CYT Tucson immerses kids in a supportive environment that nurtures discipline and self-confidence while instructing the future thespians in the arts of the stage. Their introductory Rising Stars program acquaints children aged 5–7 to the magic of drama through games, dance, and the lesson that emotions can be faked to influence people other than relatives and mall Santas. Older students can enroll in specialized classes and devote their attention to the triple-threat disciplines of singing, dancing, and acting. They may also branch out into specialty courses on such topics as improv and stage fighting. Leading its charges through the production of a fully realized musical, the center also stages several shows, including past productions of Pocahontas and Annie in recent years.
With 23 years of experience mining bellies for their precious laughs, Laffs Comedy Caffe features an ever-changing lineup of comics from around the country. Upcoming chucklemeisters include Comedy Central–featured Robert Mac (August 26–27), ComedySportz's Scotty Blanco (September 2–4), and Mike Merryfield (September 9–10), each deftly accompanied by a rotation of featured comics and a cloud of winged whoopee cushions. Guests take in the laugh-rousing performances securely nestled in the stage-front preferred seats, ensuring that ears get to take the first, succulent bites of oncoming jokes. Each Laffs show has a two-order minimum purchase (not included in this Groupon) from the menu, well stocked with such giggle-fueling fare as hot wings ($7.50) and patty melts ($7.50), as well as cocktails and bottled laughing gas from the full bar.
Music & Dance Academy caters to a variety of learning styles with group classes, private lessons, ensembles, and master classes for students of all ages and experience levels. Dance lessons range from parent-and-child dances to coaching for wedding dances to lessons in styles such as ballroom, ballet, and hip-hop. Music lessons help kids and adults of all skill levels learn a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, cello, clarinet, or music theory.
Kaleidoscopic curtains of color envelop the fashion, cuisine, drinks, and live art at Splash!, a vibrant charity event with proceeds going toward bolstering arts-education programs in area schools. The idyllic La Encantada courtyard hosts the four-hour soiree, which begins at 6 p.m. with dinner samplings from more than 10 local restaurants. As homegrown painters create abstract art onsite, attendees can sip on libations courtesy of an expert mixologist, who can conjure cocktails in every color of your favorite rainbow suspenders. Local celebrities strut down the runway at 7:30 p.m., offering a sneak peek at La Encantada's clothing lines for the summer and fall, as well as hand-painted dresses and suits fashioned by local artists. After the final skirt swirls its way offstage, live musicians brazenly underscore a silent auction of the event's impromptu artwork with a set of shush-resistant tunes.
Many sports bars are judged on the size of their televisions. Too few are evaluated by the number of side-by-side stock-car and motorcycle drag races that happen on their premises. At World Sports Grille, there are both. More than 30 high-definition TVs—including one with a 103-inch display—broadcast sharp resolution of sports heroes’ graceful moves and sports anchors’ autograph-covered toupees, and nearly 75 racing, action, and other gaming consoles pit players into virtual battle. In the game room, TVs and videogames join forces, with sounds of cracking baseball bats and crunching football pads mingling with bells, whistles, and engine throttling. This mixture of athletic entertainment and interactive play powers part of the formula that launched World Sports Grille to the top of Tucson Weekly's list of Best Sports Bars for four straight years (2009–2012).
The menu of classic bar food and snacks has also snagged accolades: half-pound Angus burgers capped with brioche buns have taken home the Great Tucson Hamburger Contest title. Guests can sample the winning burgers—such as the barbecue bacon smothered with a tangy house-made, beer-flavored sauce—while sidled up to the square bar under autographed jerseys and memorabilia, or while out on the patio next to fragrant coriander or cacti plants guarding the restaurant from balloon invasion. World Sports Grille also partners with the Tucson Padres for events, and UFC fights have drawn standing-room-only crowds.
Swim Girl, Inc. teaches young tadpoles a valuable life skill and athletic activity that will keep them in shape and out of sharks throughout their lives. Parents can be assured that swimmers will learn important water safety skills from pre-screened swim instructors, who are certified through the National Swim School Association in swim instruction, and the National Red Cross in CPR, first aid, lifeguarding, and giving world-class high-fives. All instructors boast State of Arizona Preschool Licensing, and each staff member receives an observation and evaluation every four-week session. Future Michael Phelps record-breakers are evaluated by age, physical size, strength, abilities, gill possession, and desire before being placed in one of 10 class levels that will nurture their Neptunian efforts. Students and parents receive regular progress reports and assessments, as well as an underwater photo and certificate of completion for each session. Please see the schedule to plan your progeny's life aquatic.