Galveston residents have something in common with notorious French pirate Jean Lafitte: he also called the island his home. Today, they get to climb aboard the full-size deck of a pirate ship to get a glimpse of their dangerous former neighbor's life. While traversing the rest of the interactive exhibits, they may even meet Lafitte himself—as conjured by a skilled actor—along with his brother Pierre and their gritty pirate cronies who downloaded thousands of songs onto their steam-powered laptops. Professionally applied glitter tattoos and a well-stocked gift shop bring guests back to modern-day Texas. Pirate hosts emcee private events and guide birthday tours through the whole museum, and parties can even include a trip through the nearby Haunted Mayfield Manor.
Bay Area Pet Adoptions/SPCA was founded in 1967 to care for homeless, abandoned, and abused companion animals; today, it is still the only no-kill shelter in its area. Adoption counselors rescue dogs and cats from animal-control facilities that euthanize and individuals who are unable to care for them. Bay Area Pet Adoptions/SPCA’s adoption program provides each animal with medical care and socialization skills to increase the chances of a successful adoption. Each animal is vaccinated, sterilized, dewormed, microchipped, and checked for diseases such as FIV or canine heartworm disease. From there, adoption counselors help place pets with a family that has a similar lifestyle and activity level. Bay Area Pet Adoptions/SPCA also works within the community to prevent animals from being abandoned and euthanized through educational campaigns and spaying or neutering programs.
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.