Under the able tutelage of Ozzie Smith's Sports Academy's helpful instructors, athletes can build up speed, agility, and endurance while increasing confidence and honing their skills at baseball, softball, basketball, football, and soccer—either privately or in groups. Get individual attention in a half-hour private single softball lesson ($40), rent out a batting cage for one hour ($35), or sign up budding basketball stars ages 10–17 for a skill-focused basketball clinic ($25 each). Ozzie Smith's also offers camps, leagues, and private instruction for soccer contenders of all ages. Underlying all of Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy's instructional lessons is a commitment to physically and mentally elevating every athlete to his or her full potential through hard work, dedication, and practice.
24 Hour Fitness keeps its doors open day and night so members can sculpt bodies and fitness goals on their own time with a potpourri of group classes, cardio equipment, free weights, athletic courts, and an indoor-lap pool. Armed with a 30-day membership to the recently opened Houston Rice Village Club, gym-goers kick off fresh workout routines with a complimentary fitness orientation filled with advice from personal trainers on health goals, how to use equipment, and how to interpret nightmares of being chased by dumbbells. Add fresh layers of physicality with TRX suspension-training equipment before playing a round in the racquetball court or letting sneakers squeak out healthful sonnets on the practice basketball court. Members can sign up for an array of group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills workouts ranging from martial-arts-inspired body combat to RPM, which pairs thumping beats with a stationary bike ride through imaginary mountains and ethereal monsoons. Cap off workouts by ducking into the sauna or taking one final lap in the whirlpool.
With five kid-friendly attractions and an area that buzzes with arcade games, Kokomo Joe's Family Fun Center packs endless indoor entertainment under one roof. At Bounce Beach, kiddies can scamper and bound over inflatable bounce houses in the shadow of decorative palm trees and extra-tall adults. For friendly bouts of competition, six mini bowling lanes and an indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini golf course shrink grown-up games to a scale at which tykes can excel. Single or passenger go karts let both kids and adults test their racing skills, and a bumper car track lets guests unleash their road rage or flaunt their preternatural ability to yield to other vehicles. To keep appetites from undermining the fun, the Snack Shack serves a menu of sandwiches, chicken nuggets, pizza, and cold drinks.
On 18 playing fields at two Wacky Warriors locations, players can storm a two-story castle, take cover behind barrels stacked in pyramids, and weave through red inflatables. Each 15-minute open-play game mixes novice and expert participants, who compete in matches such as hide-and-seek and capture the flag under the watchful eye of trained referees. Fighters take to the fields with their choice of more than 500 rental markers; spectators can monitor the action from netted areas next to the brickyard and airball fields.
Along with open play, Wacky Warriors hosts private parties and special events such as zombie-apocalypse scenarios. After bouts, players can relax in the pavilion, sign their artwork on opponents' gear, and grill up a feast in Wacky Warriors' massive barbecue pits.
With Y-kiki Divers' Discover Scuba Diving class, aspiring aqua explorers can get a taste of navigating the sea's depths under the tutelage of one of Y-kiki Divers' trained staff members. After mastering basic scuba skills and concepts, each diver experiments with the weightlessness of underwater existence. Diving in the safe, supervised, chlorinated cradle of a swimming pool almost entirely prevents peanut butter and jellyfish incidents. Students must sign a liability release and fill out a medical questionnaire available on the Y-kiki Divers' website. Skippers as young as 10 can participate in this experience, but all those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. The Groupon includes all equipment except bathing suit and towel. View the schedule to see when and where classes will be held. Though not included in this Groupon, those sold on the powers of the in-ground seas can progress to open-water diving courses with Y-kiki Divers.
Balls-n-Strikes has helped hone the baseball and softball skills of more than 100,000 young sluggers over the course of two decades. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday (with Friday reserved as an alternate day in case of rain) throughout June, July, and the first week of August. Unlike summer etiquette lessons or math camp, four days of baseball camp keeps kids active and healthy while teaching them social skills and confidence. Whether or not kids go on to become players, they’ll learn the importance of sportsmanship as the friendly instructors make each day fun. Balls-n-Strikes pairs one certified instructor to every six kids. This ensures that the game will not have to go into the 16th inning before your child gets a chance to bat, and also removes the need to make up additional outfield positions such as "assistant to the regional shortstop" and "human foul pole." Boys and girls must provide their own gloves, bats, and sack lunches before hitting the diamond.
Valley Vinyasa’s experienced and certified instructors guide aspiring contortionists through a relaxing gauntlet of flexibility-boosting poses that encourage synchronizing breath with movement. The studio's packed weekly regimen of 60- to 75-minute classes allows patrons to limber up without compromising work commitments or nightly high-stakes Chutes and Ladders games. Jump-start mornings with a 6:30 a.m. Early Bird Yoga class or eschew the midday routine of splitting a sandwich with your computer monitor during a 12 p.m. Lunchtime Yoga class. The beginner-level class fosters nascent body benders by moving at a comfortable pace and focusing on the basic precepts of breath and alignment. More advanced classes offer a faster-paced flow and include arm balances, inversions, and binding postures designed to challenge the most stretchable participants. Though classes are constructed for particular subsets of yoga experience, instructors readily improvise modified routines so students can individualize their sessions and alter poses to suit their needs while still providing a challenge.
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