Taught by a staff of equestrian instructors and 23-year veteran Libby Ferguson, pupils of various ages and skill levels are introduced to the basics of horseback riding through a private, one-hour lesson in either English- or Western-style courses. Each session begins with an initial grooming process, including brushing and tail-styling.
Big Rock Climbing Gym's 6,000-square-foot facility welcomes beginners and expert climbers of all ages to scale its varied walls. The gym includes a large main wall with top-rope and lead climbing, a bouldering island, and two bouldering caves. The staff also hosts belaying-certification courses.
The sound of cracking bats echoes throughout the batting cages at Batter's Box, where home-run-hungry hitters make a feast out of screeching fastballs and slow-pitch softballs served by the facility's eight pitching machines. Each batting cage accommodates up to five batters at a time; it’s furnished with a pitching machine that can emulate various game conditions with its adjustable pitching speeds that can reach up to 65 miles per hour and a mannequin head that nods before every fastball.
MoMak's, voted 19th best burger in Texas in 2009 by Texas Monthly magazine, quells carnivorous cravings with its bucket of mini burgers and other selections from its extensive menu. The Mo mushroom swiss burger nestles under a blanket of ranch, melty swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms ($6.99), and Mo's ground turkey burger, dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and creamy cranberry mayo dressing, delivers a taste of Thanksgiving in burger format ($6.49). Pay homage to the eponymous earl with the philly steak sub ($8.99), or buffalo chicken kaiser sandwich ($7.99), or douse hunger fires with bucketfuls of fries and onion rings ($3.99–$8.99).
Sixteen glossy lanes outfitted with hydraulic bumpers and automatic scoring machines await pin crushers of all stripes at Lighthouse Lanes, a Christian-owned bowling center that racks up spares and strikes for wholesome entertainment. Grab a pair of fashionable tri-tone kicks (a $2 value) and bowl to the pulsating rhythms of music under the stars during cosmic bowling hours, held every night of the week and throughout the day on weekends (up to a $4 value/game). A gentle learning curve for beginners and an exciting environment free of smoke and alcohol makes bowling at Lighthouse Lanes the most family-friendly sport not named Finnish wife-carrying. Bowlers tired of basting turkeys on the lanes can socialize with their pin-pummeling peers in several party and meeting rooms, check out the custom ball work in the pro shop, or challenge each other to billiard grudge matches in the arcade.
School of Rock Springfield's motto says it all: Inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life. Students of all ages can learn drums, guitar, bass, keys, and vocals, as well as skills in their own lives, from toddlers in Little Wing to adults in Rock Camp for Moms and Dads. And, once they're ready, students get to perform on stage with friends.