Before students’ fingers even get to know the coolness of clay, just entering Ka'ala Clay and Coffee Bar is already a feast for the senses. The aroma of fresh-ground coffee emanates from the coffee bar. A bright yellow studio pleases the eyes. The whir of pottery wheels signals the creation of new bowls or vases. For the uninitiated or artists seeking new inspiration, its group or private classes focus on the intricacies of throwing clay as well as hand-building techniques and glazing. Artists can also rent out spaces where they can work on personal projects, the value of which Ka’ala’s artist owners know well: Tzaddi Pearce is a potter with more than 10 years of experience, and Matt Pearce is a potter and photographer.
Susan Page Modeling trains aspiring actors and models, so it's no wonder that its photographers know how to snap artistic photos. Whether clients seek portraits of their babies, kids, or high-school seniors, the staff produces images with flair. Staying true to the business's original focus, they also take photos for fashion portfolios and offer styling beforehand.
Sports FanAddicts' culinary crew prepares a hearty spread of sports-watching favorites, strewn with island-inspired accents. Ravenous steak knives sink into 12-ounce ($15) or 16-ounce ($23) rib-eye steaks or pork chops ($15) with Indian curry ($2) or mushroom-and-onion ($2) adornments. Chicken katsu ($12) reaps ear-pleasing crunch from its Asian muse: a thin coating of panko breadcrumbs. The watering hole also fills mouths with a classic pub-style selection of 12-inch pizzas ($10–$16) and Angus beef burgers ($9–$13).
The scorching Arizona sun beats down on Adobe Dam Regional Park, but visitors to Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix keep cool as they splash throughout more than 30 waterslides and attractions. The 35-acre facility is home to an abundance of adrenaline-pumping rides—including a towering tandem water coaster, a spiraling 45-foot funnel, and a four-story six-tube speedway—to contrast its more laid-back attractions, including an interactive playground and 700,000-gallon wave pool. The junior water park accommodates younger guests with kid-friendly funnels, rivers, and racing slides. Food and beverage carts traverse the grounds, while an onsite restaurant, cafes, and pubs fuel fun with full meals, snacks, and drinks. To ensure guest safety, a vigilant staff of lifeguards patrols the park and will swiftly kick out sharks who've shrewdly disguised themselves in bikinis and sun hats.
Almost everything glows at Rascal's Family Fun Center—the pirate-themed mini-golf obstacles, the bowling pins on the four-lane alley, and the smiles of the children at play. Their grins come from the center's sheer range of activities, including a Lazy Frenzy challenge, an Indiana Jones-like laser-tag arena, and a full redemption arcade, all illuminated under funky black lights. An onsite cafe fuels the fun during play sessions or parties.