Yoga Tree founder Toni Farris has spent the last 23 years leading group fitness classes. Her warmhearted approach to instruction can be felt in the studio’s group and private yoga classes, which are open to all levels of participant. Workshops are available for beginners and seasoned practitioners. The Yoga Tree team also hosts regular workshops that explore the healing properties of yoga, and its Yoga Alliance–registered teacher-training programs impart the art of tutelage upon others. In addition to the ability to scratch their own backs with their noses, the Yoga Tree staff has earned a 2012 Readers Choice Award from the Star Community Newspapers.
Surrounded by warm, salt water, Miss Mimi smiles as her young student lets go of the side of the pool and swims to her for the very first time. Known as the Swim Whisperer, Miss Mimi prides herself on helping young children and adults overcome their fear of water and learn to swim with the confidence of a derby-winning seahorse. An avid swimmer with more than 21 years of teaching experience, Mimi opened Aqua~Fit in 2008 with the hopes of creating a health center for the entire family. To offer something for guests of all ages, she designed an entire program of swimming lessons, aquatic fitness , and land fitness classes, with programs for all skill levels.
With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
When Angi Ullrich was looking for a children's theater class for her daughter, she was ruffled at how inconvenient the class times and locations were. It got her thinking, "What if the classes took place where the kids already were?" So she founded Broadway Bound School of Performing Arts in 2007 as a way to bring drama classes to schools, daycares, and wherever else kids wanted to learn. With classes covering everything from puppetry to musical theater, the experienced teachers help students from 3 years old through high school tap into their imaginations.
A 168,000-gallon pool shaped like the Lone Star State, The Texas Pool has been an oasis in the scorching Plano summer heat since 1961. For decades, aspiring members camped overnight outside its doors in the hopes of securing access to its cool, salt waters and abundance of recreational facilities. Today, families still flock to the pool, seeking refuge from the sun during open swim sessions, swimming camps, and swim lessons throughout the week. Against a backdrop of a Texas flag mural, swimmers of all ages shoot down water slides, leap off a diving board, and compete in recreational games of water volleyball, all the while enjoying a relatively low risk of a giant-squid attack. Instructors lead students of all abilities in swimming lessons, elucidating the art of the front crawl and butterfly stroke.
Meanwhile, smoke rises from barbecue grills that speckle the rows of picnic tables, and sunbathers stretch out on lawn chairs. On movie nights, audiences gather at the pool to soak up youngster-friendly films.