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.
Ray Charles once said, "Music to me is like breathing—I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music." Edmonton Music Studios' team of instructors celebrates this quotation, among others, on its website, and works hard to inspire similar life-long musical passions within students of all ages. During lessons, pupils learn to play scales, sing with strength, or communicate in Morse code on the piano, guitar, violin, cello, or harmonica. Music-theory classes boost students' understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and other components of song. Children's choir groups meet to harmonize songs from a variety of genres.
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]]
The Yoga Loft's vetted instructors lead all levels of practitioners through Sattva and Ashtanga classes at its eco-friendly studio. Sattva classes explore Hatha yoga, flowing through postural sequences and breathing techniques that encourage the connection of mind and body. Ashtanga synchronizes breath and movement to specific rhythms, increasing flexibility and strength to improve your range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel. The deep relaxation classes focus on longer holds, deeper postures, and slower paces, opening the hips, shoulders, and spine to enhance range of motion and to release stress to go follow its dream of working on an Alaskan crab boat. Sessions last 45–90 minutes and run all week, comprising a class schedule starting as early as 6:15 a.m. and ending as late as 9 p.m. Before most Sattva classes, the studio is open for self-guided meditation and mime monologue rehearsals.
At bē HOT YOGA, yogis of all levels practice poses designed to pump fresh oxygen through the body. To build strength and flexibility, poses are taught in a progressive sequence. In addition to complementing the poses, two deep-breathing techniques melt stress by purging mental clutter. Balmy temperatures infuse the practice space in some sessions, promoting litheness and drawing toxins to the skin’s surface. Impurities can then exit through beads of sweat, making the body feel energized and refreshed.