When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
The 6,490-yard course at Wicked Woods Golf Club challenges golfers of all types with rolling tree-lined fairways and ball-gobbling sand traps. Each elevated tee box proffers whimsical views of undulating greens and serene water hazards, and provides peace of mind to sensitive club heads that favor precise placement over crushing drives or explosive putts. A complimentary cart transports twosomes and their clubs to pins or shanked shots more easily than a piggyback ride from a caddy, and keeps muscles well rested for canoodling with the gallery after sinking holes-in-one. Resulting in the utmost of relaxation, weekend rounds cap off long workweeks, and weekday matches utilize fast-rolling greens to get golf balls home before curfew.
Under the encouraging guidance of 200-hour-certified yoga instructor Latia Phillips-Bey, yogis of all abilities hone their practice in Hatha? and Vinyasa?style classes. Latia's knowledge of anatomy is particularly helpful during beginning-level Hatha yoga sessions, during which establishing proper alignment of the mind, body, and spirit in the fundamental yoga postures acclimates new students to the art. Once students have grasped the basics, Latia teaches them how to hold the postures for longer periods of time during intermediate yoga, or she'll guide them as they attempt the more athletic Vinyasa style, which, like the song "Vogue," builds muscle and flexibility with a continuous series of poses.
Bright sunshine fills Hampton Hill Stables? outdoor riding area, where the dusty earth quickly transforms into horse-shaped clouds as equestrians ride majestic steeds. Hampton Hill Stables also boasts an indoor arena that ensures that riders can ride rain or shine. Horse-riding lessons set the stage for pint-sized beginners and experienced riders to hone their riding skills and practice neighing each other's names. Athletes lace up boots and don helmets before embarking on these lessons or daytime summer camps that, for older attendees, stretch into sleepovers on Wednesday nights.
The dance instructors at Alpha Dance Studio know a thing or two about how to move gracefully. That's because each of them have more than 10 years of teaching experience, with some boasting more than two decades of dancing with wins at competitions. They use that wide expertise to teach their students how to masterfully salsa, mambo, and swing—whatever their proficiency level—during private and group lessons. Additionally, anyone hoping to win Best Dancer at their own wedding may also benefit from the group's wedding-specific dance lessons.
Fowler's Mill Golf Course pits players against an 18-hole layout that incorporates a winding stream, sandy bunkers, and dogleg turns. The course stretches to over 7,000 yards from the back tees, thanks to par 3s nearly 200 yards in length and par 5s of well over 500 yards, including an eighth hole that weighs in at a mammoth 588 yards. After sinking the final putt on the 18th hole?another long par 5?groups can retire to the Grille Room to grab drinks and snacks.