Though his studio is stocked with impressive props and backgrounds, certified professional photographer Aaron Pepis abides by an old-school philosophy: treat every subject as a star. He captures stills of families, high-school seniors, actors, and even pets during customized shoots, and travels off-site to meticulously document weddings. His talent for preserving personalities in his images has led to his status as an in-demand lecturer and magazine contributor, both in America and overseas. Additionally, he can restore cherished antique photos that have been damaged or even ripped into multiple pieces.
Kids go to the Golden Life Resource Center for not only for tutoring, but also for assistance in planning their futures—the tutors helps them with college applications and job searches. The nonprofit doesn't focus exclusively on kids, though; the team also strives to enrich the lives of senior citizens with resources such as technology training and fitness classes.
Helmed by professional choreographer and ballet and jazz dance instructor Scarlett Antonia, Antonia Arts helps kids and adults alike hone their skills in a wide variety of performing arts. Led by Broadway vets and passionate teachers, kids can learn the graceful movements of ballet or participate in a spring production of The Wizard of Oz, while students of all ages learn to write shows or work with the Meisner technique of acting.
Presenting the internationally renowned, research-based music and movement program Music Together, Over the Moon invites parents and infant-to-kindergarten-aged children to sing, dance, listen, and explore musical instruments in a variety of fun-filled classes. During weekly 45-minute Music Together sessions, adult caregivers accompany budding music muses, delving into the power of music and creativity through a variety of experiential, non-performance-based exercises. The mixed-age classes focus on natural family-filled learning as younger children watch and imitate older kids and learn a 25-song course catalog. Pint-sized sound-seekers sing, practice rhythmic rhymes, and play instruments free from classroom formalities and engage in family-building creativity.
At Kids U, upbeat instructors camouflage learning as playtime. They invite youngsters and parents into a kid-size gym that jump starts imagination with vibrant colors and a multitiered PlayQuad. The 17-foot playground spans 2,000 square feet of indoor space, where children explore tunnels and soar in swings. At classes, teachers inject freestyle play with structure while still allowing for creativity. The small, laid-back sessions cover subjects that range from gymnastics to cooking and building with LEGOs, all while interweaving themes such as teamwork and motor skills. The instructors pioneer similar subjects in three-hour day camps, molded around the Summer Olympics. Kids U's parties combine the fun center's two signature styles of recreation—freestyle fun in the PlayQuad and ordered activities—according to chosen themes, which, like concepts kicked around for the White House Correspondents' dinner, include Rock Star and Pajama Party.