With its light coral-colored walls, wooden window shutters, and rustic décor, El Rincon De Gypsy takes on the desert southwest personality of the building in which it resides. Nearly 140 years old, the adobe structure is lined with artwork and complimented by a roomy outdoor patio and dining area. Everyday, visitors may receive a free tour of the building, and on weekends, they can participate in free tarot card readings.
The sun beats down on the eerily deserted village—the square, pastel colored houses seeming almost sinister in the still air. But the air isn't still for long. With a shout, army relief-clad, gun-wielding teams rush into the open, pegging one another with bright splatters of paint. And this is only one of Combat Action Paintball's open-air playing fields. The other is a long, thin passageway littered with abandoned police cars and bunkers, which players must navigate together in a capture-the-flag-type scenario. Luckily, they'll do it all while safely clad in provided gear, including a mask, helmet, and bullet-proof artist's smock.
The San Antonio AutoRama and South Texas Motorcycle Show beckon like a siren's call to vehicle enthusiasts, boasting hot rods, motorcycles, and souped-up vehicles from the last 70 years. As automakers and custom-car manufacturers show off their wares, custom motorcycles roar around the floor to show off luxurious modifications. Children 12 and under get in free to the family-friendly event, which will include a celebrity appearance by Vinnie DiMartino from TV's American Chopper, as well as competitions for best ride in show.
Toddler Avenue was established by a mom who was tired of chasing her own youngsters out of the "big kids" areas at other indoor play facilities. Such problems don't exist here, however, since all of Toddler Avenue was designed for children up to 5 years old. Inside, tots explore a colorful landscape full of jungle gyms, slides, tubes, and functional items, such as cars and costumes. Parents, meanwhile, can kick back on couches while watching their kids play and read about successful ways to lure boogeymen out of closets.
For those who feel the gnaw of indecision when looking over the beer section at the liquor store, fear not: the Sun City Craft Beer Fest offers small tastes of many brews without buyers having to shell out money for a six-pack. More than three dozen craft breweries from across the country will be dispensing foamy pours of their wares, totaling more than 200 beers for the tasting. Local restaurants pair bites with the beers, unlocking such unusual flavor combinations as dumping an entire porter into a bag of corn chips. At the onsite brewing area, expert brewmasters demonstrate the techniques of homebrewing and hose down onlookers with hot wort. Aside from the main attractions, activities include displays by artists and sets by local bands.
At any given time, Dream Arena's ceiling might echo with several collective sounds: the squeak of shoes pivoting on a basketball court, the slam of a perfectly spiked volleyball landing in bounds, and the soft crunch of soccer cleats digging into the indoor turf. Within the mammoth indoor gymnasium, athletes of all kinds run amok, shooting soccer balls just feet away from hoopsters sharpening their free throws. The staff manifests its main goal—unleashing everyone's potential—in a variety of programs, from open pickup games and team practices to youth leagues that teach kids the value of healthy competition as they see who can chug the most Gatorade.