The Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express smuggles arena legends and Midwestern heroes Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent onto the mammoth stage of State Farm Arena with an inestimable cargo of sing-along classics. Styx has sparked the third rail since 1972 with prog-rock sensationalism, bolstering lighter-fluid epics such as "Come Sail Away" and "Babe" with complex riffs from crystalline synthesizers intertwined with power-chord crescendos and noodling from guitar giant Tommy Shaw. With founding frontman and falsetto specialist Kevin Cronin at the helm, fellow Prairie State juggernaut REO Speedwagon fills the stage with passionate chartbusters that made waterbed salesmen rich, from romantic ballads such as “Keep On Loving You" to the spurned-lover kiss-off "Take It on the Run." Kicking off the show, "Motor City Madman" and expert game hunter Ted Nugent revs his buzzsaw guitar through classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," all while protecting the audience from wild boars.
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 entertain 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 assist-leader Tomas Klempa and sturdy goalie Juliano Pagliero. Your gold-level seat ensures spectacular views of every goal, penalty, and zamboni wheelie tricks, as the Killer Bees take on casual puck-tappers Allen Americans or the Odessa Jackalopes.
For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
In addition to re-creating traditional recipes from across the border, Costa Messa Restaurant's chefs occasionally inject a bit of American flair into their menu of Mexican home cooking. This leads to time-honored classics—including chicken enchiladas topped with mole sauce and queso fresco and crispy flautas stuffed with shredded beef—appearing alongside Tex-Mex dishes, such as chalupas, rice, and beans served in the shape of a Longhorn.
Ever since originally opening in 2002, the restaurant has remained unwaveringly devoted to these distinctive flavors, adding spicy chipotle sauce to chicken fajitas, loading corn or flour tortillas with everything from pork to sirloin, and serving whole, ranchero-style red snappers. As a demonstration of its support for the community, Costa Messa Restaurant spends Mondays donating 10% of the proceeds from diners' checks to various charities.
When it comes to looking your best, the team at I Heart Beauty Co. believe in taking the healthy route. That's why they use natural, organic ingredients in each of their services. DaVinici teeth-whitening treatments gently brighten grins using an organic, mineral-based gel, and Norvell airbrush-tanning solution bronzes the skin with a blend of plant-based DHA and vitamins. Those looking to shed pounds can wrap up in an Ultimate Body Applicator, a woven cloth enriched in botanical-based ingredients that may tighten and firm skin without forcing clients to roll around in a greenhouse all day.
With a huge array of go-karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, arcade games, and birthday parties, it seems the only thing you can't do at the Zone Action Park is get bored. In the Strike Zone baseball enthusiasts can practice their swing in the batting cages, the Speed Zone allows drivers to blast around the course in a single or double go-kart, and in the Splash Zone, they practice nautical combat with bumper-to-bumper thrills. After all that excitement, pizza, wings, chili cheese dogs, and Frito pie help drivers refuel, which contrary to some beliefs, is not the same way go-karts refuel.