Since it first flung open its double doors in 1900, The Beltonian's patchwork brick façade has housed a church, an antique store, and a billiard hall. But its theatrical pedigree proved too strong, and today, the venue has transformed back into a performance space. The Beltonian aims to bring top-notch comedy to the community by booking nationally touring rib-ticklers three nights a week. A menu keeps appetites and thirst at bay while showgoers lean back in plush seats, which are arranged stadium-style to facilitate easy viewing of every clever quip.
The recently renovated Waco Square Premiere Cinema 6 projects second-run movies enhanced with digital DTS surround sound across six silver screens to fully enmesh patrons in cinematic sights and sounds. A schedule bursting with previously debuted flicks, such as The Help, Contagion, and The Smurfs provides eyeballs with stunning visuals, while popcorn, soda, and candies quell hunger and help quiet chatty mouth holes.
The indoor-fun wonderland offers a safe environment for your small fry to burn off excess foie-gras calories while socializing with their contemporaries. Children can climb cozily through well-cushioned tunnelways, traverse the netted maze of mystery, or bound their way down one of many sloped, wavy, and swirling slides. In the interest of supervision and safety, all of Jungle Java's equipment is built to accommodate simultaneous play between parents and their children. To further ease parental minds, all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day. In between familial play dates, adults can relax on a plush leather couch in the café, sipping on a freshly steamed latte or refueling with one of Jungle Java's healthy menu selections, such as wraps, yogurts, fruits, and more. Regardless of food preference or age, all guests must wear socks in the play areas.
Texas Jumping Beans launches earthbound kids into orbit from eight colorful inflatables housed in a 12,000-square-foot entertainment epicenter. Jumpers can come and go throughout the day to scramble across a pillowy caterpillar's rainbow frame like remorae over a shark. Sheath toes in socks before offspring scale a scarlet castle's knotted ropes or tiptoe through passageways that melt underfoot into steep slides. Blue, crimson, and yellow tones dominate a bouncy carousel stenciled with horses. Parents can surf the web on WiFi-enabled typewriters as pintsize patrons explore the bouncy terrain.
Glenn Johnson and Phoebe Craig Johnson form a powerful team at Switch Willo Stables. Phoebe, who was an alternate for the 1969 United States Equestrian Team, works from the ground. With hooves beating a drumroll on the turf, her husband Glenn draws upon experience accumulated over the course of more than four decades riding. During his career, Glenn leapt his horse Cricket over 7-foot puissance jumps in competitions, in an exhibition in Madison Square Garden, and on the glossy pages of Sports Illustrated.
Now, Switch Willo Stables welcomes riders of all ages and abilities into facilities that have earned recognition from readers of Austin Family magazine. Glenn and Phoebe lead a team of instructors, who have up to 25 years of experience each and have produced many award winners at the local, state, and national levels. Beginners, seasoned riders, and those planning to frame centaurs for crimes gain from lessons, which match an instructor with one–eight riders. The school follows the stylistic tenets of English riding with special focus on hunter and jumper techniques, which have their basis in traditional fox hunting.
If not for a lawn mower, Jennifer Krou may never have discovered her love for horses. When Jennifer was 6, her grandmother surprised her with a ticket to the county fair. As it turned out, the ticket held the winning raffle number, and Jennifer's grandmother was forced to choose between the two grand prizes: a brand-new, state-of-the-art lawn mower … or a pony. She chose the pony, of course, and gave it to her granddaughter, sparking Jennifer's lifelong love for horses and freeing the mower to graze on an overgrown pasture.
Today, Jennifer passes that passion on to riders of all experience levels during private and semiprivate lessons. Students cover the full spectrum of horsemanship, learn to groom and tack a horse as well as how to handle the reins from the saddle. Fostering a safe and easygoing atmosphere, the instructors encourage pupils to learn both Western and English styles, giving them the freedom to ride on both the right and left sides of a trail.