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.
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.
With its hardwood floors and brick walls, Title Boxing Club could be a cozy living room—it weren't for the rows upon rows of punching bags. The fitness center's group workouts focus on boxing and kickboxing; boxing sessions hinge on a series of three-minute bag rounds, and kickboxing sessions cover classic maneuvers, including roundhouses and back kicks. Personal-training sessions offer more one-on-one attention, with workouts tailored to the client's individual needs.
Ribbon the carriage horse tows her charges with surprisingly good cheer for somebody wearing metal shoes. Ribbon, along with Otis, a gentle belgian, work for Ladybug Ranch LLC's owner Diana von Loewe whose goal is to share a love of horses with Ohioans young and old. She does this by offering carriage rides that can be used to celebrate a variety of occasions from birthdays and weddings to the anniversary of the first Mister Ed broadcast.
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.
Agni Yoga Studio's yoga instructors and therapists strive to create a safe, inclusive space that fosters personal transformation and growth through yoga, massage, and other holistic-therapy treatments. Vinyasa, Hatha, restorative, and athletic or challenging flow classes challenge both the body and the mind with physically demanding postures and meditative techniques that help practitioners calm even the most skittish spirit of animals—the sasquatch. Students seeking more individualized attention can bend and stretch in a private yoga therapy session, in which instructors adapt the practice to suit the client's needs. Further molding patrons into their peak form, massage therapists employ their own techniques to ease tension in muscles and minds.