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 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.
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Situated within the Fiesta Del Norte Shopping Centre, the calorie-burning force at C.Y.L. Fitness leads clients through a full schedule of classes priced at $6 and requiring no membership dues. Within a spacious, red-floored studio space, exercisers goad sweat glands during classes that include music-based aerobic Zumba instruction, power-enhancing boot-camp drills, and serene stretch sessions in yoga. Routines rotate periodically to keep students guessing, with instructors always tossing new movements and three-card-monte tricks into the workout mix.
Scraps Galore boasts an abundant assortment of goodies, supplies, and tools for creative memory chroniclers. Sticker sheets ($3–$5), plain and patterned papers ($0.90+/sheet), and cardstock ($0.60+/sheet) from popular brands such as Bazzill and WorldWin fill the showroom, waiting to help commemorate best friends' birthday parties or beloved parrots' debutante balls. Crafters can also embellish photo pages with Tumblebeasts stickers and an array of accouterments from EK Success.
An outdoor heated mineral pool beckons guests at the Garden Gate Day Spa & Salon, but its appeal lies in more than just its smooth surface. As visitors slip beneath the surface, underwater music floats gently into the eardrums. Similarly soothing details pop up throughout the spa: a rain shower and dry saunas stand ready in the women's changing room, an aromatherapy room engages the olfactory system, and luxurious spa packages encourages all-day visits.