In crowded classrooms, it's easy for the needs of individual children to be overlooked. Despite the best efforts on the parts of teachers and students alike, all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Sylvan Learning Center's nationwide network of tutors and resources seeks to fill in educational gaps and keep flagging students from elementary to high school up to speed.
Whether children struggle with reading, writing, or solving the complex logarithms necessary to get their jetpacks airborne, Sylvan's learning gurus help them chart a course through learning roadblocks. Initial skills assessments determine where students fit into the Sylvan tutoring regimen with a series of tests, diagnostic tools, and interviews. With a greater understanding of the needs of each student, tutors create custom approaches to keep students engaged and in command of the fundamentals.
With the private, personal instruction from experienced musicians, kids will soon be shaking the walls and integrating British slang into their vocabulary. In the Performance Program (a $275 value), budding musicians learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument during a weekly 45-minute private lesson as well as one weekly group rehearsal. At the end of the season, students have the opportunity to perform at a rock venue (past student performances have included Pink Floyd's The Wall, AC/DC, Best of the '80s, and Devo). The All Access Membership Program (a $180 value) offers a 30-minute weekly lesson along with a one-hour weekly jam session and two tickets to each of the school's seasonal shows. In this program, students are free to focus on what they want to learn, whether it be perfecting a favorite rock song or practicing improvisation skills. Enrollment is rolling and based on seasons.
Red Butte Gardens was recognized in 2009 by ParentsConnect as the best tourist spot in Salt Lake City. With properly mannered gardens as well as natural areas, this verdant oasis charms humans, honeybees, and wood sprites of all ages. Exercise the body's primary olfactory organ on the Floral Walk, which provides exclusive access to such botanical hotspots as the Rose Garden, the Fragrance Garden, and the Children’s Garden. Visitors who prefer nature with its grasses untamed and nails unmanicured should proceed directly to the natural area, where trails connected by less than six degrees of separation lead to canyon overlooks, creeks, and quarry houses.
For the past 10 holiday seasons, A Holiday Light's illuminati have bedecked abodes with strands of brilliant bulbs. Teams of torch techs report to front lawns lugging ladders, fasteners, and all other equipment necessary to make eaves gleam, including six shimmering lengths, or up to 150 feet of lights, each inch of which homeowners get to keep. Deft designers crown rooflines, fixtures, and trees, and liven up lackluster house pets during the 25- to 45-minute installation. After the season draws to a close and the last of the holiday cheer has been shoved back into the basement, technicians return to remove the lights, ensuring the iridescent bulbs won't distract from the giant inflatable Gerald Ford set up for Presidents' Day.
As a full-body perfecting school, Skinworks and its aesthetic armada of students clear smooth, silky paths with a selection of waxing services. Improve Chunnel swim times with a full-leg ($35 for 60 minutes), arm ($15 for 30 minutes), or back ($30 for 60 minutes) wax, or de-fuzz smaller bodily tunnels, such as noses and ears ($7). Lips, chins, and navels bid strands adieu in one fell yank ($7), and bikinis suit up for competition with a 30-minute procedure ($15).
The Front Climbing Club allows stone-scalers an indoor environment where they can train, practice, and scratch their wall-ascending itch. The club's Climbing 101 class will tutor mounting novices on climbing safely, rope skills, basic techniques, and ascender's lingo, ensuring that new climbers are capable of scaling their next-door neighbor's castle battlements before the next full moon. Climbers can take their newly acquired skills to the club's 6,500-square-foot facility, featuring one of Idaho's steepest climbing walls—a smooth, wood-composed wall nicknamed "The Wave." The club focuses on the art of bouldering, in which ropes are replaced by a crash pad to protect against injuries, allowing climbers to conquer walls with little equipment. For those with stringy sentiments, the club also offers top-rope climbing, and after an invigorating climb to the top, you may need a moment to quietly bask in your triumph over gravity, the most mean-spirited mass-attracting natural phenomenon.