Pic-N-Paint Pottery's employees understand that many artists feel compelled to start work first thing in the morning, which is why guests sporting sleepwear get to paint ceramic pieces at a discount on Pajama Day. Pajama Day is just one element that embodies the studio's playful atmosphere, which sets creative minds into motion regardless of age or brushstroke skills. Visitors peruse a constantly changing trove of unpainted pottery pieces to glaze, paint, and fire in the kiln, fashioning their own personalized, hand-painted works to display at home or give to a loved one. The staff remains on-hand to supervise drop-in sessions and private parties, and ultimately fires the works of art in the in-studio kiln. In addition to paint-your-own-pottery sessions, Pic-N-Paint Pottery hosts various workshops that focus on drawing basics, such as sketching accurate nature scenes by referencing nude tree branches.
Though the smell of burnt rubber is noticeably absent at Phase II Slot Car Racing, the competition is still fierce. Hot rods in a variety of makes and models race around the slotted track, steered by nearby drivers holding controls. The winding course holds up to six cars per race, letting groups of friends or families get in on the fun during parties, tournaments, or walk-in hours.
Awarded the Best Fitness Club in The Capital's Reader's Choice 2011, Big Vanilla's modern facilities aim to make a healthy impression on bodies and minds. Both locations jam-pack weekly schedules with more than 60 fitness classes such as cycling, Pilates, Zumba, Cardio Combat, and yoga. Pasadena's Step-N-Abs intertwines intermediate cardio choreography with abdominal exercises to build lean muscle to the core without having to endure elective washboard implants. Dance-inspiration class also permeates into group groove sessions, which pump hit tunes as exercisers wiggle to urban, club, and Latin-inspired moves. The Arnold gym tones an anatomy's worth of muscles in TMC, which challenges physiques with 60 minutes of resistance training toughened by dumbbells, stability balls, and lead-based chocolate cakes.