Bowlers have sent pins clattering for more than 30 years upon Pin Center Bowl's rows of gleaming lanes. The 16 alleys host bouts of friendly competition among families and friends, who hurtle balls toward the hapless pins and tally their points with Brunswick Vector scoring equipment, rather than committing each point to memory via complex riddles. To accommodate kiddies' games, forgiving bumpers rise to block gutter balls. Between frames, players can snag snacks and drinks from the concession stand and full bar, and billiards tables and an arcade keep hand-eye coordination in tip-top shape. Pin Center Bowl also offers the Dragon Bowling Ball Ramp to assist children in knocking down pins.
At Sigma Performance Swimming, dedicated instructors coach everyone from toddlers taking their first splash to adults training for professional trials. The waters in 25-yard indoor and outdoor pools are churned to a froth as swimmers work to hone the school’s three focuses: technique, speed, and endurance. With a ratio of five students to one instructor, pupils are granted ample individual attention as they learn basic aquatic strokes. Students can consult footage of their form during an underwater-stroke analysis to further refine their technique. As their talents grow, swimmers can join Sigma’s nationally competitive teams or set personal goals, prepare for races, and perfect their sailfish Halloween costumes.
A gentle breeze ripples the waters of Pat Cleburne Lake before continuing eastward across the fairways of Cleburne Golf Links, rustling golfers' hair along the way and holding downwind drives aloft for an extra second. The lakeside breeze is a constant challenge at the 7,068-yard, par 72 course, testing players' ability to counteract crosswinds, adjust their yardage for shots hit into the wind, and ignore sand wedges' pleas to fly kites. Water hazards also come into play on multiple holes, including three par 3s where tee shots must clear water to make it to the green in regulation. The Links Grille awaits just beyond the 18th green, catering to hungry golfers with burgers, adult libations, and patio seating, from which guests can look out on the course and daydream about domesticating golf carts as housepets.
Blue Sky Media leverages a bevy of strategic marketing partnerships with premier Texas courses to grant golfers access to some of the state's finest fairways. The group's annual Blue Sky Golf Passes dole out fistfuls of discounts to courses throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, freeing up some coins for golfers to use as ball-markers or throw into water hazards to wish for more coins. Between putts and drives, discounts on pro shop gear and fare refuel hard-swinging golfers and caddies exhausted from polishing the dimples of each ball.
Brazos Carriage Company ferries sightseers about Sundance Square and Highland Park for enjoyable excursions behind its trusty team of equine engines. Riders can flag the carriage down on the curb for an impromptu spin or reserve it ahead of time for weddings, holiday rides, or romantic jaunts without the kids or digital pets.
The company also offers a romantic-proposal service, which involves an ambiance-filled ride to the Fort Worth Water Gardens. The lengthy trip affords any gentleman plenty of time to work up the nerve to ask a special someone for either her hand in marriage or a figurative hand with refurbishing his muscle car.
As a child, Kyle Mathis would try to play anything even remotely resembling a guitar—that is, until he was 10 years old. That year, his financially struggling parents bought him his first guitar, a black acoustic Harmony. He spent much of the following decade honing his skills on the fretboard. After his band won a fateful competition, he launched into the national touring circuit. Today, when he isn't busy touring as the guitarist of Parabelle, he straps on his guitar and passes on his knowledge to other budding musicians.
With gauged ears and tattooed arms, Kyle's look might skew more towards rock star than down-to-earth music teacher—yet he is accommodating, holding in customer's homes as well as his professional studio. During each one-hour class, he teaches students all the basics of guitar artistry that they must learn before they can shred, from basic chords and finger placement to the basic mid-solo kickflip.