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Crawling through sand dunes, diving into bunkers, charging over wooden bridges?this is what it takes to overthrow Normandy's two-story French house at Survival Game of Texas. This World War II-inspired expanse is one of the facility's many outdoor fields spread across their 47 acres of terrain. On courses designed for beginners, guests duel among wild west-style buildings, navigate a jungle maze, and duck into the huts scattered amid a realistic Vietnamese village. They can also ward off opponents from twin three-story castles featuring spiral staircases, a catwalk, and a napping ogre. Under the watchful eyes of referees, visitors 12 and over duke it out seven days a week, including during Survival Game of Texas's special events, which include seven-hour scenario games.

2309 Aldine Meadows Rd
Houston,
TX
US

Baby Be Mine's owner Tanisha found a great way to combine her artistic talent with practicality. She takes diapers, the single most important product every new baby needs apart from a Rolex, and rolls them, stacks them, and binds them into cake-like towers. She then decorates these "cakes" with sparkly garnishes, flowers, and colorful baby-care products. "I love making diaper cakes and watching mommies smile," Tanisha says, adding that her favorite customer reaction to her creations is a repeat visit.

Business Basics

Established: 2008

Staff Size: 2–10 people

Parking: Free street parking

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Most popular offering: Purple Princess Diaper cake

Pro Tip: We work to keep you satisfied

Unknown
Houston,
TX
US

Spread across 5 acres of indoor and outdoor facilities, Pitch Putt & Play summons friendly competition with miniature golf, batting cages, arcade games, and a host of other all-ages attractions. During the summer months, a bumper-boat pond equips pintsize sea captains with their own water-cannoned battleship, and other outdoor attractions, such as the water-balloon launcher, keep visitors cool. Indoors, the concession stand refuels guests with fresh-baked pizzas and snacks, and arcade machines eat their own pizzas in the form of metal tokens.

2551 Oday Rd
Pearland,
TX
US

It was 1986 when Richard Caudle, a school psychologist, saw something missing in children's education. The lesson plans used lacked multisensory learning approaches, music, and engaging content that would make learning fun. Taking matters into his own chalk-covered hands, Mr. Caudle contacted his brother Brad, a musician, and together the two recorded Rock 'N Learn's first program. More than 25 years and a slew of awards later, the company still remains a family affair. Brad's wife, Melissa, writes material and coordinates research, while Richard's wife, Kathie, manages the sales and marketing team. Together, they have created more than 50 books, audio programs, and videos.

Rock 'N Learn's educational DVDs and CDs fuse music and colorful imagery to teach skills in areas such as math, science, phonics, and language. Their DVD programs give life to animated characters such as D.J. Doc, the Hip Hop Hamster, who raps positive lyrics about states and capitals and the challenges of finding rodent-sized sunglasses. Some of Rock 'N Learn's other items include interactive stories for the iPad and iPhone as well as DVDs that cover test-taking strategies.

105 Commercial Cir
Conroe,
TX
US