Sports in Grain Valley

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Established: 2013
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Most popular offering: Eight-line zip tour
Pro Tip: Come prepared to have fun
Good for Kids: Yes

Monica Reid, general manager of Adventure Zip KC, says her favorite part of supplying outdoor thrills is "being able to give people the opportunity to overcome a fear and try a new adventure." To that end, she and the park's staff have slightly modified their 143 acres of wilderness to include ziplines, trails, climbing walls, and even obstacle courses. The zip lines are the star amenities of the park, featuring more than 300 feet in elevation change from top to bottom. The high-speed adventure begins with a climb into a 65-foot tower sitting at the park's highest point, providing views of downtown Kansas City, the Kansas River, and even Lawrence. From there, adventurers ride a zipline over a quarter of a mile of forest––rocketing through trees at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour––to reach the next 45-foot tower. After that, the lines descend further, taking riders both over and under the canopy on a journey earthward that evokes the feeling of being a clown recently shot from a cannon.

12829 Loring Road
Bonner Springs,
KS
US

Family Golf Park brings together golfers of all stripes and sizes to enjoy its nine-hole, par-3 course, multifaceted practice facility, and two 18-hole miniature-golf courses. Soaring drives take flight from 60 hitting stations at the driving range, which boasts nine covered bays and lights for practice after the sun leaves to go challenge the North Star in a skins game. At the par-3 course, golfers can test their short-game skills on a course that features slick, bentgrass greens and runs along a lake stocked with koi fish. Patrons can roll golf balls down the emerald runways of the mini-golf courses, preparing themselves for critical putts necessary to excel in upcoming rounds of golf or Scottish decathlons.

1501 SW US Highway 40
Blue Springs,
MO
US

Academy of Fighting Arts instructor and 5th-degree black-belt Clinton Murphy can shatter several objects with his bare hands, from coconuts to concrete blocks. It's a skill known as "breaking," and Murphy claims that it's just as mental as it is physical. This and other martial-arts skills have led to appearances on ESPN2, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Discovery Channel. At Academy of Fighting Arts, he teaches his students how to hone their own mental focus and martial-arts techniques, emphasizing good form and discipline over brute strength—just as he does when he's preparing to break 14 slabs of concrete in a stack.

When teaching a class, Murphy's martial arts style of choice is American-Filipino Kun Tao. This mix of pressure-point strikes, grappling, and joint-lock throws is ideal for close-quarters fighting. Murphy covers these maneuvers as well as escrima, or stick-fighting, in his adult sessions, whereas kids' classes focus more on teamwork and basic drills. He also hosts four-week self-defense seminars for women, which demonstrate how to effectively escape and subdue an assailant.

825 NW Commerce Dr
Lees Summit,
MO
US