Things To Do in Missouri

Bowling for Four with Shoe Rental, Soda, and Pizza at Crestwood Bowl (Up to 53% Off)

Crestwood Bowl

Crestwood Bowl

$40.35 $19

Bowling alley more than 50-years-old serves up pizza & soda as bowlers pummel pins for one hour

Two, Four, or Eight Tickets to Zombie Prom at The Historic Shrine on Saturday, October 11 (Up to 55% Off)

The Historic Shrine

Springfield

$14 $7

Guests are encouraged to don zombie attire to dance to music provided by a live DJ, pose for photographs, and enjoy concessions

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

First Ward

$28 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Golf for Two or Four with Cart and Range Balls at Fred Arbanas Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

Fred Arbanas Golf Course

Fred Arbanas Golf Course

$88 $49

Set on the eastern shores of Longview Lake, this 18-hole course sports recently renovated bentgrass greens and open fairways

$11 for One-Day Admission for Up to Five People at Renaud Spirit Center ($22 Value)

Renaud Spirit Center

O'Fallon

$22 $11

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66,000-square-foot facility houses massive natatorium, two full-size basketball courts, and a fitness center with equipment and classes

Martial-Arts Package with Uniform and 10 or 15 Classes at Monroe's ATA Martial Arts (Up to 88% Off)

Monroe's ATA Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$185 $25

Martial-arts packages help students of all ages gain confidence and self-respect with tae kwon do classes

VIP Package for One with Drinks, Meal, and Stein at Saint Charles Oktoberfest (31% Off). Two Options Available.

Saint Charles Oktoberfest

Frontier Park

$65 $45

Sip 1-liter brews from a take-home stein and feast on Bavarian meal provided by Roemer Topf restaurant while live bands play rock and polka

Six Drop-In Group Classes or One Private Lesson at Just Dancing West (Up to 60% Off)

Just Dancing West

Saint Charles

$60 $30

Customers can enjoy learning ballroom, swing, and Latin dancing

Two Hours of Open Bowling or Three Hours of Cosmic Bowling at Lunar Bowl (Up to 51% Off)

Lunar Bowl

Prestige Park

$68 $33

As former host of the PBA National Tour, this bowling center welcomes groups to slide into rental shoes & enjoy open or cosmic bowling

Five Personal Training Sessions at Craig Grimm Fitness (65% Off)

Craig Grimm Fitness

Florissant

$125 $44

Certified personal trainer specializes in developing weight-loss and goal-orientated training programs

Bowling Package for Four or Six with Shoe Rental and Pizza at Carl Richard Bowling Centers (Up to 61% Off)

Carl Richard Bowling Centers

Joplin

$50.99 $20

Two games of bowling in a family-friendly center with snack bar, arcade, and billiards

One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes from PowerFit Bootcamp (Up to 80% Off)

PowerFit Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$99 $29

Trainers motivate exercisers to tackle routines of calisthenics, plyometrics, and resistance training

Two Private Music Lessons from Jefferson City Music Academy (53% Off)

Jefferson City Music Academy

Jefferson City

$40 $19

From the merchant: Professional teachers give you a taste of what you can accomplish with music lessons.

Fall Full of Fun Plus Walk-Thru Zoo for Four or Six at Lazy L Safari Park (50% Off)

Lazy L Safari Park

Cape Girardeau

$28 $14

Feed kangaroos, camels, and parakeets and see alligators and zebras at this walk-thru zoo during Fall Full of Fun

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Yoga in Columbia (Up to 68% Off)

Yoga In Columbia

Yoga in Columbia

$120 $40

Gain strength and flexibility in these Vinyasa-style yoga classes in a spacious studio

Full- or Half-Day Kayak Rental for One or Two at Missouri River Excursions (Up to 53% Off)

Missouri River Excursions

Defiance

$75 $37

Guests in colorful kayaks paddle down the Missouri River along the same route taken by Lewis and Clark

Weekday or Weekend 9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four at Ruth Park Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

Ruth Park Golf Course

University City

$50 $25

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Nine-hole course features hilly, tree-lined terrain with Zoysia grass tees and fairways

14-Day, 21-Day, or Six-Week Boot-Camp for Beginners from St. Louis Fitness Boot Camp (Up to 70% Off)

St. Louis Fitness Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$99 $39

Unlimited one-hour workouts held six mornings a week, plus a choice of e-book, a T-shirt, and access to meal planning and online support

$27 for Entry to the Zombie Frenzy 5K on October 18 ($50 Value)

Centurion Events

Liberty

$50 $27

Outrun hordes of zombies intent on stealing your race "life" flags, and switch roles to act as a chaser zombie during the 5K race

Private or Group Lessons at Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-USA, Inc. (Up to 77% Off)

Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-USA, Inc.

