While Star Fleet excels, with its 20 years in business, at whisking passengers along Galveston Bay aboard its fleet of five luxurious yachts, it offers more. The charter yacht company also donates exclusively to the Galveston Bay Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the local waterway. Customers can rest assured that portions of their proceeds are going toward a worthy cause whether they're celebrating a wedding aboard the multi-level Star Gazer or pub crawling alongside Mai Tai–swilling otters on the Lake Limo.
Combining freeform painting with socializing, Shelley Shanks' Scribble Birds invites artists of all skill levels to join in colorful revelry by providing supplies and instruction in a relaxed environment. Groups gather around canvases and easels on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. for around two hours, grabbing drinks from the nearby bar that can serve as liquid inspiration or as a diluter for watercolor works. Paintbrushes dance across canvases, colorfully waltzing to the tune of the artists' desires and creating an original piece that accompanies students home.
By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement?when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
For the fifth year running, a forest of masts fills the South Shore Harbour as more than 400 boats beckon sea-salted skippers and land-legged first timers alike. Bay boats, ski boats, sailboats, catamarans, cruisers, and powerboats are all on display—many for sale—and the experience can include skimming across the surface on a 32-foot Yellowtail, a 45-minute jaunt on a sailboat, and a temperature-controlled diving experience for curious landlubbers. To educate audiences, speakers take to the stage, including NASA-honored scientists, marine meteorologists, and Evel Knievel’s former bodyguard and notorious adventurer Bob Bitchin, whose name should not be repeated in polite company.
Created by chief flockologist Chris Ann Dale, Flamingos 2 Go provides the goofy gear for practical jokers to stealthily decorate lawns with festive signs and kitschy plastic lawn ornaments that surprise the recipient and help celebrate any occasion. This deal grants lawn jesters a two-day rental of 50 pink flamingo or 50 black buzzard lawn ornaments (an $80 value), a rental set of “Happy Birthday” or “Over The Hill” signs (a $20 value), and a rental of one personalized sign printed on weatherproof plastic (a $20 value). Much like TPing a house or duct-taping someone’s hand to their face, flocking is a fun, harmless prank that celebrates a birthday, graduation, newborn baby, or die-hard dedication for the upcoming promotion. Flamingos are easier to clean up than other lawn pranks, and for an additional fee, Flamingos 2 Go can meet at a designated drop-off point or call in their heavy artillery of lighting-fast flockesseiurs to do the job while you distract the recipient.