If you're not paying attention at Royal Purple Raceway, you might miss the race. That's because the venue features a quarter-mile drag strip where racers accelerate from 0 to 300 mph in four seconds. Built in 1988, the straightaway now attracts national NHRA drag races and shares the spotlight with a newer quarter-mile dirt track. Although the raceway attracts national events, including the annual Super Chevy auto show, its owners and operators, the Angel family, hail from Texas and instinctively support and preserve the local culture.
Illusion Institute takes its name from the ultimate illusionists: basketball players. They’ll feign a dribble to the left, then charge to the right. They’ll fake a pass, then take a shot. The trainers keep their illusionist students sharp with private or group basketball training, camps, and game recording.
Thanks to the colorful, sparkling mural that's spray-painted on the front windows of Bounce USA, kids are likely to get excited as soon as you pull in the parking lot. Once inside, they can scale numerous bounce houses and inflatable slides during open play or private birthday parties. The play center is open to kids of all ages, and also has arcade games, board games, and an Xbox. It's not just for kids, though, as Bounce USA hosts adult nights on the second Friday each month that invariably test parents' abilities to lie to their kids about where they're going. Concessions help revelers refuel with nachos, hot dogs, and snow cones.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Morning, noon, or night, people find something special to eat or drink at Cork Grinders. As day breaks, cups of Katz coffee and custom-made breakfast sandwiches fill the room with their aromas to wake up anyone who walked in still sleeping. By night, the restaurant's team switches out their coffee drinks for wine and locally brewed beer and the room takes on a lounge-like vibe. Much the of the dining action surrounds the panini press, which grills tasty sandwiches such as the Nola with house-made crawfish and the Texan with bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce. But the room itself is a draw all on its own, too. With a drink in hand, diners ensconce themselves in cozy seating framed by distressed walls and high ceilings, often listening to musical acts play on the small stage.
Eagle Pointe Recreational Complex promotes athletic excellence with its terrain of tennis and racquetball courts, jogging trails, and an indoor heated lap pool. Members will enjoy unlimited access to 35 group classes per week, including yoga, Pilates, and Zumba, taught by nationally certified instructors. Feel for the eye of the tiger with an aerobic kickboxing class, punctuated by freestanding punching bags, or water a pet tiger lily during a gentle water-aerobics class for older adults. Prior to getting started, all members will receive a weight-room orientation and complimentary fitness evaluation performed by a nationally certified fitness specialist. Free strength, endurance, flexibility, and wingspan tests are also available to calibrate a starting point before setting sail into the sweaty seas.