Cows, dragons, and sharks sit quietly on the shelves of Mi Pottery. The breath of life is provided by the kids and adults who drop into the homey wooden cottage within sight of the quaint Tomball Depot, ready to adorn them with eye-popping paints and designs. The shop never charges kiln or studio fees, so once guests have chosen their cheery 3-D canvas, they’re free to spend as much time as they need designing an intricate border for a cake stand or giving a roly-poly puppy anatomically accurate fangs.
The Woodlands Home Tutoring’s certified tutors arrive at clients’ houses, iPads in hand, to help students tackle various academic subjects. They can dispense tips and knowledge for improving performance on standardized tests, including the SAT and STAAR, and in school subjects such as language arts, math, and science. Many tutors have ESL experience or have worked with children with special needs such as ADHD or dyslexia.
Though most kids dream of one day being a pilot, very few ever get a chance behind the cockpit. The team at American Flyers seeks to change that by training students to obtain a pilot’s license or merely try out their skills in an introductory lesson. The flight schools’ numerous locations feature flight-training software, online courses, and pigeon mentors to grant students numerous ways to learn how to fly.
Owner Jennifer Lushbaugh harnesses more than 30 years of needlework experience to alter or craft custom garments, blankets, pillows, and other home-decor goods. Designed for toddlers, her popular nap mats feature built-in pillows stuffed with hypoallergenic fiberfill, Velcro-tab closures, and shoulder straps for portability. Channeling her experiences working at a costume shop and designing wardrobes for junior-high theater performances, Jennifer also creates unique outfits from scratch and alters garments to better fit clients’ figures. Customers also stop into Just Sew for personalized six-student classes that cover how to make pillows or replace a zipper.
Snap Fitness Spring equips its members with access cards that provide them access to gym facilities 24 hours a day. Exercisers can take to cardio and strength-training equipment no matter the time, following their own routines and schedules. The gym is staffed during business hours, when customers can revel in personal-training sessions or group classes such as Zumba. Members also receive access to online training, nutrition, and wellness services.
A vast selection of titles for classic and contemporary consoles line the shelves as guests make a game of searching out the rarest RPGs and side scrollers to add to their collections. GamesPlus stores have acquired 80% of their merchandise via trade-ins and Dance Dance Revolution break-dance battles, so visiting gamers can spend hours making an inventory of the secondhand videogames they have yet to conquer. Players can release pent-up angst on alien overlords in the Xbox hit Halo or tone the contours of their cerebral cortices with Brain Age for the Nintendo DS. The GamesPlus Classic section takes gamers back to the 8-bit days of yesteryear, when flying raccoon suits were in vogue and washing one’s hands meant contending with carnivorous vegetation in the sink. An inventory-tracking system that covers nearby GamesPlus stores will help customers track down the titles they are looking for with all the speed of a supersonic hedgehog.
Maximum Athletic Center's dedicated and experienced gymnastics instructors lead burgeoning tumblers ages 18 months through 18 years through routines that build strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance in a safe and supportive environment. Fledgling athletes of all levels cultivate skills and tumbleweed-stunt-double experience during one-hour classes once a week. Preschoolers engage in a meet-and-greet with the trampoline, the balance beam, the bars, and the matted floor, developing motor skills and self-confidence, and all ages discover buoyancy in trampoline classes as they bound across safe, in-ground trampolines. Girls and boys ages 5 and older can learn non-competitive gymnastics skills during developmental gymnastics classes, and those six and older can handspring into tumbling classes to learn how to safely flip across the mats and inconspicuously roll out of uncomfortable conversations. Check each location's website for class schedules.