While its mediums are many, the goal of Ceramics-N-More is singular: to tap into visitors' artistic potential. Here, you can paint pottery or get the hang of wheel-thrown forms during classes that utilize motorized pottery wheels. Even kids can get into the action by adorning ceramic pieces with handprints and footprints, or joining friends for an art-fueled party. The center also offers glass-fusing classes, which teach participants how to create colorful works of art from glass and the one magical power all humans take for granted: fire.
The Social City Dash puts smart phones to good use during its urban adventure race. Teams of two turn to Twitter and Facebook to solve clues and complete tasks, harnessing the power of their social networks to tackle challenges that take them all over the city. As they race to beat the clock, participants learn new facts about their town and also raise money to support a local charity.
While it is easy to spot some of Kingdom Chauffeured Limousine Services' fleet of vehicles—such as a stretch limo transporting a bridal party or headed on a tour of wine country—some of their most impressive cars fit in any old parking space. The drivers spend most of their days catering to regular business travelers, ferrying them around town in the less elongated, yet more pronounced, style of a Mercedes Benz S550, Cadillac Escalade ESV, or Rolls Royce Phantom.
Most of the vehicles have tinted privacy glass for passengers, as well as pristinely maintained leather seats. Additionally, the stretch limousines boast privacy dividers, a premium sound system, and room for up to ten passengers or one extremely happy passenger and all of the stuffed animals he won at the carnival.
The Austin Aquarium packs an array of aquatic wonders with its 24,000 square feet; its exhibits encompass marine habitats from around the world, housing more than 3,000 species from Oregon to Indonesia in its aquariums and aviaries. Among the activities, visitors can feel the skin of rays or tempt birds or younger siblings with handfuls of nectar. The aquarium also hosts behind-the-scenes tours and sleepovers in which kids can get a glimpse into the ocean at night, when even the mightiest sharks cower in fear from plankton's elongated shadows.
The brainchild of studio owner Debbie Tawse, Marmalade Skies aims to put the "art" back in "party"—and the "party" back in "dance party"—with classes focusing on repurposed and recycled art. Classes are offered six days a week and include enough colorful options to make Roy G. Biv jealous. Elementary school-aged kids can meet up for Friday afterrnon art club ($20), or adults can color outside the lines without incurring heavy fines from chromati-cops in the BYOB Pinot Picasso painting class ($38). Children ages 4 to 5, meanwhile, can go elementary with the preschool art class, The Elements of Art ($28).
Beginning atop a 20-story cliff, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures's final zipline carries riders above Lake Travis for more than 2,500 feet at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. To reach the cliff, a pair of professionally trained guides lead 2.5-3 hour hikes through Texas Hill Country, affording panoramic views of Lake Travis along the way. Before the finale over the lake, groups stop at four other ziplines that snake through canyons and soar above inlets.
Back on land, the company reserves more than 10 acres of Lake Travis shore for post-tour picnics and beach games. For guests embarking on a nighttime zipline tour or looking to linger in central Texas, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures rents out private cabins. Accommodations include a front porch overlooking the lake, as well as access to two private beaches.