Led by the experienced fitness guru Ryan Layman and his troop of knowledgeable trainers, Longview Recreation Center's boot camp motivates participants with peer power and intense physical exercises that last 30–45 minutes. Like Christmas sweaters and the length of fingers, no two workouts are ever the same. This boot camp adheres to the mind-body fusion approach, which strategically uses your own body weight in a combination of balance, resistance, cardio, sweaty camaraderie, and yoga stretching. For best Baconnaise-burning results, the professional motivators at Longview recommend attending boot camp two to three times a week. Check out the schedule to determine the best time (morning or night) and place (indoor or outdoor classes) to receive your swift kick in the pantaloons.
Zoysia-grass fairways and bentgrass greens weave through the water-kissed grounds of Longview Lake Park to form Fred Arbanas Golf Course’s 18-hole championship layout. Relatively open fairways invite aggressive shots off of the tee, back-loading the difficulty with large, fast greens—which were renovated in 2009—that make any two-putt or impromptu croquet contest a tricky proposition. The back nine takes golfers along the shores of Longview Lake, where scenic panoramas abound at spots such as the course’s signature 403-yard, par 4 12th hole, where an elevated green looks out onto placid waters. Just north of the championship-length course, golfers fine-tune their short and midrange games at a 9-hole par 3 course or attempt to break the sound barrier by belting drives at the full-length, grass-tee driving range.
Paradise Park started its life as a simple miniature-golf course in 1992. Since then, the park has grown with Lee's Summit, mirroring the suburb's population growth with additions that have turned it into a sprawling temple to family fun. Outdoors, guests can still show off their putts and best gopher impressions on the miniature-golf course, or head over to the go-kart track to face off against fellow drivers on a 1,000-foot road-inspired course. Inside the park's huge indoor area, kids play and learn at the Children's Edutainment Center or blast each other with air-propelled balls at the Foam Factory. A game room harks back to the arcades of old with token-fed classics such as Ms. Pac-Man, as well as offering new amusements including a SpongeBob SquarePants game.
When he was a child, Michael Russell spent a lot of time in his father’s darkroom, watching and helping him develop photographs. As Russell grew into an adult, he still loved photography but opted to pursue a career in front of the camera as a television news reporter. Even as he interviewed celebrities, presidents, and wax statues of presidents, he found himself most engaged with shooting his own video, and with framing shots of natural landscapes and wildlife. He eventually would leave his broadcasting career to teach photography full time, and venture on expeditions to scenic vistas and art fairs. During Russell’s workshops, his picture-snapping protégés can pick his brain as they practice various photography concepts and sample professional lenses.
At Flip Zone, kids learn to do more than flips—they learn body awareness, self-confidence, and social skills through a range of fun and energetic activities. In the play center’s rainbow-colored gym, youngsters master somersaults and cartwheels, stride down the balance beam, and tackle other cheerleading and gymnastics fundamentals. The obstacle course layout ensures that kids stay active throughout their classes, whether they're doing reps of a simple exercise or trying a more challenging move, like a handstand in buttered gloves. Youngsters can try out new skills on their own in the center’s open gym sessions and birthday parties, which allow for less structured experimentation with gymnastics.
The staff at Transformations Wellness Spa, led by Cindy Simon and her 30 years of experience working in medical clinics, focus on detoxifying bodies and restoring inner balance. To do so, they call upon colon hydrotherapy and supply Kangen water, both of which are designed to regulate the body’s pH level, and infrared saunas that oust toxins from fat cells. Aesthetic services come in the form of paraffin facials and non-surgical facelifts, which send electric currents to skin cells to make them initiate the repair process and produce collagen and elastin.