Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
In several locations across the United States, ABC Languages instills the basics of more than 20 languages such as Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish in those who have little to no experience with the tongue. These students have included celebrities—such as Uma Thurman, who practiced her Japanese for Kill Bill through ABC Languages—as well as employees of corporations such as the NBA and several international banks. Lessons take place in a group format (with a limit of 10 students) or one-on-one, and special lessons for kids are also available.
Recently profiled by The Atlantic for its members' innovative inventions, TechShop’s supportive community of inventors, artists, technicians, and alchemists share their excitement about the next big idea in an environment limited only by their collective imagination. The 17,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity beckons people of all skill levels to its DIY confines, where members can wield tools not found in most private workshops, slicing through steel with a plasma cutter or accessing 3-D design software to finally realize the goal of crawling inside the Internet. Hands-on classes jump-start creative juices, introducing students to vocational skills including welding, soldering, and woodworking. Neophyte inventors aged 12–17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.
Run by Stanford University's coaches' education trainer Mike Legarza and boasting a camper return rate of 90%, Legarza Basketball Camp develops young dribblers in a structured environment of positive support and fundamental basketball instruction, valuing hard work and effort. Morning camps focus on shooting and ball handling, as orb-bouncers will learn the basics of scoring and protecting the basketball. Players will be divided into teams for the week and play one game per day with a tournament at the end of the week. Afternoon camps concentrate on gameplay, as youngsters will be introduced to gamesmanship and strategy, such as when to feed the ball to the 7-footer in the post and when to feed the ball to the siberian tiger spotting up for a three-pointer.
Fluc stands for Food Lovers United Company, which is fitting considering the breadth of options the food-delivery specialists offer. But Fluc isn't an ordinary delivery service: it lets diners choose from hundreds of restaurants and ensures wait-times of no more than 45 minutes, plus, there are no minimums on orders. Additional features include group-ordering, letting multiple people add and subtract from orders on different devices, and advanced ordering for up to one year from now. There's no need for dollar bills or IOU's either?transactions are conducted completely online from start to finish.