When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.:m]]
Birthday parties. Graduation celebrations. A just-because masquerade. The revelry experts at Everything Party know that celebrations take many forms. That's why they keep their aisles stocked with more than 30,000 balloons, streamers, and trinkets ready to help ordinary homes host everything from baby showers to anniversaries. More than 125 party patterns help birthday boys and girls show off their love of Frozen, My Little Pony, Despicable Me, and Star Wars. Unique novelty and gift items are available, and their Redmond location offers both education and speciality toys, in addition to a large candy selection. When they're not busy overseeing blossoming helium balloons or stocking shelves with fistfuls of candy, they also consult with customers, offering theme and design advice that turns parties from ho-hum into humdingers.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Teaching life skills as much as stage skills, Drama Kids' curriculum helps kids ages 3–18 learn how to express themselves, while fostering creative thinking and boosting self-esteem. Prepare your proto-adult for later-life triumphs such as winning an Oscar or fast-talking their way out of a questionable real-estate deal with Drama Kids' programs. Kids in the Lower Primary drama program, for ages 5–8, will further refine their vocal delivery and hone their social skills, interacting with classmates through the art of theater. In the Upper Primary program, for ages 9–11, students will explore more complex components of acting, such as speech, movement, and improvisation. Preschool Workshops, for tots ages 3–4, encourage imaginative thinking through in-school field trips, and the KinderKids program, for ages 4–5, develops a lasting enthusiasm for expressive activity. Advanced thespians, ages 12–18, can perfect their soliloquies in DKI Acting Academy. All these programs run for 12 weeks with one class per week, and the $30 option under this Groupon is good for a four-week trial during one of these sessions. Check the schedule for more information.
The ninth-annual Great Kitchen and Bath Tour wends its way through the custom cabinets and countertops of 12 Puget Sound residences, including a modern bathroom designed by Richard Pope & Dawn Ryan of Creative Kitchen + Bath and a remodeled kitchen created by Denny Conner. As ticket-holders arrive at each stop, they can browse glazed-tile backsplashes, run fingers along beveled countertops, admire brushed-nickel spigots, and check medicine cabinets for Flintstones vitamins before traipsing to the next location.