Surrounded by warm, salt water, Miss Mimi smiles as her young student lets go of the side of the pool and swims to her for the very first time. Known as the Swim Whisperer, Miss Mimi prides herself on helping young children and adults overcome their fear of water and learn to swim with the confidence of a derby-winning seahorse. An avid swimmer with more than 21 years of teaching experience, Mimi opened Aqua~Fit in 2008 with the hopes of creating a health center for the entire family. To offer something for guests of all ages, she designed an entire program of swimming lessons, aquatic fitness , and land fitness classes, with programs for all skill levels.
Garnering critical acclaim, the 2007 off-Broadway hit Mother Load is an uproarious and insightful one-woman show about new mothers, nature’s most callow and untutored creatures. Written by and starring Amy Wilson, a stage-and-screen veteran whose acting credits include appearances on Norm, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and in the film Kinsey, Mother Load riffs on the prenatal yoga sessions, gluten-free baby foods, and lactation consultants that inhabit the world of 21st-century maternity. Swimming in a sea of seats, cascading down to a wide stage that stretches back into the shadows, patrons can bask in the ambience of the vintage Uptown Theater while they laugh their socks into matching pairs.
Discover Scuba Diving classes take place two Sundays per month between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at either Kirby Creek Natatorium or McFalls Pool, but Groupon purchasers need to visit Surface Interval Scuba’s store location in Arlington ahead of time to fill out a waiver and be sized for equipment. All necessary equipment is supplied.
Just a 10-minute trip from downtown Dallas, Bahama Beach Waterpark draw visitors to its cooling oasis filled with soaking attractions. Lazing riders lounge in inner tubes as they bob on the serene current of the Calypso Cooler Lazy River, and children race through the nearby Coconut Cove, a rainforest-style playground with rope ladders, slides, and a 1,000-gallon dumping bucket. Two intertwined slides, the Riptide Slide and Bahama Bullet, descend from a 45-foot-high platform, and the nearby Bermuda Triangle's trio of open and closed slides deposits riders into a high-speed splashdown.
Bahama Bob's Island Eatery crafts a full menu of sandwiches, burgers, and snacks for diners, and the Island Traders store dispenses necessities such as sunscreen, locker rentals, and emergency rubber duckies. The park also offers party-sized seating, including group pavilions and private cabanas.
The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens makes for a relaxing escape, as its verdant 66-acre property along White Rock Lake is rife with seasonal flowers, shrubs, trees, and plants. Holiday décor at the arboretum includes seven fairy-tale castle exhibits, such as Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel. Families can pose for photos and juggle glass slippers inside Cinderella's enchanted holiday carriage, harnessed to two topiary horses. Because of Dallas's relatively temperate climate, the outdoor Nasher Sculpture Center stays open year-round. On display through January 8 is Tony Cragg: Seeing Things, a collection of approximately 30 large, modern sculptures that speckle the park with vibrant colors and unusual shapes.
As a high-schooler, Natalie Tailford became hooked on the sense of peaceful floating that comes from practicing yoga. Later as an adult, she found a way to get that feeling of inner floating both literally and mentally. After spending years in a cubicle, she left the corporate world and ventured out on her own to open Float On Yoga. She graduated from the Divine School of Yoga Therapy, and, as a certified yoga therapist, her average workday now includes meeting clients in breezy area parks. Using the calming waters of Lake Grapevine and Lake Lewisville as studios, Natalie or another Float on Yoga instructor teaches yoga to up to five pupils at a time as the class floats on standup paddleboards. The hybrid classes follow the mantra "Breathe, balance, float," which seeks to align body, mind, and water wings as students practice watery asanas and cobra poses.