Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Bakersfield Magazine is the one-stop read for all the goings-on in California's third-largest inland city. An area staple for more than 30 years, the magazine highlights the community's history, the best new food and wine finds, and helpful hints for the home and garden as well as travel tips.
California Keyboards Music Center has sharpened the ears and tamed the wandering digits of the Southern Valley for more than 35 years. Each weekly 30-minute lesson is taught by instructors whose performance resumés include enlivening Carnegie Hall, marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and treading alongside jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald.
Family Music Center is a comprehensive learning hub designed for musicians of all ages, skill levels, and tamborine-gnawing abilities. Part recording studio, part music school, and part Kindermusik classroom, the center offers a wealth of enriching opportunities, from private lessons that guide novice guitar, violin, and drum players to Kindermusik classes that focus on bolstering cognitive abilities. After taking a few classes at the center, students are often encouraged to show off their abilities with the studio’s professional-grade software and gear.
The savvy buyers at Special Occasions & Gifts scour the globe to secure an eclectic mix of both old-fashioned and modern embellishments for homes and humans. Provide shelter for sugar or secret stashes of gumballs with a covered bowl from The GG Collection ($32). A hand-forged, wrought-iron napkin holder from Bella Toscana cradles cocktail napkins ($56), or scare them silly with a pair of burning candles nestled in the coordinating candle holder ($66). Elegant metal scrollwork adds flourish to a desktop tape dispenser ($36), and fragrance-infused Tyler candles come in a variety of sizes and styles.