Cottonwood Creek Country Club & Golf Course has tested the mettle of south Texas golfers for more than 20 years on its nine-hole, par 27 course that stretches along 1,245 manicured yards. Each round of golf ($9/person) challenges golfers with fast, tight play over undulating bent-grass greens and fairways, perfect for practicing your short game and modeling new plaid knickers. Golfers traverse the course on carts ($6/person) to successive par 3 holes, including the signature hole No. 5, a formidable 175 yards that challenges golfers with a scenic tee shot over a rolling stream. A year-round average of 74 degrees washes gentle warmth over the course and ensures that even if golfers have a subpar game, they still get plenty of the sun’s friendly vitamin-D-filled rays.
At Bisque-it Shop, daubers of all ages stipple, stripe, and embellish singular designs on their choice of more than 300 paint-ready vessels. Armed with studio-supplied brushes, stencils, and under-glazed paints, guests seek out ceramic soul mates in the form of trinket boxes ($10–$18), dinnerware ($15–$45), or animal figurines ($10–$14) before adorning new best friends with a panchromatic coating. After completing their paint-tinged opus, guests turn works over to Bisque-it Shop’s clay caretakers, who kiln-fire artifacts to preserve designs against the abuses of microwaves, food items, and that bullying Grecian urn from down the block. The shop readies pieces for pick-up in seven days. Bisque-it Shop’s expansive atelier accommodates up to 70 painters at once, and staffers accept reservations for groups celebrating birthdays, bachelorette parties, or the 20th anniversary of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
As members of the AA Central Hockey League and winner of the 2008–2009 award for CHL Franchise of the Year, the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees harvest the passion of local sport lovers from October through March with hard-hitting, goal-laden hockey. Piloted by head coach Chris Brooks, this season's crop of aspiring hat-trickers look to inch closer to a playoff birth behind the strong play of three-star leader Tomas Klempa and sturdy goalie Juliano Pagliero. Your gold-level seat ensures spectacular views of every cheer-inducing goal, penalty, and zamboni wheelie trick.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym of McAllen provides a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. Parent/child classes are divided into four anthropomorphic age groups to form five classes, each of which is offered several times a week. These classes are ideal for developing youngsters, their accompanying parents, and imaginary friends that leave the freezer door open when left at home. A bevy of professionally-developed and age-appropriate gymnastics, early socialization, and cognitive exercises will keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, while also boosting listening skills, attention spans, and confidence.
Since 1965, Gold's Gym has combined the latest cardio and strength equipment with knowledgeable personal trainers to provide an energetic, motivational environment that helps attain fitness goals. A membership gets gym-goers unlimited access to all equipment, fitness classes, amenities, clubs, and the vast collection of rare Spider-Man comics. The McAllen location features a basketball court, a racquetball court, group cycling, turtle grooming, an extensive cardio area, and a variety of classes from certified trainers including Zumba, BodyStep, and Pilates. Feel free to marinate your pores with heat in the sauna or Jacuzzi, or chill out weary brawn by turning arms into breezy windmills at the lap pool.
Zone Action Park thrills family members young and old with themed fun zones that quench thirsts for go-karting, bouncing, mini golf, and batting practice. The Speed Zone pits kids as young as 3 years old against each other for zipping go-kart action, whereas a bounce area lets them hop safely on inflatable jumps or slides. Batters practice against slow- or fast-pitch machines in the Strike Zone. Inside, the Game Zone fosters friendly competition with family-friendly games such as Guitar Hero fueled by fresh pizza from an onsite restaurant that happily houses large parties or birthdays.