Full Moon Productions sends shivers and tickles of terror up spines with four haunted attractions. Classic- and contemporary-horror flicks jump off the screen into hair-raising reality at the Macabre Cinema, a 1930s movie palace that includes sets from Hellraiser and other movies. Frightful cinematic characters dwell among the seats and scrims, waiting to elicit particularly desperate screams from hapless couples that thought they were there to see Gigli. The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe revisits the brilliant author’s ominous imagination inside an actual supposed haunted building, as profiled on the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab. The most horrifying excerpts from Poe’s famous tales are re-created to saddle visitors with unsettling sensations, such as being buried alive or moving back in with your parents.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Kansas City T-Bones follow manager Tim Doherty as they attempt to smash their Central Division rivals and park the American Association title on their mantel. Kansas City baseball legend Frank White dons a #20 uniform all season long as the T-Bones first-base coach. Veteran offensive powerhouse Kala Ka’aihue looks to repeat last season's 22-home-run output, dispiriting opposing pitchers and making outfield walls desperately question their very purpose. Right-hander and Kansas City native Kyle Dahman also blazes back to the mound after a 2011 season of smoking opponents with his mid-90 mph fast ball and team second-best save record. The T-Bones will take on Central Division rivals from Sioux City and Gary as well as the 2009 league champion Lincoln Saltdogs, hoping to get to the playoffs to prove their mettle and get out of the September weddings of loose acquaintances.
Diamond Bowl, a refreshing fusion of bowling alley and robust restaurant, serves as a hangout for pin-battering rollers hungry for lane-thundering action and thirsty for food. Games ($5) on Diamond’s eight lanes keep hook-happy fingers limber, and shoes ($3) safeguard feet from toe-stomping sore losers. Follow up your fourth turkey with tangible foodstuffs from Diamond's full menu, such as the blackened-salmon sandwich on a kaiser roll ($7.99), the well-rounded bowling burger ($7.49), or the crispy chicken-tender salad ($8.99). Serious contenders can take a break from finger calisthenics to enroll in one of Diamond Bowl's leagues, and casual players can pair their match play with drinks from Diamond’s fully stocked bar, or they can watch a less phalange-intensive sport on one of nine crystalline HD TVs. Hourly games are also available.
Associate conductor Steven Jarvi channels the combined melodious might of the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus, KC Brass, Allegro Children’s Choir, and Rezound Handbell Ensemble through an all-new holiday celebration of sound. Mobs of merry musicians, rumored to include 12 drummers drumming and a possible 11 pipers piping, will feed hungry ossicles symphonic arrangements of Christmas traditions. Families coasting on waves of Yuletide joy will yearn to sing along with timeless carols perfected by years of door-to-door focus testing. To complete each holly-jolly evening, Santa Claus himself will make an appearance to play a 30-minute free jazz solo on his signature fur-fringed soprano saxophone.
From yoga mat to vaulted ceiling, Woodside Health and Tennis Club provides an open, airy environment for fitness fanatics and casual cardio seekers alike. By bench-pressing a 29-visit pass, guests will enjoy unfettered access to Woodside's many amenities including weights, cardio equipment, basketball courts, indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, and more (tennis and spa rates are not included). In between cardio shifts on the TV-laden machines, well-warmed engines can shift gears during group fitness classes such as cycling and yoga. The club offers 70 classes weekly, each with a distinct emphasis, teaching method, and ability to reshape love handles into positive negative space.
The professional pilots at Timberview Helicopters ferry passengers high into the clouds aboard a sky-scraping whirlybird during flight tours through Destin, Kansas City, and Key West. Having chartered flights for National Geographic and the Travel Channel, these pilots expertly navigate planes toward sweeping, picturesque views, allowing sightseers to steal glances of Fort Walton Beach, downtown Kansas City, and Key West's ocean views from a perspective normally reserved for birds and astronauts with binoculars. Additionally, their high-definition videos grant guests a lasting commemoration of their in-flight experience. When they're not chartering tours, they teach budding pilots the gravity-defying tricks of their trade through pilot training and lug precious shipments from port to port with their cargo-lifting services.
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