In a twist of irony, Big Splash Water Park was nearly destroyed in a flood. That was in 1984, the first year the park was open. But the owners didn't want a watery grave to be the new park's fate. So they rebuilt it, and in the more than 30 years since, it has grown to far exceed the original in both size and scope.
Originally equipped with just a kiddie pool, the park now sprawls in every direction with colorful flumes, umbrella-shaded walkways, and a bevy of thrilling rides. For example, the famous Master Blaster tube-coaster shoots raft-riders through a course of gravity-defying twists and turns, and the towering Silver Bullet slide sends guests down a breathtaking 72-foot plummet. And after all the excitement, the Lazy River invites visitors to take it easy with a relaxing float free of kings hollering, "Get out of my moat!"
While chatting on the phone with a friend, Katrina Uhls had a startling realization: her kids had been playing video games for hours. She discovered that by effectively “unplugging” her kids, she could steer them toward more creative, introspective pastimes.
Now, as the owner of Unpluggits Playstudio, she fosters a safe, welcoming space where all kids can "unplug" and explore their artistic sides. Kids will find shelves stocked with play-doh, stamps, stencils, and other craft supplies. They can don smocks and wield nontoxic paints at miniature easels. Paint’n take projects give them personalized crafts to take home, such as picture frames and piggy banks useful for saving up to buy new toys or a gold-plated piggy bank. For more active playtime pursuits, kids can gambol toward the indoor playground, which features slides, a pirate ship, and air-hockey tables.
As kids explore the 3,000-square-foot studio, parents are welcome to cruise free WiFi or monitor tykes from the snack bar, which serves freshly ground organic coffee, juices, and soda. Special workshops open the space for toddler-specific activities, adults-only craft time, and parents' nights out.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
My Little Dollhouse’s team of playtime experts creates a pastel-hued paradise for kids. A hand-painted stage is the focal point of the playroom and provides a spot for kids to model princess costumes as music plays and a disco ball glints and shimmers. Little ones can also play in and out of playhouses or receive manicures at the nail-painting station.
In addition to open playtime, My Little Dollhouses also hosts themed birthday parties during which guests have access to the center’s cache of costumes and accessories in a private party room and can put on a fashion show or dance. Staff members take all the guesswork out of setting up and cleaning up, and they furnish partygoers with baked treats, balloons, and party favors.
Everyone should have a way to express themselves. That?s why the instructors at Tulsa Art Center are passionate about guiding visitors through a wide variety of art classes, ranging from watercolor to clay sculptures. The instructors firmly believe that artistic talent can be learned or easily purchased from a palm reader, and classes for all ages and skill levels welcome both burgeoning artists and established experts. Students can learn to illustrate comic books and build a foundation in storytelling during book-illustration classes, or pick up a pencil at the learn-to-draw class.
An indoor sports facility exclusively for young athletes, Perfect Practice Athletic Center has created a fun, engaging, and safe environment for kids to get exercise and practice their sports skills. Within the 35,000-square-foot space, kids ages 6-15 can dribble basketballs, thwack a softball, and serve volleyballs and tennis balls. A bevy of high-tech equipment includes pitching machines, video pitching, and even a Dr. Dish basketball machine, which once came in second place in a dunking contest behind Dr. J.