H&H Audio?s experienced 12-volt technicians customize cars of all makes and models with audio, video, and navigation systems from manufacturers such as Sony, Kenwood, Arc Audio, Wetsounds and Avital. Amplifiers, door speakers, and CD players ensure beats sound off as crisply and clearly as possible, and in-car video systems distract kids from all the dinosaurs outside. Aside from entertainment equipment, the crew also installs backup cameras, remote starting systems, and heated seats, as well as old favorites such as car alarms and tinted window film designed to block up to 99% of UV rays. Flashy drivers can show off their style with a range of specialized options, including fiberglass door panels and dashes, neon lighting, and custom headlights. All parts and labor come with a lifetime warranty.
Hedged by evergreen shrubs and flowering bushes, placid tide pools and trickling waterfalls flow into a deep, rocky basin. This backyard oasis is one of dozens of successful installations constructed by Rolling Meadows Landscape and Garden Center’s team of landscape artists. At their garden center, landscape experts of the same ilk assist guests with their own gardening endeavors. In addition to advice on landscape design, eco-friendly gardening goods, and the pros and cons of installing a moat made out of slip ‘n’ slides, Rolling Meadows’ team strives to empower local green thumbs with monthly educational classes and workshops.
Kids and parents zoom around the red-walled rink of Skate Zone, which provides a fun, safe atmosphere where children aged 3–12 can learn to skate. The facility's training walkers and specially designed tile floors help little ones to gain their skate-legs and minimize the pain of tumbles without the superhero-angering effects of donning an inflatable suit. Groupon customers will also receive 10% off skating lessons for toddlers and beginners. Adjacent to the rink lies a game room stuffed with token-operated amusements such as video games, dance machines, and alley bowlers. The fun center also helps kids to celebrate the day of their wrapping-paper windfalls with birthday packages, including skating-rink games and activities.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to play and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
Burgers reign supreme at Ott's. Peruse the extensive menu for specialty selections such as a hickory burger or a Texas burger (topped with chili, cheddar, and onion bud), both of which are available in 1/3- and 1/2-pound sizes ($7.99 for 1/3 pound, $9.69 for 1/2 pound). "Ott" dogs, prepared with Black Angus beef, offer an upscale take on the ballpark classic. Try the original Ott with lettuce, tomato, and pepper relish ($6.29) or the Spanish Flyer with chili, nacho cheese, and scallions ($7.29). If you'd like to keep your meal as light at a globetrotting eccentric's hot air balloon, opt for a garden salad with eggs, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar, scallions, and bacon ($6.59). Sandwiches and barbecue bites round out the menu.
Harvest Moon Natural Foods stocks a bounty of nutritional supplements for adults, children, and pets, as well as natural beauty products and gluten-free foodstuffs. Digestive aids from leading brands ($9+), including Enzymedica and Garden of Life, soothe upset stomachs, fill protein voids, and make it possible to eat gravel directly off of country roads. Omega-3 fatty-acid supplements such as Nordic Naturals ($12+) boost the amount of all-natural fish oil in pets and humans, making it possible for deep-sea divers to hold air in their lungs indefinitely.