T-Square’s 40-acre playing area is a menacing wooded battlefield containing military-style tanks, obstacles, and foxholes from which to taunt, shoot, and telepathically tickle opponents. This Groupon takes care of the field fee ($10), which includes unlimited CO2, 100 paintballs, referees to ensure fair play, and all-day field access. The rental of a high-quality semi-automatic paintball gun and a face mask is also included ($5). For trigger-happy targeters, T-Square offers additional rounds of paintballs for purchase—increase your inventory with 100 ($5), 500 ($20), or 2,000 ($60) paintballs. Beginners and advanced sharpshooters alike will take to the field for rousing games of “attack and defend,” “arena ball,” “capture the flag,” and its not-so-popular offshoot, “let’s all talk this out before making any rash decisions.” There is an elevated viewing area for non-players to watch the games and shout out defensive strategies in Morse code.
Balls-N-Strikes' fully astroturfed, 10,000-square-foot facility helps budding baseball stars fine-tune their swing and pitch accuracy with batting cages and professional, one-on-one training sessions. A half-hour in a climate-controlled batting cage invites guests to hone control by taking aim at baseballs, softballs, and imaginary meatballs fired from a personal pitching cannon. Patrons seeking tailored playing advice can meet up with a college or Division I baseball instructor for a 30- or 60-minute training session. Beneath the complex’s 35-foot ceilings, burgeoning pitchers can employ the hawk-eyed perception of a seasoned professional to improve ball grip and overall throwing form. Batters benefit from a one-on-one hitting analysis, wherein a swat guru critiques swings and at-bat stance while demonstrating Socratic arguing techniques on life-size stuffed umpires.
Stephan of SK Golf Academy boasts a resumé of students that includes PGA professionals, mini tour players, and collegiate and high-school athletes. He strives to find the most efficient swing for each student, based on their skills and the laws of geometry and physics, which are unlike the laws of man in the sense that they must never be broken. He designs comprehensive improvement plans for each student, with various lesson plans available that include packages and online lessons.
Though supported by a tight-knit community of members, Sparrow Flying Club opens its cockpit doors to the public for scenic flights and pilot training. Its fleet of primarily Cessna aircraft ranges from simple, two-seat sport planes to more complex aircraft; patrons can rent them out for private use, or join an instructor in the cockpit to train for either a private pilot license or a sport license, which requires fewer hours. Each of the club’s locations—one home base at Conway Airport and two satellite locations at other airports—boasts training rooms and runways amply sized for takeoffs, landings, and timed cheetah sprints.
The Body Mind & Soul Expo advocates natural wellness and personal growth through free lectures and enlightening exhibitions and seminars from alternative-health practitioners and businesses. Melt cosmically into chairs during massages from Ashley Little, channel dormant Bert and Ernie personalities during hypnosis by Rich Ervin, and bedazzle spirit fingers with custom-made sterling-silver jewelry by Chon & Jasmine Stanley, who represent just a few of the event’s numerous exhibitors. Expo organizer and featured speaker Sharlette Pumphrey speaks Saturday at 2 p.m. on spiritual/intuitive development, illuminating the connection between spiritual growth and self-improvement as well as sharing messages from members of spirit families, including helpful reminders that the oven is still on. The expo lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The six target greens and 350 grassy yards of landing area at Mulligans Golf Range & Bobby Wilson Teaching Center bolster gameplay alongside swing-honing lessons from certified instructors, including three-time World Long Drive champion Bobby Wilson. Golfers can tee off year-round and in any weather conditions from 10 lighted and covered stations, emptying two medium buckets of balls (180 total) across a peaceful verdant landscape punctuated only by the sporadic encouragement of cheerleading Scotch Highlanders. Long-driving neophytes with dreams of golf-ball domination can rework swings and locate sweet spots under the tutelage of certified golf pros during hour-long lessons. Instilled with new fairway-conquering wisdom, guests can showcase golf and culinary skills alike as they line up their shots from a natural grass tee and pepper the greens with a small bucket of 45 balls.