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 to 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 .
Vino 100 serves cheeses and imaginative pasta dishes in its cozy storefront, with live entertainment on Thursdays and Fridays. Start off a meal with a cheese plate, bedecked with one to four types of dairy ($9/one cheese, $20/four). Choose from brie, fontina, Brazos Valley–smoked gouda, and a Brazos Valley cheese of the month. Small plates such as the artichoke dip with crab and spinach ($12) or the goat cheese with raspberry-chipotle sauce ($6) whet appetites and fill bellies to half capacity. Send hunger packing with a stick and bindle by ordering a filling entree such as the truffle-oil mac 'n' cheese ($8), brimming with four italian cheeses, black-forest ham, egg noodles, and a dusting of smoked gruyere. Or try a savory shrimp-and-sausage cheesecake ($12), crowned with a crawfish rémoulade instead of traditional whipped cream and cookies. Polish off the meal with delectable dessert ($6 each), such as the s'mores panini, a combination of marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, and Nutella, encased in a ciabatta bun and grilled to gooey goodness. Stay alert by downing an affogato, a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream topped with espresso, ensuring you never again fall asleep during an all-cymbal band recital.
A Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, the Round Rock Express's players bat, slide, steal, and knock spherical things out of Dell Diamond. Managed by former pitcher and major league first base coach Marc Bombard, the team receives its silent hand signals and coaching from former major league pitcher Burt Hooton, minor league veteran Keith Bodie, and star of Major League: Back to the Minors Scott Bakula. The Pacific Coast League power beat the Nashville Sounds to clinch the American Conference finals in 2006. Win or lose, the fun of just watching the game will be celebrated with a round of fireworks.
The nonprofit home of revitalized classical and contemporary music, the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra reshapes masterpieces by Vivaldi and Copland in its season opener, A New Birth of Freedom. As a hush falls over the audience, popular conductor Grant Gilman releases poised bows, sending them flying across strings to weave the notes of the overture to Rossini's lively La Gazza Ladra until they form a durable basket. Guest soloist Ertan Torgul, San Antonio Symphony's concertmaster, adds extra ear candy to the orchestra during Astor Piazzolla's modern version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. A narrating voice joins strings in Copland's Lincoln Portrait before performers jig through Elgar's Enigma Variations. Since the symphony aims to foster a love of music in young people, the special selection of Into the Storm fuses the experience of the orchestra with the energy of student musicians from Round Rock middle schools. At 7 p.m., Maestro Gilman will chat with interested audience members about the music and composers they're about to hear, as well as providing a glimpse of the rare bird taught to sing inside every violin.
Wild West Adventure Race: Participants of mainstream races often find themselves on a leisurely jog across flat, well-maintained roads—but not at the Wild West Adventure Race. Instead, they must traverse a course spanning four miles of rugged terrain dotted with impediments that challenge both endurance and strength. Races, which begin every half-hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., crisscross more than 10 obstacles that prompt racers to get down and dirty in trenches filled with ice-cold beer, mud, and smutty romance novels. Each participant will receive a race T-shirt, and top finishers across several age categories will be given individual and team awards. Onsite restrooms, changing rooms, and garden hoses facilitate cleanup before the Cinco de Mayo after party with barbecue, beer, and live music. Splash Dash: While runners often rely on high-tech fabrics and energy drinks to keep them cool and hydrated, the Splash Dash 5K takes a less sophisticated approach: manning the sidelines with a water-gun-toting Splash Squad. With awards for best times as well as best costume, runners can tackle the course with as much intensity or lightheartedness as they want, though all entrants must negotiate jets of water and water balloons before crossing the slip 'n' slide finish line. Meanwhile, a 1K fun-run course gives youngsters a chance to get soaked on the go without having to climb inside their parents' timing bibs.
Equipment: Hoses, battling ropes, tires, medicine balls, jump boxes, sledgehammers, etc.
Students should bring: Bottle of water and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: This go-at-your-own-pace class is designed to cater to both beginners as well as advanced athletes.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our workouts are a progression in fitness. The workouts are challenging but at the clients own pace so as not to discourage a beginner.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes, music definitely sets the mood for a great workout. We look for music that has at least 130 to 150 beats per minute.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
You Want Results, Then Train Like It.