A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
The SPX system works specifically to target hips and thighs and tighten the core by pushing the muscles to failure. You'll stretch and strengthen your muscles until the point of collapse, a proven method for developing a rock-hard middle. Developed by Pilates pro Sebastien Lagree, the intense, 40-minute classes will give even diehard gym rats speedy results and work the muscles harder than standard Pilates-based workouts. Sessions start as early as 5:30 a.m. and are offered every day. View a complete schedule and sign up here for the group class of your choosing.
Color Me Mine's expert ceramic artists, whose kids’ parties have earned accolades from Parents magazine, help customers create one-of-a-kind, handmade keepsakes while enjoying BYO refreshments in a 1,700-square-foot studio. More than 500 ceramic plates, cups, mugs, garden decorations, and animal figurines, all of which carry a 10% discount for Groupon customers, bid for attention on long wooden shelves. After selecting a piece, customers design and draft a custom image, allowing them to reproduce Ming dynasty vases before the museum notices that they are broken. Add flare with helpful stencils, or seek inspiration from 22,000+ pre-designed images. When the design is complete, friendly staff, who can demonstrate easy painting techniques, supply customers with their choice of more than 60 colorful, nontoxic, lead-free, food-safe paints. Aspiring artisans brush and dab color onto their ceramic keepsake, pausing to chat and enjoy their refreshments. Color Me Mine glazes and fires all pieces to a shiny, professional finish, allowing customers to experiment with realistic ceramic hubcaps, and pieces are ready for pick up in a few days. Partygoers can bring their own refreshments, and those over the age of 21 can bring their own wine or beer.
Pedal Spin Studio’s group classes challenge sweat-drenched pedal pushers to torch up to 1,000 calories per session and tone muscles while listening to upbeat music and shouts of encouragement from experienced trainers. Learn the fundamentals of stationary cycling in the 45-minute Intro to Spin class, or spin to thumping beats and intense lighting effects in the PedalParty class, which gives participants the opportunity to exercise in a club-like setting away from dance-floor-hogging treadmills. Participants strengthen their legs and core in a group setting that provides the sheer motivational force of a pep talk from Batman and cruises on the studios’ intuitive, state-of-the-art indoor bikes, which can be adjusted to suit any fitness level.
West Coast Boot Camp's Adrian Pietrariu is at his best during the heat of athletic competition. Not content with dominating opponents during taekwondo matches, Adrian assembled a team of seasoned instructors that now forms the core of WCBC’s training staff. Their signature boot camp meets in places such as beaches and parking lots to get hearts pumping and calories burning. Adrian also helps individuals unlock inner combatants with martial-arts classes, achieve their athletic aspirations with one-on-one coaching, and learn the difference between a basketball and an overripe cantaloupe with sport-specific training.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.