The teachers at Kindermusik Discovery know that children’s minds are fertile ground for learning. That’s why they use singing, dancing, and instrument exploration to sow the seeds of language development, social skills, and coordination. Rooted in the belief that all children are naturally musical, their program’s research-based philosophy operates on a curriculum whose methods allow children to move at their own pace as they grow from infancy to age 7. Throughout the whole program the educators emphasize having fun. The encouraging atmosphere helps pupils develop a love of music from an early age while also enhancing literacy skills, social and emotional development, math skills, and pattern recognition. Acknowledging that most learning takes place at home, the program also equips students with materials such as books and CDs for taking back to the sandcastles they live in.
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs—teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.
Open seven days a week all year, Adventure At Altitude's instructors teach groundlings to soar with the aid of hang-gliders, ultralights, and flying boats. During adrenaline-pumping experiences, guests can share a tandem vessel or pilot their own hang-glider while soaring up to 5,300 feet in the air. Ultralight SkyRides place passengers at the helm of a hang-glider wing powered by a motorized undercarriage. Passengers are welcome to try out aerobatic tricks such as dives, spins, and wingovers, or teach their partners the proper arm signals for left-hand turns in the air.
Brush Fire Ceramic Studio hands over the creative reins to its customers, who browse a selection of more than 300 ceramic pieces while choosing the perfect figurine or plate to personalize. Then, would-be van Goghs select stencils or sketch a design freehand, flipping through books or eating the pages for inspiration. The studio time clock starts as painters dip their brushes in as many colours as they like, but visitors are never charged for more than two hours of studio time per visit. Professionals glaze and fire creations, and customers can return to pick them up in about a week before placing their pieces on mantels and gifting them to family members.
Founded by ex-cop and child-safety expert Samantha Wilson, Kidproof educates parents and children across North America on issues of family safety. Each seven-hour babysitting training class, which begins at 10 a.m. and carries on until 5 p.m., gives youngsters ages 12–15 a solid foundation in basic sitter knowledge and rudimentary tube-sock ventriloquism. In addition to confidence-building child-care tips from Kidproof's babysitter experts, students receive two hours of first-aid tutoring. Graduates of the daylong class leave having learned how to safely find a babysitting job and how to look after children of all ages. Take-home goodies include a babysitter handbook, a wallet-sized babysitter training-completion card, and a state-of-the-art babysitter teddy bear finder. Kidproof requests that pupils bring along a lunch containing no nuts or candy, a teddy bear or doll about the size of a baby, and a pen and paper.
An independent music school boasting more than 30 years in Winnipeg, Tauber Music imbues patrons with melodic chops by pairing pupils with more than 80 qualified instructors at its six locations for one-on-one or group lessons. To help as many community members discover their inner Ozzy Osbourne as possible, the school outfits new students with free instrument rentals and discounts lessons for families. Several programs afford young musicians the chance to whisper to their chosen instrument, and a number of classes address the needs of adult beginners or teens preparing for the Royal Conservatory of Music exam. Pupils can opt to sample an instrument of their choice, such as the piano, drums, or violin, before fully committing to on-going lessons during a six-week aptitude course. A summer rock band program for teens culminates after eight rehearsals with a final concert and demands for bowls of M&M'S with all the brown ones removed.