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.
Studio One's Summerlin, Southwest, and Henderson establishments house an armada of instructors boasting experience ranging from Olympic opening ceremony performances, star spots in Broadway productions, and choreography positions with entertainment companies. Within the combined 15,000 square feet of studio space, left-footed frolickers are transformed into smooth-stepping dancers with a variety of dance disciplines. From the grace of traditional ballet sessions to hip-hop classes inspired by popular street dances, the movement mavens instill their mastery onto dancers of all ages and levels, regardless of how many legs or fins they have. The Summerlin location boasts five studio rooms equipped with viewing windows and a waiting room with a flat-screen TV that broadcasts video from each dance room, so guardians can watch their pupil evolve into a dancer and forgo walking forever.
For more than 20 years, master glass blower Robert Shield has crafted his crystalline figures for people around the world, his masterpiece being a glass carriage and horse that he gifted to the British Royal Family. Seated before the azure flame of a torch, Robert can make a swan appear out of a plain glass tube, bending and blowing the hot, translucent material until it resembles the bird's feathered body and arcing neck, before smashing the piece because he hates swans. From his academy, Robert edifies protégés in the glass-manipulating arts, guiding beginners through creating festive ornaments and tear-drop necklaces, and empowering aspiring artisans to fire up saleable spun glass.
Real Estate School of Nevada has been educating Realtors for more than 30 years with straightforward, intensive programs. Flexible scheduling lets students soak up the finer points of both state and national real-estate law in person, via mobile devices, or at home via the school's website. Instructors also share their wealth of knowledge and infinite patience outside class hours in the form of tutoring, career-placement counseling, and ample practice-test time so students can pass the first time. Students can attend classroom sessions at the Henderson location Monday through Friday.
"Don't play games" might be classic dating advice, but Wildfire Gaming upends this adage, with gaming complexes ideal for a date night?or any type of night out, really. Couples can wink at each other across the blackjack table, or bet on their favorite team and cheer wildly at the Sportsbook TVs. For a friendly slots contest, there's more than 1,200 machines to try out, ranging from penny slots to high limit games. At one location, there's even a bowling center with a full bar, ideal for showing off excellent form or learning why people don't play kickball with bowling balls.
RockStar Guitar's certified instructors provide private, one-on-one lessons in rock guitar, classical guitar, or any other genre that's playable on six strings. The expert musicians also teach at all levels of expertise. For beginners, they cover basic skills such as chords and scale patterns. They take advanced students farther down the guitar's sound hole, delving into music theory and the dark messages heard when playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” backwards. For anyone looking to get out of the house, the instructors can host sessions at their own home-based studios.