The AirHogs' new, multi-million-dollar stadium comes fully stocked with all the amenities of today's modern coliseums and a few luxuries of cyber-gladiator stadiums yet to be built. There's a pool and party deck, a third-base party deck, a 17,000-square-foot playground, a spaceport, and both a cigar and sports bar. With so much to take in from your so-close seats, it might be hard to keep your eye on the ball as the Hogs battle against the likes of the dastardly Fort Worth Cats or their evil doppelgangers, the Vast Plains LandPigs.
A 36-month-old strokes his arms through clear water as his mother gently holds him afloat with her hands. Over the past few swim sessions, the little student has learned to submerge his face in the water and float on his belly as well as his back. After he and his fellow swimmers finish their parent/baby swimester, it's likely they may never experience the fear of swimming that many children begin to encounter around age 3. This type of insight into the developmental importance of swimming is what informs the instruction at Swim-U, Leesburg's child-oriented swimming school. The school's curriculum opens its lessons to newborns as young as 6 months old and to kids up to age 12 to instill water skills and the joys of fitness swimming from a young age. The Swim-U team comprises upbeat swimming professors who are the brains behind the company's special brand of instruction in swimming, as well as in child CPR and first-aid training and dunk-tank pitching.
A coalition of ice arenas endorsed by the Dallas Stars, Dr Pepper StarCenters help nurture athletes of all ages and skill levels with activities on or off the ice. Dr Pepper StarCenters house NHL-regulation ice-hockey rinks that host hockey leagues for players of all ages, eradicating the need to play on dangerous frozen lakes dotted with irritable frozen geese. StarCenters' skate academies instill students with the fundamentals of ice hockey or figure skating, allowing them to progress to hockey leagues and local skating competitions if they choose. To warm up after laps around the Euless ice rink, skaters can check out the onsite baseball stadium, batting cages, soccer fields, and Texas Star Golf Course. All locations are open for birthday parties and special events; see each location's website for details.
In 1979, millionaire Donald J. Carter and Mavericks' founding president, Norm Sonju, began making efforts to secure an NBA team in Dallas. His dream became a reality at the 1980 All-Star game, when league owners voted to admit the new franchise for an entry fee of $12 million and Mr. Carter's entire baseball-card collection. The newly formed Mavs experienced quick success, making the postseason six times during their first decade. The 1990s proved not so kind, however; the team failed to make the playoffs even once. That ineptitude came to a prompt halt with the start of the new millennium, when, under a fresh and outspoken ownership regime, the team set off a string of 12 straight playoff appearances, highlighted by its first NBA title in 2011.
Aqua Angels' parent-child swimming classes teach four-month to four-year-old land-limbed kids to cut through the water at the Kirby Creek Indoor Pool. During six 30-minute sessions, mother and Red Cross instructor Alex will lead small groups of parents and children according to her swim syllabus. Aqua Angels' lessons reacquaint children with their previously watery existence in an effort to foster confidence, increase physical strength, and make it possible to easily navigate sewer systems. Doggy-paddling parents need not fear—pools are shallow and easy to navigate.
• For $58, you get a ticket for seating in sections 110–115, rows 29–34 (a $99.50 value before fees, or up to a $115.75 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $84, you get a ticket for seating in sections 105, 107–108, 117, or 120, rows 20–29 (a $149.50 value before fees, or up to a $168.20 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).