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.
While party music blasts through a speaker system, kids and adults take to the trampolines at Jumping World, where 35,000 square feet is dedicated to bouncing. The main trampoline court spans 10 lanes and features a foam pit, and staffers oversee matches on two dodge-ball courts. Before planting their feet at the arcade, visitors can refuel at the snack bar and sign up for convenient birthday-party packages that include a staffer to oversee set up and clean up.
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.
Whether she's framing a sultry boudoir pose, an actor's headshot, a couple's wedding vows, or a proud high-school senior, Victoria Schklair keeps her eyes peeled for fleeting candid moments to capture on film. During her on-location and in-studio sessions, she harnesses natural light to frame her clients using a photojournalistic style. After reviewing each color or black-and-white shot, Victoria preserves her best images as edited and retouched proofs, in panoramic press books, and on DVD slideshows set to music or a favorite political sound bite.
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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