The seventh annual Art Outside Festival quenches creative appetites with live music, artists, and a plentitude of interactive workshops and performances. Over 70 bands ally to form the three-day musical lineup, featuring musicians such as Hobotech, Stereo Is A Lie, and Pumpkin. Austin-area youths Residual Kid will move crowds with driving beats even though they aren't old enough to apply for learner's permits, and lots house art cars and geared wildlife from the Austin Bike Zoo to occupy vehicle aficionados. Lay hands on creativity through interactive video displays or marvel at artists filling the tented gallery with freshly painted pieces. Aerial-acrobatic and fire-sculpture demonstrations stretch the imagination as yoga classes stretch the body, and giant artworks stretch canvas over dilapidated barn doors.
Certified pilot and instructor Don Arsenault is equipped with a personal fleet of whirlybirds and nearly 10,000 hours of flight time. Each of his flight lessons commence with 45 minutes of group ground instruction, bolstering up to four students' understanding of basic helicopter operation and barrel-roll execution before they strap themselves into the cockpit. Gravity is then defied during 15 minutes of individual flight time, with Arsenault providing one-on-one feedback and revving up students by yodeling "Ride of the Valkyries" directly into their ears. Following the flight, students receive a certificate for their training, and, although not included in the value of today's Groupon, have the option to purchase a video of their skyward excursion ($30).
Bella Peregrina Ranch does more than teach students how to ride horses. Instead, it helps them develop relationships with their steeds. Lessons show riders how to feel and interpret the horse’s movements and understand how horses communicate. Once the human and horse bond is complete, students can take part in Bella Peregrina Ranch’s trail rides to get out in the open air. Performances take horsemanship skills to the next level.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Hoppin' Hippo houses an indoor arena of amusement for toddling shorties ages 7 and under. Each multiday pass entitles energetic moppets five separate visits to this jungle-themed playground, which encompasses 6,000 square feet of climbing, jumping, and frolicking. Daredevils can safely dive down air-filled slides without getting shown up by agile squirrels, and ragamuffins can construct makeshift No Opposite Gender Allowed signs after a turn on the tree-house tire swing. Jumping jacks burn off sugar highs in any one of three jungle jumpers, and budding Dr. Dolittles can practice their conversation skills with a tribe of child-sized stuffed pals.
Barbie Piccinni—owner, trainer, and head instructor at White Fences Equestrian Center—has been riding since she was 5 years old. Her daughters, Angel and Gina, have been riding since before they were born. Backed by dozens of medals in different riding disciplines, this trio of Piccinni women heads the staff at White Fences, helping riders to steer their mounts during private, semi-private, and group lessons every day of the week. Their sessions aren't limited to the arena—guests can also trot around the center's 54 acres of serene Texas Hill country on trail rides, which are completely free of pedestrians, bikes, and sports cars revving their engines as a challenge to race.