Wentzville

$350 $79

Lessons are available for students of all skill levels; both options include one uniform

One, Three, or Six 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at GraceFitness (Up to 67% Off)

GraceFitness

Saint Louis

$50 $20

Trainer with more than 16 years of experience helps clients meet their fitness goals, whether that's to lose weight or build muscle mass

One Month of Classes for One or Two Children with Yearly Membership Fees at Kids World Gymnastics (Up to 53% Off)

Kids World Gymnastics

Hazelwood

$116 $55

Expert instructors lead children through gymnastics classes appropriate for all ages

18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at The Deuce at the National (Up to 51% Off)

The Deuce at the National

Parkville

$200 $99

Challenging shots await golfers at this private club where undulating greens are lined with majestic trees

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at River Oaks Golf Course (Up to 42% Off)

River Oaks Golf Course

Grandview

$60 $35

Water comes into play on seven holes, but wide fairways and forgiving greens make this course ideal for all levels of golfers

One-Year of Online Acting Class Membership from iActingStudios.com (Up to 65% Off). Three Options Available.

iActingStudios.com

Blue Valley

$479.90 $199

Top Hollywood Master teachers lead online acting classes, covering acting technique, auditions, monologues, and scene study

Two- or Three-Hour BYOB Painting Class for Two at Pinot's Palette (Up to 50% Off)

Pinot's Palette

Webster Groves

$70 $35

Students follow instructor's lead as they recreate a painting in two- or three-hour painting classes

Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart, Beer, and Range Balls at Rolling Hills Country Club (Up to 52% Off)

Rolling Hills Country Club

Versailles

$102 $49

Golfers traverse the 18-hole course atop a golf cart strapped with beers, and can work on their swing with buckets of range balls

One, Two, or Three Haunted House Tickets to Abyss, Creepyworld, and The Darkness at Scarefest (Up to 35% Off)

Scarefest

Multiple Locations

$35 $23

Choose from three different haunted house experiences including a cursed brewery and a zombie-filled maze

Camping with Raft Rental and Optional Amenities at Meramec Valley Campground & RV Park (Up to 55% Off)

Meramec Valley Campground & RV Park

Cuba

$56 $25

Campsites with or without water and electricity; relaxing float trips down the Meramec River aboard rafts

English Riding Lessons and Home-School Courses at Fox School of Horsemanship (Up to 52% Off). Five Options.

Fox School of Horsemanship

Pleasant Hill

$40 $20

Pony lessons for youngsters, English riding lessons for older kids and adults, and hands-on horsemanship lessons for home-school students

$15 for $30 of Self-Caught Trout & Filleting Services at Mountain Springs Trout Park from December 1 to April 1

Mountain Springs Trout Park

North Galloway

$30 $15

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Visitors cast lines into trout-rich waters, catching fish to be filleted and packed on ice

$10 for Admission for Two to Haunted Corn Maze at Deadly C.O.R.N. ($20 Value)

Deadly C.O.R.N. Haunted Maze

Higginsville

$20 $10

Find your way through the haunted corn maze after dark on September or October weekends

Standup Comedy at Funny Bone Valley Park (Up to 68% Off)

Funny Bone Valley Park

Funny Bone Valley Park

$35 $16

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Sip beverages while watching sets from comedians seen on national TV and on local stages

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Visit for Two or Four or a One-Year Membership (Up to 51% Off)

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Hannibal

$22 $11

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Guests explore Mark Twain's childhood home and the surrounding properties that inspired his stories

Group Party Packages with Drinks and Snacks (Up to 90% Off). Four Options Available.

