Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).
With a 12-to-1 student-teacher ratio and curriculum aligned with California's Gifted & Talented Education standards, Keystone Academy supercharges children's education. Instructors urge students to take a big-picture approach to their subjects as they learn critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. The school's hybrid K–8 program restructures the typical school week to let students engage with their community: students participate in four daily hours of accelerated classroom learning for the first four days of the week, followed by home study on Friday. But even students who don't attend Keystone Academy during the school year can benefit from its unique educational approach. Summer camps immerse kids in fascinating lessons on photography, baking, robotics, or smartphone-app programming. Afterschool enrichment classes buttress classroom learning with in-depth programs on science or foreign languages. And themed Super Saturday events invite kids from the community to spend a day experimenting with hands-on educational activities.
In the three decades since he left his job as the COO of a multimillion-dollar development company, Brian Tracy has delved into the study of success, honing his own experiences with insights from the masters of fields including economics, business, and psychology. Confident in his own research, Tracy now travels through countries across the globe, delivering seminars and leading workshops for more than one million people in 58 countries, including for companies such as Toyota, Bank of America, and Verizon Wireless. He’s also condensed his wisdom into a slate of at-home courses, with DVDs and Web videos serving as virtual coaches until technology allows for the creation of miniature Tracys who deliver lectures from shoulder perches. Available lessons help pupils best personal hurdles by optimizing their time management, jump-starting their personal development, or honing their leadership abilities.
The Love Lab founder and renowned massage-industry expert Meagan Holub has helped some pretty discriminating clientele to relax and unwind. From Forbes CEOs and professional athletes to rock stars and royalty, her therapeutic massages have melted away the stress that is inherent in any A lister's life. According to Holub's blog, gift certificates for one of her massages were given away in VIP gift bags at the 2012 MusiCares event honoring Paul McCartney, so they made their way into the hands of celebrity musicians, such as the Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, and Coldplay.
But Holub talks massage with as many down-to-earth, everyday people as she does famous folks, thanks to a compassionate streak she's demonstrated since childhood. As a young girl and teenager, she rescued stray animals, volunteered at Easter Seals camp, became a physical-therapy assistant, and served as an aide for a person with paraplegia. Today her passion for helping others translates into The Love Lab's services, including group massage classes and private massage lessons that teach individuals and couples to execute the same techniques so sought after by Hollywood stars. Holub and her team of certified massage therapists also instruct employees at workplace events, where they demonstrate stress-relief techniques, which come in handy the next time the boss requires mandatory overtime to help her solve the Sunday crossword.
While her husband was in Iraq, KinderJam founder El Brown struggled to entertain her toddler with high-energy, enriching activities that would prepare him for kindergarten. Drawing on her master's degree in early-childhood education and more than a decade as an educator for children around the globe, Brown devised a program that has since become a preschool franchise reaching more than 1,300 children in four countries. The KinderJam curriculum, designed to mesh with
NAEYC framework and Developmentally Appropriate Practice standards, fosters creativity and school skills with vibrant props, creative movement, and boisterous music. For younger participants, weekly BabyJam sessions strengthen bonds between infants and parents through music-fueled tickling, cuddling, and trigonometry-proof analysis.
Mixology Bartending Academy prepares its pupils to work behind a bar top, teaching them drink recipes and serving etiquette, as well as informing them about alcohol safety and liabilities. Students learn from instructors with as much as 17 years of professional experience in a real bar setting that features glassware, working equipment, and buzzing neon signs.
Far from merely imparting basic bartender knowledge, Mixology aims to boost students' customer-service skills, netting more tips and tears of joy from satisfied customers, and an entire division of the company is focused on helping recent grads find jobs. Plus, after students hone their skills through the one- or two-week courses, they are encouraged to return to the school at any time to practice their craft under the watchful eye of an expert, free of charge.