Birmingham Flight Center’s skilled instructors equip pupils with aeronautical know-how through classroom, flight-simulator, and in-the-air training. Students blast off into the pixeled yonder in Redbird FMX simulators—equipped with 200-degree wraparound views, full-motion capabilities, and digital parachutes in case of lost dogfights—or pilot the center’s top-notch, genuine fleet. Offering levels of instruction from Learn to Fly private pilot-certification courses to FAR Part 141 expedited commercial training, the flight center prepares the pilots of tomorrow while maintaining its founders’ legacy of aeronautical excellence, which stretches back more than 70 years.
The Pink House's stimulating Kindermusik playdates, designed for infants to 5-year-olds, give pint-sized Puccinis a chance to tap into their innate musicality while strengthening intellectual, emotional, and social development. The 45-minute class delves into instrument exploration, helping your youngster discover beats, rhythms, and sounds from storied musical appliances, then hops on the larynx train for vocal play, teaching babbling babies and toddling opera singers how to form words and replicate the inflections of melodic windstorms. Settle into story time while building on language skills, then bop, twirl, and form a toddler jam band during movement activities. Round out your three-quarter hour with some together time, harmoniously bonding with your tuneful descendant over newly acquired music skills and your shared love of experimental German pop-polka, then bid adieu with a 10 song CD or memory card and an instrument in tow. The PJ party time playdates give parents the chance to have a romantic child-free dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., while children are entertained with one hour of music and storytime, followed by one hour of supervised play and crafts. Grouponers may buy multiples of either option as gifts, or for their own children to keep them ahead of the musical curve. An excellent way to introduce your child to the world of chords and harmonics, the playdate is also ideal for busy parents or overprogrammed robot nannies who are searching for a unique meet-and-greet between their young one and the art realm.
Alabama-born Cynthia Massey Parsons, who will be featured in the 32nd anniversary edition of Who’s Who in American Art, has built her artistic reputation on works in watercolor, acrylic, and graphite. During Paint-A-Long sessions, she leads budding artists through the brushwork of a single painting, helping students pick up sound technique without worrying about inventing a subject or baiting a muse. Her original designs range from modified classics—such as the sky in Van Gogh’s Starry Night transposed over a local skyline—to classic floral still lifes.
Yoga Circle Downtown's instructors lead a diverse selection of athletically paced and calming yoga styles that cater to students of all skill levels. The studio’s schedule includes advanced and fundamental classes, such as Alignment & Form, where instructors demonstrate poses, emphasizing correct posture and positioning for each asana, instilling proper technique in beginning students and recently animated sculptures alike. Students in yoga flow sessions achieve a more vigorous workout by using strong breaths and athletic movements to transition from pose to pose, raising heart rates and bolstering stamina. During Kundalini yoga, instructors promote inner well-being by incorporating time for chants and calming meditation, which leaves students’ minds as centered as a hula hoop snug around an overinflated beach ball. Students gather for classes in an airy practice space with lofty ceilings and intricately painted pillars that keep the floor from floating away during class, accessorizing the room's wooden flooring with either their own yoga mats or a rental from the studio ($1).
Spa Moksha's staffers blend the benefits of medical care and spa treatments to create their method of mind-body medicine. They base it on scientific knowledge garnered by a cohort of doctors that includes Dr. Deepak Chopra. On one side of the coin, The Foundation for Mind-Body Medicine specializes in health services provided by experts in modern and integrated medicine. Based on each individual’s body chemistry, the experts design a personal treatment plan that can address maladies ranging from stress and chronic pain to diabetes, allergies, and cardiovascular disease.
On the other side of this coin resides not Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, or the guy who makes more money than anyone—the machinist at the US Mint—but the spa portion of Spa Moksha, which approaches wellness with medical and nonmedical spa treatments. The expert technicians employ practices that range from Ayurvedic therapy and nutrition consultations to facials, skincare, mani-pedis, and hair removal via lasers or waxing. The spa staff can also eschew the typical clinical atmosphere to treat clients with massages on the rooftop gazebo, a private space that allows patients to enjoy a relaxing massage amid the warmth of the sun and the kiss of cool breezes.
In the heated water of the Lakeshore Foundation's two pools, the staff at Swimmers United allot time for both learning and playing. Skill development is the top priority during group swimming lessons, where instructors maintain a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Fun takes center stage at kids' pool parties, which can accommodate more than 25 kids or roughly one class president's security detail.