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As the tiniest people, children need to be airborne as much as possible to understand the process of growing up tall and strong. Jump 4 Joy KS meets this demand with a climate-controlled bounce-house facility loaded with vibrant, primary-colored play places. Jumping areas, pop-up obstacles, and basketball hoops stand at the ready for open-jump sessions or off-site party rentals. And larger structures such as the 30-foot obstacle course and the 14-foot slide educate children about difficult physics concepts, including gravity, friction, and how to have fun while learning about physics.

1035 East 23rd Street
Lawrence,
KS
US

When the archery experts at Bill Pellegrino's Archery Hut sell one of their name-brand recurved or compound bows, they want to make sure the customer knows how to use it. All bow purchases from the pro shop includes access to the Archery Hut's 4,000-square-foot range, where guests kiss arrows goodbye toward targets 20 yards away. Like an interstate highway taken over by bicyclists, the indoor range supports up to 29 lanes at once. One-on-one coaching is also an option for archers looking to refine their aim and technique.

1025 North 3rd Street
Lawrence,
KS
US

A 300-square-foot bouldering wall rises to the ceiling the middle of the gym, giving The Summit both its name and one of its most challenging exercises. Around it stand rows of glittering Precor cardio machines, each with a built-in 15-inch LCD television capable of tuning to dozens of channels. Stationary rowing machines emulate the resistance of real water to provide a full-body workout, and full scale boxing gym. After a workout, members can retire to one of two infrared saunas to relax, chat, or literally let off some steam. An on-site shop allows guests to purchase goods such as boxing gloves, supplements, and snacks.

901 New Hampshire
Lawrence,
Kansas
US

Pedal Hopper turns bar hopping into a workout. Aboard the company's European-style party bikes, up to 16 people?10 of whom are pedaling?cruise between nightlife spots, making brief stops at three of their favorite watering holes. A professional driver steers the bike for the gang as they cruise along, reaching top speeds of 8 mph. For added safety, the vehicle is also extremely well-lit, outfitted with headlights, taillights, LED lights, and a glittering disco ball in accordance with state law.

125 West South Park Street
Lawrence,
KS
US

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.

1 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence,
KS
US

At Overton's Archery Center, archers learn skills ranging from proper bow-handling to long-distance shooting. Expert archers lead instructional classes and tailor lessons to suit a variety of skill levels; budding archers then practice what they've learned on the center's indoor range instead of jumping right into shooting apples balanced on mannequin heads. In the pro shop, meanwhile, visitors shop equipment from makers such as PSE Archery, Bowtech and Bear, and technicians perform maintenance and repairs.

1025 N 3rd St
Lawrence,
KS
US