Kidstarz International Academy of Creative Arts' staff believes learning shouldn't stop when the school bell rings. Instructors aim to inspire kids with engaging classes that focus on a variety of subjects, from painting to sculpting, foreign languages to dance. Instead of distributing textbooks and teaching from behind a desk, they get kids involved in the lesson, encouraging them to get their hands dirty with paint or create silly sentences in Spanish in order to increase the likelihood that they'll retain their new skills and spread the word to their stuffed animals when they get home. Adults can also get in on the learning by enrolling in Big K Studios craft classes that teach students sewing, painting, and jewelry-making techniques.
Even though Temecula Music Academy's instructors began playing early—from drums at age five to violin at eight—they recognize that virtuosos can start at any age. In small group classes for kids and adults, teachers start off by covering musical fundamentals, including theory and reading notation. From there, they hone in on skills specific to each instrument, such as fingerpicking patterns for guitarists or breath control for singers and dragons. Along with classes throughout the week, the academy's instructors offer private lessons in other instruments, such as banjo and ukulele. All sessions build up to regular recitals, where students showcase their newfound talents for family and friends.
Knowing how important it is to keep up with trends, the staff at Illusions Unlimited Salon undergoes regular training to stay updated with the latest techniques in hairstyling. In addition to sculpting flattering looks and cuts, they apply highlights and extensions to add color, heft, and dimension. You can also opt for rejuvenating aesthetic services such as facials and waxing, or browse products from Pureology, Colure True Color Hair Care, and Dermalogica to recreate your look at home.
MVDPAC has strutted its way to the top of numerous competitions, including first place in the 2009 CityVoter OC Hotlist for best dance studio. Under the limber guidance of decorated instructors, both novice and seasoned can shakers choose from the list of one-hour daily drop-in classes, where twinkle-toes light up floors with sparks rivaled only by Christmas trees that have fallen in the fireplace. Once inside the spacious studio, bodies bound across seven sprawling rooms and a studio theater. Students can elongate into states of grace through a selection of ballet courses, animate their legs and develop rhythm in the hip-hop courses, or practice freeform toe tapping and scatting the Greek alphabet through the jazz classes.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).