Slot Cars of Katy owner P.A. Watson knows his way around an electrified car track. For more than 30 years, he’s raced motorized slot cars against countless challengers on his own raceway, filled with tracks, electronics, and other gear. His passion for speed on a small scale has taken him to competitions near and far, where he’s earned four national championships and three world championships.
Though no longer an active competitor, he still hosts races each day at Slot Cars of Katy, where hobby veterans, corporate groups, and kids alike can take a spin on one of the shop’s twisting tracks. The Hillclimb keeps racers on their toes with three large ascents, whereas The King’s 155-foot-long track offers racers plenty of fast turns and a handful of scenic make-out spots.
While most kids her age lost themselves in the digital mazes of video games, Deloris Madison wrote plays. Years later, in search of a new career, Madison remembered her theatrical roots and joined the cast of a local theater production. The call of the stage remained strong, and Madison answered. She dedicated herself to helping young people benefit from the values of the theater, such as teamwork, self-confidence, and jazz hands. Now the proud owner of Deloris Madison Productions, she and her team of professional acting instructors guide fledgling thespians toward their goals while simultaneously helping them grow spiritually and emotionally.
No man is an island, but you can still develop muscles that are hard as rock. The personal trainers at One2One Training Center have helped everyone from professional athletes to body builders get into the best shape of their lives. Anyone who goes through One2One's fitness program—natural athlete or otherwise—must be willing to admit the following: "I can't do it all by myself." With a dedicated staff of trainers so close at hand, that's not such a bad thing. Trainers work with individual clients to develop realistic fitness goals, then follow through with the help of advanced exercise equipment at one of three local facilities.
To create a fruitful learning environment, the instructors at Art Classes For You interact one-on-one with their pencil-wielding protégés, moving at the pace most comfortable for each individual student. Every week, small groups of adults and children gather to work on an array of art concepts, such as positive and negative space, contour line drawing, shading, and tonal values. Most importantly, instructors encourage students to look at their own work from a critical perspective, understanding their personal tendencies and recognizing bad habits, such as drawing on classmates’ backs instead of pieces of paper. Group lessons are limited to 10 students, and private lessons are available.
Teaching life skills as much as stage skills, Drama Kids' curriculum helps kids learn how to express themselves, while also fostering creative thinking and boosting self-esteem. Prepare your proto-adult for later-life triumphs such as winning an Oscar or fast-talking their way out of a questionable real estate deal with Drama Kids' Lower Primary or Upper Primary programs. Kids in the Lower Primary drama program, for ages 5 to 8, will further refine their vocal delivery and hone their social skills, interacting with classmates through the art of theater. In the Upper Primary program, for kids ages 9 to 11, students will explore more complex components of acting, such as speech, movement, and improvisation. Drama Kids' instructors motivate and inspire, helping a social butterfly hatch from the egg that is each child's personality.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Inside Sherry Reese's contemporary sewing school and fabric boutique, sewers hone their skills through classes for all experience levels with an ample stock of on-trend fabrics and patterns. With a background in fashion design and a certification in sewing instruction, Reese has combined her passions for sewing and teaching to create a friendly learning environment that helps adults, teens, and opposable-thumbed goats to acquire both technical and artistic skills. Small class sizes foster a light-hearted atmosphere where students can learn at their own pace while building a community of enthusiastic stitchers.