Created by two mothers who believe in the importance of family table-time, Social Suppers allows visitors to prepare their own meals from inside its facilities' pristine kitchens or choose from healthy, premade meals to take home. During open-kitchen sessions, visitors can pick from a roster of hormone-free proteins and healthy ingredients to prep dishes without the hassles of shopping, cleaning, or scaling a neighbor's rooftop garden. Additionally, menus of premade items include entrees such as the cranberry roast, which pairs a sauce-drenched roast with mashed potatoes, or the honey flaked chicken, a light, bake-ready poultry dish drizzled in sweet honey dijon and gilded in a cornflake shell. Helpful nutrition guides beneath entrees indicate whether dishes are low-carb, kid-friendly, or contain common allergens, and helpful recipes and prep times let cooks know how long their comestibles will take to tan into a glistening glow.
At Title Boxing Club, professional boxers, kickboxers, and mixed martial artists may lead the classes, but their goal is fitness, not fighting. They push patrons to strengthen their bodies from head to toe during one-hour sessions, instructing them to pummel 100-pound bags with jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks. They encourage members to hit the bags as hard or soft as they like and to move at their own pace, so the classes accessible to all fitness levels. During one-on-one training sessions, trainers use custom routines of weightlifting, cardio, and sparring to show students how to float like a butterfly and sting like a venomous butterfly. They also develop custom diet plans and exercise routines to help clients meet their fitness goals.
The teaching staff of the Toon Shop, a former Kansas City fixture founded in 1948, now helms the newly inaugurated Village Music Academy. More than 40 independent instructors harness their combined 400 years of experience to immerse students of all levels in rock, classical, jazz, pop, and country techniques. 48 studio spaces—enough for each member of the Partridge Family to practice individually at once—nurture instruction in strings, woodwinds, and horns, and an auditorium showcases the results with appropriate reverence. The staff also helps prepare students for school band or orchestra. Sunny days might find an open-air audience gathered to watch the school's musicians performing in the plaza of the Prairie Village Shopping Center.
A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
The trainers at Slinkfit offer personal and group training sessions for students of all ages and fitness levels. Inside the 5,300-square-foot facility, members engage in a number of fitness activities, including TRX-suspension training, Kettlebell lifting, and medicine-ball drills. The trainers customize programs for each client's specific needs and workout goals.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.