Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning Center’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them to firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chest. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids to feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
Run by Stanford University's coaches' education trainer Mike Legarza and boasting a camper return rate of 90%, Legarza Basketball Camp develops young dribblers in a structured environment of positive support and fundamental basketball instruction, valuing hard work and effort. Morning camps focus on shooting and ball handling, as orb-bouncers will learn the basics of scoring and protecting the basketball. Players will be divided into teams for the week and play one game per day with a tournament at the end of the week. Afternoon camps concentrate on gameplay, as youngsters will be introduced to gamesmanship and strategy, such as when to feed the ball to the 7-footer in the post and when to feed the ball to the siberian tiger spotting up for a three-pointer.
An official American Heart Association CPR training center, Safety Training Seminars has provided first-aid education in life-saving courses since 1989. Although the center’s American Heart Association instructors possess extensive life-saving skills, they still know how to present their material for the general public. Despite the urgent nature of the techniques they teach, they manage to create a low-stress and casual environment. Catering to those with busy schedules, classes are scheduled year-round across the Bay Area, with many times and locations available.
Owned and operated by parent-and-child coaching expert Robin Briskin, the Ark Row Center enriches families through hands-on classes that foster confidence and self-expression. Kids learn to transform wet earth into bowls, vases, or family-dinner-suggestion jars under the watchful eyes of an experienced ceramics artist. These instructors can ensure that kids are creating their crockery correctly since small classes of about 10 kids facilitate individual instructor-child attention. Classes are offered on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for kids ages 4 through 6 (a $100 value), and from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. for kids ages 7 through 10 (a $140 value), with the first class session on the first Thursday of each month.
When it comes to congratulating yourself, a pat on the back can seem forced and impersonal. Thankfully, a trip to the Exploratorium will let you give your upside-down clone a high-five. One of its most popular exhibits is a gigantic concave mirror, originally crafted as part of a space-shuttle flight simulator. The surface broadcasts a magnified but completely flipped version of your body—one that appears to float in space as you walk towards it.
The mirror illustrates that at this museum, ideas aren't invisible. You can touch, smell, and even taste them as you move through 600 exhibits, all of which push science out of the textbook and into the tactile realm. Given this, it seems inaccurate to call the Exploratorium a museum; its galleries are better described as ever-evolving laboratories where visitors truly do explore concepts from biology to magnetism. Senior Scientist Paul Doherty summed up this hands-on approach during an interview on PBS Newshour, saying, "We know we have a good exhibit when the person laughs and turns around and says to anybody passing, 'Hey, look at this.'"
The interactive stations occupy a sprawling, solar-powered building at Pier 15. The Exploratorium reopened here in April of 2013, following a 44-year stint in the Palace of Fine Arts. Now, there's more room for play in the warehouse-like environment. Exhibits range from the deceptively simple—a slinky on a treadmill, for example—to the grandiose and elaborate. Manmade geysers shoot water into the air while, in another corner, phosphor screens freeze human shadows. At the Everyone Is You & Me station, fiddling with light combines your reflection with that of the person sitting across from you, allowing you to blend your faces into one without bribing a caricature artist. A game of No Peek Pong requires hearing but no sight, as the ball's pitch indicates its nearness to the paddle. And, there are wonders to discover outside, such as a 27-foot Aeolian harp played by the wind.
Though it'd be tough to drag one of the microscopes at the Microscope Imaging Station away from its moorings, you needn't leave the Exploratorium empty-handed. Its Tinkering Studio supplies materials and instructions for pieces that marry art with science. Outline a pair of ethereal wings behind your photo with light painting, or connect old telephone wires and an LED to make a glowing circuit necklace, which also functions as a beacon if you become lost in your closet.
Carefully choreographing everything you say and premeditating each approving nod you nod become exhausting by day’s end. Today’s Groupon will provide an entertaining education in off-the-cuff living with a Friday or Saturday night improv show at BATS Improv for $5. Chuckle your way toward in-the-momentness and improv-ering witticisms.Adams ended this trend when a baby fox ate his notecards during a campaign photo op in which Adams was to award a medal to a baby fox. Without his conversation cards, Adams was forced to speak extemporaneously for the first time in his life, and his audiences howled with laughter due to the off-the-cuff nature off his utterances. Adams’s lack of notecards inspired numerous comedians, whose previous reliance on conversation cards had caused their humor to become stale and predictable. Today, Adams’s likeness hangs in many improv theaters, though not in the White House, where the official portrait of Adams is actually a photograph of a leaf.