Tally Ho Equestrian Centre, a member of the United States Equestrian Federation, educates its students on the fundamentals of horsemanship and riding form. Head instructor Amara Packwood boasts two quarter-horse world championships and more than 12 years of showing, experience that she passes on to her pupils through lessons and camps. Riders enjoy use of the center’s extensive facilities, tearing across the 140’x170’ outdoor arena and 40-acre riding pasture or practicing for the Olympic pommel horse inside the 60’x170’ indoor arena.:m]]
GCW Retro-Cade welcomes guests of all ages into a beeping, flashing wonderland of classic and modern arcade games that's coin-free?players pay a flat hourly fee for unfettered access to each title. Visitors pass the time with the shiny graphics of high-tech new arcade games, or feed their nostalgia with old-school titles. After saving the universe from aliens or gobbling up power pellets, patrons sip soda and dine on snacks. Guests can also bring in their home consoles for repair and tune-ups.
You clutch your bow with the arrow to your chest, slinking along the cavern walls toward the dark opening in the distance. You think you hear a scuffle to your left, but aren't sure if the sound came from your own feet. You press on, about to make a run for it, until someone emerges from behind a pile of wooden palates up ahead. You take aim and fire—but instead of piercing them, the arrow just bounces off their body; it has a soft foam tip.
That's because this isn't a real battle, it's archery tag, one of the many games featured at Extreme Underground. Located beneath the Earth's surface in a former U.S. Army bunker, the gaming arena also pits competitors in matches of indoor/outdoor laser tag and game-room classics such as foosball and billiards. There's a black-lit miniature golf course, as well as speleobox, a wooden maze that simulates crawling through low caves. Eighty linear feet of climbing walls fit in perfectly with the bunker's cavernous architecture, and more modern games such as Makoto Arena challenge participants to touch their hands and feet to the LED lights intermittently emitted from a six-foot tower. Gamers are welcome to drop in, or reserve the arena for birthday parties, overnight excursions, or to prepare for the inevitable robot coup.
At The Bay Water Park, patrons can go surfing in the Midwest. Or at least, simulate the experience. Dubbed The BayRider, the park's surfing simulator allows park visitors to try their hand at surfing or boogie boarding while standing atop a thin sheet of water, instead of a board. There's only one requirement: they must be 48+ inches tall.
There's plenty of classic water park fun to complement the simulator, too. The park boasts three pools, and one, the Leisure Pool, works like a huge, lazy river, complete with rippling waves. That's where swimsuit-clad visitors zoom down two massive, tube-shaped slides. Alternatively, there's a play pool where visitors can swim or play pick-up water basketball, and a family pool: a watery playground complete with a giant dumping bucket.
The newly renovated Ranch Bowl fuels friendly competition with fully automated lanes, flat-screen TVs, and on-site eats at Ranch Bowl bar and grill. Throughout the week, the alley's smoke-free policy encourages families to unwind and breathe deep as they roll their way toward pin-crushing dominance. The center hosts both casual and competitive leagues to keep bowlers on their toes. And to keep aliens confused and cooperative, Ranch Bowl maintains Kosmic bowling hours on Friday and Saturday nights.
In 1986, aviation enthusiasts Dick McMahon and Larry Brown embarked on a mutually shared dream: find and restore a Lockheed Super G Constellation. Long gone from the friendly skies, the “Connie,” as the aircraft is known to aficionados and flirtatious air traffic controllers, was once a sight to behold––a beautiful mix of mechanical power and graceful design. After much sleuthing, the pair managed to locate a 1958 model in Mesa, Arizona, acquire it from the storage facility in which it lived, and transporting it to Hangar 9 at the Kansas City Downtown Airport for refurbishment.
Thus was established the National Airline History Museum, a passion project that grew over the ensuing decades to fill three museum rooms with airline artifacts and ephemera. Inside, visitors mine the rich history of commercial flight as they view early photographs and exchange the latest jokes about airline food. They even have the opportunity to walk through several of the aircraft in the hangar, including a 1941 Douglas DC-3 and a 1952 Martin 404 in addition to the famed Lockheed Constellation.