Pink Galleon Billiards and Games

Multiple Locations

$39 $16

Party guests sip free drinks and play pool on hot-pink tables; beach-themed decor includes airbrushed murals of mermaids and pirates

Half-Day, Full-Day, or Three-Day Rental of a 22- or 24-Foot Sailboat from Ozark Yacht Club (Up to 51% Off)

Ozark Yacht Club

Lake Ozark

$126 $65

Bob along with or slice through the beautiful waters of the Lake of the Ozarks aboard a 22- or 24-foot sailboat

5, 10, or 20 Group Classes at ZFit Studio(Up to 50% Off)

ZFit Studio

Fenton

$35 $17.50

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Instructors lead energetic Zumba, yoga, and R.I.P.P.E.D. sessions, as well as high-intensity workouts focused on toning abs and glutes

$159 for a Navy SEAL Training Experience at Asymmetric Solutions ($350 Value)

Asymmetric Solutions

Asymmetric Soulutions

$350 $159

Instructors are former military Special Operations members or federal agents with combat experience; training site is 1800 acres

Video- and Arcade-Game Play for Two or Four People at Game Haven STL (50% Off)

Game Haven STL

Overland

$30 $15

Gamers battle on systems that range from Sega to Wii, and also play computer and arcade games, such as air hockey and pinball

$25 for a Pub Crawl Package with Beer in Maplewood on Saturday, October 25 (Up to $47 Value)

Living Well Village

The Wood Restaurant

$47 $25

A pub crawl starting at The Wood benefits The Living Well Foundation and its quest to promote healthy lifestyles; includes beer

$140 for $280 Worth of Services at Team Patterson Muscle, Fitness, & Nutrition

Team Patterson Muscle, Fitness, & Nutrition

Multiple Locations

$280 $140

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Canoe Rental and Camping from Riverfront Campground & Canoe (Up to 54% Off). Five Options Available.

Riverfront Campground & Canoe

Niangua River - Bennett Springs

$38 $19

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Climb into two-person canoes for a paddle down the Niangua River to take in Missouri Ozarks, then settle in for a night of camping

One-Month CrossFit or Sports Performance Package at CrossFit Lemont (Up to 60% Off)

CrossFit Lemont

Lemont

$250 $99

CrossFit workouts encompass weightlifting, cardio drills, and gymnastics; sports performance classes improve athletic abilities

$20 for Admission for 4 to Hay Rides, Corn Maze, and More at Aholt Farms Seasons of Fun (Up to $40 Value)

Aholt Farms Seasons of Fun

St. Charles County

$40 $20

Family-friendly fall activities including hay rides, a corn maze, and a corn cannon on a picturesque farm

Individual or Family Aquatic Membership for 2014 at Moberly Parks and Recreation (Up to 40% Off)

Moberly Parks and Recreation

Moberly

$100 $63

2014 aquatic membership grants members unlimited access to swimming pool and amenities

Wagon Ride Package for Four, Six, or Eight at Perryville Pumpkin Farm (Up to 33% Off)

Perryville Pumpkin Farm

Perryville

$16 $11

Families enjoy a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, plus activities like pumpkin bowling, mini golf, a corn toss, and corn maze

Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Cerberus (Up to 56% Off). Three Options Available.

CrossFit Cerberus

Grain Valley

$100 $49

An ever-changing array of functional movements and interval training exercises push students to their limit, improvimg strength and stamina

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to National Churchill Museum (53% Off)

National Churchill Museum

Fulton

$15 $7

History museum, located beneath a church imported from London and rebuilt here, tells the story of Winston Churchill and the world he knew

Visit to the Johnny Carson Birthplace for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off)

Johnny Carson Birthplace Society

Corning

$14 $7

Tour the recently restored childhood home of Johnny Carson, and watch video clips of his classic Tonight Show jokes

Fun-Park Attractions for 10 or 20 at Swing-a-Round Fun Town (Up to 41% Off). Two Options Available.

Swing-A-Round Fun Town

Fenton

$294 $199

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During this three-hour package, groups of 10 or 20 receive two hours of unlimited access to mini golf, bumper boats, and go-karts

Barge Ride for Two or Four, or Private Pontoon Tour for Up to 10 from Crystal City Underground (Up to 51% Off) 

Crystal City Underground

Crystal City

$50 $25

Cruise across an underground lake inside a climate-controlled facility that boasts approximately 200 acres of subterranean space

6 or 12 Women's Fitness Classes at Foxy Fit Studios (Up to 53% Off)

Foxy Fit Studios

Bridgeton

$55 $27

Skilled instructros lead classes ranging from pole-dancing and yoga to stiletto fitness to improve strength, endurance, and confidence

One or Two Months of Unlimited Krav Maga Classes with Gloves at Hockman's ATA Martial Arts (Up to 82% Off)

