The Race2Rescue Crazy Colorful Fun 5k is an important event for Rescue Her, the nonprofit organization founded by Josie Carignan to put an end to human trafficking. Her organization’s mission revolves around two things: raise awareness about the problem and raise money to solve the problem. One of Rescue Her's main initiatives—and the reason why the Race2Rescue Crazy Colorful Fun 5k is so important—is to use the profits from the run to build a safe house in Chennai, India, to shelter women and children from human traffickers.
Since 1952, the family-operated lot at The Brazos Drive-in Theatre has invited carloads of movie-lovers to kill their engines, tune their radios to 89.1 FM, and recline as far as their seats allow for the evening’s double features. The historic theatre is the last of its kind in North Texas, and was almost obliterated near to its 50th anniversary when a tornado rampaged through the lot, ripping half of the screen apart and saving the audience from a Rob Schneider film. Refurbished to its former glory, the screen now lights up against the darkening sky to show recently run blockbusters.
If a child tried to fire a paintball in the house, he or she would likely be grounded. At FCS Paintball, however, guests are free to launch the colorful spheres indoors without restraint or fear of consequence. Here, the 18,000-square-foot field’s roof shelters players from the elements. Visitors can battle during the day or the occasional night session, which, because they’re indoors, doesn’t require navigation via sonar.
Just off a straight stretch of the Trinity River, the sounds of laughter and victorious whooping grow louder. A curious look toward the hubbub yields a vision rarely seen in the city—helmet-clad athletes of all ages splash along the water's surface, launching their bodies in what looks like the offspring of waterskiing and snowboarding onto ramps, jumps, and railings that protrude from the water's surface like geometric islands. It's all part of a regular afternoon at Cowtown Wakepark, the watery brainchild of 20-year wakeboarding enthusiast Tommy Fambrough. During the course of three years, Tommy slowly formed the labyrinth of water-bound obstacles that visitors enjoy today, earning acclaim from the Trinity River Vision Authority's revitalization project for his riverside paradise's part in keeping the area an accessible and productive part of the community.
Each wakeboarding run begins when visitors strapped into their Liquid Force boards grab a cable and are pulled from the shore-side wooden platform across the water, cutting through the river's calm surface and pausing only to heckle passing fish. Spectators stick to the shore under covered tents and at picnic tables, or recline on the water's surface inside tented rafts. Onsite instructors can show first-timers the ropes, and also lead summer day camps to instill children aged 7–16 with wakeboarding, kneedboarding, and wakeskating basics.
The Hip Pocket Theatre is an experimental theatre ensemble rooted deep in the heart of Texas. Original scripts and adaptations draw their inspiration from the legends and history of Fort Worth and the Southwest. The performances combine traditional theatrical elements of music, drama, mime, dance, and puppetry.
Pump It Up's hallowed, padded halls brim with all manner of inflatable gadgetry for the bouncing and sliding enjoyment of pint-size clients. The amusement center's polychromatic bounce arena and slides are open to visitors during pop-in play-time, giving kids the chance to blow off steam and make important social connections during discussions of Clifford as an allegory for industrialism. The playpen's staff is vigorously trained to watch for unsafe situations and keep each air-filled apparatus clean and hygienic. Parents are free to bounce with their children during Family Jump Time, though they are required by kid law not to show how much they are enjoying it. Family Jump Time is held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:30–7:30 p.m. during the school year, as well as Mondays and Wednesdays from 2–5 p.m. during school holidays.