In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
Though freedom to choose your own pairings is good for believers in true love and eclectic décor, professionally paired flavor combos showcase the best qualities of each ingredient. A retail shop outfitted with a handsome tasting bar, California Wine and Cheese stocks wines produced exclusively in California, regularly consisting of over 200 selections. Wine flights consist of four to five samplings and change every Friday, giving customers a chance to gain a broad appreciation for all kinds of wine. If you've already sampled one or more wines from the flight, just wait a week and new choices of red or white wine will magically appear. To complement the characteristics of each wine, a sampling of imported and domestic cheeses accompanies each flight. Because California Wine and Cheese sells the goods to take home, you can purchase the wines and cheeses you like best to re-create the pairings at home for dinner guests and culinarily curious cats.
The Yoga Cove reaches out to yogis with energy renewing, spiritually refreshing classes. Inside the peaceful, sunlit studio, a gleaming turquoise floor beckons those who would be at one with their minds and bodies as a pair of expert teachers offer tips and strategies about deepening the practice and approaching poses that previously lurked under the bed. Try the restorative class, which employs props and extended pose holds, or pop into a beginners session to see what your body's been missing. An all-levels class challenges players at every stage in the yoga game, and the intermediate/advanced session twists practiced students into new limb-flexing positions, such as the Lotus or the Melancholy Corkscrew.
Foothill Gym has been a leader in fitness for over 24 years. With 40+ group exercise classes each week, a huge line of machines and freeweights plus a state of the art cardio room with CardioTheater, Foothill Gym has something for everyone. Our expert staff and trainers are available answer all your questions.
Kate teaches highly-individualized, breath-centered Yoga with an emphasis on helping her clients access their innate healing capabilities. Her practice is truly holistic in that it encompasses all the tools Yoga offers and helping clients create a strong + supple body, long + smooth breath and a calm + focused mind.