Burgeoning artists in their junior and senior years of high school spend four days immersed in the topics of their choice, picking from disciplines such as interior design, game arts, and photography. Sketching, filming, and whisking meringue by day, the students work hard before shopping, dining, pool partying, or beret adjusting at night. Pupils who opt for lodging rest up for back-to-back, intensive courses in the local Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, in between a packed agenda designed to proffer a taste of art school life.
The martial-arts masters at AKKA Karate USA specialize in kenpo karate, a unique form that builds muscle tone and reflexes in order to use the body’s natural weapons—hands and feet—for self-defense. In addition to kenpo, they also lead classes focused on MMA, tai chi, and weapons training. Often, AKKA holds special events such as tournaments and sparring seminars. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, students also build valuable life skills such as an appreciation for fitness, discipline, and self-confidence.
Jordan Ryan was so taken with Ashtanga yoga that she began teaching to share the practice with others. She instills the ancient discipline, which is known for its mindful movement, meditation, and breathing patterns that bring about harmony between mind, spirit, and body. During classes, she introduces what's known as Ashtanga's eight-limb system to new students and creates more challenging sessions for advanced students?though stopping short of demanding that they grow four more limbs.
During birthday parties at Pump It Up of Shawnee Mission, a white T-shirt is more than a fashion staple—it’s a beacon of light. The indoor play center, outfitted with bounce houses and inflatable slides, switches on LED lighting and black lights during its Glo in the Dark parties, turning outfits luminous without the hassle of a chandelier necklace. Customizable birthday parties can also adhere to pirate or superhero themes. Alternatively, sock-clad youngsters can bounce on the inflatables during open-play sessions, supervised by trained staffers and safeguarded by rigorous safety and cleanliness regulations.
Inside Element Fitness, the lime-green walls of the cardio room energize guests dashing away on treadmills as the yoga studio’s crisp white walls and glowing orb lights soothe yogis. The pool room echoes with splashing as guests stretch during pool aerobics classes; the dry sauna nearby remains quiet, letting guests absorb dry heat without listening to the heavy-metal albums played in traditional saunas. Stationary bikes adorn the spinning studio. Meanwhile, in workout studios lined with free weights, personal trainers make use of their professional weightlifting or triathlon experience during one-on-one personal-training sessions or group fitness classes.
TMAFitness offers kids and adults traditional karate, kickboxing, boot-camp, and martial-arts classes in a welcoming setting. At this functional studio, certified instructors teach discipline and self-respect while helping their clients build self-confidence. Try a martial-arts class to learn sparring and self-defense moves that can protect against an attack, or enroll children in Karate Kids, a belt program that burns off excess energy and keeps bullies at bay. You can also punch and kick heavy bags in kickboxing classes, or burn fat and build muscle in a boot-camp session.