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]]
Spice Route melds traditional Indian cuisine and modern takes on Subcontinent sustenance to give diners a menu with a myriad of options. Starters include 12 vegetarian options such as paneer tikka, comprised of marinated cheese grilled in a clay oven ($12.95), as well as non-veggies such as the tandoori chicken, cooked in the traditional Indian oven and browned over a volcano out back ($11.95). Visit south India without piling into the family jumbo jet by sampling regional items––try the masala dosa, a thin rice crepe piñata-packed with a spicy potato filling ($7.95), or the adai avial, a spiced-up lentil pancake served with a mixed-vegetable stew ($8.95). Chicken lovers can voice their vote with an order of chicken curry ($10.95) or chicken tikka masala ($11.95), whereas herbivoyeurs can spy on the veg chettinad, a Spice Route specialty dish featuring veggies cooked in a spicy south-Indian masala blend ($9.95). Finish feasting with fried dumplings in sugar syrup ($2.95), or discuss your favorite letter of the alphabet over a cup of chai tea ($1.75).
Great Play of Redmond taps into something that every kid has plenty of—imagination. The colorful gym and play place has even earned praise from the Huffington Post as "a fun way to teach kids motor skills." In addition to teaching programs, the complex's 3,000-square-foot arena combines training programs and interactive games shining from projectors to stimulate creativity, motor skills, and social skills in a non-competitive setting. Kids can work their pitching arms by chucking balls at virtual batters or keep their exercise in the real world with hula hoops, blocks, and mats that help little ones slowly accept their powerlessness to gravity.
Nia is a body-mind fitness program blending movements from dance, martial arts, and yoga to the sounds of beautiful music from all around the world. For all ages and fitness levels. Nia classes at DanceWorks are available Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat from 9:30 - 10:30am.
Orange Blossom Society: A place where kids can blossom while their parents recharge and reconnect. Located in a classic craftsman house in downtown Redmond on ½ acre, Orange Blossom Society has a welcoming environment offering indoor & outdoor activities such as: meet-up space, arts enrichment, gardening, yoga, and more.
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.