For every human, there are at least 200 million individual insects crawling, flying, and burrowing on the planet. Several thousand of the world’s six-legged rulers make their home at the Insectarium, a huge interactive museum dedicated to these fascinating arthropods. The three-floor museum includes exhibits ranging from live exotic insects and thriving colonies to movie rooms and a man-made spider web playground. Visitors can meet a 12-inch walking stick insect or watch the light glimmer off a metallic gold beetle. Observe the social structure of a functioning beehive and gain an understanding of the pint-sized politics of pheromones as they catalogue which bees the queen deigns to have tea with. Museum attendees can kick back for hour-long travelling shows, which bring insects from distant lands to interact with kids.
A memorable costume can turn a regular Halloween partygoer into a minor celebrity, or at least hide their half-sleeve tattoo of ALF. At D&J Costumes, you can do both of those things via an endless stock of rentable garb, which features everything from pop culture icons to period ensembles and holiday characters. You'll also find racks of accessories covering every bit of exposed wall in the store. These include wigs, hats, and mustaches, as well as masks hoping to get their empty sockets filled in by customers' eyes. Those who prefer to keep their own face out in the open can transform it with a rainbow of cream makeup, stage blood, and greasepaint.
At Thunderbird's four modern bowling arenas, families and friends demolish pins arranged at the end of up to 36 slick lanes. Boulder chuckers slip on chic rental sneakers, pirouette, and send the 12-pound sphere trundling past gutters into a smug stand of pins. The option of bumpers aids little ones in nudging smaller orbs down the timber avenue. Thunderbird's lanes are programmed with AMF automatic scoring, freeing hands from cramp-inducing feats of addition.
En Pointe's dance instructors bring years of collective experience to the studio's schedule of classes, which edify groups of up to 15 students in nine styles of dance. A combination of barre and floor work hones classical techniques during one-hour ballet classes, which instill pupils with swan-like grace and a knack for tiptoeing down creaky staircases. One-hour tap lessons propel pupils to cultivate rhythm, coordination, and agility, and combo sessions inspire inner cadence in students ages 3–5 with split hours of jazz and ballet or tap. All classes convene on the studio's floating dance floor, which absorbs impact to prevent fatigue, injury, and yet another victory for the apathetic law of gravity.
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.
In backyards, on neighborhood blocks, and across green parks, The Party Animals Philadelphia’s large inflatables take shape, transforming any space into fantastic fun houses. Those shapes include large, air-filled slides, regal castles, and more, and they can be accompanied by concessions such as popcorn machines and hot-dog cookers. They do the setup and takedown, allowing party people to attend to their birthdays, carnivals, and corporate events. As a special touch sure to delight the little ones, they can also populate shindigs with costume characters such as Elmo and Winnie the Pooh.