The Randy Heckenkemper–designed layout of South Lakes Golf Course winds its way through seven lakes, resulting in a watery, 6,413-yard wonderland worthy of exploration. The course’s sinuous fairways slink around the lakes at many points, forcing players to aim carefully for the dry bermuda grass. Large bentgrass greens crown each hole, offering a welcome reward for golfers who manage to keep their balls dry or those who require a running start in order to give themselves a jumping high-five. And when the round is done, players can always head back to the clubhouse area to utilize the 13,000-square-foot practice putting green or all-grass driving range.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,413 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
The dual-purpose Center Stage & CheerAction facility combines an 1,800-square-foot harlequin-floor dance space with a 1,500-square-foot cheer suite to earn kids their tumbling and dance wings. Summer camps offer competition-grade gymnastics flooring for postschool entertainment such as the mini-tumblers camp, which harnesses youthful exuberance into a productive yield of handstands, cartwheels, backbends, and controlled levitation. Four-day camps feature prancing princesses, superhero hip-hop, musical theater, and a Harry Potter–themed string of activities and students of the stage can act, dance, and tumble their way through the three-day camp, which combines acrobatics with fewer wind-chapped activities such as water games, crafts, and snacks. The cheer camp gives chanters a venue for their newly acquired stunt and jump skills, offering performance time at a Tulsa Drillers Game and includes two complimentary tickets to the game.
Like a beloved T-shirt or a broken-in couch, Elm Street Pub is in the business of comfort, welcoming visitors with hearty sandwiches, traditional pub fare, and sudsy libations served in a low-key taproom. Digits descend on finger foods including chicken tenders or beer-battered french fries, and tall draft pours fuel all-night games of eight ball on the pool table. Modern and old-school hits pump out of the pub’s jukebox, providing an aural backdrop for friendly dance-offs or attempts to help a percolator kick its caffeine habit.
Platters, trays, and baskets of cookies populate the countertops at sunny Cookiedoodle, a specialty bakery owned by Bernadette Feickert. The gourmet cookie line encompasses classics such as chocolate chip and ginger, as well as uncommon flavors such as french toast and latte, which together comprise part of a balanced breakfast. To create each hand-decorated cookie, confectioners whip up sugar-cookie batter, roll and cut it into shapes, and bake the cookies until they achieve a cake-like texture.
Select Cinemas, the proprietors of RiverWalk Movies, believe that suburban moviegoers shouldn't have to go out of their way to catch Hollywood's latest offerings. They also believe that movie theaters can boost neighboring businesses, which is why everybody wins when they integrate themselves into communities. But movies matter most, and RiverWalk Movies has an edge on urban multiplexes. All eight of their screens are wall-to-wall. All auditoriums feature 100% digital projection and 100% digital surround sound, along with stadium, rocking-chair-style seating to prevent neck craning when sitting behind Bigfoot. RiverWalk also prides itself on its concessions, especially the popcorn, and offers free shows to satiate kids during summer vacations.