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In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.

518 W Huntington Dr
Monrovia,
CA
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A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.

128 East Lemon Avenue
Monrovia,
CA
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With a name that translates to “a little of everything,” it's no surprise that the seasonally changing menu of Cafe Mundial includes dishes such as steamed mussels with shallot cream sauce, duck confit, fresh pastas, and filet mignon with bordelaise sauce. In the kitchen, chefs add zesty wasabi vinaigrette to seared ahi-tuna appetizers and top personal pizzas with goat cheese, fresh basil, and monogrammed sun-dried tomatoes. The extensive wine list includes crisp California chardonnays, bold cabernets, and sparkling pours to pair with dinner entrees or new ties. Diners may opt to slide into a booth or jump onto stools at the full bar to watch sports or cheer on bartenders during martini preparation.

514 S Myrtle Ave
Monrovia,
CA
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Classes at Bokwa Fitness strive to be letter-perfect. Set to energetic pop music, the fitness classes don't require students to learn choreography or count steps. Instead, instructors structure dance moves around letters and numbers, which groups pretend to draw with their feet. This allows students of all ages and fitness levels to immediately jump in and move to the music.

236 W Maple Ave
Monrovia,
CA
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At Movement Unlimited Fitness Center, clients craft fitter, healthier bodies with each day’s workout. The gym, which has been in operation since 1979, offers state-of-the-art equipment and preaches more of a one-on-one fitness experience than traditional big box gyms. Personal trainers can fine-tune your cardio and strength-training routines, and help you add weight to your bench press and distance to your hamster throw. Group fitness classes provide the chance to build a stronger body through yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and aerobics classes.

120 E Lemon Ave
Monrovia,
CA
US

Foothill Gym has been a leader in fitness for over 24 years. With 40+ group exercise classes each week, a huge line of machines and freeweights plus a state of the art cardio room with CardioTheater, Foothill Gym has something for everyone. Our expert staff and trainers are available answer all your questions.

202 S Myrtle Ave
Monrovia,
CA
US

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