Chamounix Equestrian Center teaches pony proficiency to eager horsefarers in the balanced seat riding style. Students will hop astride English saddles on one of the center's trained thoroughbreds or quarter horses. In small groups of no more than six, budding giddyuppers spend the first half of the lesson learning safety and basic horsemanship. The second half-hour fosters rider and horse bonding by trotting about the arena and discussing their favorite late-period Romantic poets.
The Belmont Mansion was built in 1742 by an English lawyer named William Peters. As the Revolution approached, his son took charge of the estate and hosted many notable figures including George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. In the 250 years that followed, the house served as a model farm to promote scientific agriculture and a part of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876.
Today, the American Women?s Heritage Society maintains the house and conducts tours through its hallowed halls, giving visitors a glimpse into the past. In addition to the historically decorated interior, tour-goers can explore the house's Underground Railroad Museum to learn about the people who fought against slavery by helping others escape its clutches. The museum features a variety of displays on both well-known and obscure history, plus a self-guided tour that permits visitors to listen to audio presentations.
During each of its many weekly classes, The Handwork Studio's staff of teachers and professional artists give creative kids a fun, hands-on introduction to expressing themselves through machine sewing, fashion, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and needle felting. Workshops such as A Snip-It of Sewing, A Touch of Handwork, A Feel for Fashion, or A Pinch of Knitting Needle Fencing combine a smaller class size with a curriculum that accommodates children of all ages, except Faulknerian man-children with nonlinear senses of time. Petite purlers can also get a head-start on the holidays with a themed Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day workshop, which supply all the tools, materials, and instruction necessary to create handmade decorations, meet new friends, and build foolproof Cupid traps. All classes must be used within four months of the Groupon.
An elegant fusion of Old-World, small-town charm and state-of-the-art technology, Reel Cinemas theaters allow moviegoers to see box-office hits from the comfort of renovated, stadium-style seats. Many of its screens live in updated and renovated old-school theaters, giving the viewing experience a dash of class. The digital projection and sound are decidedly modern, as is a 3D system that makes films more lifelike than the sweating statues of a balmy wax museum. Moviegoers can stop by Reel Cinemas locations in Narberth, and Wayne.