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Planet 301 plunges families into a world of friendly competition with two floors and 32,000 square feet of hands-on games and activities. Each three-hour pass turns gamers loose in Planet 301’s fully stocked funplex, unlocking complete access to its bowling and laser-tag arenas as well as acres of classic and state-of-the-art arcade games. After stealthily zapping foes with focused beams and busting piles of pins, patrons can hone real-world skills with a trip to the arcade, working on hand-eye coordination with a game of skee-ball, cataloging new breeds of waterfowl in a round of Wacky Ducks, and helping Donkey Kong register for community-college classes.

301 Main St
Paterson,
NJ
US

Most Popular Service: Soap-making classes

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 2003

Staff Size: 1 person

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Q&A with La Shonda Tyree, Owner/Lead Instructor

How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?

Hands-on classes, and small class sizes.

Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?

I'm a certified advanced soap-maker.

What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?

That I make and teach soap-making full time. And many people are surprised to learn that there is actually a fragrance for soap called "monkey farts."

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

The building the classes are held in is a reclaimed 19th century mill that has been converted into artist studios. It's located in the Great Falls Historic District of Paterson, home of the Great Falls National Park.

468 Totowa Avenue, Suite # 3K
Paterson,
NJ
US

Aikido is the "loving protection of all beings," in the words of Morihei Ueshiba, who created the martial-arts style. Although it sometimes incorporates wooden weapons, at its heart, aikido seeks to act as a replacement for violence. Greg O'Connor, founder and chief instructor at Aikido Centers of New Jersey, brings Ueshiba's tenets to his students, who have included children and seniors, as well as members of the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Secret Service. O'Connor and more than 40 other instructors teach students self-defense tactics that redirect attacks, as well as more advanced methods that include wooden sword and staff training and aikido's dramatic falls and rolls.

1171 Madison Ave
Paterson,
NJ
US

Tropical Juice Bar's menu places the emphasis on healthy, nonprocessed foods, but never at the expense of flavor. Dishes such the Cuban sandwich and the mofongo with garlicky plantains and fried pork skin showcase the essence of the tropics. Ditto on the empanadas, their crispy shells concealing pockets of chicken, beef, or cheese that bulge like the eyes of a surprised cartoon character. And then there are the drinks?juices and smoothies made from 100% freshly squeezed fruits, including passion fruit, tamarind, and orange.

160 W Broadway
Paterson,
NJ
US

Uniquely residing indoors, the marquee at Fabian 8 Cinema evokes nostalgia with its towering lights and brick façade, even as it flashes the current features in digital print. Within the actual theaters, viewers recline in high-backed rocker seats, arranged in extra-wide stadium configurations for maximum comfort and cowering space during scary scenes. Serving eyes a veritable feast of motion pictures, first-run features spring from the latest in digital cinema technology, augmented by digital and 3-D technologies.

301 Main St
Paterson,
NJ
US

Kids Party Play & Tumble was born when veteran teachers combined their gymnastics and dance schools into one establishment. The instructors have decades of combined experience in tumbling and dance instruction, guiding both adults and kids in the newly-renovated and safe parent and child gym. They round out their schedule with kids' birthday parties and yoga classes, which help increase the flexibility needed for dance, gymnastics, and pretending to be the size of a toddler so you can get a piece of birthday cake.

465 Old Hook Road
Emerson,
NJ
US

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