Both The Cheerful Tortoise menu and The Cheerful Bullpen menu brim with classic bar fare, which is served in sports-centric, wood-paneled eateries owned by the same athletics-loving mastermind. Prices vary between locations, but the menus both teem with sandwiches, pizza, appetizers, and more than 15 flavors of wings. Stomachs sick of waiting in line for the pool tables or karaoke can feast on spinach and artichoke dip ($6.49–$6.99), or dive right into the spicy ancho-chipotle burger ($7.49–$7.99). Amber beer-battered fish and chips inspire diners at both restaurants to affect a cockney accent ($9.49 small; $10.99 large). A plethora of pizzas, such as the spicy thai chicken pizza ($8.29–8.99), dot the bars' gastronomic landscapes, along with breakfast items that, like dance battles at high schools, are served all day long. Customers can also sit on the spacious patio and sip suds from a rotating roster of draft beers including brews from New Belgium, 21st Amendment, and Deschutes.
Sahoma Lanes beckons alley cats to challenge friends and relatives to a few hours of fun and fellowship with open bowling seven days a week. The facility's attentive, professional pinheads corral wayward quartets to see they’re shod in the proper footwear before sending them onto the hardwood to match wits on one of 24 lanes. Unlike other competitive sports, such as dogsled racing and rap battling, bowling has zero barriers to entry and a shallow learning curve. Families can fuel up before, after, or betwixt their twin sessions of rolling the rock with piping-hot pizza washed down with a round of sodas and sibling trash talk.
The Randy Heckenkemper–designed layout of South Lakes Golf Course winds its way through seven lakes, resulting in a watery, 6,413-yard wonderland worthy of exploration. The course’s sinuous fairways slink around the lakes at many points, forcing players to aim carefully for the dry bermuda grass. Large bentgrass greens crown each hole, offering a welcome reward for golfers who manage to keep their balls dry or those who require a running start in order to give themselves a jumping high-five. And when the round is done, players can always head back to the clubhouse area to utilize the 13,000-square-foot practice putting green or all-grass driving range.
Course at a Glance:
The dual-purpose Center Stage & CheerAction facility combines an 1,800-square-foot harlequin-floor dance space with a 1,500-square-foot cheer suite to earn kids their tumbling and dance wings. Summer camps offer competition-grade gymnastics flooring for postschool entertainment such as the mini-tumblers camp, which harnesses youthful exuberance into a productive yield of handstands, cartwheels, backbends, and controlled levitation. Four-day camps feature prancing princesses, superhero hip-hop, musical theater, and a Harry Potter–themed string of activities and students of the stage can act, dance, and tumble their way through the three-day camp, which combines acrobatics with fewer wind-chapped activities such as water games, crafts, and snacks. The cheer camp gives chanters a venue for their newly acquired stunt and jump skills, offering performance time at a Tulsa Drillers Game and includes two complimentary tickets to the game.
Select Cinemas, the proprietors of RiverWalk Movies, believe that suburban moviegoers shouldn't have to go out of their way to catch Hollywood's latest offerings. They also believe that movie theaters can boost neighboring businesses, which is why everybody wins when they integrate themselves into communities. But movies matter most, and RiverWalk Movies has an edge on urban multiplexes. All eight of their screens are wall-to-wall. All auditoriums feature stadium, rocking-chair-style seating, which prevents neck craning when sitting behind Bigfoot, and digital surround sound fit for humans with 10 ears. RiverWalk also prides itself on its concessions, especially the popcorn, and offers free shows to satiate kids during summer vacations.
Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance—including tap, jazz, and hip-hop—and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two—Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith—have gone on to become Miss America.