In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old?12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
Zone Action Park thrills family members young and old with themed fun zones that quench thirsts for go-karting, bouncing, mini golf on two brand new 18-hole courses, and batting practice. The Speed Zone pits kids as young as 3 years old against each other for zipping go-kart action, whereas a bounce area lets them hop safely on inflatable jumps or slides. Batters practice against slow- or fast-pitch machines in the Strike Zone. Inside, the Game Zone fosters friendly competition with family-friendly games such as Big Bass Wheel and Treasure Quest fueled by hot fresh pizza from their cafe that happily serves large parties and birthdays.
The 23rd annual Rio Grande Valley Home & Garden Show boasts a wide range of interactive exhibits and presentations from dozens of household- and gardening-product companies. The show also features guest speakers Dr. Tom Harris, also known as The Hill Country Gardener, and Kristi Broussard from History Channel’s Swamp People.
With a facility featuring 40 state-of-the-art lanes, Flamingo Bowl provides patrons with an ideal stomping ground to engage in the visceral joy of recreational collisions. Upon your arrival, Flamingo Bowl will provide you with a stylish, silky-soled pair of bowling shoes specially designed to collaborate with gravity. With toes tricked out, bisect the alley with a perfectly hurled, pin-scattering spheroid. Flamingo’s colorful, vintage décor provides a suitable ambience for disco-dance strike celebrations, and personal bests can be honored with a beer, burger, or gravy cup at the complex’s 25th lane.
At Bisque-it Shop, daubers of all ages stipple, stripe, and embellish singular designs on their choice of more than 300 paint-ready vessels. Armed with studio-supplied brushes, stencils, and under-glazed paints, guests seek out ceramic soul mates in the form of trinket boxes ($10–$18), dinnerware ($15–$45), or animal figurines ($10–$14) before adorning new best friends with a panchromatic coating. After completing their paint-tinged opus, guests turn works over to Bisque-it Shop’s clay caretakers, who kiln-fire artifacts to preserve designs against the abuses of microwaves, food items, and that bullying Grecian urn from down the block. The shop readies pieces for pick-up in seven days. Bisque-it Shop’s expansive atelier accommodates up to 70 painters at once, and staffers accept reservations for groups celebrating birthdays, bachelorette parties, or the 20th anniversary of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Marisa Echavarria, a certified Kindermusik teacher and lifelong musician, welcomes children and parents into a fun and engaging world of musical education with her 45-minute family classes. Newborns to 7-year-olds can participate in dancing, listening, and music-making activities within a friendly group setting to improve cognition, confidence, creativity, self-expression, and upper-lip curls. Kids and parents jam side by side throughout each session, clapping hands and whistling Vivaldi, before bringing home a sweet sounding CD and age-appropriate instrument to continue lessons at home. This Groupon also includes a $10 gift certificate for the Spring 2011 semester.