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For more than 50 years, Cool Crest's owners have enchanted visitors with the fun park's abundance of family-friendly attractions. Flanked by emerald gardens, four 18-hole miniature golf courses lead participants to a bonus 19th hole, which rewards successful shots with a free game. Helpful staff enables drivers to hug the racetrack's corners while strapped into an open-wheel go-kart or, when in season, smack homers from batting cages hurling slow, medium, or fast pitches. Inside, a climbing playland and 7,000-square-foot arcade entertain guests throughout the year. To encourage kids to work as hard as they play, Cool Crest's staff rewards students brandishing recent report cards with up to 20 tokens, depending on their number of A's, B's, or the results from their PhD peer review. In between exhaustive sessions of play, a snack bar staff reenergizes guests with a slice or treat at Frankie's Pizzeria.

10735 E US Highway 40
Independence,
MO
US

Prompted by the nod of the lifeguard’s head, the intrepid swimmer takes a deep breath, closes his eyes, and bravely flings his body into the dark confines of the Barracuda Blast. The slide’s gushing flume speeds its intrepid passenger down covered loops and twists until it spits him out unceremoniously into the warm waters of the pool below.

The largest indoor water park in Kansas, boasting a host of aquatic activities along with nearly 1,000 feet of water slides including the fearsome Barracuda, CoCo Key unleashes the inner merpeople of kids and adults of all ages. Stationed along the pool and at each attraction, licensed lifeguards keep their eagle eyes peeled to ensure the safety of their guests as they play water basketball or engage in leisurely floats down Adventure River. Nearby, a zero-depth-entry toddler pool serves as a merrymaking haven for children or recently unbottled miniature ships less than 48 inches tall, and a sun-drenched outdoor tanning deck enables visitors to bask in skin-browning rays. To prevent growling stomachs from interrupting watery romps, crews of chefs bustle about CoCo Key’s dining facilities, whipping up culinary sustenance for hungry swimmers.

9103 E 39th St.
Kansas City,
MO
US

First-time scuba divers will learn from professional, certified trainers during Skin-n-Scuba’s Discover Scuba training session. The training course includes all necessary diving gear and is conducted in the facility’s 26’x52’ indoor saltwater pool, featuring salt, water, and two sunken Spanish Armada galleons. Individual class enrollment is capped at 15 in order to maintain a reasonable instructor-to-student ratio and leave room in the pool for the dolphins enrolled in backstroke. The two-hour classes for Groupon buyers are offered Fridays (starting at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.), Saturdays (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.), Sundays (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and Mondays (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.).

9300 East 35th Street South
Independence,
MO
US

In 1963, Vita and Jay Totta opened up their cozy café with a small counter, three tables, and four booths. Within three years, the couple’s following of loyal diners had overgrown their modest space, and they expanded to a larger location with more than twice the seating capacity of the original café. Another steady increase in popularity led the Tottas to create V's Italiano Ristorante as it stands today, which includes a spacious dining room, three private banquet rooms, a lounge, and an outdoor patio. When designing and building the restaurant in 1971, Jay—a professional architect—focused on creating an Old-World atmosphere where guests could enjoy everything from Sunday brunch to romantic candlelight dinners with their tax auditors. Patrons may also venture out to the restaurant's garden patio, where they'll eat by a stone waterfall and under the vines of a grape arbor originally planted by Vita's father.

10819 E US Highway 40
Independence,
MO
US

Since 1957, HiBoy Drive-In's retro neon palace has been grilling and frying meals on the go. The classic quarter-pound HiBoy burger ($4.50) stacks a quarter-pound patty with basic burger accoutrements, including the secret-recipe HiBoy sauce, kept in a vault guarded by braver sauces. Crisp onion rings ($3.19) and crunchy pickles ($3.19) emerge from the fryer, ready to be washed down with a sweet peach Nehi float ($2.79).

3424 Blue Ridge Blvd
Independence,
MO
US

Thanks to Boulevard Grill - Kansas City Sports Complex, fans of Boulevard Brewing Company don't have to go far to pair their favorite brews with hearty pub cuisine. That's because the eatery exclusively features beers from the renowned Kansas City brewery that may include the 80-Acre Hoppy wheat, the Irish Ale, and the seasonal Tank - 7. Diners can sip on pints in between bites ordered off the menu, which includes the Smoke Burger, with barbecue sauce, bacon, and grilled onions, the pale-ale bratwurst sandwich, and the Kansas City strip steak.

4011 Blue Ridge Cut-off
Kansas City,
MO
US