Southern Breeze Equestrian Center is a utopia for horse lovers, where expert instruction turns whinnying tenderfeet into sure-footed saddle-masters. With lessons devised for all ages and experience levels, this full-service facility fills its four riding arenas with enthusiastic forays into horsemanship. Southern Breeze’s 45-minute private lesson ($65), offered Mondays through Saturdays with one of the center's experienced assistant trainers, is tailored to individual levels of equine expertise. First-time riders spend some ground time looking under the hood, using humanpower to harness horsepower before embarking on their first longe-line ride. Experienced straphangers will work on enhancing their skills, mastering the maneuvers of dressage horses or leaping over 20 burning busses.
The intoxicating scent of fresh popcorn; the sweet sensation of a snow cone hitting your tongue; the rush of adrenaline as you spring from the cushy foundation of a bounce house. Kandiland Jumpers supplies all these feelings in the form of party rentals. Snow-cone machines, bounce houses, and popcorn machines are among the whimsical party extras, which the staff will transport to your home and set up before the bash.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
The Crayon Academy's committed wisdom warriors have dedicated nearly two decades to setting solid scholastic footing for children before they step into classrooms. During this two-week trial (a $248 value) youngsters mold brain matter with a day-long itinerary that hones in on fellowship, academics, and art. Four different schedules cater to moppets of varying ages and experience, and Crayon's knowledgeable teachers can help students with homework, learning tips, and the latest in pencil-sharpening practices. Crayon's open-door policy allows curious parents to sit in on the learning whenever they like and without wearing kid disguises.
The Language Factory's interactive classes and engaging curricula spur the development of language centers in growing minds, giving kids a head start in future communications with continental chums. Language-sponges aged 4–13 can enroll in group classes that quickly immerse them in a thick bouillabaisse of soupy foreign words and culture. Sage teachers well versed in lingual niceties and child-herding keep classes engaged through song, leading students in stirring renditions of the handful of French songs not about pizza pies. Through language games, tongues will learn the fricatives that they'll need to argue with Parisian cab drivers or Spanish conquistadors.
A year-round preschool, afterschool and camp center for kids ages 6 weeks- 12 years old.
Kids R Kids uses an award-winning curriculum inspired by Dr. Piaget's learn-with-play philosophy, that focuses on building the emotional, physical, intellectual, cognitive, and social areas of a child's development.