Hoofers need no prior experience to participate in ballroom veteran Susan Strahosky’s friendly and informal classes, which lead a diverse group of students though the distinctive, elastic movements of West Coast swing. The 45-minute basics class encourages participants to dance with each other, giving students the opportunity to make new friends and surreptitiously stick post-it notes on everyone's back. Afterward, dancers can munch on provided snacks while watching the advanced swing students perform dapper improvisations during the follow-up Beyond Basics class. From 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., open dancing gives participants a chance to perfect newly minted skills while benefiting from more experienced dancers’ advice on how to step through a hole in the universe.
The Pennsylvania Heritage Society helps preserve the Keystone State's history, art, and culture through its coalition of museums and historical sites, as well as professional development programs for classroom teachers. Pennsylvania Heritage Society family-level members are bolstered with benefits, including free admission to Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission historical sites and museums for two adults and any offspring and grandchildren under 18. Browse the farmland at Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, learn about the French and Indian War at the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, or walk in the steps of William Penn at his recreated country estate, Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville.
Charm City Kids Club envelops kids in worlds of imagination and education where they can play and party in a tiny, tot-size town replete with a theater, restaurant, market, and firehouse. Classes, held Tuesday–Saturday, include classes such as art, yoga, and drama as well as music and pre-preschool prep sessions to stimulate rapidly expanding brains. The facility also hosts camps, giving kids the chance to doll-up as princesses or get crafty with art supplies. Providing children with a space to develop social, motor, and thinking skills is the staff’s main focus, but they also organize social groups for moms and moms-to-be to get together.
Ensconced among 116 acres of woods, wetlands, and meadows, Irvine Nature Center stirs up enthusiasm and respect for nature in children and families with a plethora of exhibits, special events, and educational programs. Inside the nature center’s exhibit gallery, the chirps of birds and eloquent narration of frogs beckon kids to partake in interactive exhibits. Live animals include snakes, poisonous dart frogs, and hissing cockroaches, and preserved native birds and an indigenous red fox silently remind children of the dangers of freeze tag. Outside, visitors immerse themselves in natural wonders such as the overlook of expansive Caves Valley and the Woodland Garden.
WTMD constructs a sounding board for local artists and blasts the airwaves with a variety of engaging playlists. These public broadcasters secure annual funding for programming and events though private contributions and memberships. Annual members are secured with a complimentary new-music CD sampler, and can bask in the knowledge of continued community events, such as First Thursdays Concerts in the Park. These free music fests bathe historic West Mt. Vernon Park in the sights and sounds of homegrown musical maestros and sentient powdered wigs. In addition to live events, listeners can tune in to weekly programming mainstays such as Baltimore Unsigned, which exposes listeners to the quadrophonic delights of local talent. The boogie-inducing grooves of Dirty Soul Party incite hips to uncontrolled swivel fits, and Reggae Rhythms jams out island tunes for music-loving archipelagos. Memberships activated by June 27 will be entered in a sweepstakes to win a Cannondale Hooligan 3 Urban Solution bicycle, courtesy of Light Street Cycles, or a year's supply of coffee from Zeke's.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.