The riding experts at Fieldstone Park, a full-service boarding-and-riding facility, teach lessons for beginning or experienced riders of any age. Instructors emphasize the forward, or hunt-seat, style, and lessons are targeted by level and discipline; riders can chat with the staff about what class best fits when they call to schedule lessons. Fieldstone's equestrian tutors lead classes in either English–style, in which both hands grasp the reins with pinkies raised, or larger Western–style tack and techniques. The 60-minute group lessons may include up to three riders at once, which affords each rider both full personal attention from the instructor and a sense of camaraderie as students refine horse-human collaboration.
Landscaped holes sprawl across the grounds of Putt-Putt Fun Center's three locations, challenging visitors to take hold of putters and test their short game. Besides putt-putt golf, the center has batting cages that hurl baseballs and the occasional tomato at various speeds. And the attractions at Putt-Putt Fun Center's sister site, Alley Cats Entertainment Center, includes kid-friendly laser tag, rock-climbing, and an arcade, as well as a bar with billiards for the grown-ups. During the summer months, all three locations host summer camps that engage children in age-appropriate activities that inspire learning while using the facilities' attractions.
Closed fingers, a squeezed calf, shifted weight—the horse responds to each barely perceptible command, performing choreographed motions and meeting mental demands with grace. This is the art of dressage, and along with cross-country and stadium jumping, it's part of Deer Creek Stables’ specialty: eventing. But although the stables' trainers mainly teach competitive riders to strengthen the human-horse bond for eventing and Western dressage, they also take joy in extending their fascination with steeds to newcomers, teaching very basic skills to those mounting a horse for the first time.
Known for their patience with horses and people alike, head trainer Jennifer Burk and her staff give private and group lessons, covering everything from grooming to jumping. They can also provide school horses, safety equipment, and tack for riders getting started or whose horses have recently gone off to horse college. Their grassy 38-acre facility includes a lighted indoor arena and 30 acres of turnout for boarding horses.
Movie Tavern transfixes one's taste buds and imagination by blending all-digital cinema with premium seating and sit-down dining. Moviegoers are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to showtime, so that they can leisurely peruse an extensive menu of chef-inspired American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. Nimble and unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. At select locations, guests can opt to sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the bar before heading in to see a show. Audiences get to enjoy first-run films every week, retro cinema every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and breakfast food paired with early morning movies on Saturday and Sunday. While geared toward adults, the family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies along with film-inspired dishes. Guests can head to the bar or straight to the movie without ordering food, giving them some latitude in shaping their night out.
Additionally, Movie Tavern treats audiences to myriad benefits with their membership program. Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free movie ticket on the spot and one free ticket every year on their birthday, as well as invites to screenings and other special events.
Happy shouts and gliding blades echo in the cool air during public sessions, parties, competitions, and lessons with ICE at The Parks. On the regulation-size NHL rink, guests can glide between skaters and ambitious Zambonis practicing slap shots. The rink opens out onto The Parks at Arlington, allowing pleasantly tired guests to rejuvenate among shops, restaurants, and a classic carousel. ICE at The Parks also maintains an onsite shop for sharpening skates and equipping visitors with necessities such as figure-skating dresses and puck repellent.
Splitsville explores contemporary consumption by pairing its elegant eventide eats with the ambient roar of rolling balls and clattering pins. Designed by Tim Cushman—one of Food & Wine magazine's 2008 Best New Chefs—Splitsville’s menu stacks up and knocks down a cadre of culinary classics. After starting with spicy edamame, three-pepper calamari, or parmesan chicken tenders ($4–$12), move onto stomach-stuffing entrees ($13–$23), such as filet mignon and mahi-mahi served with voodoo shrimp. Classic-rock vibrations leak out of the restaurant's speakers and diners add the sounds of human happiness while diving into their lightly sauced steaks and generous pizzas ($8–$12). After 8 p.m., all guests under 21 turn into pumpkin-shaped bowling balls, and fine hobby-sport decorum requests an evening-casual dress code.
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Retreat into the dark, comforting womb of the movie theater and nourish yourself with entertainment. Today's Groupon gets you two tickets to any movie at Studio Movie Grill, Dallas's movie theater–restaurant for $5. Ticket prices normally range from $5.75 for children to $9.50 for adults on weekends. Studio Movie Grill supplies all the comforts of watching a movie at home, except with table service, more food options, comfortable chairs that are comfier, and a much larger screen. Grab this Groupon and give your home butler and personal projectionist the night off, or buy two and invite them along.
Studio Movie Grill offers full table service during the feature; just arrive a few minutes early to place your order before the show begins. Take a look at the Studio Movie Grill's bountiful menu of hearty offerings: burgers ($9.49–$11.99), chicken sandwiches ($9.49–$10.49), quesadillas ($8.99–$10.99), salads ($8.49–$11.99), and more. The Grill also houses a full bar; your attentive, yet unobtrusive server will grace your table with the tipple of your choice, be it a vodka cocktail, a glass of red, or a 60-oz. pitcher of Dos Equis ($15.99) to make Transformers 2 go down a little easier.
Redeem your Groupon at one of five Studio Movie Grill locations: Addison, Arlington, Royal Lane, Lewisville, or Plano. Buy tickets for any upcoming show, make a date with your boxing coach, and head over to the Studio Movie Grill for dinner and a show.
Studio Movie Grill satisfies the food and entertainment yearnings of critics on Yahoo! Local and Citysearch; both give it four stars:
- Great night out with my family. Took my parents to the Studio for dinner and a movie. We also enjoyed the drinks! Food was delicious...Service was good, not obtrusive, but available when you needed. – colleyvillemomoftwins, Yahoo! Local
- Great food served in stadium seating makes this a fun outing. The movie theater part is top notch and food is good too. – drldallas, Citysearch
- Date night: Its [sic] great to go on a date to.The food is so good we had the sampler. – Michelle, Yahoo! Local