Ah, the time-honored tradition of getting a chocolate malt at the drugstore. It never gets old, does it? Especially when faced with other adult indignities in the same setting, like purchasing hemorrhoid cream, or perhaps an actual douche -- but fortunately, the thick, luscious folds of Nau's chocolate malt shake have a way of making even the most embarrassing drugstore trips worthwhile ones.
From Baby Einstein to fake poop: Terra Toys is a colorful, homegrown toy store on Anderson with something for every taste, including grown-up ones. If you're buying for somone else, go with the gift wrap option: each gift bag is a hand-drawn work of art from a real life, neighborhood kid!
Michelle Kwan you are not (at least...I think so), but at Chaparral, you can pretend to be figure skating greatness! Even if that means skating at approximately 2 mph, and hugging the rink wall 80% of the time.
Did you know you can ride hot air balloons -- in Austin? I confess I never rode one as a child, but I'm ready to correct that grave mistake in adulthood. Especially since there's a specialty ride option that involves champagne.
Remember when you could skate backwards like a badass? Skate on one foot? PLAY THE HOKEY POKEY? Relive those glory days at Playland, where it's still very cool to play rollerskate limbo, and even cooler to have an adult's birthday party.
Way before fusion was a thing, Amy's was doing it the old fashioned way -- fusing chocolate ice cream with crushed up Junior Mints, strawberry with gummy bears, vanilla with bourbon. Here in Austin, it's still the penultimate place to eat a shameless, heaping scoop of refined sugar and food coloring.
Worth the potential lawsuit: Jumpoline is an indoor gym with elevated, wall-to-wall trampoline "lanes," which diagonal up the sides for maximum double-bounce awesomeness. Aside from standing in traffic this is probably the least safe way to spend your Friday night, but damn is it a blast.