As days start to shorten and the leaves start to fall, guests of all ages congregate at Campbell's Farm for an annual autumn celebration. General admission grants kids access to a petting zoo, a purple dragon bounce house, and a pumpkin-painting station, and extra amusements such as pony rides, face painting, or a challenging needle-in-a-haystack game provide enough family-friendly fun to last an entire afternoon. Children can also wind their way through the cornstalk-lined path of a 4-acre fun maze, while the bravest among them dare to navigate the labyrinth after dark, risking chance encounters with spooks around every twisting turn. After a spine-tingling tour on one of the farm's haunted hayrides, groups can also be spotted warming up around the glow of rented bonfires as they roast hot dogs or marshmallows to quell hunger pangs or construct extremely perishable birdhouses.
Inside the more than 8,700 square feet of space, Jump Mania offers dual slides, obstacle courses, and a 31-foot tall basketball bounce house. Elsewhere, a toddler area enthralls little kids with age-appropriate attractions such as a farm-themed inflatable play area. Apart from inflatables, the facility houses a concession stand replete with snacks, beverages, National Geographic back issues, and free WiFi for parents. The staff also hosts birthday parties alongside open-jump sessions. Its soirees even earned Jump Mania a runner-up spot on 417 Magazine's 2011 list of Best Place for a Kid's Birthday Party.
At Battlefield Lanes, the rumbling of rolling balls and clattering of pins fill the air as the alley’s flat-screen televisions keep score. On select nights, glow bowling transforms the facility with psychedelic colors set ablaze with black lights. To fuel orb-flinging arms, the alley’s snack bar dishes up pizza, popcorn, and hot dogs. After a nibble, guests can vary their competitive activities in the arcade room or at the fleet of billiards tables, where circling sharks munch on dropped pool cues.
Taught by a staff of equestrian instructors and 23-year veteran Libby Ferguson, pupils of various ages and skill levels are introduced to the basics of horseback riding through a private, one-hour lesson in either English- or Western-style courses. Each session begins with an initial grooming process, including brushing and tail-styling.
MoMak's, voted 19th best burger in Texas in 2009 by Texas Monthly magazine, quells carnivorous cravings with its bucket of mini burgers and other selections from its extensive menu. The Mo mushroom swiss burger nestles under a blanket of ranch, melty swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms ($6.99), and Mo's ground turkey burger, dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and creamy cranberry mayo dressing, delivers a taste of Thanksgiving in burger format ($6.49). Pay homage to the eponymous earl with the philly steak sub ($8.99), or buffalo chicken kaiser sandwich ($7.99), or douse hunger fires with bucketfuls of fries and onion rings ($3.99–$8.99).
Sixteen glossy lanes outfitted with hydraulic bumpers and automatic scoring machines await pin crushers of all stripes at Lighthouse Lanes, a Christian-owned bowling center that racks up spares and strikes for wholesome entertainment. Grab a pair of fashionable tri-tone kicks (a $2 value) and bowl to the pulsating rhythms of music under the stars during cosmic bowling hours, held every night of the week and throughout the day on weekends (up to a $4 value/game). A gentle learning curve for beginners and an exciting environment free of smoke and alcohol makes bowling at Lighthouse Lanes the most family-friendly sport not named Finnish wife-carrying. Bowlers tired of basting turkeys on the lanes can socialize with their pin-pummeling peers in several party and meeting rooms, check out the custom ball work in the pro shop, or challenge each other to billiard grudge matches in the arcade.