Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events in 2011, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, décor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to the tunes of live music.
East Brunswick Luxury Cinemas 13 mans more than 200 screens from the Midwest to the West Coast. In each theater, digital projectors enthrall audience members seated in comfy stadium-style chairs with vivid images, and surround-sound speakers crisply broadcast every roar of an engine in hot pursuit and every romantic slurp of soda. To make the cinematic experience maximally cushy, guests at many locations also can sink into luxury leather seating and chew thoughtfully on East Brunswick Luxury Cinemas 13's signature $1 hot dogs.
The ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Trenton Titans compete against the country's top hockey prospects in the Atlantic Division of the league's Eastern Conference. Founded in 1999, the Titans won the Kelly Cup in 2005 behind captain Rick Kowalsky and leading-scorer Scott Bertoli, capping off an impressive six-year span in which the team missed the playoffs only one time. As the Titans continue their quest to replicate past glory, raucous fans clad in red cheer them on at Sun National Bank Center, aided by the team mascot Rivet, who energizes fans without throwing AA batteries into the stands.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California 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 and 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 for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year 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 Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
The nine-hole, 2,811-yard Clearbrook Golf Course charts an emerald path through densely wooded terrain, notable for its carpet-like fairways and smooth-rolling greens. The Hal Purdy design has received a number of recent updates, including refurbished sand traps, repaved cart paths, and improved drainage. Head course professional Scott Sterling conducts onsite lessons that cover pre-shot routine, alignment, and putting for players hoping to overcome a scoring plateau, as well as rules and etiquette for players unfamiliar with golf’s infield-fly rule.
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My Gym Children's Fitness Center helps kids aged 6 weeks to 13 years old build confidence and life skills during classes that incorporate music, physical activities, and games. Classes and programs include options such as Little Bundles, in which kids up to 6 months participate in visual, audial, and spatial exploration. In Whiz Kids, older children build skills in running, jumping, and catching, and the Cardio Kids class gets kids up off the couch with strength and flexibility exercises.