Preschool Plus provides a fun, safe, and stimulating environment for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds to preheat their brains before the emotional and social rigors of life in kindergarten. With 25 years of experience as an early-childhood teacher and director, Kathy Hughes leads a team of certified educators that focus on cultivating the cognitive and developmental needs of each child. Although each instructor is equipped with eyes in the back of her head, a small teacher-to-student ratio ensures each child is nurtured and cared for. Based on the retention theory of the "Song That Never Ends," monthly themes are incorporated into every section of the curriculum. Each classroom also contains interest centers geared toward literacy, science, music, and how to properly eat an overstuffed burrito.
The diverse team of trainers at 4Balance Fitness draws from such backgrounds as professional wrestling and competitive swimming to craft motivational exercise regimens. Each staffer believes that variety and excitement—more than intimidation and mechanized movements—are key components to an effective gym routine.
At their group training facility, they welcome guests of all experience levels to join signature 4BX workout sessions. They continually change their lineup of strength, cardio, and plyometric moves to include functional training equipment, including kettlebells, tractor tires, and free weights stolen from the Statue of Liberty's private gym. Nutritional advice and body-composition assessments round out the program for a holistic approach to better health.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed programs in gymnastics, dance, and sports that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check the complete class schedule to confirm times.
The Center of Bliss, LLC, helps clients achieve peace of mind and body by offering a holistic health plan. Founder Katie Edwards heads a team of acupuncturists and herbalists who use traditional Chinese medicine to keep bodies healthy and in balance. Ashtanga yoga classes help clients foster a deeper connection to their own bodies and breathing, and a massage therapist soothes stress in connective tissues.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.