Visiting Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, is a serene experience made even moreso by the butterflies and birds that call the area home.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
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.
Signature service: Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
The Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio is a place where individuals can transcend through art. Many participants realize a feeling of relaxation through painting and fellowship, meeting new friends, and actually surprising themselves with the "masterpieces" they create in class.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
The Mona Lisa Painting Party is just that, a party. The paintings are whimsical and easy for anyone to accomplish. One does not need to be artistically talented to be successful in the class. We make it fun and comfortable to create.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
While attending our painting parties, you can also enjoy the other art and happenings going on a the studio. Shopping [and] other entertainment is close by while at the studio.
Jenna Speaks has been singing and dancing ever since she was a little girl. Now that she's all grown up, she focuses all of that creativity on Wild Whimsy Children's Parties, a business that lets her transform into a popular princess character and lend some extra magic to children's?birthday parties. During a typical party, Jenna serenades guests with a few tunes before helping them craft frames for the photos she takes with each of them. Upon request, she'll also lead games, perform glittery makeovers, and explain the intricacies of the monarchical form of government.
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.
Lunar Bowl casts a nebular net across rounds of pin punishment, which unravel daily across 32 bowling lanes. The non-smoking, the 38,000-square-foot facility has played host to the PBA National Tour twice, including the tour's nationally televised finals and nontelevised slip 'n' slide experiments in the 11th frame. The center's celestial theme soars over into The Blue Moon Lounge, where bowlers can take a break from strikes and spares to watch big games or create deep-space shadow puppets on a 150-inch HD projector screen. Lunar Bowl drifts further into intergalactic realms with laser-lit cosmic bowling and a newly built arcade buzzing with the chimes of new high scores.