A family-owned emporium of alley-based athletics, Prairie Bowl combines the well-loved pleasures pin-pugilism and hot food to provide fuel and fun for every member of your familial strike force. After filling pie-shaped stomach vacancies with delicious slices of pizza, lace up and slip-slide out onto one of 16 lanes with up to three teammates to vie against one another for the title of best turkey-trotter. Saturdays are host to cosmic bowling, illuminated by black lights and set to hypnotic beats as bowlers toss their balls into an infinite void of milk bottle impersonators. Although not included in the Groupon, Prairie Bowl also boasts an arcade room to allow guests to reconnect with comforting un-reality, while late hours on Fridays and Saturdays make the alley a safe and friendly place to spend quality time with your brood until 1 a.m.
Spurred by a mutual dream of owning oodles of creatures out in the country, animal lovers Robert and Kathy Harris swung open the gates to Four Points Ranch and Petting Zoo in 2010. Today, the facility invites families onto its grounds to learn about the natural world while interacting and playing with a variety of furry, four-legged residents. For a quarter, guests receive a handful of grain to use in designated feeding areas, and can enter some of the pens, where goats, sheep, and miniature horses wait to be patted on the back or spoken to in words of no fewer than five syllables. Face painting, inflatable play zones, and a fire pit for roasting s’mores accompany each visit to Four Points, which also hosts birthday parties and field trips and offers a mobile petting-zoo service.
Each autumn, the Renyer family opens their farm to fun-seeking guests, who traipse through 17 autumn-themed activities. Tyke speedsters mount John Deere tricycles to careen around a dirt track before losing themselves in a 40-foot underground tube slide. Explore the natural world at the animal-viewing-and-feeding center, where goats bleat decrees to wide-eyed children. In the cool air, patrons cheer on the speediest oinkers at the pig races or wander through a corn maze as confounding as a scarecrow's fashion choices. For an additional cost, visitors can feast upon pulled pork sandwiches, curly fries, hot dogs, and funnel cakes at the farm's café. Though not included in this Groupon, families can also select future jack-o'-lanterns through séance at the pumpkin patch or participate in events such as the corn cannon ($1 for two ears), duck races ($1.50/duck), and pumpkin slingshot ($1 for four pumpkins).
The comfortable lodgings and ample riding arenas at Grandview Equestrian Center evince the thoughtful design of experienced equestrians. Horse trainer David Mellot and his fiancé and longtime partner, Kris, oversee a sprawling boarding facility masterminded by architect David Haines and outfitted with modern amenities, such as pine boxcar walls, automatic watering systems, and on-site laundry. David, Kris, and new instructor Christy put new riders in the saddle with year-round lessons, teaching how to build rapport with a mare and parallel-park a stallion on a residential street.
The annual Festival of Trees showcases the twinkling ornamental handiwork of expert tree artists during a series of family-friendly holiday celebrations. At the Party in the Pines, Christmas conifers are auctioned to the highest bidder, while the lowest bidders go home with imaginary consolation shrubbery. Taking home a prized, bedazzled tree helps fund Goodwill Industries' education and training programs for Kansans with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment (trees will be delivered the Monday or Tuesday following the event). A more sonically subdued silent auction will result in the dutiful doling out of wreaths and other holiday gifts. A palate-pleasing dinner is included, along with complimentary beer, wine, and soulful live tunes.