Merging golf clubs, gyms, and pools for their exclusive members, GreatLife Golf & Fitness’s collective includes 13 diverse golf courses throughout Kansas and Missouri, from the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks in Grandview, Missouri to the 1920-built The Oaks in Leavenworth. With the one-week trial membership, golfers and their families can play on any of the verdant courses without paying the green fee. Chip through the par 70, 6,148-yard Berkshire course, or opt for nine holes at Abilene. In addition to invitations to exclusive golf leagues and social events, membership also includes access to any fitness centers within the network, from the pool and new workout center at the Salina club to the treadmills and river of syrup that runs through the Maple Creek campus.
For more than 20 years, Ozark Mountain Gymnastics has cultivated balance in its students. Though its classes for toddlers to 18-year-olds impart cheering, tumbling, and competitive skills on the physical level, instructors also focus on a healthy equilibrium between mental and visible strength. They emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork, building character traits in their pupils that translate to finesse both on and off the parallel bars. Additionally, they recognize the importance of familial support: parents are welcome to observe classes and always participate in those for children younger than 3.
As a professional member of USA Gymnastics, OMG recruits USA safety- and CPR-certified coaches. In the interest of personalized instruction, its classes typically admit 10 or fewer students, though birthday parties can accommodate up to 15 so kids can switch in and out of the host's human-pyramid throne.
Inside the more than 8,700 square feet of space, Jump Mania offers dual slides, obstacle courses, and a 31-foot tall basketball bounce house. Elsewhere, a toddler area enthralls little kids with age-appropriate attractions such as a farm-themed inflatable play area. Apart from inflatables, the facility houses a concession stand replete with snacks, beverages, National Geographic back issues, and free WiFi for parents. The staff also hosts birthday parties alongside open-jump sessions. Its soirees even earned Jump Mania a runner-up spot on 417 Magazine's 2011 list of Best Place for a Kid's Birthday Party.
Busts of Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, and Jack Buck
line the Legends Walkway outside the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. But the museum spotlights more than just baseball history. Its inductees hail from the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks, including players and coaches from the Rams, Chiefs, Royals, and Blues. Highlights of the many exhibits and articles of sports memorabilia include the Budweiser NASCAR car, the wing dedicated to the Missouri Valley Conference, and the pole that Paul Bunyan used to vault over the St. Louis Arch.
With more than 1,800 gyms in 10 countries around the globe and 24/7 access, Anytime Fitness makes it as easy as possible for its members to get in shape. Multiple strength-training and cardio machines can build stamina, increase agility, and tone limbs to rival the crisp bicep lines of statues in a nearby park. The center’s virtual classes teach fitness disciplines such as yoga, cycling, and kickboxing. Group training brings those disciplines into 3-D. As far as amenities, private showers and HDTV are just two of the many additional touches that make Anytime Fitness a welcoming workout arena.
At Battlefield Lanes, parties of up to four can pulverize pins with mighty balls while enjoying nibbles from the full-service snack bar. Bowling buddies can stroll into the alley wearing nothing but a pair of clean socks or invisible clogs, as they are each equipped with their own pair of bowling shoes during their visit. Vie for glory by toppling the most pins at a TV-equipped lane before flexing hand muscles around cups of soda and clumps of fresh popcorn. Ball bombardiers may also congregate at select times for glow bowling, where blacklights bring lanes to fluorescent fruition, making it an excellent occasion for donning white jumpsuits or old wedding dresses.
Inside its serene studio, Essential Yoga guides groups toward health and wellness with more than 10 different yoga classes, including multiple threads of Vinyasa and an intro to Ashtanga. The facility's roster of passionate instructors acts as a source of constant encouragement, and a flexible schedule of daily classes bends to accomodate students of all experience levels. To kick workout routines up a notch, Essential Yoga also offers energized sessions of Zumba.
Balance beams, trampolines, and uneven bars fill the space at Dynamics Gymnastics. That equipment, along with trained experts, provides the means for students to learn the art of gymnastics and cheerleading. Adults get their turn at the gym’s south location, which holds yoga, Zumba, and boot-camp classes. In addition to classes, the gym hosts birthday parties and watches kids during Parents Night Out events.
At Step by Step, clients work with experienced instructors on a spacious dance floor. No partners are needed during their exciting group lessons, which can cover everything from basic rumba to salsa steps and preparation for the first dance of your wedding. Private lessons help establish the four basic steps that most styles of dance rely upon.
The Moxie is a central hub for independent and classic cinema, specializing in celluloid of the funky, offbeat, and arty distinctions. The diverse film list includes thought-provoking flicks that span the genres and ages, with everything from Rubber—a recently screened modern flick about a villainous tire—to vintage film noirs such as Humphrey Bogart's The Big Sleep (showing Saturday, May 14), to the all-penguin remake of Citizen Kane (tickets up to an $8 value each). The deal’s combo package also delivers cinematic sustenance via two fountain soft drinks (a $3.50 value each) and two popcorns (a $3.25 value each) from the theater’s cinebar. Though most theaters use popcorn to meet the state-mandated liquid-butter minimum, the Moxie elevates kernel-cooking to an art worthy of its film selection, topping morsels with 13 distinct flavors, including barbecue, ranch, jalapeño, and apple cinnamon.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines allow you to use your own body weight to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles, instilling you with the power to crush a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Sharky's Billiards and Grill caters to billiards buffs with a plethora of Brunswick Gold Crown nine-foot pool tables and a menu of delectable eats. Under the ambient lights of the pool hall, players challenge each other to games of 8-ball, 9-ball, and stick-ball, an exciting and totally illegal fusion of billiards and baseball. Stay fresh during your two hours of play with a cheeseburger and fries ($6.50) or a platter of chips and salsa or cheese dip ($2), then knock back a cold bottled or draft beer ($2 for domestic, $3 for premium) to maintain laser-like focus during daring bank shots. Aside from showing off its top-of-the-line pocketed tables and laid-back atmosphere, Sharky's entertains customers with pumping music and karaoke parties.
Balance Fitness Studio's instructors pilot fat burners through body-trimming classes held in a studio heated to 80–85 degrees in order to make students sweat and increase their flexibility. Stretch into the Balance Restore yoga session to flow through a series of poses designed to release tension and ease the mind, or jump into the fusion belly-dance class, which uses Middle Eastern hip-swiveling techniques to create a full-body workout. The Balance Barre Method class employs the ballet barre, Pilates movements, exercise balls, and light weights to tone muscles, and the TRX class relies on the TRX suspension system used by U.S. Navy Seals and weight-conscious dolphins.
MoMak's, voted 19th best burger in Texas in 2009 by Texas Monthly magazine, quells carnivorous cravings with its bucket of mini burgers and other selections from its extensive menu. The Mo mushroom swiss burger nestles under a blanket of ranch, melty swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms ($6.99), and Mo's ground turkey burger, dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and creamy cranberry mayo dressing, delivers a taste of Thanksgiving in burger format ($6.49). Pay homage to the eponymous earl with the philly steak sub ($8.99), or buffalo chicken kaiser sandwich ($7.99), or douse hunger fires with bucketfuls of fries and onion rings ($3.99–$8.99).
Body of Work Yoga offers classes that combine the meditative powers of controlled breathing with the body-sculpting, posture-straightening flow of classic yoga poses. A month of eclectic yoga classes selected from the flexible schedule can help stretch out and sooth even the stiffest of unoiled joints. Each session is lead by a dedicated instructor who brings years of experience and nuggets of bendable wisdom to each class, guiding the harmonious trifecta of your body, mind, and spirit animal.