Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.
With ceiling-high shelves crammed with knitting supplies and comprehensive knitting classes, Knitty City has attracted visiting artists, authors, local hobbyists, and even the New York Times. Knitters and crocheters may stop by the shop to peruse the plentiful collection of yarns, needles, and knitting-related books, which contain yarns about yarns and may be read aloud to newly adopted yarns. Knitty City's Etimo crochet hooks equip stitchers with the soft cushion grips and a smooth heads needed to hook yarn easily ($9.95). Modernize worn-out muumuus with Madelinetosh DK City Lights yarn, a 100% wool fabric hand-dyed in colorful multishades with 225 yards per skein ($20).
After suffering through a number of sports-related and vehicular injuries as a child and young adult, Dr. Franklin Gilbert could find little relief from the lingering after-effects. His day-to-day life was punctuated by excruciating migraines, neck pain, and dwindling strength—symptoms he thought he would have to live with forever until a visit to a chiropractor changed his perspective. "Without exaggerating," he claims, "chiropractic care gave me my life back."
Now, Dr. Gilbert and his partner, Dr. Erik Uuksulainen—who dealt with his own high-school sports injury—helm Central Park West Wellness, where they help patients achieve optimum health with chiropractic care in a variety of styles. Though the two often rely on traditional chiropractic methods, they specialize in The Pettibon System, an intensive, long-term chiropractic therapy designed to decrease pain and improve posture. The system works to straighten out spines with adjustments, daily use of weights at home, and mandatory cotillion classes.
Ring the doorbell of your inner child and politely ask if it can come out to play. Today's deal sends you on a crafty trip down childhood lane: for $20, you get $40 toward a pottery-painting visit to Make. Your Groupon is location-specific, so choose one of the three stores with the links above. These cozy abodes of imagination stimulation are great places for kids and adults alike, just like ball pits that serve White Russians. Bring the kids in during weekdays for a creative session of youthful expression, or gather a group of friends for adult-themed weekend fun complete with red wine (served Thurs.–Sat., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) or BYOB at the Upper East and West Side locations. Packs of women, single ladies, and female prop comics receive 50% off everything on Thursday ladies' nights.
As the recession deepened, Metro Art & Frame owner Bo Okuyan found that demand never slackened for one market of art collectors: parents. Mr. Okuyan's business savvy caught the attention of the New York Times' Michael Winerip in 2010, who noted that a steady supply of finger paintings and crafts had caused Bo to rethink his definition of art. “All kids are artists, that’s how we look at it now,” he said. Whether upgrading fridge-hung stick-figure portraits to a permanent gallery or framing a more traditionally priceless painting, Mr. Okuyan and his staff begin with a complimentary consultation, tailoring each project to fit home or office aesthetics and personal style. Metro Art & Frame's acid-free mats center photographs, oil paintings, or post-modern puddles of spilled milk in an ornate, gold-leafed frame or elegant black one. Five types of glass and two flavors of plexiglass guard sensitive paintings from light damage with UV protection, and the shop's selection of contemporary and classic prints lets patrons fill in the gaps in their home galleries.
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