Once upon a time there were three friends?Bill, Michael, and Brendan?who loved three simple things: food, drink, and sports. They decided to combine their passions into a business where visitors could share in their enjoyment. Thus, they founded Third Base, a sports bar that began offering drink specials, classic bar food, and endlessly televised sports as soon as it opened. The community enjoyed the establishment so much, the owners soon expanded, opening two additional locations.
Each Third Base location boasts all the amenities locals have come to expect from the proprietors. In addition to numerous flat-screen TVs that bathe the dining rooms in a technicolor glow, sports action is also beamed to the relaxing patios. Drink specials include cocktails and beers, though there are also creative signature drinks like a frozen sangria-laced margarita. The kitchen serves up such treats as a black-and-blue burger, tilapia tacos, wings in eight different sauces, blackened salmon, and decadent milk shakes. On special occasions, Third Base plays host to events that range from crayfish boils to live music to tailgates that celebrate the invention of beer cozies.
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 .
After 22 years in the air force, Water 2 Wine–founder John McFadden established his first custom winery in San Antonio seven years ago. Already the business has spread as far as Milwaukee to the north and Denver to the west, bringing the country's vinophiles more than 100 wines, each of which are fermented on site and available for tastings every day. Those who want to get more involved in the crafting process may sign up to make their own wine and steep themselves in each step of the operation, from selecting the grape varieties, beginning the fermentation process, withstanding a wait of about 45 days, and finally christening their creation by smashing a tiny boat against the bottle. All custom-made wines are plastered with personalized labels made from one of Water 2 Wine’s templates or images that customers design from the ground up.
Ribbons of sunlight stream through the dense jungle canopy as you trudge atop the soggy soil. You brush away beads of sweat and inhale the thick, humid air that seems to radiate from the surrounding foliage. In the distance, a monkey shrieks, but nearby, something else catches your ear?the infectious melody of childish giggles. At Safari Champ, socked explorers bound through similar scenes seven days a week, toeing the line between imagination and reality while crawling through tubes, climbing up ropes, and soaring down slides. Parents are invited to join their cubs during indoor quests or enjoy some hard-earned free time by taking advantage of the facility's daycare options. Snacks, including pizza, ice cream, and lattes, are also available inside Safari Champ, which also swings open its bamboo doors to birthday parties throughout the year.
A local beacon of all-ages athletics, Austin Sports Arena provides the headquarters for adult and youth roller hockey leagues and offers sports and roller skating parties for kids of all ages. Between games, athletes can hit up the concession stand or gobble pixelated power pellets at a mini arcade. Those soaring beneath the skating rink's rotating gobos can bring their own skates or rent a high-end pair as onlookers skate across the Internet by taking advantage of the center’s free WiFi.
Round Rock Art Cooperative's knowledgeable instructors, Laura Green and Joey Roberts, orchestrate creative and social shindigs during a schedule of classes and workshops that furnish all needed materials. During Ladies' Night paintathons, both women and men unwind at workstations in the studio, where smocks cradle drips of primary colors to sleep as paintbrushes line dance across a medium of choice, such as clay, paper, or canvas. If desired, guests can fuel imaginations with snacks and spirited beverages from home.