buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast having at least two years of teaching experience, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.
Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a 90-degree indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.
Triangle Family Services (TFS) works to strengthen its community by providing assistance to one of its most important assets: families. For some families, assistance might come in the form of safety services, such as supervised visitation sessions and enrollment in the Developing Opportunities for a Safer Environment abuser-treatment program. For others, need comes from financial instability, which the organization works to alleviate by providing consumer credit counseling services and emergency housing assistance. TFS also connects people with individual and family counseling led by licensed clinicians and psychiatrists—a service 427 families utilized in 2012.
Youngsters bound across a sea of slides and playground equipment spread across the 6,500-square-foot indoor oasis at PlayNation Parties & Playgrounds of Morrisville. Rescue play time from the evil grips of rain, cold weather, and homework taped to meteorites by heading indoors for uninterrupted fun during open-play hours?Tuesday?Friday afternoons and select times on weekends. Kids burn energy as they climb on wooden playsets and rock walls, hang around on tire swings, and jump to their heart's content in a bouncy castle. Wee little ones can toddle around Breckenridge Village, a separate play area with two wooden playhouses designed specifically for pint-size citizens. Admission transfers a full day of action to each child, and punch cards can cover a single child for multiple visits or a herd of wild things for a single day.
While the kids are at play, adults relax in PlayNation's two parent lounges, which come equipped with flat-screen TVs, comfy seats, and a Wii gaming station. The sheltered playground floods every chamber with light so parents can clearly pick out their progeny. It also sports a colorful foam floor to help prevent boo-boos resulting from tiny tumbles or attempts to stage a children's production of Cliffhanger.
Beyond whisking passengers in comfort and style on charter flights, the team of FAA-certified flight instructors at FlightGest, Inc. trains aspiring aviators to soar among the clouds themselves. Operating out of Raleigh-Durham Airport, the teachers conduct proficiency training and lessons in everything from introductory flights to private pilot's licenses aboard a fleet of fully-equipped aircraft such as Cessna 172 and Piper aircraft. Both new and experienced pilots can also practice executing maneuvers and handling difficult situations inside the FAA-approved single- and multi-engine flight simulators that are equipped with a full instrument panel.
Vincenzo Barresi's grandfather was never one to compromise?especially when it came to the cuisine of his beloved hometown, Fiumara. The Italian native took no shortcuts in preparing fine pastas and other specialty dishes. It appears his dedication has rubbed off on his grandson, who shares his grandfather's name as well as his passion for all-natural ingredients.
The younger Vincenzo continues to do his family proud at Cucina di Milano, where he also draws inspiration from classic Milanese recipes. Visitors to the restaurant can browse the daily specials or customize a pasta dish to include their favorite sauce or their name spelled out in spaghetti.
Together, the community of Triangle Rock Club's state-of-the-art facilities in Morrisville and Raleigh house a combined 39,000 square feet of expertly-crafted indoor climbing fun. In addition to North Carolina's first 55-foot climbing wall built during Morrisville's recent expansion, TRC now boasts the highest climbing gym in a five-state radius. During small-size classes, drop-in sessions, and rock-climbing camps, novice and seasoned climbers alike scale freestanding boulders and rope-in to ascend over slanted surfaces to the top of premier climbing walls. Founded by two former Marines, Triangle Rock Club was also awarded the Pinnacle Business Award in both 2013 and 2014.