As speeding wakeboarders bail from their runs, plunging into the water as the tow cables snap away from their grasp, no boats will ever circle back to pick them up. They're not stranded, however, because at KC Watersports, overhead cables pull riders along the water instead, ushering them toward the rails and ramps peppering the 7.5-acre lake. Families cheer on water-skiers from the beach, grab bites at the snack shack, or fasten water-skis on hot dogs and get them to race. Beginner sessions feature slower cable speeds to acclimate newcomers to the wakes, and the camp's sets of sliders and kickers challenge veterans to pull off new, more impressive stunts than merely back-flipping over a human pyramid. Back on shore, spectators can cheer on athletes from shaded beach or grab bites at the snack shack, and an onsite pro shop stocks rental or retail gear from brands such as Liquid Force, Body Glove, Go Pro, and Master Craft.
At Insight Vision Center, optometrists Neal D. Troyer and Justin E. Weigel manage and treat a range of ocular diseases and co-manage all surgical cases. The doctors lead a bilingual staff of skilled opticians who treat customers in English and Spanish. They also delve into continuing education and test up-to-date optical instruments such as goggles with underwater x-ray vision. Drawing from their extensive training, they perform a range of services such as diabetic, pediatric, contact-lens, and comprehensive eye exams, as well as LASIK procedures and corneal-refractive therapy. They also fit faces for designer frames by Ray-Ban, Gucci, Vera Bradley, and Michael Kors and eyes for contact lenses by brands such as Acuvue, CooperVision, and Bausch & Lomb.
H&H Audio?s experienced 12-volt technicians customize cars of all makes and models with audio, video, and navigation systems from manufacturers such as Sony, Kenwood, Arc Audio, Wetsounds and Avital. Amplifiers, door speakers, and CD players ensure beats sound off as crisply and clearly as possible, and in-car video systems distract kids from all the dinosaurs outside. Aside from entertainment equipment, the crew also installs backup cameras, remote starting systems, and heated seats, as well as old favorites such as car alarms and tinted window film designed to block up to 99% of UV rays. Flashy drivers can show off their style with a range of specialized options, including fiberglass door panels and dashes, neon lighting, and custom headlights. All parts and labor come with a lifetime warranty.
Hedged by evergreen shrubs and flowering bushes, placid tide pools and trickling waterfalls flow into a deep, rocky basin. This backyard oasis is one of dozens of successful installations constructed by Rolling Meadows Landscape and Garden Center’s team of landscape artists. At their garden center, landscape experts of the same ilk assist guests with their own gardening endeavors. In addition to advice on landscape design, eco-friendly gardening goods, and the pros and cons of installing a moat made out of slip ‘n’ slides, Rolling Meadows’ team strives to empower local green thumbs with monthly educational classes and workshops.
Kids and parents zoom around the red-walled rink of Skate Zone, which provides a fun, safe atmosphere where children aged 3–12 can learn to skate. The facility's training walkers and specially designed tile floors help little ones to gain their skate-legs and minimize the pain of tumbles without the superhero-angering effects of donning an inflatable suit. Groupon customers will also receive 10% off skating lessons for toddlers and beginners. Adjacent to the rink lies a game room stuffed with token-operated amusements such as video games, dance machines, and alley bowlers. The fun center also helps kids to celebrate the day of their wrapping-paper windfalls with birthday packages, including skating-rink games and activities.