At The Art Room Ltd. Co., there's a class to fit every budding artist. Kids can stretch their creative muscles while making paper puppets and masks with crayons and glue, or learning to paint self-portraits. Instructor-led parties for adults, on the other hand, may involve painting more grownup projects such as coasters or wine glasses. On Thursday and Friday nights, BYOB sessions throw wine into the mix, letting adults paint in a relaxed environment. And for those looking for more structured art instruction, weekly classes for both kids and adults focus on topics such as painting techniques and which paints are not edible.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $9.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (a $3.59 value).
Fleet-footed dance instructors Acenio and Lara will release the dance-floor cowboy within you through patience, clear instructions, and encouraging personal support. Even in a group setting, they pace each swish, dip, tap, and jig to the abilities of their clients. Both those accustomed to spinning their partners through the air and those born with two left feet and a tail that has toes are equally welcome. Learn the intimate, sassy swing of the Dominican merengue or the slower, more traditional elegance of the waltz. You can also bring your darts teammate along as a tango partner and entwine your passions in much the same way you accidentally entwined your braces with plastic six-pack rings. More than anything, though, you can have fun dancing and erasing all the self-consciousness that holds you back.
Armed with clay-crafting know-how, kilns for low- and high-fire finishing, and a team of notable, local ceramicists, Sunin Clay Studio founder Linda Pope oversees a pottery workshop designed with the layperson in mind. Anyone can drop in to pick up clay, rent studio time, or just bring their porcelain puppy in for a checkup. The core of the studio's services, however, lies in their beginner-friendly handbuilding and wheel-throwing classes. These four-week programs introduce progressively more advanced techniques, and the small class sizes allow students of vastly different skill levels to work alongside each other. Some special classes call on the specific schools of the potters-in-residence, such as Throwing Big and Tall—led by John Bogovich and aimed at assuaging a fear of attempting big projects—and the sculpting class, taught by talented 3-D portraitist Georgie Young. The fees for each of Sunin's classes cover all materials, including clays, glazes, and Stooge-insurance for the finished piece.
Since 2008, the planners behind ZSR Event Productions have stayed busy, consulting on big events, managing crowds at large venues, and designing weddings that racked up awards from nuptial-planning sites such as The Knot and WeddingWire. Fortunately, they’re not shy about sharing the secrets of one aspect of their success: DJing. The company’s DJ Academy preps aspiring jockeys for parties of all types, from simple wedding-reception gigs to scratch-filled live mixing sets. Instructors with more than 20 years of experience teach single-session and multiweek courses, each of which cater to different experience and interest levels. Students learn about gear and software, coming away from their classes with DJ and producing skills as well as—thanks to the academy’s certification course—opportunities for employment.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. One month of gym access equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon held in a swimming pool filled with mud. With personal LCD TVs and headphones on every piece of cardio equipment, runners infuse their heart-pumping routine with a hearty dose of entertainment while buffing up the muscles necessary to venture into eye-contact sports. A member of the on-staff fitness force will share knowledge of nutrition, the equipment, and sound exercise principles during a free personal-fitness orientation.