With a staff of experienced instructors and a full suite of practice areas and playing fields, High Performance Baseball has all the tools a baseball or softball player needs to swing for the fences. A total of 10 indoor and outdoor batting cages facilitate practice sessions with turf flooring and L-screens, including Iron Mike pitching machines in the indoor cages. Two lighted fields stand ready for scrimmages at any time, with customizable configurations to host teams of all ages. Other practice areas include dirt and turf pitching mounds, infield practice grounds, and a dugout to hone skills of sunflower-seed spitting. The facility’s team of instructors includes experienced coaches and minor-league players.
The 12 full-size and three mini courts at Huber Tennis Ranch provide an immersive environment in which tennis players can practice strokes, perfect footwork, and improve fitness through classes and open-play times. Head instructor Tony Huber leads a teaching staff certified by the Professional Tennis Registry who instruct both adults and juniors on all aspects of the game, from serves and volleys to congratulating a vanquished ball machine on a valiant effort.
Adults participate in several class styles including programs for beginners or cardio tennis, which combines cardiovascular exercise with high-intensity repetition of on-court mechanics. Juniors can rise through a number of ranks based on age and ability, ranging from introductory classes for beginners to classes that train youngsters for high-level competition. While practicing their strokes, players draw inspiration from Tony's wife, Liezel, among the top-ranked professional women's doubles players in the world and Grand Slam champion of the Australian, French, and U.S. Opens as well as Wimbledon. Huber Tennis Ranch keeps a busy schedule of classes and drills; check the calendar for upcoming times.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
At K2 Academy of Kids Sports, kids scurry around a 6,500-square-foot space filled with trampolines, balance beams, and rope swings spread beneath an overhead zipline. Accompanied by parents or legal-guardians, children can roam free across the indoor terrain during open-play hours or join gymnastics, cheerleading, and tumbling classes, in which instructors tailor lesson plans to each age group with an emphasis on fun, collaborative learning. Gymnastics sessions encompass everything from basic rolls to intricate dance routines, whereas cheerleading skills progress from simple tumbles to the ultimate inspirational challenge—making Eeyore indifferent. Tumbling pupils master cartwheels before tackling cardio training and jumps, further honing their skills in workshops and clinics designed as intensive studies of each activity.
During the off-season, day camps and summer camps keep teensy feet distracted from toppling store-window displays of fragile "Kick Me" signs. Year-round, the S.O.A.R. program tweaks the traditional gamut of classes for athletes with special needs. Using the Mother Goose Time curriculum, K2's preschool focuses on hands-on learning activities that aim to prepare children for kindergarten academically and socially.
The plush seating of Studio Movie Grill’s luxurious theater cradles moviegoers as eyes and ears feast on new releases and mouths tend to a bountiful menu of during-the-movie dinner options. Slurping a frosty beverage, flick followers can absorb the projection-booth glow with a myriad of recent releases or take in on a selection of alternate programming, reclaiming youth with a children’s movie, skipping school for a documentary, or practicing operatic shushing during a live streaming classical concert.
While most kids her age lost themselves in the digital mazes of video games, Deloris Madison wrote plays. Years later, in search of a new career, Madison remembered her theatrical roots and joined the cast of a local theater production. The call of the stage remained strong, and Madison answered. She dedicated herself to helping young people benefit from the values of the theater, such as teamwork, self-confidence, and jazz hands. Now the proud owner of Deloris Madison Productions, she and her team of professional acting instructors guide fledgling thespians toward their goals while simultaneously helping them grow spiritually and emotionally.
Hosted by the Antibiotic Awareness Foundation of Texas, the charitable 5K raises awareness of antibiotics in society and agriculture. Though most people know that antibiotics can cure infections, the organization promotes a more nuanced understanding of their properties, including teaching about different types of antibiotics and their proper uses. Safe medication disposal sites provided by the Coalition of Behavorial Health Services at the race’s start showcase the race's mission, but at the post-race party, the mission is to snack, vibe to live entertainment, and celebrate a successful run by creating a dance move called the "neurotic antibiotic."