As America’s first zoo and current home to more than 1,300 creatures, the Philadelphia Zoo hosts a cavalcade of winged avians, furry friends, aquatic characters, and slithering showboats on 42 sprawling acres. Gauge the ferocity of your roar at the Big Cat Falls, or visit the snow-strewn habitats of polar bears, snow leopards, penguins, and the Cheetos-dusted Amur tigers. Exercise your bipedality over to the primate reserve and speak firsthand with the trainers and conservationists working to save and protect endangered primates worldwide from the violence of video games and reckless taxis. The Philadelphia Zoo also features rides and attractions (at additional costs), allowing revelers to twirl about the Amazon rainforest carousel, paddle the swan boats, or take a ride in the iconic Zooballoon, where, from the comfort of the skies, the bearded pig's questionable facial hair is only turning children’s tears into raindrops.
Jean Madeline Aveda Institute beautifies hair and bodies with a wide array of pampering services while preparing tomorrow's stylists to forge the fashion frontier. Wielding an arsenal of contemporary knowledge and organic Aveda products, these well-educated cosmetologists-in-training can sculpt over-tussled manes into timeless coiffeurs ($16) or snip a couple inches off to avoid sweeping stray candy wrappers across the floor with every step ($12). An aromatherapy wrap can relax away inner city stressors by massaging in a choice of scented oils ($35). Those whose facial planes have dulled with the sandpapering of time will enjoy the customized facial, where a torso massage is combined with a mix of products to treat specific skin types until countenances are as radiant as a cherub in a spotlight ($33). Jean Madeline Aveda Institute also offers waxing services to lay bare lips ($8), brows ($11), underarms ($20), dorsal fins, and more.
Photo booths from Flash produce fun and high-quality results, giving up to 10 people enough room to ham it up in front of a camera designed for professional use. The 18-megapixel Canon Eos Rebel T2i captures stills and can record video in full 1080p HD, with a fast-acting printer promptly issuing photo strips. Music from the built-in speaker system keeps subjects moving, and changeable backdrops ensure repeat photo bombers don’t get bored. Flash’s service packages range from two to five hours and include setup and takedown, a choice of color or black-and-white prints, access to an online photo gallery, prints for everyone in the booth, and one of three charismatic service attendants.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.