The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
At Lake Wheeler Park, dragons glide through the clear blue water. These aren't your ordinary dragons—team-driven dragon boats create a fearsome image out on the lake and the Raleigh Dragon Boat Club promotes their freedom to paddle. At weekend practices, boaters sharpen their skills and cut through the water relying only on their arms, provided paddles, and the one teammate who was born with flippers for hands. Dragon Boat Club outings offer great alternatives to traditional retreat and rope course team building events and encourage team cooperative skills through fun and water-friendly adventures.
The Ninja Challenge pushes past mere human obstacles with a race that tests athleticism, stamina, and the ninja spirit. Competitors will need to complete a 5K race with more than 15 obstacles—leaping over rooftops, running across a swamp bridge, throwing ninja stars, and defeating an enemy ambush. Awards will be handed out for first-place finishers, best costume, and best ninja costume, and runners who beat the Super Ninja will earn a spot in the hall of fame. Participants also receive a Ninja Challenge T-shirt and headband, a race bib, and a free-beer-ticket wristband.
Create Raleigh's helpful staff takes all the cleanup and frustration out of creating a work of art, so all its students have to do is sit down, pick up a brush, and enjoy themselves. With an array of class offerings, the studio is a place where friends can enjoy a night on the town with a bottle of wine, or kids can sit down with a juice box to create a piece entitled "Self-Portrait With Juice Box." During painting classes, seasoned instructors guide students step-by-step in creating a finished piece, whether it's a still-life, landscape, or portrait of a pet.
A member of a previously undiscovered species known as skateasaurus stakes its territory, tracing figure eights along the rink's hardwood floor. Dressed in blue-and-white shorts and a red trucker hat, the plush, green-and-yellow dinosaur—otherwise known as Skato—eschews eating children, and instead prompts them to shake it all about in rounds of Hokey Pokey. This fun ambiance extends to the rest of United Skates of America's roller rink, surrounded by lime-green walls and manned by a smiling staff.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Included bounce house and theme activity
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Pro Tip: Once you pick a theme, the rest of the headache of throwing a party is out of the way.