With a staff of experienced instructors and a full suite of practice areas and playing fields, High Performance Baseball has all the tools a baseball or softball player needs to swing for the fences. A total of 10 indoor and outdoor batting cages facilitate practice sessions with turf flooring and L-screens, including Iron Mike pitching machines in the indoor cages. Two lighted fields stand ready for scrimmages at any time, with customizable configurations to host teams of all ages. Other practice areas include dirt and turf pitching mounds, infield practice grounds, and a dugout to hone skills of sunflower-seed spitting. The facility’s team of instructors includes experienced coaches and minor-league players.
Award-winning ice sculptor T. Jay Maclaskey and his wife, Carol, open their doors to the public yearly, inviting carloads of families to attend their ranch and the festival known as The Ice Cutter's Christmas. They take kids on jingle bell hayrides across the 40 rolling acres to see sights such as a 109-year-old barn, known as the Fire and Ice Hall, bedecked in lights and light sculptures of holiday scenes in the woods. Inside, their extensive freezers house a glittering collection of ice sculptures created by the owner, and visitors can watch as he carves a brand new one before their eyes. Storytellers spin holiday tales and visitors sing Christmas carols as mini horses, goats, and Ziggy the llama jostle to be petted and fed. Finally, staffers put a button on each evening with a big chilly showdown known as the Great Texas Snowball Battle.
The 5J Extreme Sports facility is a 40-acre park of exhilaration, where paintball and airsoft opponents suddenly leap out from behind giant spools, towering wooden walls, and imposing trees. Players dart across the multiple, diverse playing courses, ducking into forts and scampering across fields. The course selection includes concept fields and wooded courses, as well as speedball setups. During paintball games, eco-friendly, water-based paintballs fly through the air, while during airsoft games, the paintballs and markers are replaced by professional BBs and airsoft rifles. In addition to parties and team practices, the facility plays host to regular paintball tournaments and scenarios.
Ease a brain fraught with parental worry by leaving youngsters under PlayTime for Kids' caring eyes. Attentive, licensed supervisors encourage tykes to socialize, exercise across a variety of play equipment, and philosophize with leading postmodern theorists. The fully enclosed play center features a secured front door and stringent identification policies, keeping kids completely safe from candy salesmonsters as they frolic through multiple play areas and surpass their elders' tech literacy in a developmentally appropriate computer center. Today's Groupon nets a waived membership fee ($65 value) and a suite of options for busy parents, whether the goal is achieving a childfree shopping trip, a worry-free movie date, or a more regular place to keep kids stowed during busy months at the bumblebee factory. Once allotted childcare hours have been used, Groupon buyers may use Playtime for Kids' drop-off services for $3.50–$8 an hour.
Overseen by head instructor Delfina Perka, the experienced coaches at both Bayou City Fencing Academy locations teach fencers of all skill levels to lunge and parry like the swordsmen of old. A master fencer with the United States Fencing Association, Delfina hails from Poland and represented the country at the 1980 Olympic Games. Today, she grooms her students to strive for the same level of success, helping them improve quickness, endurance, and the mental agility required to remember victory speeches from The Three Musketeers.
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