Jump Zone gives children of all ages, including ones that accidentally got transformed into Tom Hanks, 14,000 square feet of safe, clean, indoor playground space that includes eight monstrous inflatable structures. Let the rambunctious rascals loose through Batman's blown-up bat cave obstacle course, or lead a natural history lesson down King Kong's 20-foot slide. Pint-sized and pint-shaped toddlers can explore the scaled-down train tunnel and jump area, or walk on stable ground in the age-appropriate interactive zone. Jump Zone even accommodates illustrious royalty figures with a Disney Princess Castle primed for reenactments of such House of Mouse classics as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Goodfellas.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Jelly Bean Junction specializes in tutoring programs for moldable child brains; however, they also provide daycare services for infants through kindergarteners and summer camps for school-aged children. Infant care ($215 per week) is individualized to each wobbly bairn; infants are fed, changed, and napped on their own schedule, all of which is tracked on a daily report. Toddler care ($190 per week) lets the wee ones explore and grow in a carefully planned environment, which includes mealtime, naps, and sensory-rich games. Preschool care ($160 per week) is designed for ages three to five and incorporates developmentally appropriate experiences and learning materials as well as outdoor play. Kindergarten care ($145 per week) involves nutritious snacks, computer games, and creative materials that focus on art, science, and more.
Created by busy parents as a solution to part-time childcare, Skidaddles accommodates moms and dads with a safe, secure, anytime center for kids under the age of 12. The warm, enthusiastic, and CPR- and first-aid-certified staff at both locations help turn each visit into a discovery-packed learning experience for kids, complete with special themes that allow tykes to connect to one another without having to sew their socks together. Enrichment classes such as magical music, foreign language, and artsy fartsy camouflage learning behind layers of fun and games, and age-appropriate environments ensure wee ones remain among like-minded cohorts. Additionally, each center's flexible hours—which stretch even later into the evenings on weekends—enable parents to enjoy a date night or attend a seminar to finally learn where babies come from.
Classes in the Nia technique fuse the active precision of martial arts, personal expression of dance, and self-motivation of healing arts into a whole-body aerobic exercise. The combination of yoga poses, jazz and modern dance, tae kwon do moves, and more increases strength and flexibility while improving ranges of motion, balance, and agility. This user-friendly style empowers students to move within their ranges of comfort, avoiding muscular motherboard crashes and making classes adaptable to all fitness levels. The American Council on Exercise has accredited the Nia technique; all instructors are certified and undergo an intensive Nia-specific training process, where blindfolded trainees must identify yoga poses by their vibration and catch flying dance shoes with their teeth.
Recognized by Cincinnati Family magazine with a Best of Parenting 2011 award, Youthland Academy has been practicing a learning-by-doing philosophy for 30 years. At childcare sessions throughout the year, kids engage in age-appropriate educational programs that help preschoolers turn thought into language and middle schoolers reach their full potential. The full slate of programs are offered at nearly two-dozen locations across the Midwest and South.