Though most pitchers clear their mounds at the slight rumor of a thunderstorm, the ones inside Kansas City Sports Club always stay dry and padded with footprints. In addition to pitching tunnels, hitting tunnels, and a turf infield that stays safe from outdoor weather conditions, the facility features a full fitness center that protects guests from the hazards of working out on treadmills in the wilderness. The fitness center features free weights and cardio machines with flat-screen televisions and free WiFi to keep guests informed and entertained during workouts.
Midwest Kids Fest helps families organize informative, entertainment-packed weekend getaways without having to leave their home state. Attracting an ever-growing audience since it first hit the road in 2006, the traveling production plans to expand to more cities in the near future, as if re-creating Lewis and Clark’s epic search for a vending machine that’d accept a Sacagawea dollar. At each stop, organizers stage days of wholesome entertainment, secretly embedding full servings of education into interactive workshops, shopping from local vendors, petting-zoo, face-painting, contests, charity raffles, and live performances from magicians and singers. Onsite vendors also accompany each festival, allowing older brothers to trade their siblings for something their parents would actually enjoy.
Fine Arts Theatres? four venues surround moviegoers with classic silver-screen ambiance as they present the latest independent and mainstream film offerings. Lovingly refurbished neighborhood movie palaces such as the early-20th-century Rio Theatre now boast surround-sound digital audio, high-backed rocker seats with arm-mounted cup holders, and movie trailers acted out by gregarious ticket takers. In addition to flicks opening each week, The Fine Arts Theatres hosts special independent screenings throughout the year including the Kansas International Film Festival (Oct. 10-16th) that features 55 films in 7 days and the Latin American Film Festival every September.