More than 12,000 square feet of indoor rock-climbing surfaces greet climbers at Doylestown Rock Gym, where they can test their scaling acumen on a network of bulges, overhangs, chimneys, and cracks. As climbers scramble over the massive facility, an alert staffer remains ready to assist when needed and remind nervous beginners that there are no mountain lions around. The space presents suitable challenges for all skill levels and facilitates advancement in the sport through individual and group instruction by on-staff experts.
Just because school is out doesn't mean learning has to end. At Greenhill Day Camp at Buckingham Friends School, the programs make education fun as well. Youngsters get out from behind desks to engage in hands-on activities, whether they're incorporating non-instructional swimming techniques during pool time or discovering an insect's tiny backpack under a magnifying glass. Each day offers up a range of recreations that may include soccer, reading, drama performances, and outdoor living skills, and campers are organized by age in order to develop social skills with peers.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
It's been more than 30 years since Kay Rudolph opened Kay’s Act II Dance Studio, and that was as a second act to the original Kay's School of Dancing, which debuted in 1948. Though her equally talented daughter Kathleen Rudolph Ross has since taken the studio's reins, she and her team of professional ballerinas, tap dancers, and a former Sixers Dancer maintain Kay's legacy as they teach dance classes for kids as young as two and a half, all the way up to 18. Students and twirl their way through ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, or lyrical dance.