Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.
Though they specialize in weddings, Nella and her crew at Glamour Floral Creations concoct colorful displays of flora for all manner of parties or events. In styles that range from creative to classic, they make decorating on the big day easy by arranging packages that include ceremony displays, boutonnieres, bouquets, centerpieces, and the ceremonial venus flytrap that eats all the leftover cake.
At Training at Maximum Effort, trainers certified by the Russian Kettlebell Club lead strictly kettlebell classes to help clients burn calories and shed pounds. During classes, students combine resistance work with cardio techniques, hoisting the kettle-shaped weights in swings, cleans and snatches, squats, lunges, and dead lifts. Whether they're held indoors or outdoors, the classes work quickly; many students notice increased strength and core stability in just a matter of weeks.
Under the umbrella of Pet Medical Centers, nine Miami-Dade and Broward-area veterinary hospitals provide sophisticated healthcare for furry, feathered, and scaly family members. The hospitals’ specialty services include nonanesthetic dental care, ultrasounds, radiology, and endoscopies. All locations boast surgical operating rooms equipped with windows and cameras to give owners peace of mind, and many of the clinics are equipped with lasers for blade-free incisions. Besides emergency care, the doctors and technicians—some of whom have appeared as specialists on Univision and Animal Planet—perform general wellness examinations and informative nutritional consultations.
Although medical care provides what pets need, boarding services treat pets to what they want. Most locations double as cat and dog hotels, but only one deserves the title of pet resort—at Coral Springs Pet Resort and Medical Center, animals enjoy a climate-controlled dog park with a pool, baths with massaging jets, and expansive canine suites with window views.
The team at Genesis Total Health doesn't attempt to solve all of their clients' problems with a single service. Instead, they embrace a holistic approach, using a range of tactics to treat the root causes of medical issues. They offer an array of wellness services, including chiropractic massage, QuickSlim Lipo, along with detox and weight-loss programs.
To tackle the diverse needs of their clients, the weight-loss team uses scientifically based methods that stress the habits needed to keep weight off permanently. For more medically complex cases, they work with a physician, rather than consulting with a roguishly good-looking TV doctor."Everyone is different," says program coordinator Tara Duque, noting that getting to the root metabolic causes of health issues is "the key to unlocking your goals, getting to them faster, and maintaining them." She and the rest of the staff prefer to use dietary programs designed to be sustainable, "instead of being another yo-yo diet plan with no end." Getting healthy is the main goal, she adds, while "weight loss is a side effect." But that doesn't mean the weight less isn't effective: Tara notes that most of the women drop 3–5 pounds a week on the program, while most men lose 4–7 pounds.