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By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement—when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.

They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.

14050 Telge Rd
Cypress,
TX
US

Paintballs whisper through the air, splattering against castle walls and trees on 10 distinct fields at TxR Paintball. Shouts from teammates drift among obstacles on courses simulating a submarine or a pipe-strewn oil field, and different game strategies encourage players to fire at one another, capture a rival's flag, or protect their clothesline before a job interview. Each game is refereed by an official versed in the game's intricacies, keeping the sessions fair, safe, and friendly.

Outside of normal weekend play, the facility offers 8- and 26-hour scenario games, which submerges players in battles from famous movies or video games. Safely out of the range of the biodegradable projectiles, patrons at a fully stocked snack bar swap war stories or excuses for having a bag full of white flags.

15550 Grant Rd.
Cypress,
TX
US

Flashbox Shop’s shutterbugs show families, kids, expectant mothers, and couples in a wide variety of appealing lights. Their unique style of photography mixes candid snapshots with prepared poses and close-ups to draw out subjects’ eyes and unique expressions. Photographers also venture out for on-location shoots that make use of an area's scenic backdrops and natural lighting. After the shoot, an online proofing system saves time by letting clients look at pictures from the comfort of their own homes instead of having to go back into the studio or have them described over the phone. The boutique that shares the space displays flashy jewelry that can bring glamor to any shoot and handcrafted frames to complement images printed on high-end papers with finishes from linen to metallic.

25222 Northwest Fwy
Cypress,
TX
US

Established: 2013

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Texas A&M apparel

Pro Tip: We carry many designs that are exclusive to Whoop! U.

Good for Kids: Yes

Though it's located about an hour south of College Station, Whoop!U is a hub of Aggie activity. "We want to be the cultural center for the Aggies in Harris County," co-owner Nathan Leonard told the Community Impact Newspaper after the store opened in December 2013. Nathan and his wife, Stacy, seem to have created just that, with maroon and white flowing bountifully through Whoop!U's stock of apparel for men, women, and lil Aggies. But the store's inventory moves well beyond clothing with memorabilia, home decor, and tailgating essentials, including aprons and coolers. There's even a lounge area where guests can kick back and watch television or discuss with other Aggie fans the pros and cons of naming their next child The 12th Man.

24120 Northwest Freeway, Suite 200
Cypress,
TX
US

Divided into categories such as "pre-workout," "weight loss," and "repair/recovery," the stock of supplements at Nutrishop suits a variety of fitness needs. Customers can peruse a selection that includes protein powder for men and women, metabolism boosters that help spur weight loss, and even general-purpose vitamins designed to cultivate overall wellness. All the while, sports nutrition specialists circulate the floors at Nutrishop's 100+ locations, answering questions and directing customers to the supplements that best meet their goals.

17515 Spring Cypress Road
Cypress,
TX
US

Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.

16902 Bridgeland Landing
Cypress,
TX
US