Within the dimly lit studio, energizing music inspires hearts and pedals to pump faster as students follow the instructor's lead through intense stationary rides. While some classes are strictly spinning and require no more equipment than Lifestyle's bikes, others incorporate weights, exercise bands, and Pilates mats to tone the entire body. However, even pure spin classes are varied, as the certified instructors call out commands that challenge participants to imagine they are climbing steep hills or evading packs of rabid door-to-door salesmen.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Eye Level Learning Center's tutoring equation is like a math problem its students might study: 1 teaching method + 3 subjects x 16 countries = 2.5 million enrollments worldwide. First developed in South Korea in 1976, Eye Level takes its name from their desire to see things from a student's point of view. Educators customize lessons to fit each pupil, and its self-directed method allows students to move at their own pace.
Children taking mathematics lessons build upon a basic foundation, then learn how to apply critical thinking to math concepts such as geometry and measurement to solve problems. English-session students learn basic grammar skills as well as advanced reading comprehension and writing skills.
The head instructor at Hill Crest Farm, Lisa, has been in the equine industry since she was just 7 years old. The passion that was passed down from her father?himself an avid horseman?never wavered, and in 2003 she realized her lifelong dream of opening her own stable. During lessons and camps, she passes on the knowledge she's gained during her three decades in the sport, including the riding disciplines of hunter/jumper, equitation, dressage, and western. She not only imparts proper technique, but she also teaches love for the horse, horsemanship skills, and confidence?values that are equally important whether students are young or old, longtime riders or just starting out.
Gamin' Ride brings amusement park-style entertainment right to your door in the form of a video game theater complete with gaming consoles, high-definition displays, and 4D interactive technology. Arriving with a trailer full of gaming goodies, the Gamin' Ride crew accommodates groups of up to 16 in the indoor theater to play games on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, and the less-popular Kick the Can console.
Yet the experience is far from your typical
video-game play, as players experience superrealistic touches while immersed
in play. Some extras include vibrating seats that let you feel the intensity of a car chase and other games work with a Smell-O-Vision system that releases game-appropriate scents, such as fresh-cut grass during Madden
games. Each trailer's library features 100 of the most popular multi-player games and also includes the latest sports releases, singing and dancing games, shooting games,
many Mario titles.
With a stay at Holiday Inn Somerset in Somerset, you'll be minutes from Garden State Convention Center and close to Commerce Bank Ballpark. This hotel is within the vicinity of Rutgers University and Hutcheson Memorial Forest.
Make yourself at home in one of the 285 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and business services. Planning an event in Somerset? This hotel has facilities measuring 8000 square feet (720 square meters), including a meeting/conference room. Free parking is available onsite.