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Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. The 7,500-square-foot indoor children?s recreational center features super-sized inflatables for playing, jumping, bouncing, and sliding. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through the gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape.

The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the wall by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards. In addition to parties, Pump It Up plays host to field trips, camps, fundraisers, and other special events.

2720 Zinnia Ave
McAllen,
TX
US

Established: 2001

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Pro Tip: Dress for painting and be ready to be creative.

Q&A with Raquel Hinojosa, Art Director

What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?

We offer quality art classes for children and adults and provide an array of original artwork created by local artists.

Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?

Students attending art classes are allowed to come in 15 minutes early. We also encourage them to make up absent days. If the gallery doesn't have the artwork you're looking for, we can connect you with the right artist.

What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?

Parents of young children are welcomed to stay for a while as their children ease into the comfort of the art lesson. Classes are small, which ensures that all students will receive plenty of individual attention.

1009 Laurel Avenue
Mc Allen,
TX
US

Around the globe, each of Gracie Barra's more than 300 schools shares a common curriculum: Brazilian jiu jitsu. The school's instructors instill the traditional martial art throughout the world, venturing beyond Brazil to nearly every continent on Earth. At the McAllen branch, the instructors possess the same International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation certifications as their colleagues across the globe, and call on their training in the Gracie Barra curriculum to teach the martial-arts technique to all ages and experience levels. Additionally, they schedule programs such as muay thai and women's fight-fitness classes that incorporate self-defense tactics for beating up unwanted calories.

1701 West Dove Avenue
Mc Allen,
TX
US

To lend Park Avenue's exposed-brick dining room its atmospheric lighting, the windows of its New York City skyline mural cast a faint white and green glow. The restaurant's mural and name aren't its only nods to NYC: there's also the Big Apple burger, which arrives smothered with fried mozzarella, bacon, avocado, a fried egg, and zesty salsa. The rest of the menu runs the gamut from bar staples, such as sliders and boneless wings, to steak-house classics including 12-ounce rib eyes doused with brown mushroom-cream gravy. Martinis, shots, and other drinks from the full bar complement these meals, which often precede late-night entertainment such as live bands and DJs.

400 West Nolana Avenue
Mc Allen,
TX
US

Reciting the alphabet, writing names, and making crafts. These are a few building blocks to accelerated learning that the staff experts at Rhema's Learning Center instill in kids aged 2 months to 4 years. In their facility, they get learning started early between green and purple walls covered with kids' art, numbers, letters, and other learning tools. During the day, they engage children in structured learning programs and nourish their young minds with nutritional breakfasts, lunches, snacks, or suppers. Little ones as young as 2 can even make use of the computer lab to get ready for high-tech futures.

2402 Buddy Owens Boulevard
Mc Allen,
TX
US

With a combination of intense resistance training and martial arts, Savage Camp's trainers transform bodies. "Professional athletes have two hands, two feet, one head, breathe air, eat food, drink water," says the head trainer. "I can be as fit as they are." He encourages his trainees to approach their own fitness with a similar mindset, striving to do their very best and they work the heavy bags, strive to master one-armed pushups, or do aerial crunches with their legs wrapped around a bag for support.

2313 Harvey Dr. Ste #6
Mc Allen,
TX
US