At the crossroads where bowling and fitness meet stands Sweat Fitness and Frames, a facility that houses both a full gym and a 10-lane bowling alley under the same roof. On the bowling side, competitors rack up points and quench their thirst thanks to the center's BYOB policy and strict ban on water fountains that dispense vinegar. Fitness professionals maintain surveillance over the gym area, where they offer up advice to exercisers using weights and cardio equipment. Group fitness classes are available throughout the week to members, who also enjoy free access to the bowling lanes.
Daniel Cullen, founder of Rawk U School of Music, is already frets ahead of most music instructors, and a living defiance of the adage that "those who can't do, teach." It's not just because he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, or that he's toured the nation with his musical projects; Cullen rocks out in Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones cover bands when he's not instilling young players with shredding skills. Embracing the fact the best way to learn to play is by learning the songs you love, Cullen and the crew of Rawk U School of Music light the path for budding players with Rock Classes that usually culminate in public performances, giving students the confidence to play before crowds and the experience to outrun groupies like a pro.
The Room Escape Adventure Series are part reality game show, part real-life video game, and part immersive suspense film. Each starts with an ingeniously locked room laced with hidden clues and an actor in character whose function is to get the adrenaline in the room flowing faster as participants work against the clock to find the key and escape. Along the way, they'll have to combine their brainpower to answer riddles, open safes, and search the walls for hidden compartments.
The Germantown Life Enrichment Center?hosts social and physical activities that appeal to every age group. Adult guests can start their day with a dip in the pool and finish up with a relaxing steam in the on-site sauna while kids play pool and air hockey in the game room. The fitness, weight, and spinning rooms all help exercisers work up a sweat and burn calories, while the indoor deep-water pool hosts swim lessons and teams.
The natural-light-bathed Retro City Studios features one of the best live rooms in the city and a host of customizable isolation rooms. In the main recording room overlooking the entire space, you'll be able to play and fiddle with board after board of high-end tuning technology. Taught by working professional musicians (the founders of Retro), classes will help you quickly pick up the fundamentals of recording and audio production, using your hands and your mad sense of beat to manipulate and therefore familiarize yourself with the core properties of sound. From there, you'll handle all the obscure pieces of equipment and the latest Pro-Tools and MIDI programs before giving it your grooviest shot at mixing your own track. Even the least aurally talented can always slam the Auto Auto-Tune button, and everyone gets a free T-shirt at the end of the session, even if the koalas can't shake it to your custom dub.
Step foot onto the lush landscaped grounds of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, and you're instantly transported to the Victorian era—a time when ladies toted lacy parasols, gentlemen sported tall silk hats, and children played with coal-powered Game Boys. Beyond the stately mansion's immaculately manicured lawns and brick façade lie 17 restored rooms, replete with lavish Rococo and Renaissance revival furnishings, elaborate ceiling designs, and Victorian-era appliances such as cast-iron stoves and gas-lit chandeliers.
This museum of Victorian architecture and culture hosts weekly tours, as well as a monthly Upstairs Downstairs tour that explores the lives and challenges of women in Victorian-era Philadelphia. The mansion also stages theater performances throughout the year, featuring the works of Victorian-era greats including Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, and Louisa May Alcott.