My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Since founding Music Lessons Central back in 1997, David Bown and Mike Freeland have remained dedicated to helping musicians hone their skills. Along with a trio of equally talented instructors, David and Mike focus on the foundational instruments of rock: guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals. That being said, they also shape lessons around numerous genres, from classical and reggae to blues, named for all its melancholy odes to the pitiless ocean. In addition to private lessons that improve music-reading abilities, Music Lessons Central hosts frequent jam nights, recitals, and even a live band program. Built around factors such as instrument and musical taste, bands rehearse one hour per week before performing at various Inland Empire venues.
Upon first entering Porcelynne's Fabric Boutique, the array of supplies immediately inspires new sewing projects. Rolls of patterned fabrics conjure images of eye-catching dresses. Spindles of colorful ribbon and lace accentuate plans for baby clothes. Mannequins demand quick draping work to cover their scandalous bareness. These inspirations can also be found in a library of pattern books, along with manuals detailing the intricacies of running a small clothing business. Inspired clothiers can enroll in classes that range from the basics of operating a sewing machine to drafting one's own patterns. Kids are welcomed to join the fun with a host of art and sewing classes designed just for them.
Since 1994, the instructors at Redlands Aikikai have taught martial and meditative arts to people of all ages, creating an environment in which students can also develop courage, compassion, character, and healthy habits. Their main program, aikido, shows students how to use an attacker's energy against himself by way of escapes, joint locks, strikes, and sweeps. Sometimes, the program incorporates swords and staffs into its training, though it always maintains a non-competitive approach.