The Rumfolo family's blood seems to have mixed with oil somewhere in the past. It probably happened in the 1950s, when Walter Rumfolo founded the first incarnation of The Showboat Drive-in?a restaurant where his children worked throughout their teenage years. His children must have carried it with them, because today his grandchildren, Johnny and Chris, operate a drive-in movie theater by the same name. They've preserved the original venue's neighborly vibe and kept the family?s blood intertwined with car engines by employing Johnny's sons to sell tickets and run the projector. Today, the small-town ambiance has a much larger area to cover, and each of the theater's two jumbo screens steps up to the task by accommodating 400 cars full of spectators.
Guests park at dusk for a night at the movies?a full night, with double features painting the sky silver for hours. Audiences access the films' sound through their FM radios so that they don?t have to swipe a copy of the script and have their children read the parts. Together, families and dates can sit on lawn chairs, blankets, or inside the car as they lose themselves in the plot and munch concessions that range from burgers to candy and popcorn. The staff caters to viewers at any point during the films or intermission, providing a playground for restless youngsters and jumping cars if their batteries fizzle.
With professional skill and ardent zeal for their craft, Del Lago Sporthorses' horse-handlers eagerly impart equine expertise as students ride one of the school’s majestic steeds, each with its own personality and background. Lessons are specially tailored to the skill set of each equestrian pupil, so students can sign up whether they’re horseback veterans or if they’ve only ridden horses on carousels. Del Lago Sporthorses teaches safety and communication until horse and rider are in complete harmony, working the two into a bond of trust, mutual comfort with the saddle, and a habit of finishing each other’s sentences.
Up to 16 contestants can enter the laser-tag arena at LazerX of Cypress. Once inside, they have 12 minutes to zap the opposition as many times as possible or come up with a nickname cooler than Laser Zach. Afterward, contestants can review their marksmanship and elusiveness on the postbattle score sheet. When not competing in games of laser tag, guests can play arcade games or enjoy pizza, Nathan's hot dogs, and soda.
Edgebrook Equestrian Center hosts safe and comfortable riding lessons with the help of its two arenas, grassy pastures, and extensive network of trails. Instructor Sayer Townsend use these lush digs to teach the equestrian arts to beginners as young as 5, seasoned experts, and everyone in between. As part of their comprehensive horsemanship education, new riders learn grooming, proper tacking, and basic horse anatomy, enabling them to correctly point out the horse?s mane, tail, and feathers.
Sculpted onto 55 acres of sprawling plains, including 6 acres dedicated solely to paintball, Oil Ranch entertains visiting families with farm activities, play areas, miniature golf, and paintball areas. The working ranch's friendly staff curates a barnyard full of animals, allowing guests to run their hands through a sheep's soft wool or learn how to milk a chicken. The cheery red-and-blue engine of the OIL Express train chugs around Lake Buenas Noches with passengers in tow, while a green John Deere tractor carts around the hayride wagon. Other activities include a summertime swimming pool, catch-and-release fishing in Lake Buenas Noches, mini golf, and a maze.
Also nestled within the ranch's grounds is a full paintball facility, where varied fields pit groups against each other in friendly clashes of chromaticity. On each field, competitors dive behind mobile cover such as large wooden spools, barrels, and crates, enacting countless tactical situations. All participants must sign waivers don masks, and really, really promise to not stare into the barrels of their own markers before entering the field.
Partially fulfill your childhood horse dreams with today’s Groupon: for $30, you’ll get one hour of private horse training and English-riding instruction at Snowdonia Farms, a $65.Secretariat: Sure, he won the Triple Crown, but nobody remembers his greatest accomplishment: being a great dad. Seabiscuit: The Best Horse in America became a symbol of hope during the Great Depression, an innocent time when Americans rallied behind horses, well-baked pies, and anything remotely great that wasn’t a depression. Mr. Ed: At the height of his popularity, this acting horse received more than 1,000 fan letters a week, and ate every single one.