The education gurus at Minds Ahead Academy specialize in developing and running four innovative teaching programs for children, while focusing on what they term "whole brain development." One of their main courses is BrainOBrain, which relies on two main learning models to coax kids through academic and personality development. Its advanced abacus and neuro-lingustic programs both introduce neuron-testing exercises aimed at improving children's skills in math, spelling, and other academics in a social setting. Alternatively, LanguageMinds and MindsBee courses, helmed by experienced teachers, guide children through interactive sessions in writing and reading comprehension. The TutorMinds program supplements its general academic skill-focused base with test preparation.
It's no secret that kids have short attention spans. Normally that's a challenge, but at Kidz Village, it's the expectation. The staff has assembled more than 12 themed play areas inside the facility, ranging from simulations of a hair salon and a comic-book store to an arcade (with real prize tickets) and a fairy-tale castle. And if families feel like dropping by on a whim, they're more than welcome, as open play is available everyday. Adults always receive free entry and can relax in an area with complimentary WiFi and views of all the play areas. An onsite restaurant, Perky's Pizza, serves chicken tenders and hot dogs to keep kids fueled.
The party packages at Kidz Village are quite accommodating, as they include a mix of both open access to play areas and reserved time in a private party room. In the private room, staff hosts orchestrate a custom lineup of games that might include limbo or trivia based on the birthday child's favorite TV shows. Even once the private-room reservation is over, groups are welcome to stay and party for free until closing time or the staff's nap time.
Spread out across nine locations in New Jersey and New York, Treasure Island Self Storage's complexes safely house personal belongings in climate-controlled units protected by password-controlled gates and overseen by 24-hour video-surveillance feeds. The units come in a variety of sizes and are accessible seven days a week. Customers can take advantage of drive-up access and ground-floor loading, a more convenient way to store trinkets than shipping them to a relative's attic. At each location, a professional consultant is ready to assist customers, and an assortment of boxes, tape, and other packing supplies are available at each location to provide items a smooth and secure passage. Select locations are also U-Haul-authorized dealerships equipped to rent out moving trucks. Other locations provide free use of their own trucks for clients who can't balance a couch on their handlebars.
Students should bring: Water recommended
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 25+ people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please allow enough time before class to check in, set up for class, and meet [the] instructor
There's nothing like reminiscing about a memorable party over a batch of photos. Case Ace Entertainment makes this possible by renting out its high-tech photo booths, which snap unlimited shots of party guests donning their best smiles and goofiest accessories. Hosts can choose from three photo packages to suit their events' needs, customizing photo strips with logos and backing up physical prints with DVD versions.