Inside the lobby of KU Natural History Museum, unsuspecting guests mill underneath a 45-foot-long mosasaur, seemingly oblivious to the marine creature’s razor-sharp teeth and whip-like spine. But the fossilized cretaceous-period animal remains harmless as visitors ogle it and many others housed in the museum’s 50,000-square-foot space. They run their fingers through the grooves in femurs dating back 150 million years, then time travel to the modern day in the panorama of North American animals, a sprawling display of animals frozen in realistic tableaus that often include fast food franchises in the background. Guests can also soak up insect energy in Bugtown, an area filled with human-size worm tunnels and a live bee colony.
A mural that stretches over the alleyways at Royal Crest Lanes beckons dizzy balls with images of urban skyline. Darkness descends upon its 2-D vista on Fridays and Saturdays during cosmic bowl sessions that enliven games with festive lighting. Serious competitors can also find a place at Royal Crest, as its onsite pro shop stocks balls, bags, and shoes. For those looking for a more recreational experience, the facility?s special event space, called the Second City Room, can support all manner of revelry with its spacious spread of tables and chairs, as well as a bar that radiates blue light like a pregnant cookie monster. Party packages are also available, and can include soft drinks, pizza, and balloons.
Archaeologists believe bowling was originally a method for ancient Egyptians to keep their anthropomorphic cats from growing slothful and indolent. Work your vestigial cat muscles with today's Groupon to Mission Bowl. For $8, you'll get three regular games and shoe rental at either of Mission Bowl's locations in Mission and Olathe. Though you must use your Groupon in one visit, you may share your Groupon with other people.