Living in a big metropolitan area has its downsides, as the night sky is blocked by light pollution that blocks out the stars. At the Planetarium, guests are seated underneath a 60-foot-diameter dome, where they peer skyward at stunning images of the universe, educational films, and Texas stargazing, which is presented live by a scientist at The Planetarium at UT Arlington. A Digistar 5 DLP Projection system displays its photonic glory across the cosmic screen as booming surround sound rumbles into ears. Regularly scheduled public shows educate and thrill guests with explorations of distant stars and music shows.
With the help of a team of trainers, owner of Cover All Bases, Chris Gay, gives little-leaguers a leg up on the competition. During his clinics, he spends much of the time working on the sport's most essential motion?the swing?in private hitting lessons. But to help build all-around athletes he and his four trainers lead sessions geared toward pitching, fielding, catching, and the closely related art of hitting softballs. A high school athlete himself who went on to pitch for the University of Texas at Arlington and double-A minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox for 2 1/2 seasons, his love for the game shines through in his training sessions. "(I) love teaching baseball to kids and helping them make their high school teams," he says.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Private hitting lessons and token cards
Pro Tip: It's more comfortable when you bring your own bat
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
A neighborhood is most often defined by its people, its businesses, and its recreational facilities. Arlington Parks and Recreation is dedicated to making Arlington a more enjoyable place to spend time with your family in the great outdoors. Scattered throughout the city, the affiliated parks, swimming pools, and athletic centers summon people to get moving. Have a picnic, play a game of horseshoes, and wander down a wooded path at your local park, or jump into the nearest swimming pool to escape the heat of a hot summer day. Families can also take part in a variety of special events throughout the year such as Light Up Arlington, when the entire city celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, and Ecofest, which teaches environmental awareness with do-it-yourself ecological demonstrations.
YMCA of Arlington is a prototypical community and recreation center, modeling its amenities and social programs after the same five pillars—caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith—that have driven the organization since its area inception in 1958. Adult members benefit from fitness rooms packed with cardio and weight-training equipment and classes such as Zumba, yoga, and tai chi. Meanwhile, KidZone playrooms, swim lessons, afterschool programs, and youth sports teams engage tykes while teaching the fundamentals of teamwork, respect, and spotting the weakest link in a Red Rover chain.
Unlike many of its brethren, the Arlington Museum of Art does not maintain a permanent collection. Instead, it celebrates the ever-changing nature of art by featuring local artists in traveling exhibitions and curated shows. Also, since opening in 1952, the museum has been a headquarters for promoting artistic expression throughout the community. Gallery talks and artist lectures give visitors the chance to interactively learn, and summer art camps get kids motivated to create masterpieces.