With hands shyly clasped, two middle-schoolers glide around a gleaming floor to a soundtrack of contemporary hits and ?80s classics. It?s a familiar nostalgic sight at Rollin' 253 Skate Center. The classic pastime gets a modern look at the newly renovated roller-skating haven, where guests of all ages whisk across the rink during public skates and birthday parties. Skills are further honed during lessons covering the finer points of hockey, speed skating, artistic skating, roller derby, and executing really cool-looking twirls.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don't try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan's instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.
With more than 20 years of experience in the inflatable entertainment industry, Merry Makers provides hours of jumpable delight to energetic juveniles and the parents who want to tire them out before beer-thirty. Proportioned for standard toy-humans ages 12 and younger, and weighing less than 150 pounds, the Jumparoo Bounce House (a value of $179 for up to seven-hour rental) requires a 20'x20'x13'?20' space in which to nestle, and one electrical outlet within 70 feet to power the inflation station. These bright, colorful bastions of bounceability are available in more than 50 themes, such as castle, princess castle, and the castle formerly known as Prince castle. Treat your tot to a big top bouncer for a lively, circus-themed bash, or rent a pneumatic starship on July 20 to celebrate the 41-year anniversary of the Apollo moon landing or the 90-year pre-versary of humanity's first contact with Vulcans. Most bounce houses come with a roof to shield gravity challengers from sun and rain, allowing free-floating friends to jump their way to bedtime come rain, shine, or plague of fun-devouring locust.
Yuen Lui Studio has been creating photographic heirlooms since time began in 1947. During the photo session ($25 for one person, $30 for up to eight), models can surrender their souls to the camera indoors at Yuen Lui's studio or let nature provide the backdrop at a choice of 11 outdoor beach locales. After flashing their way through a set of expressions, customers should have enough data to upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging on the wall for the past 600 years. As proof that the photo shoot actually happened, Yuen Lui Studio will transform a single pose into one 8?x10? print ($79), two 3?x5? prints ($36 for the first, $30 for the second), eight wallet-sized prints ($33 for the first four, $27 for the rest), and a disc that holds the pose as a digital prisoner ($250).
The handsome, 12,000-square-foot museum is home to four exhibition galleries and a permanent collection that focuses on the wealth of regional talent in the Northwest, in addition to housing Japanese woodblock prints and European paintings. Tacoma's own Dale Chihuly fills a gallery space with his permanent installation of playful and fantastical glasswork, much of it inspired by his love for the sea. Brush up on your goose-whispering skills at the Secret Language of Animals exhibit, a family-friendly flock of approximately 40 paintings, sculptures, and videos depicting rodents, birds, horses, dogs, crazy uncles, and more.
At Abundant Health, your full-body tune-up consists of a 15?20 minute consultation followed by 20 to 30 minutes of treatment. One of the friendly, experienced acupuncturists will start with a casual consultation to determine your main pains and the goals of the treatment. By performing a tongue assessment, feeling your pulse, and checking for irregularities in your abdomen, your acupuncturist will be able to determine what treatment methods will be best for alleviating your malfunctioning microchip. Acupuncture treatment consists of inserting small, thin needles into specific points on your body called meridians. These points are situated along channels where energy, or Qi (like "cheese," without the tasty "se" finish), flows throughout the body. Many people find acupuncture a relaxing and restorative treatment that can effectively alleviate many conditions, such as pain, stress, asthma, allergies, headaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, infertility, and more.