For over 35 years, Prestonwood Forest residents have been going all out when it comes to Christmas lights. Houston locals and visitors alike come out in droves to see one of the best neighborhood light displays in the country. These dazzling holiday lights have been featured in local newspapers, on Houston television, and even nationally on Fox News. About 750 homes participate in the Nite of Lites festival in Prestonwood Forest each year. It's a competition by home, culdesac and block in a variety of categories so the participants really get into it. Check out their website for times, maps and other details.
Take a look inside what it's like to make candy at the Sweet's Candy Factory tour. Learn how taffy is made and take a sample fresh off of the line. Learn the history of Sweet's Candy Factory and how it began and evolved into the candy we know and love today. You will also be able to view the workers in action as they make the chocolate and other candies. Learn each step the candy goes through before it is sent to the stores to be sold. Each candy is carefully inspected, weighed, packaged and shipped out for sale.
Once a family's backyard dream, the Gilgal Sculpture Garden is now a community park unlike any other. Nestled in between houses, if you are not looking for this garden you would never know it was there. With twelve original sculptures and over seventy engraved stones, it is the only identified "visionary art environment" in Utah. Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering this new and exciting place. Bring a picnic lunch, a blanket, and discover "Salt Lake's hidden secret."
Take note of the phone number for Needle and Thread, because calling it is the only way you're going to get into this super tiny, secret bar. Located above Tavern Law, one of Capitol Hill's favorite spots to dine and drink, Needle and Thread is Seattle's own Speakeasy. The bar itself is only comfortable for a dozen or so people. You must call and make a reservation in advance (or be very lucky when you stop by Tavern Law), especially on a weekend. To access Needle and Thread, head to the phone on the wall in the back of the room and give them the secret password. A little hint -- dress lightly, it can be very warm upstairs.
Rev up your sex life by going sensual at Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity at New York-New York. Explore the many sides of sexuality through imagery, aerialists, comedic vignettes and sultry dancing. While this show has no storyline, it is a highly erotic cabaret of characters that tackle different elements of sexuality in their own ways. Colorful characters such as the Botero twins, two voluptuous sisters decked in French maid uniforms, squeeze their way through the aisles, while show’s Emcee, Edie, known as "the Mistress of Sensuality," is played by a flawless looking drag queen who guides you through the many facets of lust, passion and sensuality. Tickets start at $69, of course.
Get a birds-eye view of Southern California with a helium balloon ride at Great Park. Flights are dependent upon wind and weather, but rides are free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. You only have to pay for parking. And, you don’t have to worry about safety; the balloon’s cage is constructed of sturdy steel with enclosed sides and mesh netting above the rail, so you can have peace of mind while your family enjoys this this sky high adventure! To get there, plug the address into your GPS; otherwise, visit the website for directions.
Ice skating during the winter is a lot of fun, but when it's literally freezing outside, you might not enjoy it as much. Why not spend an afternoon ice skating at the Pepsi Coliseum? Ice skating is a great winter activity in Indianapolis, and doing it indoors -- where it's not quite as cold - is a great option. When the Indianapolis Ice aren't playing, the Pepsi Coliseum is often opened for public ice skating session. Admission and skate rental prices are reasonable. Check the website for cost and dates and enjoy a fun winter activity in Indianapolis!
What goes hand in hand with romance? Chocolate! For a fun date, take your love to tour the Theo Chocolate Factory in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. Theo is the only organic, fair-trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the entire country and their chocolates are, without a doubt, some of the most delicious you'll ever try. Tours include samples along the way and a behind the scenes look at the chocolate-making process. There are tours on a daily basis, but they highly recommend booking tickets at least a week in advance online to ensure a space. Don't forget to stop in the retail store on your way out and pick up some of her favorites that you sampled!
Just outside of San Antonio, you'll find one of the best drive-thu Christmas light parks in South Texas. Santa's Ranch features a mile of holiday scenes with over a million lights and over 100 displays and animations. If you have young kids, this light spectacular is definitely a must-see. Because you stay in the car, you don't have to worry about tracking down your little ones. Yet unlike many other light displays, you can actually see everything from your vehicle and won't be disappointed. Santa's Ranch is priced at $22 per car and if you think you are going to go back often, you can buy a season pass for $42. Check out their website where you can find a map, directions and a coupon for a couple bucks off.
Imagine your kids’ reaction when you show them a sea of trampolines, surrounded by a wall of the same. Sky Zone is basically a huge room filled with trampolines so you can bounce non-stop off the floors and the walls! They do have different sections so smaller children can be separated from larger, more rambunctious jumpers. They do hold special events and private functions, so call ahead or check the website before you go. They have a few different money-saving packages, so ask about those before you pay to get in. If you think this sounds like something your family might like to do (and who wouldn’t?) like them on Facebook, where they have lots of money-saving opportunities.