The many theme parks, golf courses, and water parks of Walt Disney World are within a short drive of the properties. At Epcot, one of Disney's earliest parks, an 11-country tour highlights international cuisine, music, and mythology, all centered around the time-travel ride of Spaceship Earth, designed in part by the acclaimed science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Also at Disney World, Typhoon Lagoon takes advantage of Orlando's subtropical climate with water attractions including enormous, looping slides designed for multiperson rafts or vacationing belugas.A short drive north of the popular attractions, the city of Orlando offers a lower-key outlet, removed from the bright theme-park lights. At Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, swan-shaped paddleboats float just beyond the mist of an enormous fountain. Hip restaurants, antique stores, and boutiques populate Ivanhoe Village on the outskirts of downtown, and Wall Street's bars in the center of town rage well into the night.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Chicken Kitchen's savory menu stuffs succulent bird alongside healthy salads and fresh sides. Try the famed deluxe Chop-Chop with yellow rice, diced tomatoes, lettuce, and freshly chopped breast meat ($5.89 for a regular, $7.99 for large). Non-carnivorous eaters can opt for a Southwestern spin with a vegetarian Chop-Chop, stocked with black beans, sour cream, guacamole, cheddar cheese, and white or yellow rice ($4.99, $6.99). Chicken Kitchen also serves its original grilled chicken breast solo on a single- breast platter with a tomato and lettuce garnish and pita ($6.99) or as part of a two-side meal ($8.99) with fresh-faced partners in crime such as balsamic tomatoes, seasonal veggies, baked plantains, and more.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
As the fourth-largest city in the U.S., Houston is dazzlingly diverse—its residents come from all over the country and the globe, bringing their unique sense of personal style with them. In 2007, a group of models and fashion photographers founded Houston Fashion Week to bridge the local, national, and international fashion scenes with events at venues across Houston. Designers from Africa and South America join local talent in presenting collections of women's daywear and eveningwear, menswear, swimwear, jewelry, and accessories. Fashion Week also helps young local models connect with their more established industry peers, and its organizers donate a portion of the proceeds to charities, rather than just using them to sew tons of ball gowns from dollar bills.
Supplement gym sessions and resolutions with swallowable solutions to health-related woes. Today’s Groupon gets you $45 worth of products from Impact Nutrition for $20. Impact, which has a partnership with My Fit Foods, has an intense product line-up for weight gain or loss, mood and muscle enhancement, sleep aids, molecular displacement, and teleportation.
Sugar Bunch Creations adds a spoonful of sucrose to any party or event with rainbow-blanketed candy buffets and edible party favor arrangements for kids of any age. The Jitterbug Buffet sates up to 15 kid-sized candy appetites with a choice of three different candies, creating a triumvirate of sweet treats for delicious birthday parties or clown-retirement soirees. For larger celebrations, the Mildly Wild Buffet package serves up to 25 kids with four different type of candy, and the Bouncing off the Walls Buffet package serves up to 40 kids with five different types of candy. Each package includes a choice of a treat from options including cookies, animal crackers, goldfish crackers, or pretzels. Sugar Bunch Creations also provides party décor, setup and cleanup services, and clear candy bags with ties, proving that sweets, like parakeets, should always be transported in festive carriers.