The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Since graduating from William Woods University’s equestrian science program, Jennifer Murphy-Buck of Gallop Equestrian Center has stacked her resumé with accomplishments in the field. From developing and teaching a vaulting class at WWU to running a nonprofit horsemanship program, Murphy-Buck laid solid groundwork for opening Gallop Equestrian Center in 2010. For the past two years, Murphy-Buck has worked alongside professional trainers Stephanie Marquart and Kylin Coulter-Meyer, leading classes in dressage, vaulting, and therapeutic riding. The trio also offers boarding, lavishing each stable occupant with hot washes, summer fans, and 24-hour room service.
Playtime Party Center encourages tykes to get their wiggles and giggles out in a sprawling, indoor playground with attractions for the whole family. An open space filled with inflatable slides and structures entices younger guests, who can split time between their cushy kingdom and the center's wide-open roller skating floor. Classic arcade games let guests compete for tickets to trade in for prizes, and private rooms foster birthday celebrations and family get-togethers.
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.
Ten flat-screen televisions play sports, sports, and more sports inside Texas Smokehouse and Saloon, and on select nights, the bar treats patrons to live musical acts and haiku readings. Drinks pair with chicken and beef sandwiches and soft pretzels brushed with a Budweiser and garlic-herb seasoning.