Since 1971, Car-Vel Skateland has fitted feet with quad skates for enthralling laps around its indoor rink. Inexperienced wheelers can improve their balance and gliding skills during private lessons or get a group together for private or public birthday parties. Named after mom and dad, Carl and Velma, the family-owned business also offers beginner skates and skatemates to assist younger children at an additional cost, as well as parties geared for schools, churches, daycare groups, and fundraisers.
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo bustles with a variety of vendors, bovine-inspired showcases, and activities for the whole family. Legally eavesdrop on live music, which wafts from five separate areas on the spacious grounds, or draw the fashionable wedge between man and livestock by accessorizing at the three shopping areas and the Texas Experience Pavilion, which comes stuffed with shopping, free samples, and exhibits on beekeeping, winemaking, and dairy farming. Meanwhile, the Family Fair lassos tykes with a petting zoo, pig races, and pony rides. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or midnight (depending on weather conditions), though some exhibit hours may vary. Proceeds from the event go toward the community and raising scholarship and grant money to support agriculturally inclined Texan youth.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Salado Creek Ranch boasts 100 acres of woods and meadows, best explored atop well-trained horses and accompanied by skilled guides. The Trail Boss has 20 years of experience and uses every accrued day of it to ensure that each rider is matched with a kindred horse-spirit and has a safe, enjoyable venture. Ride through open fields and acres of woodlands or hone your riding skills in the arena, all under the supportive guidance of experienced ranch hands. No need to dusty up a new cowboy hat or don a large metallic belt buckle to feign authenticity, because Salado Creek Ranch has a horse fit for any size or experience level of rider.
More than 45 water rides and attractions swerve and spray across the 20 landscaped acres of Splashtown San Antonio. A five-story slide sends guests speeding through a series of corkscrew turns and sudden drops, the park's wave pool sends huge swells toward body-surfers, and a pair of enclosed water slides generate part of their thrill from the pitch darkness. But it's also easy to just relax in the sun: the park also boasts a tree-lined lazy river, and basketball and sand volleyball encourage fun competitions on dry land. Splashtown San Antonio even rents out shady cabanas for groups with as many as 12 people, giving visitors a private retreat where they can dry off, catch their breath, and finally try to find chlorine on the periodic table of elements.
At Soundmaster Tint & Alarm, Inc., a team of technicians installs mobile electronics ranging from GPS devices to car alarms. Request window tinting to keep your auto interior private or install subwoofers to build your own mini earthquake machine. Mobile video systems keep kids entertained on long road trips, and top-of-the-line audio systems soundtrack Sunday drives in cars or serenade mermaids in boats and jet skis.