In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Mad Science of Las Vegas provides young birthday-havers (typically between ages four and 12) with more than 20 years of experience in showy, spectacular science. The engaging and high-energy entertainers will bring any group of up to 22 kids a dazzling 45- to 60-minute display of lab tricks, enchanting the wide-eyed youngsters with displays on the mechanics of fireworks, the power of static, and green water all aglow. Children may leave the party with educational and fun take-home experiments, such as super bouncy balls or slippery slime. Call ahead to book your child's birthday party. You may upgrade for an additional fee to include Mad Science Goody Bags at the birthday party.
Sylvan Learning Center uses a personalized tutoring approach in order to develop students of all ages. During the initial visit, your child will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment, which highlights any trouble spots and serves as a baseline for future progress. Your child will then traverse tailored tutoring sessions, which cover topics such as math, reading, writing, study skills, and algebra. Sylvan issues regular progress reports, providing parents with a comprehensive look into their son or daughter's ongoing sessions. All five Sylvan Learning Centers are open Monday–Saturday, with hours in the morning and afternoon. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
The Onyx Theatre is Las Vegas' leading alternative theatrical and performance space for world-class and local artists. They provide a space dedicated to personal artistic expression, free minds, unrestrained entertainment and socially relevant art.
A patient team of musical linguists teaches students to translate the gobbledygook of quarter notes and treble clefs into melodious poetry in 45-minute weekly sessions. Piano lessons guide groups of no more than six through the murky waters of theory, utilizing the trusted Mayron Cole Piano Method as a reference map. Beginners start out with the fundamentals of rhythmic reading and keyboard geography on a studio piano, and intermediate students learn compound rhythm and atonal audience antagonism. Guitar students learn to pluck strings with panache in a class that covers the basics of theory and proper maintenance before advancing on to face-melting chord progressions. An easy-to-follow format allows impatient rockers to play popular power ballads right away. Three levels of voice lessons levels coax beautiful harmonies from untrained esophagi, with tone-enhancing techniques for breath support and pitch matching practiced in a supportive environment.