Hockman's ATA Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$250 $45

In a gym run by decorated martial-arts masters Jeff and Jade Hockman, clients enhance physical fitness and learn combat moves

Four Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Breathe Deep Naturals (45% Off)

Breathe Deep

Kearney

$89 $49

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$11 for $20 Groupon — All You Studio & Party Place

All You! Studio & Party Place

Troy

$20 $11

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute at Caravelle Theatre Through Saturday, October 4 (Up to 49% Off)

Liverpool Legends

Caravalle Theatre

$37.35 $19

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Grammy-nominated tribute group hand-picked by George Harrison's sister spans the Beatles's career, from Ed Sullivan to sitar solos

18 Holes of Golf with Cart for One or Two at Bolivar Golf Club (43% Off)

Bolivar Golf Club

Bolivar

$30 $17

Golfers traverse 9-hole, par 36 course twice for an 18-hole round

18 Holes of Golf and Cart Rental for Two or Four at Sullivan Country Club (Up to 55% Off)

Sullivan Country Club

Sullivan

$76 $35

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Par 71, 6,174-yard championship course surrounded by breathtaking scenery

Three-Day Pass to The Vintage Peddler for Two or Four on September 26–28 (Up to 53% Off)

The Vintage Peddler

High Ridge

$20 $10

Juried vendors display an eclectic mix of antiques, retro furnishings, vintage clothing, shabby-chic garden decor, and handmade goods

Paintball Outing for Two or Four with Admission, Gear, and 200 Paintballs at High Performance Paintball (Up to 59% Off)

High Performance Paintball

Harrisonville

$60 $29

Players battle across 10 acres, 3 fields, and a 3,000 square-foot fort with multiple rooms; includes gear and paintballs

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight at The Folly on September 23 at 7 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight

The Folly

$50.50 $29

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Members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys debut a new collaborative album on a tour full of harmonies and choreography

$25 for Urban Beer Scavenger Hunt for Team of Two from Wild Goose Chase on September 27 ($50 Value)

Wild Goose Chase

Market Pub House

$50 $25

Goose Island Beer Company sponsors a beer-drinking scavenger hunt, in which teams of two race through St. Louis in search of golden eggs

One-, Three-, or Six-Month Fitness Membership at Git Fit Headquarters (Up to 51% Off)

Git Fit Headquarters

Springfield

$54 $27

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Members make use of top-of-the-line cardio and exercise equipment during a calorie-burning, 30-minute circuit workout

Concealed Carry or Basic Pistol Class for One or Two at Tactical Simulation Solutions (Up to 54% Off)

Tactical Simulation Solutions

Independence

$125 $59

Police officers cover the state requirements for Kansas and Missouri, including classroom modules, a written test, and range qualifications

Beer and Arcade Games at Gunther's Games (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Gunther's Games

Downtown Columbia

$15.50 $7.50

Challenge friends to games of Pac-Man, Area 51, or AC/DC pinball while sipping brews from Boulevard Brewing Company or O'Fallon Brewery

$67 for 2 Personal Training Sessions and Nutritional Guidance at Xtreme Personal Training ($149 value)

Xtreme Personal Training

Downtown Lee's Summit

$149 $67

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

One or Two Months of Guitar Lessons at Guitar Pedal Shoppe LLC (55% Off)

Guitar Pedal Shoppe LLC

O'Fallon

$165 $75

Brick-and-mortar guitar shop that specializes in accessories also offers weekly lessons for students in all styles and genres

Visit for Two, Four, or Six People to the Glore Psychiatric Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Glore Psychiatric Museum

St. Joseph

$12 $7

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Psychiatric museum in "1,000 Things to Do Before You Die" explores old-fashioned mental-health treatments in surgical admitting building

Australian Pink Floyd at Family Arena on Saturday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Australian Pink Floyd

Family Arena

$32.75 $16

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Musicians from Down Under channel the entire Pink Floyd experience with laser shows, animations, and a giant floating kangaroo

Roller-Skating for Two or Four, or Five Roller-Skating Lessons at Great Skate Roller Rink (Up to 60% Off)

Great Skate Roller Rink

Saint Peters

$16 $8

Groups slip into rental skatesa and glide around rink while four 45-minute lessons help students learn basic roller-skating techniques

BYOB Painting Class for One or Two at The Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio (Up to 46% Off)

The Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio

Bonner Springs

$35 $19

Artist, world-traveler, and entrepreneur Suzanne Hern invites guests to her studio to sip on wine, get creative, and have fun

One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at No Excuses, Personal Training and Bootcamps (Up to 76% Off)

No Excuses, Personal Training and Bootcamps

Florissant

$125 $35

Burn fat and build muscle in these high-energy aerobic and boot-camp workouts

Six Group Beginner or Intermediate Simply Music Keyboard Lessons at A Joyful Noise Music Studio (Up to 73% Off)

A Joyful Noise Music Studio

College Skyline

$149 $40

Students learn and improve their keyboard prowess during hands-on lessons, and receive a DVD recording of each class

$20 for One Month of Unlimited Classes for Kids Aged 6–13 at S2 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ($75 Value)

S2 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Chesterfield

$75 $20

Brazilian jujitsu classes instill self-discipline and martial-arts skills in kids aged 6–13

10 Yoga Classes or 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes at D's Yoga Home in University City (Up to 62% Off)

D's Yoga Home

University City

$130 $49

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Certified yoga instructors promote holistic healing through yoga practice

One Week of Boxing and Kickboxing Classes for One with Loaner Hand Wraps & Gloves at Title Boxing Club (87% Off)

Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

$79 $10

Trainers teach how to land jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks using pads and heavy bags, helping students burn up to 1,000 calories per class

Two or Four Private, 30-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Janet Green Stables (Half Off)

Janet Green Stables

Liberty

$80 $39.99

46-stall stable helmed by 30-year veteran trainer Janet Green offers lessons for riders of all abilities

Baseball, Golf, and Mini Golf at Highway A Sports Complex (Up to 63% Off). Two Options Available.

Highway A Sports Complex

Wentzville

$41 $19

Two fully enclosed batting cages, driving range with 33 tees, meticulously groomed baseball diamond, and an 18-hole mini golf course

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Even as a 4-year-old growing up in Honolulu, Vee Osborne was drawn to Hawaiian shamanism and the Huna philosophy, which stresses the balance of the mind, body, and spirit through one?s actions. Her early passion for healing others led her down the path to becoming a hypnotherapist, reiki master, and ordained minister before she funneled her devotion to creating harmony and guiding others toward wellness into Plaza West Massage & Day Spa. Here, clouds of gentle music and the scent of essential oils greet her guests, who slip into robes and sip wine as they unwind. And Vee?s Hawaiian roots remain readily apparent, inspiring the spa?s potted palms, bamboo massages, pi?a-colada scrubs, and wall-sized pictures that bring Pacific beaches to Kansas.

Vee?s healing services go beyond relaxation, though. Her team of massage therapists kneads aching muscles with Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue modalities, deepening their knot-fighting effect with volcanic stones and essential oils. After a body wrap with Dead Sea salts or a glycolic peel, guests can visit the two-tiered sauna or extend their rejuvenation with an energy-balancing reiki session. The spa also delves into treatments that rely on electronic frequencies, such as a tri-phasic resonator, which fights cellulite, or quantum electro-ionization, which aims to diminish blemishes rather than cover them up with white-out. Before heading home, clients can pick up body and facial products from Vee?s eponymous line, such as Island Essence hair products, complete with tropical scents.

1505 Westport Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

Above all else, Bikram Yoga emphasizes personal growth and development?not competition and comparison. That means newcomers are welcome to attend alongside experienced practitioners. Although the sessions at Bikram Yoga St. Louis may seem like a more physical challenge at first, the goal is for students to recognize and strengthen the connection that exists between the mind, body, and spirit. This progress does bolster physical fitness, but also creates a restorative and relaxing experience.


####What is class like? Every 90-minute session consists of the exact same sequence of [two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas](http://yogastlouis.com/class-info/bikram-yoga-postures/). These physically demanding postures use deep bends and twists to work muscle groups and organ systems throughout the body, pushing oxygenated blood where it's needed most and building strength and stamina. If you're having trouble with any pose, that's no problem: the instructors can recommend slight modifications. For more advice, [visit the studio's website](http://yogastlouis.com/new-students/faq/).


