Palm Academy's talented cohort of teachers builds youthful self-confidence and critical-thinking skills in a supportive environment with fun and engaging programs. E.nopi English and math programs give kids a boost in key academic areas with uniquely designed lessons that meet Monday–Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Teachers tailor curricula to individual strengths, helping each child to learn at their own pace or the pace of the talking cricket that lives in their clothes. Developed by artists and educators, Abrakadoodle fosters creativity with weekly classes encouraging kids to explore impressionistic impulses or craft formalistic masterpieces through drawing, sculpting, and painting.
Flower Addict specializes in decking halls with fragrant flora and blossoming sunshine. In the spirit of a true neighborhood flower shop, the personable florists treat customers with the same care and attention a mother plant gives to a tender baby bulb. They'll lend artistic direction and advice to customers looking to craft an adorable arrangement for themselves or an admired someone. Add a splash of color to the black and gray backdrop of Easter, or make April 21's Administrative Professionals Day a perennial favorite with a variety of the shop's inspired ideas. A professional eye inspects the quality and beauty of every earth-blossom that goes into each delicate display.
Aloha Mind Math's certified teachers strive for one goal: to free students from the tyranny of calculators. They’re aided in their fight by the center's Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic (ALOHA) curriculum, a program designed by a panel of mathematics experts to mitigate students’ mind-melting reliance on machine-based calculation. Teachers lead students through weekly after-school classes that increase mental processing abilities through fun, interactive lessons, keeping classes small to ensure all students receive ample attention. Though primarily focused on math, teachers also host reading and writing classes that increase literacy, reducing the chance students will accidentally sign contracts to forever trade their chocolate milk for pieces of chalk.
Recently profiled by The Atlantic for its members' innovative inventions, TechShop’s supportive community of inventors, artists, technicians, and alchemists share their excitement about the next big idea in an environment limited only by their collective imagination. The 17,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity beckons people of all skill levels to its DIY confines, where members can wield tools not found in most private workshops, slicing through steel with a plasma cutter or accessing 3-D design software to finally realize the goal of crawling inside the Internet. Hands-on classes jump-start creative juices, introducing students to vocational skills including welding, soldering, and woodworking. Neophyte inventors aged 12–17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.