With a dollop each of love, joy, peace, and patience, Little Hands Cookie Company enriches young lives with creative baking sessions bringing parents, children, teachers, and community members together with fresh ingredients and tasty morsels. Sixty-minutes of drop-in baking and cookie decorating includes icing, sprinkles, and an apron and chef's hat, allowing youngsters to bake and decorate their delicious treats in batter-proofed style. Each dessert progeny walks away with a tummy filled with wholesome sweets and a new skill set perfect for wowing the critics at the teddy-bear picnic.
Music seems to be a perpetual source of energy at Hot Skates Roller Skating Center. During public skate times, you might find participants wheeling around the wooden rink to the tunes of Radio Disney and the Top 40 charts. Up to 500 skaters can take to the rink at any given time, which often turns things into a rolling party. On special nights, themes take over, giving visitors the chance to skate to an all-night Michael Jackson tribute or gospel tunes on first Mondays.
In addition to playing fun music and serving up pizza at the cafe, staffers also teach skating lessons. Hot Skates Roller Skating Center also houses an arcade with more than 20 games, including redemption machines that reward gamers with tickets and the occasional "I like you just the way you are" in a robot voice.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
Helmed by Eddie Hall, a seasoned personal trainer and semifinalist in the 2011 Yoga Asana National Championship, Baltimore Fitness & Tennis sculpts strong, fit physiques with a collection 30 weekly exercise classes for all fitness levels. Available by reservation, four types of spin sessions, including yoga and muscle-toning variations, partner exercisers with stationary bikes to elevate energy levels more than a pedal-powered espresso machine. Latin-inspired choreography and rhythmic world music inspire students of all levels to sweat during Zumba workouts, and Hatha yoga classes cultivate flexibility through poses that bulk up both strength and serenity. In addition to building cardiovascular endurance, Turbo Kick’s kickboxing moves burn up calories quickly and without accusations of calorie insurance fraud.
Designed by founder and renaissance woman Lynne Brick and her accomplished husband, Victor, Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick's health clubs share a fitness cornucopia of group classes, personal-training sessions, and women’s health tips. They stock their workout facilities with premium cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as offer amenities that may include pools, childcare services, and volcano-free saunas. Each of the seven locations sports its own personality, including the Owings Mills and Belvedere facilities, which operate as all-female communities.
The Brick's also employ a team of certified instructors, who lead more than 30 types of group fitness classes, allowing students of all skill levels access to sessions that range from low-impact workouts, such as BodyVive, to more intense courses, such as the kickboxing-inspired BodyCombat classes.
Surrounded by more than 1,200 acres of protected land, Irvine Nature Center grants kids and parents access to 116 acres of open wetlands, forest, and meadows, affording families the opportunity to explore multiple ecosystems all in one afternoon. Dedicated to protecting nature and fostering respect of the outdoors, the center educates families with everything from field trips into the woods to hands-on lessons on specialized topics, from "Good Bugs for the Garden" to "Nature's Sweets: Maple Syrup & Honey." An indoor gallery sweeps adventurers through a collection of exhibits highlighting Maryland's local biomes, guiding visitors through an interactive box-turtle habitat and a darkened room echoing with the sounds of nocturnal animals such as owls and infomercial hosts.