At The Clay Canvas's child-friendly contemporary ceramics studio, customers of all crafting levels dabble in DIY activities ranging from pottery painting to hand-building moist-clay pieces. Children's summer camps, workshops, and other classes help youngsters take steps toward skilled painting or overcoming a fear of sitting at a potter's wheel that may be surrounded by friendly ghosts. The Clay Canvas also engages with the local artist community by selling finished pieces at the studio.
Kinder-care expert Jeanne Lippincott leads lads and lasses toward futures filled with improved coordination, balance, and creative-thinking skills to the tune of multicultural music. Each 45-minute play date hosts up to 12 children—ages 5 and younger—and their caregivers. As future adults bond and parents comingle, the sessions explore music, movement, and dance through interactive topics ranging from silly songs to bath-time fun to heating-duct installation. Research indicates that exposure to music- and movement-related activities increases IQ, self-discipline, and self-esteem, and classes are continually updated based on observations and results. Packs leave sessions with a CD of music and an age-appropriate instrument—a child's first step toward a lucrative career as a kazoo artist.
Earning a “Best in Category” honor from Entrepreneur magazine, Snap Fitness tones muscles and expands sweat glands with operations spanning 44 states. Members begin their voyage to vigor with a complimentary fitness consultation, where they'll be assigned a personal webpage to track their progress and blog about squats. Personages may warm up their gluteal masses through the use of the club's weights and cardio machines or by participating in a range of classes including boot camps, turbo kick, Zumba, and yoga.
Bead Towne's classes range in price from $10 to $30 and possibly more, depending on supplies; a variety of options are offered for fledgling-finding fumblers and bead-wielding artisans alike. Classes are often created with customer suggestions in mind; request a specific type of class, and Bead Towne will do its best to accommodate you. Past offerings have included earring workshops ($15), pearl rope bracelets ($38), and making swirl beads with polymer clay ($20). Learn the basic skills of jewelry construction from seasoned instructors. Then you can go to town customizing bracelets and rings into towering, hubris-laden stacks of glittering crystals that threaten to buckle the knees of their wearers. The store stocks everything from Czech glass and fire-polished crystals to semi-precious gems and Swarovski crystals, as well as the tools needed to construct accessories for your bridesmaids or your bejeweled boatswain. Classes usually take place on Thursday and Saturday, but if you have a group of three or more who want to take a class together, you can arrange a girl's night out for a Friday night.
Professional artist Donna LaBonia-Wrentmore focuses more than 25 years of painting experience into each brushstroke as she teaches artists of all ages and skill levels to unleash creative right brains. Adult artists can happily toast their canvasses during open-paint nights, taking home a completed painting to match a lonely frame or cover embarrassingly hued wall safes. Aspiring Seurats can brush up on color theory and perspective during fine-art classes available for ages 6 and older, and young ones can attend family workshops or skip to summer art camp to carouse with like-minded surrealists-in-training.
Operated by the city of Germantown, the recently renovated Germantown Athletic Club has been helping regional residents stay healthy and have fun for the past 20 years. Hit the 40-meter heated indoor pool to brood over broken dreams of becoming a small-mouth bass. Or taunt the sun, which never learned to swim, by gliding through laps under its jealous gaze in the 25-meter outdoor pool. Indoor basketball courts let you practice your game in the face of all weather conditions, and an elevated indoor walking track gives your legs the exercise they need without assaulting your nose with the stench of fresh air. High-quality weight-training equipment is on-hand to work your arms and legs, a cycling room features 25 bikes for furious stationary pedaling, and group-fitness classes such as Ab Lab and Mat Pilates are available to help avoid feelings of workout isolation.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym rolls out a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones can exercise their brains and bodies. Infants to 12-year-olds glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed programs in gymnastics, sports, karate, and dance, which cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and degrees of hatred for vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the motors of little tykes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check the schedule for class dates and times.