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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.

1915 Hickory Ave
New Orleans,
LA
US

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.

1827 Hickory Ave
New Orleans,
LA
US

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.

185 Magnolia Blvd
Harahan,
LA
US