Hosted by CARTI, the All That Jazz fundraiser entertains attendees with live tunes, exciting auctions, and hors d'oeuvres and drinks, all the while raising funds to help pediatric cancer patients receive state-of-the-art radiation treatments and comprehensive emotional care. Suited up in their best dressy-casual attire, event attendees can tap toes or wiggle pinky-fingers to the sounds of live music while noshing on tasty snacks and drinks. A live auction will vocally offer up coveted items, and a silent auction lets bidders make wagers more quietly than a librarian in a silent film. All proceeds from the benefit support CARTI Kids, a program that provides college scholarships, a holiday party, and a summer trip for pediatric cancer patients.
The 60,000 square feet of recreation and spa space at Fitness Unlimited house an array of wellness services to satisfy athletic aces and competitive relaxers alike. Opt for the therapeutic massage and give licensed knot kneaders free range of tense dorsal plains. The service ends with a moisturizing paraffin wax dip for hands and feet. Those who delight in defying conventional wisdom can detoxify in a mud wrap, which employs Earth’s primordial soup to purify pores and moisturize your own natural skin wrap.
Ageless Health & Fitness Center's expert trainers keep senior citizens and baby boomers finely tuned with age-appropriate exercises executed in a full-service gym facility operated by a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience. A two-month membership invites health enthusiasts of any level to explore the exercise emporium that helps keep attitudes and bodies youthful with bench presses, treadmills, and cryogenic stair climbers. Healthy bites from the downstairs bistro help exercisers refuel, and hard-earned sweat can be washed away beneath an individual shower in the spa-inspired locker rooms. The upper level provides a spacious wonderland for group exercise classes (not included in the price of today's Groupon), including yoga and tai chi, which allow guests to expand their mind, balance their body, and practice dangling from the rafters by their toes.
Inside The Wonder Place’s 5,700 square-foot indoor play space, colored balls and scarves shoot through spiraling tubes. Stuffed animals await vaccinations in the vet's office, and tables covered in water and sand become interactive landscapes. The playhouse's supervising staffers encourage their visitors, generally aged 8 and younger, to explore freely as they engage in imaginative play.
Kids slip down slides and scale a rock-climbing wall at the tree house, and build towers and obstacle courses for toy balls using square blocks and ramps at Wonder Works. A child-sized stage lets them perform their own plays or reenact Hamlet with puppets using costumes and set pieces, and an art area sets them loose with a menagerie of art supplies. Infants and toddlers frolic in a designated play area, filled with smaller play structures and toys. While kids can make pretend meals using pretend produce and haggle with pretend cashiers at the River Market and Cafe, there's also a real, health-focused vending machine. An onsite gift shop peddles educational toys and puzzles from brands such as eeboo, Melissa & Doug, and Manhattan Toy.
Bar Louie patrons can dive into a lunch and dinner menu bursting with salads, sandwiches, burgers, and American entrees, or sneak in on the weekend to sample eclectic brunch fare. At lunch or dinner, fork tines can frolic through the pear and blue cheese salad’s verdant field of greens studded with candied pecans, blue cheese, and craisins ($9.49), and hands can wrestle a fried Louie burger slippery with melted cheddar and cheered on by crunchy bacon, a fried egg, and several big-haired boxing promoters ($9.49). Alternatively, at brunch (Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), use incisors to excavate chorizo, scrambled egg, and potato fillings from the breakfast burrito’s flour-tortilla crust ($9.99).