With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
• For $20, you get two 30-minute one-on-one music lessons in your choice of guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, DJ, or percussion, including instrument rental (a $40 value). • For $20, you get four two-hour jam sessions for kids ages 5–17 (a $40 value).
An architect by training, Tina Ottmar spent years honing her artistic abilities, mastering both the precision of drawing a blueprint sketch and the creativity of crafting an original design. In 2009, wanting to give her grandmother a creative outlet at her senior home, Tina began offering art classes with ever changing projects. Today, at Artsy Smartsy, Tina has expanded her offerings, offering classes for kids and adults to explore new artistic skills. Each class uses high-quality materials and delves into age-appropriate theory and practice, educating children how to craft a masterpiece and teaching parents not to lick the stones.
Green Body’s beginner and intermediate kettlebell sessions, which take place afternoons and evenings, engage the exerciser’s entire body rather than isolating individual muscles. In 45–60 minute classes, with around 12 participants in each, students grasp thick-handled weights to boost resilience and strength, torch body fat, and build enough confidence to finally let go of that 1999 doctor’s note for a broken ankle. Green Body's plant-peppered, wood-beamed gym represents the center's purpose of promoting earth-friendly lifestyles. Exposed-brick walls line the workout room, which also hosts fighting dummies, rattan dividers, and a zen Buddha statue that giggles when people rub his tummy.
Lori Greene started “The Stick” (as Mosaic on a Stick is affectionately known) more than eight years ago, spreading out roots that teach and bring together the community around her. Mosaic on a Stick serves as a social hub where students come to chat, stock up on supplies, or plan out community projects. Recent works have included a partnership with ArtScope to help local teenagers create a mosaic mural on the Hancock Recreation Center. Graduates of the studio’s various classes wind up creating tabletops, birdbaths, benches, and house numbers, many of which are displayed for sale in the store. Lori is always on hand to offer tips, working out of a studio in the back where she mines her interests in Yoruba beadwork from Nigeria, nkisi figures of the Congo, and textile patterns.
More than 25 years ago, Marcy McHenry founded the Dancers Studio to put her 30 years of dance experience to good use. The studio’s three ballrooms spread out over 6,500 square feet of arm-flinging, leg-kicking room. Upon the shiny, lacquered hardwood, a staff of trained instructors guides students of all skill levels through ballroom, Latin, social, and special-event dance routines. During group lessons, the instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where their pupils can thrive in styles such as the tango and west coast swing. In private lessons students can fine-tune techniques, learn extra-challenging new steps, or find out what Fred Astaire’s favorite ice-cream flavor was during their one-on-one time with an instructor. Those looking to show off their new moves can get down on Thursday evenings when the studio's DJ Chris spins a variety of tunes for pupils to kick their heels up to for an hour.
The studio also encourages dancers to maintain healthy physiques in Pilates, Zumba, and yoga classes. Clients can sculpt long, lean muscles and strong cores in a Pilates session, or get heart rates thumping in Zumba classes that play energetic Latin tunes.