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.
Bruce and Gabrielle Gorchitza founded Unplugged Music Club Intl. nine years ago, creating an all-purpose musical meeting place where instructors conduct lessons both in-studio and online. Bruce Gorchitza himself specializes in teaching finger-style guitar, bringing more than 30 years of strumming and plucking experience to every lesson. Students can develop percussive talents with piano or drum lessons, study the art of string picking on a guitar, mandolin, or banjo, or strengthen vocal cords until they become powerful enough to shatter the confidence of a delicate champagne glass. Instructors teach genres such as rock 'n' roll, classical, jazz, folk, and hip hop, and the club also stocks a selection of musical instruments and accessories available for sale.
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.