A 7,100-yarder with a par of 72, the course at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club represents the design vision of famed PGA Tour champion Greg Norman, nicknamed “The Shark” for his tendency to chew a course's grass before deciding to play it. Norman’s own turf company supplied the hybrid Bermudagrass tees, fairways, and rough for the course, while Floradwarf constitutes the gently undulating and generously rewarding putting surfaces. This greenery is surrounded by native prairie grasses, wetlands, and wildflowers as well as a majestic hardwood forest.
Before tackling the course, players can bring their game up to speed at the club’s Player Development Center. The same GN-1 turf featured out on the course covers the tee areas at the driving range as well as the pitching greens and practice fairway. And all areas are stocked with towels and fresh water for drinking or dumping on your instructor when your swing finally clicks.
Aromas of grilled Black Angus burgers waft through All Stars Family Grill, where play spaces for toddlers to 12-year-olds are as much of an attraction as the hearty American fare. Entrees, sandwiches, and kid-size meals appear at the pickup counter with complimentary soft-serve ice cream, which incentivizes alfresco dining at picnic benches on the large, concrete patios. A pair of playgrounds, one designed for toddlers and the other for ages 5?12, entertains kids with slides and tunnels. Inside, wooden tables sprawl out under a checkerboard ceiling, which also decorates three private rooms ready with 50-inch plasma high-definition TVs and AV equipment. An arcade buzzes with 13 games including Madden and Target Terror, and flat-screen TVs sprinkled throughout the restaurant display sports, breaking news, and cartoons.
Jump & Joy amps up the action at any kid's party with inflatable bounce houses and slides. Partygoers leap around inside bounce houses printed with popular characters from movies, tv, and Newsweek, and kids can also splash down thrilling slides. All inflatables have been designed with extensive safety features, such as ramps and screen mesh, and they're disinfected after every rental. Staff also creates themed packages that not only include a bounce-house rental, but also a party attendant, sweet treats, music, and decorations.
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.
Pigtails & Crewcuts' talented team of trimmers delicately unscatter strands while ridding children of haircutting anxiety. The laid-back environment ensures each child gets personal attention while the crew of cutters transforms mop tops and disheveled 'dos into beautiful face frames. Little ones can hop into a fire-truck cutting chair decked out with bells and flashing lights as stylists and parents powwow to determine the haircut game plan. To keep minds off scissor-snipping, cherub cheeked kids can watch a movie, and tweens can play on the in-store Xbox. After wondrous locks are whipped into style shape, each youngster can pluck a gem from the treasure box of 100-foot barber combs and life-size spray bottles.
Run by married couple Stephanie Fregia-Ruiz and Nono Ruiz, Itty Bitty City is an activity-filled play utopia for children 18 months to 12 years old. Rambunctious rugrats can explore the acrobatic nooks and crannies of an enormous indoor playground while adolescent film critics can flock to the movie theater for in-depth analysis of Ingmar Bergman's experimental buddy comedies. An eclectic array of snacks, games, and crafts engages tykes of all types and temperaments, and each member of the kid-wrangling staff is college-educated or currently enrolled in college. Proud parents must provide their child's immunization records prior to first drop-off.