While some husbands gift their wives with flowers or candlelit dinners, Bob Lang knew this wasn't enough for his wife Patty. Her stroke in 2008 led to an unexpected flurry of artistic activity that inspired Bob to found A Stroke of Creativity, which won the Home News Tribune's Readers Choice Award for Best of 2011, 2012, and 2013 in Central Jersey, as both a place where Patty could create her opuses and where participants of all levels and abilities could find their inner artists. Classes divulge the secrets of creating jewelry, fused glass, and paintings to help students hone their personal style and express their angst at the cancellation of Golden Girls. Patty's extensive background in special education, coupled with Bob and Patty's experience raising children with special needs infuses the studio, which is accessible to people with disabilities, with a fully inclusive vibe, allowing all who enter a chance to create without fear of judgment or ridicule.
GT Dream Cars unleashes its elite fleet of exotic, automatic sports cars on a temporary basis to help add a touch of luxury, beauty, and raw power to an afternoon. The lineup of swanky steeds includes the powerfully sleek Aston Martin Vantage, the luxurious Bentley Continental GT, the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the Maserati GranTurismo, or the Lamborghini Gallardo, with the power of 550 horses or 78 furious mastodons. Inside car cockpits, conquer the 2.7-mile road course, blasting down the straightaway and deftly maneuvering the mini corkscrew with the ease of a bobsled team weaving down a water slide.
Blue, red, and yellow pads sprawl across 12,000 square feet of gymnastic playground. Mini gymnasts fly on three sets of uneven bars, balance delicately on five regulation-sized balance beams, and launch themselves into the air on the ground-level trampoline. The instructors spot them during programs for all ages, starting with Mommy & Me classes and working their way up to competitive teams.
With a large space for free weights and circuit machines, the 4,500 sq.-ft Hybrid Fitness Studio inside Retro Fitness has the versatility of a 1,620 sq.-ft. turf field. Intent on keeping patrons entertained while breaking a sweat, the gym has the versatile Life Fitness Synrgy360. They also offer a variety of fitness classes, from bootcamps to CrossFit-style workouts, to TRX and HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Personal trainers are available to help clients work toward their fitness goals, such as dropping pounds or preparing to cartwheel a marathon.
Run by an experienced duo of dedicated yogaphiles who have trained under instructors around the globe, Soul Power Yoga leads students of all levels through yoga's vivifying poses and breathing. Eight different class types allow students to choose from a compendium of yogic options suited to different experience levels and fitness goals, from simply building poise and stamina to achieving the bendiness required to fit into the smaller, faster go-karts of the future. Students melt stress in the Relax & Renew classes, focusing on tranquil breathing, and the Power Yoga classes offer three levels of core-building intensity and mind-balancing breathing. The weekly schedule offers classes seven days a week, with classes offered throughout the day to accommodate hectic work schedules and social calendars clogged with semiformal barn dances.
Math Monkey is an enrichment center for students from pre-k through 12th grade. Students can choose between fun, game based classes, one-to-one tutoring, or homework help. Each student is evaluated, and assured individual attention resulting in improved study habits, organizational skills, and self confidence.