The Great American Dollhouse Museum houses hundreds of miniature buildings and citizens in a newly renovated 6,000-square-foot historical building, with high arched ceilings and an immense skylight. Curator Lori Kagan-Moore's vision for the museum is that each piece and scene be as authentic as possible. The exhibit begins with a timeline of U.S. history rendered in miniatures and moves to a village set in the early 1900s. The mini-land features a Shaker settlement, gypsy caravan, orphanage, and more, filled with characters wearing period-accurate clothing and interacting with period-accurate cell phones. The dollhouses are kind enough to leave their backs open so museum-goers can peek at the décor, dolls, and salivating grizzly bears. The museum concludes with a fantasy forest, complete with fairies, centaurs, and dragons.
The 18-hole mini-golf course at Adventure Falls weaves through panoramic fields, around lily-pad-filled ponds, and past a 40-foot waterfall with an overlooking deck, setting a scenic stage for challenging tournaments. The first 10 holes of the 18 are ADA-accessible, and many boast tee-off challenges such as water obstacles and the heckling ghost of Sam Snead. With all-day passes for two, mini-golf enthusiasts can play an unlimited number of games, honing their swings, settling long-standing sibling rivalries, or letting dad win with a Father’s Day handicap. After golfing arms grow weary, players can explore the lush Lake Reba and see the park’s walking trails, fishing lake, and playground while reliving the glory of a game-winning hole-in-one or an effective heckling face.
Within Richmond Underground Gaming Center's 9,000-square-foot facility, visitors can live out scenes from their favorite action movies while playing video games against other players on the same network or while battling during live laser-tag scenarios. Black lights bathe the laser-tag arena, setting a glow-in-the-dark stage on which participants play game styles such as capture-and-hold or search-for-stray-socks. Choruses of electronic beeps emerge from the barrel of four laser-gun types as players fire them from behind the cover of crates. A commanding officer oversees each game, provides players with intel on the enemy, and supplies terrain maps.
Meanwhile, the 1,500-square-foot LAN area keeps the action confined to HD screens. Ten high-performance computers and multiple game consoles beckon players to grip controllers and duke it out in games such as Battlefield 3 or no-holds-barred spreadsheet creation.
At Galaxy Bowling & Entertainment, bowlers can hurl balls toward pin clusters seven days a week. Nifty Fifties Tuesdays fill idle fingers with $0.50 domestic beers, and on Thursday through Saturday, cosmic bowling creates a nebular ambiance with black lights, balls that glow, and pins that smell like a supernova remnant. After a league game, party, or one-on-one with a friend, players can agree to a cease-fire inside Champions Sports Bar & Grill, hoisting edible trophies of burgers, sandwiches, and pizza to their mouths. Competitors can also break from the lanes at the Great Odyssey Arcade, or stock up on gear at the Ray Kidd Pro Shop.
Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass runs across 575 acres, half of which is preserved as one of the most heavily wooded areas in Woodford County. Several ponds, creeks, and miles of trails wind through the natural landscape, allowing hikers to bond with their environment before heading back to the farm's bustling equine, cattle-ranching, and crop-restoration programs. Life Adventure Center focuses on experiential education, encouraging others to practice hands-on learning in a natural setting through programs including survival clinics, nature photography, navigation, and horsemanship. Instructors strive to customize courses, accommodating each participant's needs, abilities, and talents for interpreting horse languages.
Sarah Bennett’s 22 years of horse experience—including a competition career that began when she was just 6—have led her to her current post as the head instructor at Ainsley Riding Academy. A lifetime around horses has imbued her teachings with a kind and understanding touch that eases the nerves of even the most young and novice rider. Atop friendly lesson horses—either inside the climate controlled indoor facility or under the sun in the outdoor riding ring—students follow a plan for improvement that’s geared toward their needs and goals while always keeping them safe and away from the peer pressure of circus daredevils.