In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
Zone Action Park thrills family members young and old with themed fun zones that quench thirsts for go-karting, bouncing, mini golf on two brand new 18-hole courses, and batting practice. The Speed Zone pits kids as young as 3 years old against each other for zipping go-kart action, whereas a bounce area lets them hop safely on inflatable jumps or slides. Batters practice against slow- or fast-pitch machines in the Strike Zone. Inside, the Game Zone fosters friendly competition with family-friendly games such as Big Bass Wheel and Treasure Quest fueled by hot fresh pizza from their cafe that happily serves large parties and birthdays.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The 23rd annual Rio Grande Valley Home & Garden Show boasts a wide range of interactive exhibits and presentations from dozens of household- and gardening-product companies. The show also features guest speakers Dr. Tom Harris, also known as The Hill Country Gardener, and Kristi Broussard from History Channel’s Swamp People.
With a facility featuring 40 state-of-the-art lanes, Flamingo Bowl provides patrons with an ideal stomping ground to engage in the visceral joy of recreational collisions. Upon your arrival, Flamingo Bowl will provide you with a stylish, silky-soled pair of bowling shoes specially designed to collaborate with gravity. With toes tricked out, bisect the alley with a perfectly hurled, pin-scattering spheroid. Flamingo’s colorful, vintage décor provides a suitable ambience for disco-dance strike celebrations, and personal bests can be honored with a beer, burger, or gravy cup at the complex’s 25th lane.
As the official training center for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Summit Sports Club greets guests with a wide array of alley-oop-grade facilities for physical fitness. Smack tennis balls and biceps into shape in one of Summit's four full-size indoor tennis courts or five indoor racquetball quadrangles.
As members of the AA Central Hockey League and winner of the 2008–2009 award for CHL Franchise of the Year, the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees entertain local sport lovers from October through March with hard-hitting, goal-laden hockey. Piloted by head coach Chris Brooks, this season’s crop of aspiring hat-trickers look to inch closer to a playoff birth behind the strong play of assist-leader Tomas Klempa and sturdy goalie Juliano Pagliero. Your gold-level seat ensures spectacular views of every goal, penalty, and zamboni wheelie tricks, as the Killer Bees take on casual puck-tappers Allen Americans or the Odessa Jackalopes.
Prehistoric plants and animal fossils, native people and European colonization exhibits, and a steamboat replica are but a few of the fascinating displays to see at MOSTH. For almost 40 years the Museum has chronicled the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, preserving its rich history.
Cottonwood Creek Country Club & Golf Course has tested the mettle of south Texas golfers for more than 20 years on its nine-hole, par 27 course that stretches along 1,245 manicured yards. Each round of golf ($9/person) challenges golfers with fast, tight play over undulating bent-grass greens and fairways, perfect for practicing your short game and modeling new plaid knickers. Golfers traverse the course on carts ($6/person) to successive par 3 holes, including the signature hole No. 5, a formidable 175 yards that challenges golfers with a scenic tee shot over a rolling stream. A year-round average of 74 degrees washes gentle warmth over the course and ensures that even if golfers have a subpar game, they still get plenty of the sun’s friendly vitamin-D-filled rays.
Partake in various photographic opportunities and real-time eye-pleasures for a full calendar year with a family membership, which covers two adults and all children 18 and under in the household. In addition to unlimited admission, members receive a variety of benefits, including admission to more than 100 other affiliate zoos nationwide, free parking, and discounts on a menagerie of zoo-wide affairs. The Gladys Porter Zoo is an intimate oasis that lodges more than 350 species of animals and more than 200 species of plants. Animal fans can saunter through four geographically-partitioned parks, which feature interactive opportunities such as giraffe feeding and free-style rap battling the reptiles. Other popular spots include the butterfly and bug exhibit, and a free-flight aviary where South American birds soar freely through the air. The recently opened South Texas Botanical Exhibit & Park provides plant-based entertainment complete with a playground and trees with animals mysteriously carved into their tender, bark-based underbellies.
Situated on the shores of Laguna Madre, South Padre Island Golf Club spans 6,931 yards of coastal, palm-tree-lined terrain. Though the seaside locale affords aces a veritable bunkerful of picturesque vistas, ocean winds and hole-hugging water hazards demand precise drives, pinpoint approaches, and earplugs to guard against caddying sirens. The course’s challenging nature is tempered by five different tee options, making the links surmountable for developing divoteers but still engaging for workaday wedge wizards. Steer your included, obedient golf cart right along the coast on holes three through eight and gawk at the South Padre Island skyline, or reenact the most memorable events from the Texas Senior Open, which was previously hosted by the course. The club also houses a practice driving range, putting green, and a short-game area for testing windmill-thwarting mini-golf approaches.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Around the globe, each of Gracie Barra's more than 300 schools shares a common curriculum: Brazilian jiu jitsu. The school's instructors instill the traditional martial art throughout the world, venturing beyond Brazil to nearly every continent on Earth. At the McAllen branch, the instructors possess the same International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation certifications as their colleagues across the globe, and call on their training in the Gracie Barra curriculum to teach the martial-arts technique to all ages and experience levels. Additionally, they schedule programs such as muay thai and women's fight-fitness classes that incorporate self-defense tactics for beating up unwanted calories.
Aiming to increase energy levels with the adrenaline-boosting effects of exercise, Gloria's Energetics Studio flings open its doors to clients six days a week. Inside the studio, upbeat music sets the pace for intense Zumba sessions or combination aerobics classes.
When Daniel Bryant founded Breakaway Cruises in 1995, the tour company had a fleet of one—a dolphin watch boat, the Xcape. Nowadays, the Xcape is still bringing tourists face-to-face with live dolphins, but it no longer works alone. Gliding behind one of the new parasailing boats, aquatic adventurers rise up to 600 feet above the waves without having to harness a flying fish to each shoe. Meanwhile, fishermen can seek out sand trout, redfish, and speckled trout aboard assorted fishing boats. Jet skis round out the fleet, along with a second dolphin watch boat.