Housed inside a Spanish Colonial–style former church, The Museum of Russian Art exudes an aura of hushed reverence—sunlight streams through Romanesque windows, and arches frame the museum’s collection of paintings and sculptures. The lofty setting is ideal for an art collection that spans eons, from unearthed Byzantine-era golden urns to paintings depicting a turbulent post-Stalin Soviet Union.
The Museum of Russian Art bills itself as the only museum on the continent dedicated to preserving Russian art. It continues to do so by collaborating with museums in Russia and the United States, recruiting artifacts, accumulating artwork, and reassembling hopelessly jumbled Matryoshka dolls for its ever-rotating collection. In tandem with the museum’s collection, curators strive to illuminate Russian culture by hosting lectures from scholars of Russian culture and leading free one-hour tours each weekend.
Pump It Up's Inflatable Party Zone balloons kids’ excitement with an enormous playspace that welcomes open-play sessions and private parties. Tots 34" and taller run and leap in huge bounce houses, soar down an inflatable slide, and practice for future zero-gravity triathlon events in a bouncy jousting arena and basketball court. Various open-play sessions give kids of all ages free rein to the fun zone while accompanying parents stand by to officiate bounce-house property-line disputes. Pump It Up also boasts myriad celebratory and special-event shindigs, with friendly staffers supervising jumpers, and serving pizza and favors in a vibrant party room.
Helmed by 25-year art industry veteran Greg Hennes, Hennes Art Company enriches artwork with expertise and fine framing materials. Protect photo-captured memories of special occasions with a selection from the 8”x10” mouldings ($89) and ready-made frames ($29+), or enshrine a 16”x20” poster or print with custom matting and framing services using Hennes’ in-stock mouldings ($139). Hennes Art Company also features an expansive gallery with hundreds of framed and unframed original works of art, with several idea options for decorating the dining room or bringing a little color to the car hood.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that compose America can unite in the common cause of toppling a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4 value).
As enthusiastic ball throwers add to a soundtrack of toppling pins, Doyle's Bowling & Lounge quiets less-impressive stomach grumbles with its in-house café. Before settling in to a cozy blue chair for two games with three family members or friends, pick up a pair of shoes from the desk and celebrate your group's matching footwear with a quick song-and-soft-shoe routine. When efforts to zero in on strikes work up an appetite, the friendly staff at the Down in the Alley Cafe will happily supply some sustenance, adorning a 12-inch pie with a topping of your choice and pouring a pitcher of soda to whet parched whistles. Add luminescent or aural intrigue to games by coordinating your trip with Doyle's live music or your own live rendition of The Wizard of Oz.
Stomping Ground's two coaches cultivate an environment encouraging creative exploration and experimentation in physical performance arts. Despite the studio's name, however, very little of this exploration happens on the hardwood floor. Instead, aerial fitness gear such as lyras, hoops, and slings hang from four rig points affixed to 13-foot ceilings. The equipment is used for beginner-through-advanced sessions in aerial dance fitness that introduce participants to the spectrum of foot knots and poses necessary to create aesthetically pleasing performances while keeping away from the floor in case someone claims it's just turned into lava. The studio is also outfitted with two poles for pole-fitness classes and has ample space for dynamic ashatanga yoga classes. A wall of mirrors allows students to watch their own progress during class, while a stereo system keeps them moving with upbeat music.