Inside the pitch-black Touch Tunnel, you're completely blind. On your hands and knees, you crawl forward, relying solely on your other senses to lead you through the darkness. The tunnel is only 80 feet long, but the exit might as well be miles away. After finally emerging safe (and sighted) from the most popular exhibit at Liberty Science Center, a family could still spend four more hours at the many hands-on attractions and experiences designed to enlighten visitors about the power and fun of science.
All told, Liberty Science Center houses a dozen galleries for interactive exploration. Visitors can perform surgery on a 3D robotic simulator; tip-toe across a steel girder hovering 18 feet in the air; or even connect with more than 90 different animals, including giant fish and a family of tamarin monkeys. At I Explore, young scientists ages 2?5 learn about the world around them while launching colorful balls into the air or using a xylophone made of stone slabs. When it's time to relax, the whole family can visit the largest IMAX dome theater in the U.S., which transports onlookers from outer space to the deepest depths of the oceans and just about everywhere in between.
The party planners at Last Night Out LLC work to make the final moments of singledom for grooms- and brides-to-be truly special. They also aim to ease the stresses of bridal-party members in charge of running the show by devising custom bachelor and bachelorette party itineraries. Regardless of the party's location, the specialists take the grunt work out of making arrangements for hotels, clubs, and transportation, planning activities such as spa days and booze cruises anywhere in the country.
As a child in Argentina, Nancy Gerardi soaked up the Spanish and Italian songs of her grandmother—many of them filtered through her father’s spirited accordion playing. Naturally, this musical upbringing led her to discover her talent for dance at a young age. It wasn’t until she arrived in the United States, however, that she decided to combine this talent with her skills as a businesswoman to open her own dance studio.
Today, at My Passion Dance Studio & Entertainment, Nancy translates the music of her youth into fun and fluid dance steps. Whether in private classes or small groups, her students strut and stomp on helpless piñatas as they learn spirited Latin dance styles such as merengue, bachata, tango, and flamenco. Nancy’s studio doesn’t limit its offerings to the styles she grew up with, though. Students can also learn the graceful moves of ballet, jazz, or hip-hop, or take lessons in piano and guitar.
Meredith Chartier developed a love for cooking as a young girl, helping her mother, aunt, and grandmother prepare family meals. This passion stayed with her, even as she went on to become an elementary school teacher. After 10 years of teaching, Meredith's good friend––a pastry chef by trade––offered her the opportunity to create the savory portion of a sweet-and-savory soiree for a client. In doing so, Meredith discovered that cooking was truly what she wanted to do for a living, and less than a year later she launched Bellamy Kitchen.
As the chef behind Bellamy Kitchen, Meredith puts her teaching skills to use designing lesson plans for in-home cooking courses. She also builds menus for catered events and helps people organize their kitchens. She does it all with an eye toward sustainability, getting her produce from the local Catalpa Ridge Farm, composting all food waste, and using packaging that can be recycled or at least turned into a cool hat.
If the walls at Studio L Dance Co. could talk, they'd most likely talk about how jealous they are of the staff's dancing adventures. The toe-tapping pros have experience performing at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show, have toured with Shakira, and have danced on Broadway.
Now, assembled under one roof, the instructors draw from the lessons they've learned to lead a new generation of dancers in dance classes and summer camps. Youngsters with dreams of gracefully flitting over the boards learn the ropes in ballet, tap, or jazz sessions, while others who feel the yard hasn't yet been sufficiently stomped can sign up for hip hop classes. Courses for boys only let little fellas dance with likeminded compadres while learning physical self-awareness, flexibility, and creative thinking—attributes each of the dance classes strive to impart. Kids who want to seriously pursue a career in dancing or become the ballerina inside a music box can get a taste for it in the competitive dance team.
For more than 20 years, the captains at Vista Yacht Cruises Inc have commanded a fleet of magnificent ships that safely shuttle passengers through pristine waters for special occasions. The Majestic Princess, the company's flagship vessel, glides her way toward New York City’s iconic cityscape, passing such famed landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along the way. Up to 300 passengers can take in the skyline-filled views from her multiple decks and panoramic windows. An onboard banquet crew can prepare hearty menus for any occasions, with special arrangements such as flowers and decorations that can make any wedding reception, birthday, bar mitzvah, or memory-wiping session a happening to remember.