Controlling your hands when putting a golf ball can be a challenge in and of itself. Try to sink a testy putt
after scaling a 24-foot wall, and that challenge takes it to another level. Boulder Creek Amusement Park offers the opportunity to try each. The outdoor fun center boasts an 18-hole mini golf course lined by waterfalls, streams, and greenery. On the same grounds, guests grasp holds as they ascend the climbing wall. For additional tests of hand-eye coordination, an 8-stall batting cage challenges batters with both baseball and slow- and fast-pitch softball deliveries.
At the Cox Classic, world-renowned club swingers battle for PGA Tour positioning on 200 acres of well-maintained fairways designed by golf course architect Jeffrey Brauer. Onlookers enjoy a panoramic view of players navigating through an 18-hole course featuring impeccable maintained greens and molds for creating sand trap castles. A one-day clubhouse ticket grants fans admission to the Champions Run clubhouse, access to the Champions Run golf shop, and an opportunity to witness skillfully executed golf cart wheelies.
Pulverizing opponents for the past 11 seasons, the Omaha Beef delight their devout fan base, known as the Meatheads, with hardnosed football matches and high-flying aerial attacks. Plunk down in a gridiron level seat ($139.10 per person; tax included) for the entire season of hard-hitting histrionics as the Beef look to terrorize their IFL opponents and capitalize on their 2009 division championship. The team's home at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, dubbed the Slaughter House, also plays host to the lovely ladies of the Omaha Beef prime dancers, as well as the rump roasters, a male dance team that brings elegance and grace to each porterhouse-themed pom-pom routine. Groupon purchasers also receive an Omaha Beef T-shirt (up to $26.75 value; tax included).
Led by more than 1,000 wellness experts at locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee, the more than 30,000 members of Prairie Life Fitness have discovered why the company slogan is "Fitness for the Entire Family." The certified trainers and instructors cater to exercisers of various ages and abilities, all within an upscale, welcoming atmosphere. Kids take advantage of engaging childcare activities and youth programs, including swimming lessons, martial arts, and story time. Meanwhile, parents can workout on the latest equipment, including stationary cycles and Pilates machines. Guests can also relax with amenities such as massage therapy, tanning beds, and a whirlpool powered by wholesale bags of Pop Rocks.
The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.
The Vipers are in the midst of their inaugural season with the Major Indoor Soccer League, a new league that puts a competitive spin on traditional soccer with multipoint goals and a smaller field. Cheer on Carlos "Chile" Farias—recently named MISL Offensive Player of the Month—as the Vipers take on the Chicago Riot on February 11, or witness an intercontinental showdown with the Mexican National Indoor Team on February 6. Patient soccer supporters can catch the final Vipers home game of the season, as the squad looks to manhandle the Milwaukee Wave on March 4.
Those with level 1 tickets will sit in the main-floor center, loge, or front first balcony sections. Those with level 2 tickets will sit in the main-floor back center, main floor far left, main floor far right, loge, or first balcony sections. Click here to view the auditorium's layout.
Competitors in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, the No Coast Derby Girls field female athletes from all walks of life—from business owners to journalists—into two rosters of speedy skaters and crafty blockers known as the Mad Maxines and the Road Warriors. Around an oval track at the Pershing Center, the teams face off against visiting competitors in hard-hitting bouts where each squad attempts to tally points by blocking defenders so one skater, known as a jammer, can squeeze through or dart around the pack. Referees preside over each match, ensuring defenders don't slow down opponents with unlawful hits or phony school-zone signs.
Lincoln Child Center enables vulnerable and emotionally troubled children and their families to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
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As part of the ASCS Sprint Car Series, the Spring Meltdown opens the Midwest Region's season with a night of high-flying, dirt-slinging contests. During Friday's contest, drivers zoom around the 0.4-mile clay track vying for more than $5,000 in total prizes. Along with standard ASCS vehicles, participants take the wheel of Super Late Model cars and A-Mods—specialty chariots whose engines boast more horsepower than a pony elected to its fourth term in Congress.