Mother-daughter team Juli and Breanna, who just graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in metal smithing, share their love of artistic expression at Bee Creative Studio, where they invite guests to join them in painting pottery and fusing glass. Visitors browse the ranks of piggy banks, plates, and figurines of frogs and dragons before picking up paintbrushes or the end of their braids to dip in paint. Finished pieces stay at Bee Creative while the experts glaze and fire them, and their creators can pick them up in five to seven days.
Those who want to wear their art can paint designs that Bee Creative transfers onto T-shirts, baby’s onesies, or aprons for keeping clothes clean while cooking or performing mad, mad science. Or, guests can delve into the world of fused glass, layering colors for jewelry, plates, and sun catchers that the studio experts fire and ready for pickup in a week. In addition to its open studio hours, Bee Creative hosts parties for birthday celebrants and brides-to-be.
Opened in 1989, Drop Zone Paintball Park's six fields sprawl over 89 acres of land, which play host to combat during sun or rain showers. In one field, a castle scenario corrals players into elevated turrets to defend against opponents who fire from surrounding towers across a makeshift moat. Elsewhere, trees lining ravines offer safe cover so shooters can take careful aim at their foes or draw their sweetheart's initials upon the trunks. Along with space for paintball and tournament-style speedball, the park's designers designated a special zone near the castle field where nonplayers can watch the action from a safe distance.
The purveyors of literary pleasure at Signs of Life enable learning and leisure through an expansive collection of printed-word wares, delectable café snacks, and local art pieces. Dabble in fiction with Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel, Crime and Punishment ($5.99), or acclimate yourself with American history by reading David McCullough's 1776, a riveting account of how George Washington led almost 2,000 men into battle to defeat the Duke Blue Devils on a last-second three-pointer by Paul Revere ($14.99, paperback). Ecclesiastically curious guests can peruse one of many theologic selections, such as Augustine for Armchair Theologians by Stephen Cooper ($13.99), while sipping a tasty bean-based beverage at Signs of Life’s convivial café. For even more aesthetic enjoyment, art-magnets can scurry over to Signs of Life’s adjoining art gallery, featuring the work of more than a dozen local and national artists in a charming space.
GMV Tees designs, prints, and ships organic, U.S.-made T-shirts, posters, cards, and more from its at-home studio. T-shirts, such as the Sew Happy women's cotton shirt available in black, green, and blue provides a crafty way to make a statement and the stylish print of the Keep Calm and Dance On women's T-shirt boogies across the torso of its wearer ($18 each). Adorn fashionable youngsters with the Hug a Tree kids T-shirt available in five sizes and three colors ($12.50), or cover a chest-hair tattoo with the handlebar mustache on bicycle men's T-shirt offered in chocolate brown and warm blue ($18). Like a dimensional portal or gobs of melted cheese, the I'm a Lover Not a Fighter 13”x19” poster can cover unpleasant cracks on a bedroom wall ($14).
Alvamar challenges golfers on the crenshaw bentgrass greens of a par 72 course set amid extensive flowering and ornamental landscaping. Fortify swings on the double-ended driving range, or fine tune truncated shots on the club's 40,000-square-foot short-game area, maneuvering spheres across two putting greens and dodging obstacles including three practice bunkers and hologram golfers trying to play through. The lengthy Championship Course spans the Jayhawk and Quail Creek nines and tests skills with 7,092 yards of flowing fairways.