In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Puddingstone's panoramic views provide eyefuls of the San Gabriel Valley's rocky ranges from every perspective, whether it's the mountains' natural grandeur or their reflection off the placid waves of the resort's namesake lake. While its picturesque plateaus set breathtaking scenes for weddings and other special events, the resort's 20 semiprivate hot tubs are its premier attraction. Nestled within its own cabana?complete with a private changing room, CD player, and controls for water temperature and light?each of the open-air hot tubs instantly conjures romance and relaxation. As candles flicker on the surrounding deck, bathers take in beautiful views of the sun setting over Puddingstone Lake and the valley below. Hot-tubbers may bring a cooler and basket of snacks to enhance the evening, so long as containers aren?t made of glass and patrons wait at least 30 minutes before swimming laps.
The Pacific Ocean separates Pasadena from Nepal, but Himalayan Cafe makes the distance seem smaller. Its authentic combination of Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan dishes include saut?ed veggies served along homemade paneer cheese, lamb, chicken, and shrimp baked in a tandoor oven, and six varieties of naan, a flatbread served plain or stuffed with fixings. Sweet treats include Nepalese-style rice pudding topped with cardamom and nuts and lassi, a yogurt drink made with rosewater. Beer and wine is also served.
Stylist Tiffany Serrano crafts haircuts for men and women. She also specializes in coloring techniques as well as up-dos and special-event styling for weddings, proms, and sweet 16s. Tiffany works out of Five Doors Down The Salon, a full-service salon located in downtown San Dimas.
Combining the most up-to-date teaching techniques with the age-old customs of martial arts, Chozen Martial Arts offers students of all ages a variety of self-defense styles to improve health, fitness, and confidence in a friendly atmosphere. Learn the hand-to-hand blended-American-Karate combat skills of judo, aikido, kenpo, and more with your own mix-and-match of 10 classes ($159 tuition). Experienced instructors will guide you on your board-breaking and eggshell-crushing journey to enhanced athletic performance and disciplined behavior. Wee Bruce Lees can take their first high-kicks with Chozen's Tiny Tigers or Dragons, while teens and adults will bridge the generation gap through well-placed chest-jabs with their respective classes. In a blend of boxing and martial arts, high-intensity cardio-kickboxing classes allow fighters to burn 350–450 calories per hour with finely-tuned flailings.
NibNobs Sweet Company employs pastry alchemy to transform unwieldy slices of cake into handheld spherical treats in a variety of shades and flavors. Each succulent cake morsel is swathed in a frosting fit for complementing its core, with additional sugar sprinkles and garnish twirls available to dial up its delicious shell. Gourmet flavors, such as the refreshing key-lime pie ($24.95 per dozen) and complex dark chocolate, orange, and sea salt ($24.95 per dozen), please the palate, and classics, such the rainbow-spotted birthday cake ($19.95 per dozen) and triple chocolate chip ($19.95 per dozen), deliver comfort and flashbacks to childhood cake hunts. Thwart indecision with a variety pack (starting at $19.95 per dozen) proffering prearranged truffle harmonies, and then enjoy the treats one by one, each evoking a new emotion and an all-too-familiar urge to rub the belly cyclically.