Gamin' Ride's signature rides are mobile theaters, in which groups of up to 24 kids play games for XBox 360, PS3, and Wii. This isn't typical video-game play, though—the trailer immerses kids in the games with realistic touches, such as vibrating seats that let kids feel the intensity of a car chase, and a Smell-O-Vision system that releases game-appropriate scents; Madden players, for example, smell freshly-cut grass. Each trailer's library features 70 of the most popular multi-player games also includes the latest sports releases, singing and dancing games, shooting games, and an extensive Mario collection.
Within Equalize Fitness’s cavernous interior, the sounds of whirring cardio machines joins with the high-energy music blasting from a group fitness class to create a dynamic soundtrack. Guests can strengthen and tone muscles during more than 15 classes, peddling to freedom in the cycling classes, or kicking out aggression and latent high-kicks during cardio kickboxing classes. Children can get a workout, too, in the Kids Club that boasts tot-sized amenities, complete with a changing room and lockers. When not exercising, guests can relax at the juice bar, slurping down nutrient-dense smoothies while indulging in the free WiFi.
Mask? Check. Flippers? Check. Tank? Check. Scuba New York gives you all the skills and supplies you need to dive in open water. Classes start at the most basic level in the facility's indoor saltwater pool and progress through such advanced techniques as rescue diving and ice diving.
Classes at La Piazza di Carolina marinate students in the language and culture of Italy, preparing families for vacations abroad and instilling a foundation of bilingualism in young children. The cooking workshop invites pint-sized sous chefs to gather around the table of a kitchen classroom to learn basic Italian cooking terminology while crafting classic Italian dishes and conjugating verbs to a golden brown. Tiny aprons and toques transform apprentices into confident spaghetti slingers as they knead pizza dough, blend ricotta fillings, and craft tiramisu, all while learning Italian translations for ingredients and techniques. Parting gifts include the day’s recipes and Italian vocab flashcards made out of pizza.
A lifelong acolyte of martial arts, native New Yorker and master instructor Joe Maurantonio discovered Bujinkan in the early ‘80s and trained under America’s top practitioners. An official member of the American Shidoshi Kai organization of Bujinkan teachers and the international Bujinkan Dojo, Maurantonio learned from international masters, including school founder soke Masaaki Hatsumi.
Comprising nine schools of martial arts, the Bujinkan tradition traces its roots to the styles used by ninja and samurai in feudal Japan. Classes eschew competition and artificial rules for exercises that recreate realistic combat situations. Students study attacks and defenses in slow exercises, perfecting rolls and disabling moves with a focus on personal growth, effective self-defense, and preparation for battles with armed closet monsters.
Rising Stars Performing Arts Company founder and artistic director Laura A. Rizzo knows firsthand the benefits of a fine-arts education. Wielding a master’s degree in educational theater and dance from New York University as well as experience on and off Broadway, she has helmed more than 130 children’s shows in which she's helped youngsters develop social skills, increase their community awareness, and spice up dinner conversation with iambic pentameter. Rizzo and her staff of instructors from diverse performance backgrounds lead students toward their artistic goals, whether they dream of dancing competitively or joining the cast of a Broadway musical.