This duo of history-rich houses showcase antebellum architectural styles, while providing insight into the mores of the era. With four tour tickets total, the historically inclined can visit each house twice or bring a friend along for each visit, while family memberships net unlimited entries for the nuclear unit, along with advance invites to special society-only events. A Greek revival-style home from 1858, the John Wornall House beckons history lovers in to watch costumed reenactors living in the past, where they play period-specific video games while drinking period-specific Mountain Dew. Regular special events at the house include paranormal investigations by local ghost hunters and recreations of the house’s past as a Civil War hospital. Dogs can sprint across the lush grounds while their two-legged companions waft in luscious scents from the herb garden, which contains a variety of delicate plants used in medicines and recipes.
The tennis instructors at Elite Squad Tennis Club teach players of all skill levels the ins and outs of serves and volleys during their adult classes. School unaccustomed hands in the art of racquet grasping with ESTC fast-track tennis, a three-week course designed for new tennis players, or attend match-play development clinics to learn the tactics of point play with game variations, drills, and opponent distraction strategies.
Established in 2001, the Kansas International Film Festival takes as its creed a quote from alt-director Stan Brakhage: “It’s OK to think while watching movies.” With this simple philosophy in mind, the organizers arrange each year’s hugely diverse lineup, which encompasses everything from comedies and dramas to high-minded documentaries and passion projects from famous artists. The festival also confers jury- and audience-selected awards, rewarding films in categories including Best Social Justice Documentary, Best Feature Narrative Film, and Best Use of Fruit as a Metaphor.
Reef KC’s certified and highly trained staff guides aspiring scuba divers with classes designed by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. PADI Master Scuba Diver trainer Braden Beller, PADI Dive Master James Lowery, and PADI IDC staff instructors Steve Volkmer and Joshua Williamson help students perfect amphibian impersonations with a variety of courses. The courses accommodate divers of all skill levels, beginning with Discover Scuba classes, which introduce swimmers to underwater breathing during local pool dives. In addition, Reef KC students can work toward open-water certification so they can effortlessly shower for hours, retrieve all the coins from the bottom of every fountain, and defuse nuclear bombs perched perilously above an abyssal alien city.
Sprawled across Black Bob Park’s 80 acres, Blackbob Batting Cages and Miniature Golf enlivens friendly competition with classic outdoor pastimes. In the batting cages, sluggers-in-training swing at pitches thrown at 35–70 miles per hour, while pintsize to professional putters head to the 18-hole mini-golf course to take on its Lilliputian fairways and holes that act as portals to hobbit kingdoms. Black Bob Park also sports a playground, picnic areas, a public swimming pool, and a lighted basketball court.
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