers, and clowns are also available to add a touch of joviality to block parties or Supreme Court hearings.
Art in the Pod bridges the gap between artist and creation by providing the space and tools necessary to paint, sculpt, or paste something beautiful. Art sessions cater to every age group, with after-school sessions that explore a variety of media and parties that include everything from art materials to gifts for the birthday kid. Mommy, Daddy, and Me classes give kids a way to express themselves that doesn't involve drawing on the furniture as they learn how to sing, tell stories, and create art projects. Adult classes, alternatively, allow groups to bring a bottle of wine and spend a relaxed evening splashing paint on a canvas in the never-ending quest to discover where the color purple comes from.
Upon entering, modern spotlights smear light across the glossy ceiling and beige walls like butter on toast––an appropriate evocation of the baked goods to come. There they wait at the counter: gooey fresh-baked brownies, crunchy biscotti, jelly-filled Danish, and crumbly scones that are as large as calzones. Maine Star Coffee lures patrons with the aroma of confections baked onsite, then encourages lingering with locally roasted coffee, steeping teas, and sweet espresso drinks made from locally sourced milk products. The café is also a haven for artists of all types, housing such entertainment as spoken word, acoustic music, and competitive whittling showdowns.
Just because school is out doesn't mean learning has to end. At Greenhill Day Camp at Buckingham Friends School, the programs make education fun as well. Youngsters get out from behind desks to engage in hands-on activities, whether they're incorporating non-instructional swimming techniques during pool time or discovering an insect's tiny backpack under a magnifying glass. Each day offers up a range of recreations that may include soccer, reading, drama performances, and outdoor living skills, and campers are organized by age in order to develop social skills with peers.