If you've ever looked at a statue of a tiny owl and thought to yourself, it's cute, but it would be much cuter with purple polka dots, Create Me Pottery Painting Studio is the place for you. Patrons at the paint-your-own-pottery studio dip into more than 90 paint colors and their own creativity to decorate an animal or cartoon figurine, mug, plate, or bowl. Chances are that with more than 500 blank ceramic pieces, guests will find something that tickles their fancy.
After the artists complete their work of art, Create Me Pottery's staffers clean up the mess and then fire and glaze the piece. All fired pieces are dishwasher, microwave, and food safe, making eating onion rings off a garden nymph's wings a great idea in more ways than one.
The spacious studio accommodates up to 50 people during birthday parties, bridal showers, and Scout events. The staff even helps party hosts set up any food they bring. The BYOB studio also encourages of-age artists to bring their own adult beverages.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.
Third-degree black belt and instructor Gary Quillen was once a regular 12-year-old boy. Today, he can leap into the air and perform a dazzling horizontal split kick. This feat requires immense athletic prowess. But that physical strength means nothing without the equally immense mental strength behind it. The importance of mind over muscle informs Gary's approach to teaching his Korean martial-arts and fitness classes. He has designed each of his classes to teach novice practitioners how to defend themselves with deft, powerful techniques, but also to develop their confidence, respect, and self-control in order to minimize the chance they'll ever need to.
The instructors at Kozma Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA understand that technique is only part of what it takes to become a skilled fighter. In each lesson, the faculty helps their students build the inner strength, courage, and discipline that it takes to succeed in martial arts and earn respect from their competitors. Classes for children and adults cover the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mixed martial arts, and boxing in a studio outfitted with red and black mats and a number of sandbags for students to practice punches on or refill hourglasses from.
At Liberty Bell Crossfit, instructors lead groups of exercisers as they box, squat, sprint, and lift their way to better health. A new workout awaits with every visit to the gym, complete with a unique assortment of functional exercises that pays dividends in other areas of life, such as holding a squat when the movie theater runs out of seats. The gym prides itself on an all-inclusive approach to fitness, incorporating the non-exercise aspects of meal planning and weight-loss into health routines.
Fifty meters of aquamarine pasture await butterflies and backstrokes in Ashbourne Swim Club's Olympic-sized pool, where families of up to five can take unlimited advantage of swimming lessons and other summery activities. Lifeguards patrol the pool’s cement shores, keeping at least one lane dedicated to inflatable swan carpools. Separate diving and wading pools provide space in which to practice half-somersaults or doggy paddles during swimming lessons, while water aerobics and poolside yoga classes cultivate contoured templates for suntans. Not every family member will be forced to enjoy the swim club’s watery delights, as a nearby play area and sports courts offer all the dry entertainment of a British sitcom. Other club amenities include a cyber café with free WiFi, regular movie nights, and scheduled social events to honor the summer’s bountiful feast of sunshine.