When Malcolm and Mandy Sim welcomed two children into the world, the veterans of both the animation and theme-park industries visited numerous indoor play centers in Los Angeles, hoping to find the one that best suited their kids. Nothing quite clicked, however, which inspired the parents to call upon their entertainment backgrounds and develop their own indoor facility. Since relocating to the Boston area, the Sims have opened Jam Time, where youngsters ages 3 months to 6 years can surmount climbing structures, leap about in a bounce house, or shop in a pretend grocery market before whipping up faux soufflés in the playhouse kitchen. Classroom sessions further engage tykes with art projects, science classes, and princess-etiquette lessons, where young ladies learn to detect whether evil witches have booby-trapped their science projects. Soft play toys engage visiting toddlers and infants, while adults surf free WiFi, sip gourmet coffee, or enjoy a treat from the organic snack bar.
At Paint 'n Pour, students must be careful not to mistake their red paintbrush's rinsing cup for a glass of pinot noir. That’s because though all ages are welcome, adults can bring their own alcoholic beverages to the studio, toasting to each other’s progress as they learn to recreate existing paintings during two- to three-hour classes. Throughout each session, instructors impart the techniques to form impressionistic cherry blossoms, Fenway Park lit up at night, or Van Gogh’s swirling stars. The specific piece to recreate changes throughout the week, and regular open painting sessions allow guests to use Paint ‘n Pour’s canvases and paints to create their own original pieces at their own pace. The studio also hosts private events and kids’ parties, which include plenty of time for eating cake and removing the papier-mâché bust of the host used to wrap every present.
The licensed instructors at Noble AirVentures LLC build bridges into the sky for aspiring aviators through programs that range from introductory flights to pilot-certification courses. Students learn to confidently take off, land, and bank at the helm of a Cessna 172 aircraft, each carrying modern avionics equipment and rigorously inspected to exceed FAA safety standards. When not teaching new generations of pilots, the team takes passengers aloft on photo flights, which give professional and amateur photographers the chance to capture images of the Boston skyline and Fenway Park or produce an accurate answer key to this year's corn maze.
Equipment: AWMA, Century, Everlast, Thaismai, Masterline
Students should bring: Loose fitting long pants, t-shirt, bottle of water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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