Personal Development in Seattle, WA


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  • Challenge Island Bothell Seattle
    Established: 2013 Reservations/Appointments: Required Staff Size: 2–10 people Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours Brands Used: We proudly use recycled and green materials in the classrooms. Pro Tip: We always want to know your child's unique traits and qualities—such as special dietary, social, and physical needs—so expect a registration form. Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible. Handicap Accessible: Yes Parking: Parking lot Most Popular Attraction/Offering: For grades K–2, it's Beach Party; for grades 3–6, it's Volcano Island. Recommended Age Group: 5–12 Q&A with Tamara Menteer Gonzalez, Owner And Lead Island Fun-time Hostess. What is Challenge Island? Challenge Island is based off the TV show, Survivor—but the good news is, nobody gets kicked off the island. Every island has a different set of challenges. We use recycled and green materials that can be found in most home pantries, so children can challenge themselves (and others) again. The program is designed to introduce intellectual challenges and encourage children to interact with others, rather than taking on each challenge alone. Children start by thinking through the experiment and drawing out plans by brainstorming with their tribes. Then they tackle the challenge once and determine if anything needs to be fixed before trying it again. Sometimes challenges have up to three opportunities for improvement. This is scientific methodology at its best. The entire program is structured in a manner to address the child's thinking powers and improve social skills, team spirit, and public speaking skills. Many intellectually smart children have unique differences in the social spheres due to how their minds work. Our camp focuses on the child in a holistic fashion. Our teachers also undergo background checks, and campers may request to be placed in the same tribe as their friends. I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience? Children should dress comfortably. Snacks should be sent along for our four-hour camps; otherwise, we will offer popcorn and some vegetables and fruit. Children will be asked to be good team players and social skills are part of the regular curriculum. Just make sure your child is rested, well fed, and does not have a tummy full of sugar, and things will likely go perfectly. However, if a child becomes unruly, parents will be called in to participate with their child until the improper behavior stops. Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part? I did get training by being a "student" in both Las Vegas and Atlanta. The best parts of the experience were gaining a sense of belonging to a team, thinking confidently about engineering concepts, and having a ton of fun. I laughed and used my brain a lot. Who knew building towers from paper and tape would be so challenging? And studies show that laughter improves learning.
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    17707 1/2 Bothell Way Ne Services Come
    Seattle, WA US
  • GirlDiver
    Cindy Ross was an unlikely person to found a scuba-diving school. Told by a commercial diving instructor at 19 that she was too small to scuba, Ross didn’t begin to explore the sport until she was in her 30s. Earning certification was a trial, and she spent her first four dives lugging 80-pound gear in the snow up and down a massive hill—and, adding insult to injury, the men’s equipment didn’t even fit properly. But the fifth dive changed everything. Held in Puget Sound, Ross felt a calling to the location's green waters and white anemones, and since then, the aquanaut has frolicked with such neighbors as a 1,200-pound sea lion, hundreds of Canadian seals, and a giant Pacific octopus. At Scuba Shoppe, Ross and her team of instructors immerse guests of all ages in the sport of scuba. Try Scuba classes held in the center's 84-degree pool familiarize students with their equipment before they plunge into the water to practice. Alternatively, an open-water certification program from Scuba Schools International expounds on these pool sessions with shore dives in the rolling waters of Puget Sound, which let students hone their skills in a more realistic environment or find a dolphin pod to adopt them. As part of this training, they will visit the den of a resident Giant Pacific Octopus. For the more advanced, Scuba Shoppe provides training for specialty certifications, including rescue diving, night diving, and underwater digital photography. An onsite dive shop outfits customers with all the necessary dive gear and accessories.
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    1660 Harbor Ave SW
    Seattle, WA US
  • Bricks 4 Kidz
    What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Bricks4Kidz provides learning enrichment activities for a diverse range of students in after-school enrichment programs, camps, and birthday parties. Our STEM programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children and adults to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO Bricks. Our programs provide a safe, relaxed learning environment where initiative is invited and self-expression is celebrated. Specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide kids with the opportunity to solve problems and develop an appreciation for how things work, while having fun and socializing in a non-competitive atmosphere. What do you love most about your job? The most wonderful aspect of educating using LEGO Bricks is the enthusiasm that students bring to our classes. Children are able to experience how concepts such as math and science can be utilized in a real-word setting. Our students leave with a new appreciation for building, tinkering, and exploring! What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? Our classes provide an opportunity for LEGO dreams to become reality! Our students are constantly telling us how excited they were to build their favorite dinosaur, super-hero, or Minecraft character. With the guidance of our experienced teachers, the only limit is your child's imagination.
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    2815 Eastlake Avenue East
    Seattle, WA US
  • The Love Lab
    The Love Institute 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 rockstars 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 Institute'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.
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    5917 Airport Way S
    Seattle, WA US
  • The Mike Keeney Guitar School
    What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? These lessons are more like the "fine dining" of private instruction. Each student is given a custom analysis based on their goals and musical preference. We then carve out a road map for playing the guitar by learning new songs each week based on their interests. Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring? Students need to only bring a guitar! Lesson materials such as sheet music, method books for beginners, and folders will be provided. The studio is stocked with guitar and bass amplifiers. What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I love the guitar. From Spanish Classical to Folk to Progressive, I play in many different styles every day. I'm also a people person so it feels like a duty to share my guitar experience and wisdom with the world. I love to play and help people "decode" the mysteries of music while also having fun. What do you love most about your job? To inspire people and help them build more confidence. An absolute beginner can soon feel like a musician. A student who's been playing for thirty years that feels "stuck" can be reinvigorated. We all unite through our love of the music.
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    4000 Aurora Avenue North
    Seattle, WA US
  • Swedish Cultural Center
    Established: Before 1950 Reservations/Appointments: Not offered Staff Size: 2–10 people Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours Pro Tip: You may wait a bit for your pancakes, but the wait is worth it. Handicap Accessible: Yes Parking: Parking lot Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Delicious, authentic Swedish pancakes. Recommended Age Group: All Ages Q&A with Kristine Leander, Executive Director Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about? Live music for dancing while eating pancakes. Immediately after pancakes, adjourn upstairs to try your hand at weaving (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or visit with our genealogists (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). When and how did you first develop a passion for your work? Swedish pancakes, like meatballs, are iconic to the Swedes. We serve our pancakes Swedish style with real whipped cream and lingonberries. What special training do you or your staff have? The Swedish Pancake Breakfast is put on totally by volunteers, some of whom have been helping with the pancake breakfast for 10 years or longer.
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    1920 Dexter Ave. N
    Seattle, WA US
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