Stitch-It Central equips crafters of all abilities with an extensive supply of raw materials and stitching tools. Felt appliqué Christmas stockings add whimsy to winter hearths ($32.49–$35.61), and bamboo knitting needles imbue any sweater, scarf, or garter-stitched disguise with an organic element ($4.95–$9.68). A pair of Dimensions cross-stitch baby bibs serves as a more creative gift than a humdrum jetpack ($18.75), and Crewel embroidery kits enhance walls with frameable finger feats ($28.75–$41.50). Like dismantling a timed explosive, needlework is best completed when accompanied by precise instruction, so bring any masterpiece-to-be to the free in-house Sit'n Stitch Group on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
There isn't an age requirement when it comes to being a rock star. At Studio Arts Academy & Rock School, students as young as 6 weeks old can learn music basics in the Music Together class, an early childhood program that taps into children's innate musical abilities, such as twins crying in two-part harmony. Older youngsters can head to band programs such as Little Rockers?a fun-filled class that explores percussion, keyboards, and singing?and Rock School, which helps participants hone in on which instrument they want to master should they join a band or score all of their conversations.
Helmed by Chef Suki Kaur-Cosier, Cooking Matters invites chefs of all experience levels to nourish their love of the culinary arts in fun, hands-on classes. Every month, she designs a lesson plan that literally expands the horizons of her pupils—many classes highlight cuisines from countries as diverse as Morocco, Italy, Thailand, and Never-Never Land. Other classes help locals adapt to dietary restrictions such as gluten intolerance or calorie restrictions with bold, delicious recipes. The class structure is simple and practical: students step up to the stove and actually prepare a four-course meal on their own. As they work, the chef patrols the room, offering suggestions and scolding watched pots that refuse to boil.
Definitions Fitness Centre fosters fitness goals with first-class cardio machines, strength equipment, and on-site trainers. The gym supplies elliptical trainers, free weights, and boxing bags, affording humanoids the tools needed to lessen mass and lower heart rates without intimidation tactics or legal waivers from mad scientists. Lengthen limbs on the new stretching area or test the durability of dumbbells on rubber flooring. Locker rooms enclose private showers, individual lockers for daily use, restrooms, and a vanity area. Flat-screen TVs adorn bright white walls so calisthenics devotees can distract ocular orbs as physiques convert calories into renewable solar energy.
Amid the pristine confines at The Athletic Club London, clients pave their path to health with cardio and resistance machinery, pools, group exercise classes, and a staff of experienced trainers. Membership unlocks 24-hour access to the fitness havens, giving patrons unfettered use of cardio equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals, or the heated pools where instructors lead aquatic yoga and families play marco polo, the game where people try to echolocate the famous explorer's ghost, during open swim.
Co-ed and women-only group fitness classes practice such traditional exercise styles as cycling, yoga, and Pilates. Instructors also specialize in newer techniques, including TAC physique, a ballet-inspired workout session taught by former-dancers-turned-robots, and TRX classes, with suspension straps that wield the body?s weight to create a full-body resistance-training workout.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.