Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression?she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura?s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, and families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego?s foamy beaches to Denver?s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest?s autumn leaves, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.
With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
Since the Flahertys opened Arden Bowl in 1938, it's grown to become a beloved component of the Twin Cities culture. So much so, that it's gaining national renown. Thrillist featured Flaherty's on their 2014 list of America's Best Banquet Bars, a status they defined as "a neighborhood institution that serves as a living, breathing part of its community ... something much more valuable than just a place to pull up a stool."
That might be one of the reasons families love going to Flaherty's for bonding time, whether during regular open play or family bowling clubs. But beyond family fun, Flaherty's also offers plenty of time for league bowling, lessons, and doubles events. And if the lanes are full, there's plenty happening in the onsite pub and grill, too. Trivia and bingo are two of the bar's big mainstays, and hungry diners can fill their bellies with burgers or Irish stew. You can even stop in for breakfast, since apparently people get hungry in the morning too these days.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across more than 20 states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people?s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Before they created their masterworks, history's most renowned artists, from Leonardo da Vinci to Jackson Pollock, all faced a blank canvas. At her Promising Palette classes, Carol O'Malley gives students a leg up over the greats by providing canvases already outlined with a design. Once Carol introduces her favorite color-blending techniques, apron-clad pupils of all skill levels dip brushes into provided acrylic paints and apply their own color scheme to that particular night's chosen image. After sessions wrap, students can take their canvases home or waltz into the Louvre to find free wall space.