Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
As the indoor swimming arm of the Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School scuba-diving school—recently named Houston's best by the Houston Press—Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School entices water persons with a saltwater pool of titanic proportions. The facility's 75-foot long, up to 15-foot deep heated saltwater pool plays host to a crowded schedule of activities. The watery fun includes swim instruction for those less than 1 year old as well as adults. Regular times are also set aside for lap swimmers and indoor scuba sessions in which divers explore the saltwater pool's mysterious depths.
Luxury cars, off-road vehicles, and classic models from yesteryear all pack the Houston Auto Show?and for the duration of the event, these marvels of the internal combustion engine aren't driving off anywhere. Roughly 700,000 sq. ft. of the latest in all things automobile surround attendees as they step out onto the convention floor. Opportunities to view, touch, and even drive more than 500 of the latest vehicles abound, all while event organizers host contests and giveaways.
Though the show is continuing a tradition that began 30 years ago, its new highlights enter into sci-fi territory. The Energy Pavilion, for example, features energy-related technologies such as cars that run on alternatives to someone pulling them with a rope. Kids can also get in on the action at a Fun Zone: a supervised play area filled with car-themed activities.
Christopher Burroughs and Evarista Reyes both know something about setting lofty goals for themselves?Burroughs starting working on his vertical at a young age with the hopes of learning to dunk by eighth grade; Reyes started training to become a figure model after having two children. At God Body Sports, they encourage youths and adults to push themselves to equally ambitious goals. Their clients compete in everything from track to football, benefiting from Reyes and Burroughs' training regimens and nutrition advice.