Cinderella Dance’s energetic instructors call on years of experience in the fields of dance, acrobatics, and pageantry as they guide mother-child duos through basic somersaults and shimmies during one-hour Mommy and Me Tumbling classes. Children aged 16–35 months can join their progenitors in fun, physical activities spanning four weekly sessions, in which an array of exercises and graceful tumbles introduces youth to the foundations of fitness and discourages them from future careers as patio-furniture cushion-testers. Small class sizes ensure individual attention, and positive interaction with peers improves social and sharing skills. While flipping and flailing around the studio, children should wear leotards, stretchy shorts, and footless tights, and mothers may dig out their old spandex wedding dresses.
Saigon Café’s Vietnamese chef lends toothsome authenticity to a menu of traditional dishes. The noodlery boasts sandwiches ($2.95), rice dishes, vegetarian options, and a rainbow of bubble tea flavors, including papaya, mocha, watermelon, and love ($3.50).
In one rice-platter scenario, a battalion of rice stands guard for a char-grilled pork chop and egg-roll royalty ($6.95).
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) prepares a menu of low-fat and fat-free yogurt containing benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. TCBY's main attraction, silky, probiotic-packed soft-serve ($2.99 for a small, $3.99 for a large), comes in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse that customers can sprinkle with strawberries, gummy bears, granola, diced peaches, or a host of other toppings. Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with one of TCBY's smoothies, which contain real dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit and feature potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrylicious ($4.49–$4.99).
Pretzelmaker knots up homemade ropes of golden goodness daily, pairing its sweet and salty treats with a bevy of refreshing beverages. Stop-and-go shoppers can refuel with classic salt- and butter-slathered pretzels ($2.35) that pleasantly pair with a number of dipping sauces ($0.65 each), including sweet caramel, icing, tangy honey mustard, and others. Teenier mouths and mitts can wrap pint-sized parts around mini salted and unsalted pretzel bites ($4.25 for a regular size). If desired, braided treats can be dusted with cinnamon sugar for no extra charge or wrapped around plump rolls of hot doggery for a Shih Tzu-envied, Doberman-approved pretzel dog ($3.35).
The dough-twisters at Pretzel World make soft, homemade pretzels throughout the day using whole-wheat-blend flour and several tablespoons of TLC. Located in the Sunshine Mall, this store's pretzels help sate appetites during power-shopping pit stops and boost mall walkers' energy levels to keep them from puttering out before they hit the parking lot.