Ribbons of sunlight stream through the dense jungle canopy as you trudge atop the soggy soil. You brush away beads of sweat and inhale the thick, humid air that seems to radiate from the surrounding foliage. In the distance, a monkey shrieks, but nearby, something else catches your ear?the infectious melody of childish giggles. At Safari Champ, socked explorers bound through similar scenes seven days a week, toeing the line between imagination and reality while crawling through tubes, climbing up ropes, and soaring down slides. Parents are invited to join their cubs during indoor quests or enjoy some hard-earned free time by taking advantage of the facility's daycare options. Snacks, including pizza, ice cream, and lattes, are also available inside Safari Champ, which also swings open its bamboo doors to birthday parties throughout the year.
The indoor-fun wonderland offers a safe environment for your small fry to burn off excess foie-gras calories while socializing with their contemporaries. Children can climb cozily through well-cushioned tunnelways, traverse the netted maze of mystery, or bound their way down one of many sloped, wavy, and swirling slides. In the interest of supervision and safety, all of Jungle Java's equipment is built to accommodate simultaneous play between parents and their children. To further ease parental minds, all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day. In between familial play dates, adults can relax on a plush leather couch in the café, sipping on a freshly steamed latte or refueling with one of Jungle Java's healthy menu selections, such as wraps, yogurts, fruits, and more. Regardless of food preference or age, all guests must wear socks in the play areas.
Shady Acres Pet Ranch is more like a farm than a typical boarding facility. On three acres of land, lush, green grass awaits hounds who can frolic in three play yards dappled with sunlight thanks to the property's 100-year-old oak trees. Pups spend their daylight hours playing with similarly-sized friends under the watchful eyes of pet-friendly staff members. Then, as the sun sets, they can hunker down in heated and air-conditioned closed-door suites that offer privacy for dogs who keep diaries. Though farm-like in many ways, the ranch does boast a number of modern amenities where it counts, including having a CPR– and First Aid–certified caretaker.
Amen Yoga wants to help busy people reconnect their minds, bodies, and spirits with ancient and traditional forms of yoga. At this yoga center, certified instructors teach classes in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Kundalini yoga. Beginners and seasoned yoga hands alike are welcomed in each class, and the overarching vibe in the studio is one of warmth, welcome, and grace. In the sunlit studio, students gain strength and flexibility as sessions work to connect breath with movement, lengthen stiff limbs, and become mascots for pretzel companies or other starchy products that bend.
Scattered across the globe like so many building blocks in the playpen of a toddler architect-to-be, Gymboree Play and Music provides wee ones up to five years old with a safe place for enriching, educational play. At more than 500 facilities across 30 countries, grown-ups come along to observe art, music, and sports classes for toddlers up to five years old, as well as their signature Play and Learn sessions.
Kids 'R' Kids nurtures the development of its tiny clients by providing a secure, educational environment. Each kid-friendly employee is certified in first aid and CPR, and many have training in areas such as early-childhood education and classroom management, helping them react with aplomb to classroom conundrums such as students running with scissors, juggling scissors, or selling counterfeit scissors on the black market. Kids 'R' Kids extends its brain-boosting educational offerings to kids from 6 weeks to 12 years old, including curricula such as an infant program, a toddler program, and a before- and after-school program for kids age 5–12. A variety of specialized programs focus on topics such as health and fitness, foreign languages, and computers—three growth industries in a world increasingly dominated by Spanish-speaking, baseball-obsessed robots.