After 13 years as a skydiver, Joseph Johnson leapt into a new mission: to become the first franchised skydiving operation in the country. With two locations in two states under his belt so far, he aims to rise above his competitors by offering distinctive features such as a choice of altitudes (13,000, 18,000, or 24,000 feet) and pre-jump training that equips skydivers with the ability to deploy, steer, and land their own chute, even when they’re flying tandem with a licensed instructor. Planes can carry as many as 17 people in one trip, making it ideal for group outings and airborne performances by jazz orchestras, and helmet cams capture the audio and visuals of the entire flight.
Run by married couple Stephanie Fregia-Ruiz and Nono Ruiz, Itty Bitty City is an activity-filled play utopia for children 18 months to 12 years old. Rambunctious rugrats can explore the acrobatic nooks and crannies of an enormous indoor playground while adolescent film critics can flock to the movie theater for in-depth analysis of Ingmar Bergman's experimental buddy comedies. An eclectic array of snacks, games, and crafts engages tykes of all types and temperaments, and each member of the kid-wrangling staff is college-educated or currently enrolled in college. Proud parents must provide their child's immunization records prior to first drop-off.
Lane Four Swim Shop's interior is flooded with swimwear, goggles, and all the gear necessary for successfully treading water. With a set of Tritan swim fins ($19.50) firmly gripping their feet and anti-fog, custom-fit Speedo Speed Socket goggles ($19.95) strapped onto their faces, swimmers will be well equipped to paddle safely across unexplored seas. Environmentally friendly Speedo Endurance Jammers ($38) comfortably clench men's thighs with fabric that's highly resistant to stretching, fading, and attack sharks, and ladies can slip into a Dolfin Uglies one-piece ($27), available in brightly colored, assorted prints to help wearers blend in with coral reefs. After slipping out of the flippers, dry off with a tube towel ($20.50), an easy-to-tote towel made of micro-fiber suede for fast drying.
UNITED Tae Kwon Do's group classes aren't really about punching and kicking. Sure, students work to master self-defense techniques, but they also focus on topics such as confidence and respect. The conditioning and reaction drills also help to build lean muscle and serve as an effective form of stress management. In this way, UNITED Tae Kwon Do's sessions benefit all types of students, whether they're kids or adults, beginners or more seasoned martial artists. The trained instructors also teach private lessons that adhere to personal goals, such as preparing a student for an upcoming black belt test.
These programs didn't develop overnight. UNITED Tae Kwon Do has been honing them for more than three decades, long before martial-arts uniforms became a red-carpet fashion trend. The educators have expanded into multiple locations throughout the Houston area and show no signs of stopping.
Equipped with obstacles for speedball, hyperball, and woodsball players alike, Splatterhouse Paintball’s ten fields unfold across more than 25 acres of diverse game-playing terrain. Armed with a top-of-the-line rental marker, combatants duck behind wooden spools and tire stacks, navigate their way through a one-story house in the woods, or brave the open space of Nottingham. Under the watchful eyes of trained referees, players duke it out during private weekday games and walk-on matches that last from morning to nightfall every Saturday and Sunday. Splatterhouse Paintball’s games are designed with guests 10 and up in mind, though nine-year-old visitors can play if accompanied by a guardian during the match.
JumpStreet is an indoor trampoline park where taut floors and angled walls made of springy trampoline surfaces beckon children and adults to bounce back and forth or try aerodynamic flips and gravity-defying leaps. The arena is structured like a skateboard park, though bouncers don’t need any equipment to hop across the wall-to-wall planes or climb up, slide down, or spring off the tilted trampoline walls. Guests can hop on over to the springy dodgeball courts, where safe, competitive play is enhanced with ample bouncing, and arcades offer engaging activities for those who need to rest their feet. Scattered across JumpStreet’s various locations are an assortment of other safe, kinetic activities, including a bull ride, a multicolored maze, and a foam pit.