With winter looming like a cloud of spilled oatmeal on the horizon, now is the ideal time to batten down the hatches and get home-care projects underway. Colorfully feather your nest with paints and supplies from Benjamin Moore (starting at $3.99), or eradicate stray skids with Bona floor products and accessories (starting at $7.99). Pick up some multi-purpose Gorilla Glue ($2.99 - $8.99) for minor repairs, or to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Additional selections of tools, hardware, and cleaning products keep dens snug through cold winter months. Should plentiful options make your head perform pirouettes, a helpful staff is on hand with dedicated customer service that will bring back fond memories of simpler days, such as December 8, 1947, or September 26, 1959. Whatever the project may be, Wexford Ace Hardware carries the wares and professional guidance to get the home-improvement wheel running without unexpected leaks or squeaking noises. Top-drawer customer service, an enormous stock of supplies for all occasions, competitive prices, and the ability to special order any product make Ace the place that houses dream about when they begin having existential crises.
Brilliant pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman has earned six gold- and platinum-selling albums, charted 28 adult radio hits, and lassoed two Grammy nominations. Joining him in a night of exceptional music, topped off with a fireworks spectacular (10 p.m.), are Michael Cavanaugh (star of Broadway hit, Movin' Out), Collin Raye, Anne Cochran, Ty Herndon, Jeff Timmons (of 98 Degrees), emcee of the night Robin Meade, and many other great artists. Tickets are valid for stadium seating (not field) in Classic Park's baseball stadium.
At Playground World, children slide, soar, and bounce through a safe and spacious party room packed with playground equipment. For two hours, up to 14 adventurous tykes can frolic unbridled aboard Woodplay Play Systems, wooden forts, climbing walls, monkey bars, and swing sets. Netted trampolines offer safe springing, and a series of Goalsetter basketball hoops unleash each child's inner Kareem Abdul McFly. Parents can stash their own refreshments in the party room's refrigerator, ensuring that ice-cream cakes won't turn into milkshakes. Playground World requires one adult for every four children attending the birthday party to help ensure safe play and to officiate arguments over who gets the corner slices of cake. Groupon customers should adhere to the party guidelines.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action with iLoveKickboxing, as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. At the Houston location, classes take place Mondays at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 6:30 p.m, and Saturdays at 10:45 a.m. The Pasadena location has classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m, and the Baytown location has classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch children into the air with kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise visits, during which kids can leap through bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and crawl through an inflated obstacle course. The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers with a schedule of interactive activities. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, parents can rest assured that their children will stay safe.
For more than 60 years, Bloom Bros. Supply has helped patrons tackle a slew of refurbishment projects with its expansive inventory of home-improvement supplies. For a better salsa-dance partner, fixer-uppers can utilize the inventory of power tools ($21+) and nails ($2+/lb.) to attach wooden limbs to a new broom or mop ($5–$15). Customers can treat thirsty friends to a half-full glass of water from a brand-new faucet ($12+) and thirsty enemies to a painting of a faucet brushed onto a wall with the store’s large collection of paints ($11+/gal.). The knowledgeable staff at Bloom Bros. Supply can also repair windows and screens, custom fit pipes, and re-key locks.