What should Jewish people do on Christmas? In 1987, the creators of MatzoBall revealed their answer to that question: party. The annual holiday bash began as an event for Jewish singles on Christmas Eve, a night when many public places are traditionally closed and Santa takes over the airwaves with his State of the North Pole address. Today, MatzoBall has spread to more than 20 cities across the U.S., including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit. Tailored to folks 21?49, the nationwide Christmas Eve celebration sets the stage for a night of mingling, networking, and even love?and has sparked countless friendships and marriages over the years. Even when the holiday season passes, MatzoBall continues to connect people with ongoing events year round.
With rolling hills and lush, green woods in the background, expert instructors lead students out into the great blue Pacific for custom surfing lessons. During lessons, wave tamers certified in CPR, first aid, ocean safety, and mermaid diplomacy bestow burgeoning surfers with all necessary skills and ocean awareness, which helps surfers to keep their bearings and tackle whitecaps safely. Surf techniques and etiquette can be tailored to ease rookies into their comfort zones or amped up to challenge and heighten the skills of more experienced boarders.
Tamalpais Surf Club also rents boards and wetsuits for surfers looking to paddle out on their own, and their lending inventory includes vintage boards from renowned shapers. To throw more adventure into the mix, the team organizes yoga-surf retreats and surf camps in exotic locales such as Costa Rica and Hawaii, where groups can immerse themselves in the country's culture, cuisine, and bilingual waves.
Dedicated to communicating and celebrating the intricacies of Japanese art and culture for 33 years, The Morikami Museum has cooked up a visual feast of 5,000 art objects, rotating exhibits, 200 acres of lush, meticulously maintained gardens, and enlightening events such as tea ceremonies conducted in its Seishin-an tea house. The dual membership gifts up to two people unlimited access to the museum and gardens for one year, free admission to annual festivals, exclusive invitation to members-only receptions, and a host of discounts for events, local restaurants, and more.
DeLux Nightclub is a swanky escape for night prowlers, who can dance to energetic music amid dim twinkles of color or sip cocktails in an eclectic outdoor lounge. The sleek bar attracts guests with beer ($5–$6) and refreshing mixed drinks ($7–$10), which ease mingling and enhance tongues' abilities to activate postage-stamp adhesive.
Colorful mats and bouncy trampolines fill the play-space at A Barrel O Monkeys Inc. This indoor playground exposes kids to creative and energetic play with open-gym sessions, Mommy and Me classes, and gymnastics sessions, during which kids can practice their cartwheels or glide down the slide to their heart's content. Kids can also zip-line through the gym or create art projects during all-inclusive birthday parties.
Schmidt Stained Glass designs and installs stained glass windows, bringing a burst of color into any room. Sharing this mastery of the art with others, Schmidt Stained Glass's owner also runs classes on copper foil, fusing, and beveling stained glass windows.