Since 1925, the Dundee Theatre’s gold curtains have been parting for generations of rapt audiences. Originally a vaudeville theater, the venue was transformed into a movie house during the Great Depression as a cost-cutting measure. For the next half century it traded hands, sometimes screening art films, sometimes featuring family fare, and once showing a 118-week run of The Sound of Music, which was eventually halted by a town statute banning raindrops on roses.
In 1980, current owner Denny Moran stepped in and renovated the theater to recapture some of the splendor of its early days. The old vaudevillian stage and dressing rooms still lurk behind the silver screen, counterbalanced by a state-of-the-art Dolby Digital EX sound system and Cyrano de Bergerac smell system. Under Moran's watch, the Dundee Theatre now screens an eclectic mix of art and independent films, cinema classics, and cult favorites.
Controlling your hands when putting a golf ball can be a challenge in and of itself. Try to sink a testy putt after scaling a 24-foot wall, and that challenge takes it to another level. Boulder Creek Amusement Park offers the opportunity to try each. The outdoor fun center boasts an 18-hole mini golf course lined by waterfalls, streams, and greenery. On the same grounds, guests grasp holds as they ascend the climbing wall. For additional tests of hand-eye coordination, an 8-stall batting cage challenges batters with both baseball and slow- and fast-pitch softball deliveries.
The crew at Miracle Hills Ranch and Stables includes passionate horse lovers and more than a dozen four-legged friends. Graceful steeds don saddles as students greet them for lessons and trail rides through Miracle Hills Ranch and Stables’ wooded trails. Miracle Hills also consists of an indoor riding arena, a viewing room, and 29 heated indoor stables, which house horses for boarding while also welcoming other critters such as resident dog, Buddy. The ranch also hosts birthday parties and camps for riders of all skill levels.
Flight! Nebraska's well-groomed fleet of Piper aircrafts can accommodate one licensed pilot, one aspiring altitude seeker, and two wide-eyed guests. During a 30-minute scenic flight tour, one of Flight! Nebraska's experienced instructors will regale passengers with aviation lore as he or she guides the plane through the wild blue yonder like a noble bald eagle or a very lost tiger shark. The discovery flight allows adventurous aviatrixes who receive 30 minutes of on-the-ground instruction to taste the excitement of self-guided volitation when they take the wheel, masterfully gliding the sky buggy through the air, leaving their guests white-knuckled but duly impressed.
At the extensively remodeled Nebraska Elite Sports and Fitness facility, exercisers work toward their health goals across more than 100,000 square feet of fitness equipment and tennis, squash, volleyball, and basketball courts. Patrons swim in a naturally lit, 75-foot indoor pool, and listen to music or watch one of the large flat-screen TVs as they increase their heart rates in the cardio area. After a personal-training session or group exercise class such as Vinyasa yoga, Spinning, or Zumba, guests relax or mingle with vacationing rubber duckies in the jacuzzi.
The center also offers a number of opportunities for burgeoning athletes, including Youth 2 Elite, a performance-enhancement program directed by Andrew Wehrli. The experienced volleyball coach is certified in strength and conditioning by multiple national organizations and is currently pursuing a doctorate in sports psychology.
Two-year-olds in HappyFeet soccer training sing “Roll, roll, roll your ball” to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” The program’s graduates, though, often go on to more sophisticated activities—such as collegiate and professional soccer careers and jobs kicking computers that won’t work right. Founded by Andy Barney, the HappyFeet franchise encompasses two programs: one for tots aged 2–6 and Legends soccer for older youths. HappyFeet’s coaches focus on childhood development while hosting onsite classes at preschools. Their curriculum fuses soccer drills with kid-friendly characters such as Gus the Gorilla. Meanwhile, the Legends program takes a more grownup approach, emphasizing the arts of dribbling, scoring, and evading opposing players with deft footwork.