The jungle would be a safer place if the chin-high grass, towering trees, and wild animals were painted on the walls and everything three-dimensional was inflatable. This dream of a danger-free nature preserve comes to life at Jump N Jungle. Voted the Best Kids’ Party Place in the Bay Area Citizen Reader's Choice Awards, the jungle lets kids leap toward the rafters on inflatable jumpers, test the bounds of gravity on giant slides, and navigate an unending labyrinth of mazes and obstacle courses. Both locations play host to weekend birthday gatherings by supplying invitations, plates and plastic cutlery, as well as staff supervision in the party room and play areas. Additionally, its childcare services include an educational curriculum for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as before school and afterschool activities for older children.
Pearland Swim Academy instills watery know-how in young aquanauts, teaching basic and advanced techniques in a comfortable, kid-friendly atmosphere. The four group lessons meet once a week in classes assembled by skill level, allowing youngsters to hone their mastery of the water away from the presence of underachieving schools of fish, many of which have among the lowest SAT scores in the nation.
Throughout the year, more than 100 ladies compete in the South Side Roller Derby league, racing each other and racking up points during exhilarating bouts on treacherous banked tracks. Owned and operated entirely by volunteers, the league is run by people who enjoy the sport and care about sharing it with their community. In addition to a regular schedule of matchups, the ladies host roller-derby bootcamp classes replete with speed skating drills, derby-specific exercises, conditioning regimens, and hand-holding techniques in case the DJ announces a couples’ skate.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Gymnastics/Cheer Classes
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Tasha Beale and Nick Cedillo drew upon a lifetime of gymnastics experience to found Pearland Elite Training Center. They each boast some impressive credits on their resumes, from collegiate All-American athlete to championship competitor at the national level. Today, they pass on the skills that helped their careers flourish to the the next generation of competitive gymnasts, tumblers, and cheerleaders.
They design their classes for kids ages two and up, personalizing instruction for each child. Alongside a staff of fellow coaches, they ensure that every student gets a good workout and feels like a part of the team, regardless of skill level. They also try to make sure their charges have fun, whether in regular class or a special session. Summer camps, in particular, add a bit of extra entertainment to the regular regimen, with the introduction of games, contests, and crafts such as making a functioning springboard out of nothing but Popsicle sticks.
Though King's Biergarten describes itself as the place "where it's Oktoberfest all year round," once a year the brew haven really goes all out recreating the traditional German beer and food festival. The restaurant transforms its parking lot into a colorful 400-person bier tent decked out with bells, ribbons, and servers dressed in lederhosen who shoulder drinks throughout the rows of beer hall-style benches and tables. Aside from sipping golden suds, crowds can also help themselves to an all-you-can-eat spread of sausage, beer pretzels, and Bavarian smoked pork loin. Bands will play live sets throughout the fest as attendees try their hand at climbing Jacobs ladders or nailing the target at the dunking booth. VIP ticket-holders will be able to camp out inside the restaurant, where they can take advantage of three-hour table reservations.
The three-day event will kick off on Friday, September 27, when local politicians including Pearland Mayor Tom Reed and Senator Larry Taylor will lead the ceremonial keg tapping. From there on out, the German brews will flow for the remainder of the weekend, with attendees trading in beer tickets for half-liters of Hofbrau Dunkel, Stiegl Lager, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, and Spaten Oktoberfest.
With backgrounds in law enforcement, state-certified instructors Nick Villalona and David Green II hope that no conflict ever escalates to violence. But should people choose to prepare themselves by carrying a firearm, Nick and David want them to do so in a safe, responsible manner. That's why they specialize in qualifying clients for a state concealed-handgun license, also known as a CHL. Leading both classroom and range training, the duo verses students in the basics of safely handling and storing a firearm, as well as what rights and responsibilities come with holding a CHL. Their meticulous and patient approach has earned praise from the likes of Matt Patrick, radio personality on KPRC AM 950 and KTRH AM 740.