Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains, 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, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.
A program created by the Edmonton Hispanic Cultural Society, Dancing with Little Stars introduces participants to salsa dancing during 60-minute classes that set easy-to-follow routines to fast-paced Latin beats. New moms can choose to dance with babes in arms or take to the dance floor alone while their newborns nap in cozy car seats or challenge other infants to do the worm. In addition to its fitness benefits, the program encourages socializing between moms both on the dance floor and after class.
Inner Strength Pilates offers a list of mat, equipment, and specialty classes to get bodices trim and toned; class sizes are kept small for personal attention. Inner Strength's mat classes are conducted using tools such as stability balls, foam rollers, Pilates rings, Thera-Bands, small weights, sliding disks, and a lot of super-motivating eye contact. Beginner classes are usually available four to six times a week in the intimate studio. These introductory classes encompass the basics of Pilates, lay the foundation for lifelong strength, and prepare you for more-advanced machine and resistance work. Specialty classes include a cardio dance class and a hoopdance class, and prenatal and postnatal sessions are available for those needing to get fit after giving birth or to stretch out the baby that's baking inside them.
Artists of all ages add to their arsenals of artistic techniques and express themselves through brushwork at Brenda’s Paint Pot. In a studio stocked with a full spectrum of paints, glass-cutting equipment, and other ceramic supplies, patrons can decorate bisque figurines while a helpful staff is available for guidance. Craftspeople of all experience levels produce pigmented dishes and decorations in weekly glass-fusing classes, whereas jewellery-making workshops impart pendant construction strategies. Youngsters aged 3 and older can also take a break from herding skunks through a neighbour’s doggie door by attending artistic workshops, summer camps, or sessions that meld story time with ceramic painting.:m]]
True Yoga, housed within a former Chinese temple, welcomes students to practice Ashtanga yoga in a serene environment. The studio's instructors specialize in the restorative postures of traditional Ashtanga yoga but also lead classes such as prenatal yoga, mother-and-baby yoga, baby massage, and birthing workshops. During morning classes, babysitters tend to little ones in an onsite childcare facility. The eco-friendly facility is also outfitted with free parking spaces and a small boutique.