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As the father of a 2-year old, Tim Alley found himself running around to playdates scattered throughout the Bay Area, scooting to toddler-friendly lessons in art, gymnastics, and dance. While he loved the programming, he wished that he and his daughter weren't confined to such a tight schedule. So, he turned to his brother-in-law, Tom Limbert, head teacher at a local preschool, and they began to work on their own children's studio at Studio Grow—a supplementary preschool atmosphere with a focus on unstructured learning where children can play throughout the day. True to its name, Studio Grow now welcomes tots at three area studios. Though programs and amenities vary by location, kids might frolic through a color-splashed dance room, construct crafty masterpieces from watercolors, play-doh, and crayons in an art room, or plunge into ball pits. At all three locations, kids can tinker in a room filled with puzzles, toy trucks, dress-up clothes, and lego building sets. in a slide-filled run room. Instructors stay on hand throughout each romp, ready to lead Berkeley guests through sing-alongs or immerse Concord’s small listeners in story time. Teachers may also balloon a giant primary-colored parachute over the playroom for kids to scurry under and use to shield themselves from sudden broccoli storms. Though staffers emphasize unstructured play, they also lead summer camps for children up to aged 6 with guided romps through the studio; as well as Friday-night babysitting sessions, where kids of all ages can play sans parents until 10 p.m.

1231 Diamond Way
Concord,
CA
US

When she was just 8 years old, Kari donned a clown suit and drew laughs from the guests at her sister's birthday party—she knew then that she'd found her calling. A childhood of putting on magic shows turned into a career playing cartoon characters on a Disney cruise ship.

Today, she oversees Kari's Magic Parties, where she and her staff take on the roles of more than 60 different characters from familiar fairy tales, adventures, and science textbooks. As the party's honored guests, they paint bright colors on faces, lead sing-alongs, and play party games. Kari can also arrange for a bounce house for added fun or a photographer to document the celebration.

780 OAK GROVE RD APT C312
Concord,
CA
US

Samira Dawn was a synchronized swimmer for 17 years before she discovered belly dancing. She stumbled on a performance by chance and found herself mesmerized by the sensuality and confidence of the dancers and signed up for classes as quickly as she could. After 14 years of performing and teaching belly dancing, she now shares her love of belly dancing with the community by leading women of all ages, sizes, and abilities through classes that include learning the skills and using the techniques for cardio exercise.

1018 Almanor Lane
Lafayette,
CA
US

Cresco Equipment Rentals delivers comprehensive equipment solutions and unprecedented premier service. Contractor to homeowner, large construction project, remodel, facility services, movie production or major event, we’ve got you covered.

555 San Ramon Valley Blvd
Danville,
CA
US

Unlike head shrinkers, who decrease your brain space and increase your Thetan count, the head shapers at Chroma Salon are the guerrilla artists of the 21st century, inserting their stunning creations into the everyday world via your newly beautified noggin. The bright-orange façade of the storefront and the cubist blue interior encourage creativity among stylists and inspire clients' coifs to bend to the whims of scissors and mousse. Every appointment at Chroma begins with an initial consultation that explores cut and styling options tailored to fit individual scalps. A pre-cut shampoo massage and conditioner treatment soothe your follicles and mentally prepare you for your new 'do. Chroma Salon is dedicated to providing personalized service to every client in order to craft a style that inspires self-confidence and whiplash-inducing head turns. Contact Chroma to schedule your coiffure rejuvenation.

1049 Solano Ave
Albany,
CA
US

K-Style Productions can make a party happen almost anywhere. The company's DJs spin tunes at all sorts of occasions, from weddings to boat cruises. They bring along a vast library that contains hits from nearly every genre of music, except for silence. When they are not outfitting events with the latest up-lighting, gobo lighting, and photo booth options, they are channeling their expertise to restore old vinyl and teach the art of DJing during private lessons.

26424 Chatham Court
Hayward,
CA
US