####Why is the studio so hot? The instructors heat the practice space to sweat-inducing levels for each class, increasing circulation and aiding in the release of toxins. In addition to loosening tight muscles?which allows students to sink deeper into each stretch?this heat also has profound mental benefits. The extra challenge encourages attendees to focus on each posture's alignment and orientation while learning how to accept the heat, concentrate on breathing, and practice a calmer mental state. After class, separate changing rooms with showers are available for those looking to refresh themselves.
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6614 Clayton Road #188
Saint Louis,
MO
US

At any of the 15 Great Life Golf and Fitness locations, guests are encouraged to invent their own triathlon of gusto, switching from swimming in the pool to getting a total body workout to playing a round of golf. Great Life has facilities scattered throughout Kansas and Missouri, including golf courses such as the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks and the links at The Oaks, which were designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in the 1920s. Golfers looking for quick rounds can drop by the nine-hole courses at Maple Creek, Abilene, and CedarBrook. Gyms such as the 14,000-square-foot fitness center at Berkshire allow members or guests to pump iron or run on treadmills when they aren’t helping their golf balls safely reach the greens by paying golf carts to drink all of the water hazards dry. Although amenities vary at each club, all of Great Life Golf and Fitness’s venues boast a pro shop, and the courses at Berkshire and Prairie View maintain driving ranges where golfers can make golf balls practice flying without their parachutes.

5544 W State Highway 266
Springfield,
MO
US

Under the oppressive heat of the Missouri sun, rafts and their passengers float atop the languid current of Coyote Creek as it traces a 900-foot perimeter around Adventure Oasis Water Park's flooded playscape. The sprawling park offers a respite from the summer swelter with water activities and attractions for guests of all ages, highlighted by three towering slides, including the Sidewinder—a 308-foot raft slide—and the Scorpion, a tube slide that emulates passage through a cosmic wormhole or gigantic piece of penne pasta with a 197-foot plunge. The chutes bottom out in a placid pool, where guests can catch their breath or scale Cactus Climb, a climbing wall that hangs over the water. As grownups relax in a deck dotted with striped parasols, younger guests can run amok at Halfpint Paradise, a smaller playground stationed in a shallow pool.

A 25-yard lap pool with multiple lanes awaits more serious swimmers at Roadrunner Pass, which also boasts a diving board for those looking to perfect their swan-dive form or execute the world's first pool cannonball that actually explodes. In addition to free-range fun, Adventure Oasis's friendly waters host swim lessons and aquatic exercise programs.

2100 Hub Dr
Independence,
MO
US

When a school of music also contains a live-performance venue, it’s an indicator that the lessons stick. Such is the case with the Columbia Academy of Music, where private practice rooms sit just steps from The Bridge, a club accustomed to welcoming musical talent from down the street and around the country. A stage within range of instruction can inspire even the most stage-frightened students to step into the spotlight, where they’ll get the hands-on, feet-on stage experience that renders books worthless.

The academy’s tuneful staffers are no strangers to this kind of public performance—some instructors have shared the stage with the likes of Chuck Berry, Sting, and Hank Williams III—but many also are experts in what goes on behind the music. In lessons tailored for all ages, skill sets, and music-making manners, the school strengthens the confidence of budding musicians in once-a-week sessions. Instrument instruction infuses students with techniques across a range of musical genres; audio-production and engineering courses teach students how to make solid records and tolerate most singers’ misguided requests for more Steak-Umms in the monitor.

1020 E Walnut St
Columbia,
MO
US

When Ruthann Zentner began studying yoga, she soon realized that its focused breathing, emphasis on enhancing flexibility, and core-strengthening poses could help people of any age achieve mental and physical wellness. Throughout her yoga journey, she spent time working with Shakta Khalsa, a renowned children's yoga instructor, which inspired her to educate children through engaging stories and kid-friendly yoga classes as a certified yoga storyteller. Within the teal-green walls and dark wood floors of the studio, kids limber up while having fun during yoga-centered games, working off the stresses of filing lemonade-stand taxes. Adult students learn the basics in beginner-level yoga classes, or strengthen their cores and improve their balance in PiYo, which merges elements of Pilates and yoga into high-intensity routines. For her older students and those unable to do floor work, she partners poses with four-legged props in chair yoga.

Ruthann also trained under Sadie Nardini, an empowerment speaker, yoga and anatomy expert, and Healthy Hedonism lifestyle leader, and received training in Bootybarre, which combines strength, flexibility and cardio. At The Zen Zone she strives to share the latest trends and practices in yoga and Pilates with her students.

413 NW Murray Rd
Lees Summit,
MO
US