Scuba enthusiast Jennifer Feller's unconditional love for underwater sightseeing and pruney fingers constantly prompts her to explore the depths of aqueous avenues far and wide. As an IDC-trained PADI instructor and volunteer search-and-rescue diver, she teaches first responders the indispensable skills needed for effective public-safety diving. At The Playground Dive Shop, Feller's very own scuba emporium, her knowledgeable staff, which includes a retired Navy submariner, unveils a collection of the latest diving gear and repairs broken or faulty equipment. They also empower visitors to take their own watery plunges during a variety of scuba-diving courses, which teach participants the basics of underwater breathing, the techniques needed to earn an open-water certification, and underwater photography tips––such as making sure you snap multiple pictures, just in case a fish blinks.
For more than 40 years, the specialists at Liddle's Sport Shop have outfitted local players with proper padding and uniforms for a full spectrum of sports. Along the labyrinthine racks and shelves of the shop, players can find equipment for athletic endeavors including baseball, football, running, and volleyball. Liddle's Sport Shop also carries athletic apparel and shoes from brands such as Under Armour, Asics, Wilson, and Spaulding. Coaches can consult logo artists for in-house screenprinting and embroidery services, which personalize items such as hats, jerseys, and official team pajamas.
When her laser makes a successful hit, the speakers in her vest fire with computer-voiced congratulations, while at the other end, her opponent's vest vibrates to ensure he knows he was tagged. Those are just two of the engrossing features of Jaegerz Laser Tag’s Lasertron equipment that help players get into the game. Opponents open fire on one another with a single pop or even a rapid burst of laser fire as they take cover behind black-lit obstacles. Players can find plenty of places to duck and run in the 6,000 square foot arena’s fog-filled room while strobe lights work to disorient players. Guests can also arrange to have birthday parties and private events held at the facility for corporate groups, scout groups, and large birthday parties.
The cycling pros at Volker don't just sell new rigs and fix up busted wheels—they make sure their customers have a good reason to keep riding. One and all are welcome on twice-weekly group rides—Saturday morning's cruise sets an ambitious pace of 18–24 mph, while Monday evening's recovery ride takes a more relaxed pace. Bikes that need a little TLC before embarking on any adventure can be treated to such services as basic tune-ups, full overhauls, à la carte repairs, and new tires.
Voted Best Bowling on the Kansas City A-List in 2008 and 2009, Gladstone Bowl has entertained strikers, rollers, and turkeys for more than 50 years. Ditch the usual weekend routine of sitting at home in the dark and come experience galactic bowling, where you can bowl in the dark. Gladstone Bowl is transformed as black lights hypnotize regular lights into setting the alley aglow. Send radiant comets shooting down a glimmering lane as neon lights tango with the pins. Spirited music sets rental-clad feet in motion, and automatic scoring flashes above each sleek lane on an overhead screen, announcing winners, losers, and innovatively concise nicknames.
Any amateur golfer who has ever wondered what separates their swing from that of a pro can find out at Martin City Sports Complex. The sports haven's ModelGolf system compares fledgling swings with an analyzed composite of more than 120 PGA and LPGA pros, charting the similarities and differences. Afterward, golfers can take that information and work toward the ideal at the complex's 28-person double-decker driving range, where heated stalls host year-round practice and keep winter players from mistaking a snowball for a golf ball. And as swings become more refined, the resident club expert, Bert Benjamin, can create a club custom-fitted to each player.
Although golf—in both regular-sized and miniature form—is undeniably the focus at Martin City, it's not the only sport celebrated there. Paintball finds its place with both a speedball area and wooded arena, which players ride to in a real army truck. Each summer, athletes can also find a small sliver of the Atlantic beach in Kansas City by stepping up to the net at Martin City's sand volleyball courts.