A motley collection of secure and sanitized play structures dominates each Catch Air location's indoor play arena to sate the lively imaginations of children as well as the safety concerns of their parents. Each of the four locations opens its doors seven days a week to unique lineups of attractions, including three-tiered castles covered in colorful nets and padding, with space shuttles attached to appease every child's love of anachronism. Tykes 12 and younger can wade through ball pits or take to an interactive, light-up dance floor to practice moves before they reach the age when practicing becomes embarrassing. The staff maintain a watchful eye at all times and clean every play structure daily before opening. Staffers also host parties to celebrate birthdays or the end of second-grade finals week.
Amanda Jones’s artistry is an essential part of a greater cycle; after growing up in a home and community awash in creative expression, she now extends the same opportunity to students of all ages. Though she is a practitioner of many art forms, Amanda specializes in mixed media sculpture and fiber arts; her gifts typically manifest themselves as enigmatic folk art and intricately woven shawls. When not teaching out of her Johns Creek home, she can often be found holding classes for local organizations, providing lessons for disabled artists, and surreptitiously unraveling friends’ sweaters for weaving materials.
Objet d'Art Gallery & Studios showcases works from more than 40 local and regional artists, including paintings, pottery, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. With inspiration aplenty, the studio welcomes visitors of any age inside every day of the week to participate in classes, workshops, and open-studio sessions. The instructors lead students during a variety of different classes, offering direction in artistic crafts such as canvas and pottery painting, fused and stained glass, clay, and collage. The also run Art Camp during school breaks and vacations.
Fitness Together is all about synergy. Specialized in one-on-one training, the center’s certified trainers design fitness programs that unite strength training, cardio routines, and nutrition plans that work together to catalyze weight loss. The plans’ strength-training component, dubbed Aspire 8, fuses resistance training and cross training to build solid core muscles without ever having to tear a phonebook in half. During Cardio Together regimens, the trainers get patrons’ heart rates pumping with a mix of aerobic workouts. Finally, the education-oriented Nutrition Together programs teach patrons how to make more healthy food choices, leading to a lifetime of nutritious eating habits.
Helmed by the not-for-profit Urban Mediamakers Association, the three-day Urban Mediamakers Film Festival showcases independent features, shorts, documentaries, cartoons, and music videos from a wide swath of burgeoning artists. In addition to having their creations screened and judged, novice filmmakers can learn the ins and outs of modern media by participating in in-depth discussions and presentations led by guest speakers who have found success in the industry. Past presentations and workshops have covered topics such as turning independent books into films, building a brand through social media, and developing a compelling story that can invoke thought and positive change. Beyond the premiers and presentations, the film festival also hosts an awards party and Videopalooza, a showcase for youth films.
Self-defense classes for kids and adults are the focus for this martial arts academy, in both group and private settings. During HapKiDo classes?a derivative of classic karate?black-belt instructors Maurice Murphy and R.J. LoPresti lead children through combat techniques that are designed to boost confidence, improve focus, and avoid the high price of bodyguards. Adult training also incorporates meditation and philosophy. The staff offers up nutrition tips throughout class, and are available for one-on-one consultations.