Sadlers Indoor Racing draws its inspiration from the go-kart tracks of Europe. What does that mean? In one word: Geschwindigkeit. At Sadlers, imported German go-karts zoom around at up to 45 mph, or twice the speed of happiness. The 86,000-square-foot facility contains three tire-lined tracks: an oval track ripe for speed and passing; a road race track that simulates European-style street racing; and a grand prix track that combines elements of the two.
To ensure accurate race results, an electronic tracking system determines every winner, runner-up, and close third, though human spectators may prefer to watch from the special-event hall known as The Octane Room, which overlooks the course. Other visitors can trade checkered flags for the checkered floor of the 10,000-square-foot game room, where billiards tables provide relief from braking and banking in favor of breaking and banking.
Darin Parker's pipes have led him to performances at Carnegie Hall and a Grammy Award as a member of the Kansas City Chorale, but he doesn't rest on his soaring voice alone. He also helps aspiring musicians and established pianos alike find the right pitch with private voice and piano lessons and careful tuning, respectively. Every year, Parker aims to turn his talents to an even higher cause: an avid outdoorsman, Parker has used musical events to raise awareness for the long-distance bike rides and canoe trips he's undertaken to earn funds for the Alzheimer's Association.
Fully loaded with two foam pits, a 45-foot Tumble Trak, a 72"x42" spring floor, and a separate preschool and viewing area, Kansas Gymnastics and Cheer has spurred athleticism and fun for youngsters in its expansive 14,000-square-foot facility for 25 years. Its instructors preside over small classes for children, working to instill confidence in the students by creating skill-specific obstacle courses designed to ensure success for every child.
A swarm of sock-footed kids climb up inflatable steps to reach the top of a rainbow-colored slide, sliding down in an orderly fashion before bouncing off and running back for another go. At Jumping Jax, children can safely expend energy with abandon, playing in air-filled structures that cushion them when they fall or work together to stage a production of the Icarus myth. The play arena sports a multitude of attractions including a bounce house with a Twister-board floor and two low-hanging ziplines.
Founded by the mother of four bounce-happy bairns, Leaping Lizards rockets socked striplings high above an inflatable party village of kid-friendly bounce-pads. Spring-ready squires can gallantly back flip behind miniature princesses before gracefully crowning them in a castle colonized by an assembly of Disney nobility. Meanwhile, an afternoon spent bounding across Batman's fortress will inspire heroic offspring to unleash excess energy before clumsily storming a skull-and-crossbone-emblazoned pirate ship. Toddlers under the age of two are unable to bounce with bigger brothers and sisters, so Leaping Lizards has a special area set aside to keep tiny tots preoccupied.
Bocce Basement brings competitive lawn bowling indoors with a comfortably outfitted gaming arena. The space sports six full-size bocce-ball courts, allowing patrons to jockey for pallino-hugging position without fear of environmental interruptions or ball-snatching bald eagles. Teams of up to eight sphere-slingers compare lobbing tactics in a battle for command of the court, adjourning only to whet whistles with enlivening libations from the fully-stocked bar.