Whether picked up or delivered to the party's front door, bounce houses and 24-foot-long obstacle courses inflate quickly with a simple plug into a standard outlet. Affordable Inflatables of Kansas City's bright, colorful party pleasers let kids and gate-crashing squirrels tire themselves out throughout hours of safe, gravity-defying fun. In addition to its inflatable rentals, the company also stocks popcorn, cotton-candy, and snow-cone machines to gild fetes with a festive patina.
At Island Tan’s three locations, clients can achieve an all-over bronze through the sunless medium of their choice. The staffers at all three spaces aid customers in choosing one of five levels of UV-tanning beds—including high-pressure and standup beds—and the accompanying lotions best suited to their skin types. Some locations boast UV-free tanning options in Mystic Tan booths or airbrush spray-tanning stations that darken hides with Norvell solutions. They also book red-light therapy sessions, which are designed to fade stretch marks and reduce fine lines formed from trying to win staring contests with the sun.
"Shotmaking is really what's dying in modern golf," said Eric Iverson, the course architect behind Staley Farms GC's 18-hole track, citing a problem that he set out to remedy when designing the course. He sculpted the 7,267-yard layout with an eye for subtleties, firm terrain, and contours that invite multiple shots to achieve the same end?provided the golfer has the imagination to envision them. Iverson also bristles at the idea of a "signature hole," and perhaps he has a point; this course has too many gems to shine the spotlight on one in particular. The inventive design is plain from the very beginning. A 460-yard dogleg left, the first hole starts the action off with a teaser of a tee shot: aim to the right portion of the fairway and you're likely to be safe, or aim left and attempt to cut the corner while risking losing the ball in heavy grass. These are the types of mental challenges that Iverson built into the course, which offers five tee options to cater to players of different skill levels.
The course sits in the shadow of a handsome clubhouse forged from stone and wood that would not be out of place at a ski resort. The facility includes banquet rooms, a bar and grill, and a weight room.
Snap Fitness accommodates busy schedules by keeping its well-equipped gym open 24 hours. No matter what the time of day, clients can pop in to burn calories on cardio equipment or to hone their physiques with free weights and weight machines.
There are also dynamic group classes available that include boot camps and Richard Simmons–impersonation lessons. Members can also take advantage of the fitness center's comfortable and breezy workout apparel.
“Dancing can totally change a relationship—I’ve seen it a hundred times,” says Miranda Irving, a lifelong dancer and founder of Best Of All Dance. “The man gets to be a man again [by leading], and the woman gets to be a damsel swept off her feet.” Irving met her own husband as he taught her ballroom dancing more than two decades ago. Today she and her team of expert instructors help couples work together on the floor as they lead, follow, twirl, and revel in the music during introductory sessions, where basic steps give way to advanced styles such as East Coast swing, salsa, and foxtrot. The studio’s roster of lively fitness classes combines all-out exertion with energetic dance moves, from Latin-tinged Zumba to Bootie Blast sessions, where choreographed routines elicit sweat while groups of about 10¬–25 students memorize moves to hip-hop music and hits from artists such as Janet Jackson to combine music and exercise better than a jog on a human-size turntable.
Under the direction of grand master Yang, a multi-martial-art black belt, the students at Yang Masters United Taekwondo Center gain physical and mental empowerment in challenging tae kwon do classes. Classes focus on powerful punching and kicking movements to improve coordination and flexibility. The tae kwon do self-defense style employs a systemized training curriculum that distinguishes advancement through symbolic progression such as belts and increasingly solemn head nods.
Students who commit to the principles of tae kwon do notice mental and personal benefits in addition to the physical ones. Elevated self-discipline and concentration equips pupils with unmatched staring-contest capabilities, and improved confidence galvanizes leadership inside and outside the board- or classroom. Each session of tae kwon do encourages groups of students to train as a whole rather than as separate individuals as instructors stress unity during drills and heated games of Red Rover.