Creative Kids Place engages exploring minds aged 2–12 in its colourful arts-and-play centre through drop-in sessions, summer camps, holiday camps, birthday parties, and special programs. During drop-in sessions, children can stuff teddy bears, paint T-shirts, or string beads of bracelets as preschoolers and toddlers bond with their parents over creatively minded toys or frolic in costume in the dress-up area. Creative Kids Place provides all needed craft supplies, paints, and play activities, and changes its crafts weekly to ensure children don't steal the company's secrets and start their own franchises. March break camps provide children from 4–12 years with an opportunity to spend time with a variety of crafts over March break, and all camps include either a bowling or a mini-golf outing.
When not playing, parents use free WiFi or lounge on the centre's couches amid bright red and green walls and tables draped in decorative tarps. Alternatively, crafters can choose from an array of sculpted, three-dimensional pottery canvases including penguins, dinosaurs, unicorns, princesses, and more. After wee artists paint their pieces to express colour appreciation or camouflage them from envious stuffed animals, staff fires completed sculptures in an on-site kiln.
Gavin has been working and teaching behind the bar for almost 20 years, making drinks in 14 countries across 5 continents. His experiences inspired him to design and teach programs for home enthusiasts to create cocktails at their own parties, and to train students to secure professionally and financially rewarding positions in the hospitality industry almost immediately after graduation.
As Bartender One Corp.’s CEO, Gavin and his team of professional mixologists and bar chefs helped design a curriculum based on interviews of bar, lounge, club, and banquet-facility owners. The certification courses still teach students to make a number of trendy and classic cocktails, but they emphasize the kinds of customer-service, cash-handling, and break-dancing skills that employers value. Instructors also train their small groups of students outside of a typical classroom environment, giving attendees experience behind an actual bar as opposed to a staged set. Additionally, Bartender One Corp. gives its graduates a leg up by sending weekly emails with new job opportunities.
Power Yoga Canada stirs together equal parts spiritual and physical exercise to alternately calm and invigorate visitors to its two supportive studios, with a planned third studio location opening this summer. Jam-packed schedules of Baron Baptiste–inspired Vinyasa classes tone and lengthen limbs of all ability levels, from living statue to liquid mime. Burn away pesky calories and exasperating stress in a heated room during power yoga classes, or downward-dog to the beat in a power yoga jam session. Kids, 'tweens, and expecting mothers stretch further than their nay-saying ligaments knew they could in specialized classes. Power yoga's trained and friendly instructors correct poses and direct breathing to encourage proper technique and discourage such distractions as astral doodling and restless neck syndrome.
For more than 30 years, Club Meadowvale has been fostering able-bodied lifestyles in 40,000 square feet of fitness facilities. Slam serves off the walls of five international squash courts without having to pay pesky court fees or bothersome imperial racquet tariffs. Volley junkies can reserve courts online and access the rest of club’s repertoire of heart-rate hasteners, with the exception of the tennis facilities.
Three decades ago, renowned spiritual leader and Global Humanitarian Award recipient Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded The Art of Living to share his approach to emotional and physical well-being, build harmony, and encourage social responsibility. The nonprofit—which now spreads across 152 countries—guides individuals toward inner peace through holistic yoga that incorporates meditation and techniques for breathing. Wellness Yoga integrates elements from modern and traditional yoga paths, especially Hatha, to create a form that focuses on uniting body, mind, and spirit, while enhancing sensitivity to the myriad levels of human existence.
True to the vision of its founding luminary, The Art of Living carries its holistic approach to wellness into a broad array of humanitarian projects and peace initiatives. These range from education programs to disaster relief that provide both immediate material aid and long-term rehabilitation support. Rural development projects target poverty and disease, and a prison program takes a restorative approach to justice. Recognizing the vast impact of Shankar’s efforts, governments and organizations from around the world have showered him with dozens of awards and honours, giving his trophy case as many bragging rights as Meryl Streep’s.
Beadology founder Sabrina Smith—who has made guest appearances on The Life Network, Breakfast Television, and TVO Kids—believes that making jewellery can help children develop fine motor skills and express their creativity. She hosts kids’ parties during which children get to both learn and create, as well as parent-child workshops that help bridge the age gap better than a picture book illustrating the Cuban Missile Crisis. Sabrina realizes that beading can be therapeutic and enjoyable for adults, so she presides over events such as ladies’ nights, when beaders can sip wine as they chat and craft.