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Roderick Pullum
Epic Waters
With 11 slides, a swimming pool, a lazy river and an aquatic playground under a retractable roof, this new 80,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark provides year-round family entertainment. Thrill-seekers (who are at least 48 inches tall) can drop at high speeds on the Lasso Loop, experience a sense of zero gravity on the Yellowjacket Drop or compete with friends on the E-Racers. And since swimming is the only reasonable outdoor activity to participate in during Texas’ triple-digit summer heat, there’s also an outdoor wave pool open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Hannah Ridings
Altitude Trampoline Park
Wall-to-wall trampolines, extreme dodgeball, a trapeze, battle beams, a foam pit and fitness classes: At Altitude Trampoline Park, they've come up with every possible way kids and adults can have fun while jumping, though we probably need to caution anyone over the age of 30 that attempting a back flip on a trampoline is probably not a good idea. Not to worry; repeatedly launching yourself into the air along with dozens of little people is certain to make you feel young again. The attentive staff help make it a safe, high-energy destination for birthday parties, summer camps and even fitness classes. Don't be surprised if your first visit to Altitude isn't your last.
Hannah Ridings
This 50-minute mind and body experience is yoga on steroids. Declutter your mind in a zen-like way. You’ll hear Prince. You’ll hear Britney. You’ll hear your own internal cursing. But take heart and know the results will be worth it. It’s fast-paced, with exercises moving rapid-fire from one to the next so there’s no time to get bored. What’s special about Session is that they utilize something called the Allegro 2 Pilates reformer, which, translated, means “gravity-defying ass.” At the end you’ll want to say “Namaste a little longer.”
Hannah Ridings
When Pinstack came on the scene in 2015, it upped the ante for local bowling alleys. Though truth be told, calling it a bowling alley doesn’t seem quite right. It’s so much more. A field day for the senses, Pinstack has an arcade, rock-climbing wall, laser tag, and, more to the point, a full bar. There’s a ton to do, though, as the name implies, bowling is the main draw. Waiters are available at every lane to keep bowlers watered and fed, and take our word for it, the food is heads above standard bowling-alley fare.

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