Becoming a stock car racer requires commitment and hard work, but at MSR Houston, all you have to do to ride in a stock car is open its door. Alternatively, visitors can hop aboard 9 HP Honda go-karts, rounding the 0.7-mile karting track’s 17 turns and zooming down its quarter-mile straightaway at top speeds of more than 45 mph. These drives follow a precedent set by professionals; the 383-acre center is a sanctioned test site for the Izod Indy Car Series, Firestone Indy Lights, and Formula 2000, among many others.
Xtreme Xperience was founded by a pair of car aficionados who understand the thrill of commanding a $253,000 piece of four-wheeled poetry in motion, like the Lamborghini LP560. They know that exaggerating the pronunciation of Porsche is only half as fun as horsewhipping its 530 horsepower from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds. They realize that the Ferrari F430's supercharged Launch Control console button is too irresistible not to push coming out of every red light and into every dark, quiet, and hopefully vacant train tunnel. The smooth, spaceship-esque aluminum body shell of the Audi R8 makes them appreciate how discreet something like 782 rivets, 382 self-tapping screws, and more than 300 feet of welding can be. The people at Xtreme Xperience love supercars, and they love matchmaking them to other car enthusiasts who live to cruise across the great, oil-stained arteries of the American interstate-highway system.
Paranormal Excursions and Adventures' spook scholars escort ghost hunters on daring forays into the beyond during high-tech, three-hour tours of the Brazoria Schoolhouse. Each hair-raising tour begins with a 30- to 45-minute Q&A session. Then, the expert spirit seekers lead guests equipped with their own recording devices to ghost hiding spots and avoid ghost squirrel nests. Tour guides suit up with specialty equipment including Mel meters, electronic voice-phenomenon recorders, and spirit boxes to facilitate interdimensional communication that is less time-consuming than learning to speak ghost. The troupe wanders the schoolhouse—built in 1932—and the two main buildings, auditorium, and lunchroom, which house artifacts from the Civil War and Chenango Plantation. In the past, visitors to Brazoria have seen the ghost of a 7–8 year old girl, and disembodied voices have haunted ears with wails and wet willies for decades. Participants are encouraged to bring their own video cameras or photography equipment to capture their own eerie evidence.
Jump!Zone is an indoor play center packed with moonwalks, bouncers, and giant slides for children ages 2 to 12. Allow youngsters to pay overdue respects to the life-size prehistoric T-rex at the North Little Rock location, or unleash their limbs to zoom down one of three circus city super slides in Conway. Large playsets and interactive games also provide loads of hands-on bounceless entertainment. Ultra youngsters looking to book the perfect destination playdate can check out toddler area, while miniature humans who prefer on-screen entertainment can dominate in the Conway location arcade, leaving their adult counterparts free to use the WiFi or recite the periodic table of elements backward in peace. The colorful entertainment extends to tongues, which are entitled to two small slushees from the cafe area that fuel children with the amount of sugars necessary for hours of continuous bouncing.
Small student-to-teacher ratios and individual attention—these are just two elements that make Gulf Gymnastics a sought-after destination for the graceful sport. Here, students as young as 3 begin building skills that boost their self-confidence, strength, and coordination, helping them whether they're turning cartwheels on the balance beam or vaulting to the front of the school cafeteria line. Students can also join competitive teams at Gulf Gymnastics, and work toward another win to match the boys team's first place at the 2011 Bryan Invitational and 2011 Juergens Invitational.