At The Purple Penguin Art Company, artists of all ages and inclinations can enjoy a wide variety of classes, from wheel-thrown pottery to face painting for kids. Camps designed specifically for little ones include fun activities in addition to crafting, ranging from playing dress-up to painting pottery, and are suited for ages 5 and up. Classes for adults and teens are also available in a range of mediums, and adults are encouraged to bring along wine or beer to sip during their sessions.
Inside Koko FitClub?s tranquil workout studio, orange-and-white cardio and weight machines wait quietly for a guest's unique Koko key to bring them to life. The key, packed with information about guests' exercise history, goals, and favorite TV shows, loads up a fully custom 30-minute workout for each visit. Exercises are carefully broken down in easy-to-follow instructions, adapting as guests progress and spouting pep talks when energy wanes.
Designed by experienced trainers, the programs are designed to build muscle and torch fat in all areas of the body. To watch success unfold, guests can chart their progress from a store of information accumulated during each session, which also allows guests to map their performance at home.
Working out of Precision Ink tattoo shop, the artists at Precision Ink Permanent Makeup enhance natural beauty with professional SofTap pigments. Applied by hand, the technique creates enduring color on eyebrows, lips, and around eyes and eyelashes, resulting in shorter morning-makeup routines and ensuring faces look great even while sleepwalking.
Stocked with everything from bib sets to highchairs, Smudgenola equips parents with the necessary provisions for keeping tots happy and fashionable. On-the-move toddlers can ride in style inside the cozy fabric of a baby sling($40), which holds up to 36 pounds, letting moms and dads go hands-free during neighborhood strolls or impromptu rugby scrums. Boys' rompers ($20) come hand-stitched in support of teams such as the Saints and LSU, and headbands ($5), purses ($20), and other girls' accessories adorn little ladies. A vibrantly colored highchair-to-go($25) allows dining dumplings to snack from anywhere, and a florid bib set($20) protects duds from pudding leaks and applesauce attacks flung from rival strollers.
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.
Packed with party supplies and gifts, Whimsy has a special knack for inflating handheld blimps of all kinds. Helium addicts can peruse the shop's lengthy catalogue, grabbing an over the hill balloon ($2.99) to celebrate a relative's birthday or successful mountain climb. A floating eyeball balloon ($7.99) thanks optometrists for a job well done, and a 3-D dirigible bumblebee, lobster, frog, or turtle ($9.99 each) lets pet lovers practice their nurturing skills and trick-training abilities. Whimsy takes orders by phone, email, or fax.