While its mediums are many, the goal of Ceramics-N-More is singular: to tap into visitors' artistic potential. Here, you can paint pottery or get the hang of wheel-thrown forms during classes that utilize motorized pottery wheels. Even kids can get into the action by adorning ceramic pieces with handprints and footprints, or joining friends for an art-fueled party. The center also offers glass-fusing classes, which teach participants how to create colorful works of art from glass and the one magical power all humans take for granted: fire.
The staff of WASUP Austin wants to make sure their clients get the most out of their paddleboarding experience, so they go the extra mile, hand-delivering rented boards to a variety of locations. Whether customers are simply going out for a leisurely paddle or taking a paddleboard yoga class, WASUP Austin has the rentals they need. Out on Lake Austin, Lake Travis, and a variety of other watery locales, paddlers put the rented boards to use, navigating the scenic waterways and getting a full-body workout while doing so.
Scattered across the globe like so many building blocks in the playpen of a toddler architect-to-be, Gymboree Play and Music provides wee ones up to five years old with a safe place for enriching, educational play. At more than 500 facilities across 30 countries, grown-ups come along to observe art, music, and sports classes for toddlers up to five years old, as well as their signature Play and Learn sessions.
It takes plenty of dedication just to stay in the 105-degree studio for 90 minutes at a time, which is what many of Pure Yoga Austin's students do multiple times a week. Mardy Chen followed her own devotion to the practice to open Pure Yoga Austin with help from her husband and co-director, Jeff Chen. Their team of certified Bikram Yoga instructors share the sweaty yoga style that has been known to help students of all fitness levels achieve leaner physiques, improved athletic performance, and greater mental clarity. The signature Bikram sequence of 26 postures help students develop strength, improve flexibility, and attain the heat endurance necessary to succeed at spelling bees held in saunas.
The successive pinging of golf balls as they speed toward distant targets at Cedar Park Driving Range is a welcoming sound to visiting golfers, almost therapeutic. The expansive facility boasts 12 grass hitting bays for players who prefer a natural feel as well as 18 shaded stations with mat hitting bays, 10 of which cool down hardworking golfers and parched sand wedges with a water-misting system. Four circular targets—positioned at distances of 25, 50, 75, and 100 yards—help players dial in approach shots, while five distance markers—stationed at 50-yard intervals from 100 to 300 yards—help golfers gauge how far their golf-ball trebuchet is capable of sending a ball. Cedar Park Driving Range also has more than 100 clubs that they rent out free of charge.
An unassuming white-concrete façade belies the explosion of color and giggling contained within The Big Bounce’s 12,000-square-foot building. After stashing shoes and tricycle locks in provided cubbies, tykes sprint toward the bouncy steam engine and fire truck, or shoot through tubes and slides that wind through the two-story playground.
In addition to catering to kids, The Big Bounce's overseers strive to create an oasis for harried parents. The café’s plush benches and tables rest weary feet as parents supervise their protégés alongside first-aid- and CPR-certified staff. Additionally, on Friday nights until 10 p.m., The Big Bounce hosts a Parent's Night Out party, regaling kids with Wii games, movies, and unlimited bouncing.