Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Wear something loose and comfortable.
Robert Taylor, owner and head instructor at Robert Taylor's Shudo-Kan Karate, has a simple philosophy on teaching martial arts and fitness: "We make it fun," he says. "We understand each person has a different pace, so we push them at their pace, not the pace of the other person." He carries that style of teaching over into all of his classes, from training kids in the earliest steps of karate to helping adults get fighting-fit with muay thai or Zumba classes. He rounds out the schedule with judo, grappling, and weapons form classes, giving students a complete spectrum of training in martial arts both ancient and modern.
Kid Red Entertainment knows how to crash a party–and make it better. The full-service entertainment company can add a sweet touch to events with confectionary indulgences such as cotton-candy machines or tubs of ice cream from Baskin Robbins. Favorite characters take center stage on rented movie screens or as costumed guests and recite kid-friendly monologues from Titus Andronicus. Kid Red can also supply a DJ to soundtrack sweet sixteens, weddings, school dances, and other celebrations.
Named Favorite Dry Cleaner by Modesto Bee readers in 2010, Del Rio Cleaners wins fans by treating attire and bedding using earth-friendly products and processes. The stain-busting staff can re-crisp men's shirts ($2.60) and refresh cozy sweaters ($7). Two-piece suits ($12.70) receive an extra dose of dapper, and freshness retires to bed following the thorough cleaning of comforters ($25), bedspreads ($23.75), and over-counted sheep. Legs can swing free and easy beneath rejuvenated dresses ($10.25), snuggle inside newly cleaned pants ($5.75), or envy arms ensconced in jackets ($6.25). Free of petroleum and air contaminants, the GreenEarth process cleans clothes without harming the air, water, or other colors' feelings.
To become a princess, a girl needs to either be born into royalty or earn it by befriending hordes of mice. At Pretty in Pink Unique Party Boutique, however, any girl can transform into a princess during the Princess Tea Party—one of many themed parties carried out by friendly hostesses for girls ages three and up. Within a Mad Hatter-themed tea party room, guests enjoy cake and receive glamorous makeovers, styling their hair and spritzing it with glitter before topping it with a dazzling tiara. Other parties mimic a day at the spa, adopt a Hello Kitty theme, or let girls live out their dreams of being rock stars by shouting awkward stage banter into a karaoke machine. For a dose of glamor on a whim, smaller groups of 1–3 girls can also walk in to the boutique and receive miniature versions of makeovers as well as mani-pedis.
The upbeat exercise enthusiasts at Kid Time Fitness steer tykes into tip-top shape by leading an array of fun and active recreational classes. Through 40 weekly sessions, the CPR- and first-aid-certified staff helps pintsize patrons of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels develop new skills and uncover dormant passions, such as dance, gymnastics, yoga, or competitive napping. During For The Boys, instructors teach boys hip hop, tumbling, and breakdancing to a fast-paced beat. Gym-Fit, yoga, hip-hop, cheer, ballet, music, and art round out the roster of classes, which is more jam-packed with activities than Leonardo da Vinci’s secret lab, where to this day he still writes software applications to teach children art lessons.
Students enroll in Community Business College not just to prepare for a new career, but often to enrich the one they have or just pursue an interesting hobby. Online and in-person training programs provide crucial skills in growing fields such as medical billing and solar panel technology. Enrichment classes cover everything from cooking to conversational Japanese, navigating Microsoft Office to profiting from eBay. Relationships with a bevy of local businesses let Community Business College offer post-graduate job placement, on-the-job training for those already employed, and a definite edge in popular party game "Name 20 Local Businesses."