Since 1947, the Crosby Fair and Rodeo has kept the traditions of Texas alive with big BBQ cook-offs, bull riding, and a livestock auctions. What began as the "Crosby Roping Club" has come a long way, with professional cowboys strutting their stuff during the calf-roping competition, bull riding, and the cowboy hat flying competition. At the BBQ cook-off, participants compete against each other to determine who makes the best pork ribs, brisket, and margaritas, all while nightly entertainment lights up the grounds with the sounds of live music.
At Skate World, visitors glide atop one of the largest known pieces of Americana: the roller rink. Friends zoom past one another in competition as families take leisurely paths around the edges. During glow parties, neon glow sticks light up the room. Both Skate World locations come with the classic fixings, including skate rental, DJs, pizza, and ice cream—all of which are available in birthday-party and group packages. Private parties can rent out the entire rink by the hour, ensuring that no one disrupts their games or unconventional Civil War reenactments. At the Pasadena rink, a Lazer Runner Battle Station allows for intense rounds of laser tag.
Taught by a certified Texas DPS concealed handgun instructor, CHL-Training.com's 10-hour class takes an interactive approach to covering the laws, shooting fundamentals, and safety tips necessary to carry a concealed weapon. Held at The Marksman Indoor Range, the class includes a classroom portion and a shooting session, during which students test their aim by firing 50 rounds of ammo at a B-27 target from a complimentary loaner 9mm semi-automatic handgun or their own gun. Pupils purchase those rounds from the range, where they also receive ear and eye protection and complementary refreshments. Upon completing the class, each student's required paperwork is notarized free of charge so it can be used to apply for a concealed handgun license.
The Fort Worth Home & Garden Show showcases more than 1,000 products and services in the 253,226-square-foot Fort Worth Convention Center. Meet with more than 400 expert remodelers for advice on redesigning your home, or building a deck out of popsicle sticks, or take a peek at new products, including landscaping items, green-energy materials, and home décor. The exhibition showcases products for a variety of domestic spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms, and swimming pools.
Whaz SUP's team gives clients an up-close view of the Clear Lake Area by renting standup paddleboards, leading guided tours, and holding waterborne yoga classes on paddleboards. Located about 45 minutes southeast of downtown Houston on Galveston Bay, the Clear Lake Area has one of the largest fleets of pleasure boats in the US. Each outing gives guests a steady, all-over workout that engages the core and helps paddlers fit into their high-school cummerbunds.
While party music blasts through a speaker system, kids and adults take to the trampolines at Jumping World, where 35,000 square feet is dedicated to bouncing. The main trampoline court spans 10 lanes and features a foam pit, and staffers oversee matches on two dodge-ball courts. Before planting their feet at the arcade, visitors can refuel at the snack bar and sign up for convenient birthday-party packages that include a staffer to oversee set up and clean up.