With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym of McAllen provides a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. Parent/child classes are divided into four anthropomorphic age groups to form five classes, each of which is offered several times a week. These classes are ideal for developing youngsters, their accompanying parents, and imaginary friends that leave the freezer door open when left at home. A bevy of professionally-developed and age-appropriate gymnastics, early socialization, and cognitive exercises will keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, while also boosting listening skills, attention spans, and confidence.
The Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express smuggles arena legends and Midwestern heroes Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent onto the mammoth stage of State Farm Arena with an inestimable cargo of sing-along classics. Styx has sparked the third rail since 1972 with prog-rock sensationalism, bolstering lighter-fluid epics such as "Come Sail Away" and "Babe" with complex riffs from crystalline synthesizers intertwined with power-chord crescendos and noodling from guitar giant Tommy Shaw. With founding frontman and falsetto specialist Kevin Cronin at the helm, fellow Prairie State juggernaut REO Speedwagon fills the stage with passionate chartbusters that made waterbed salesmen rich, from romantic ballads such as “Keep On Loving You" to the spurned-lover kiss-off "Take It on the Run." Kicking off the show, "Motor City Madman" and expert game hunter Ted Nugent revs his buzzsaw guitar through classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," all while protecting the audience from wild boars.
As the area’s only Xtreme Martial Arts, International Taekwon-Do Federation, and American Top Team certified martial arts school, Team Tiger leads the charge in teaching the artful defense. The careful, capable instructors help students of all ages increase strength, endurance, and coordination, while developing a sense of respect for themselves and others that helps them to avoid peer pressure, develop their potential as leaders, and succeed in all other areas of life. Traditional taekwondo for adults and juniors teaches a self-defense approach that is firmly rooted in Eastern tradition, with a focus on generating maximum force by increasing speed and mass during movement, inspired by Newton’s physics and his well-documented ability to fend off many attacking apples at once.
Mayra D. Martinez is in love with Zumba. A certified instructor, she wants to help others have the same fun and success with weight loss that she’s had on her journey to becoming an instructor. At each one of her one-hour classes, participants will dance and work out to the thumping, fast-paced beats of Latin music, burning calories and gaining strength while enjoying a dance class with a like-minded community.
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.
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.