Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
At Markie's Mini-Golf, flowing brooks meander through rocky outcroppings and pristine greens that span 26,000 square feet across 18 holes. The course's nature-inspired layout snakes through caves and around a central waterfall, which flows into a fountain that summons thirsty golf balls. Groups putt around the pintsized course before lapping up sweet, hand-dipped scoops of Nelson's ice cream in an air-conditioned snack area. The frosty treats can be consumed around indoor tables or outside at picnic tables.
Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics, won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Use today's Groupon to brush up on your golf physics and practice blasting balls with your refined stroke. For $30, you get a 30-minute video swing analysis (normally $50) and large bucket of balls ($10) from Par Breakers Golf Academy, a $60 total value. This comprehensive indoor golf facility is a short 30-minute golf-cart trip from Philly in Oaks.
Bead Fest Philadelphia’s hundreds of jewelry and bead merchants hawk their wearable wares, luring in wrists, fingers, and necks with bejeweled bedazzlements. Add the glimmer of lampworked glass to necklace projects with handmade beads from 2 Bead Sisters, or replace second or third eyes with a glittering gemstone from Atlantic Gems, Inc. Like disco balls for your fingers, epoxy-based Crystal Clay blings out rings with a workable foundation ideal for pave-set Swarovski stones. Ceramics become wearable art at Firefly Design Studio, with double kiln-fired mermaid pendants and ethereal ceramic crabs singing siren songs to passersby and ribald sea shanties to one other. Beads crafted from Italian, American, and German soft glasses unite to encircle wrists with intercontinental savoir faire courtesy of Lone Tree Studio’s globe-trotting designers.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events in 2011, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, décor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
On January 25 and 26 at the Meadow Event Park, the Virginia Home & Garden Show treats homeowners to countless home-improvement tips, remodeling ideas, and projects for all parts of the household and yard. Expos from more than 140 different companies demonstrate ideas for saving money with solar panels and energy-efficient windows, renovating kitchens with marble and granite countertops, or turning backyards into playgrounds with swimming pools and new decks.
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