For the past eight years, The Shadow’s Edge has been shocking its visitors with high-quality chills, jolts, and disembodied shrieks while providing a seasonal home for the area’s orphaned undead and roaming reanimated. The 2010 season includes new rooms and an updated, 8,000-square-foot floor plan, so ghost-hunters who memorized last year’s layout in an effort to scare the house’s inhabitants will be as in-the-dark as first-time guests. As you traverse the halls of the cursed abode, expect evil clowns, brain-hungry zombies, and skeletons, bitter after losing their skin in a mishap with pop rocks and an industrial vat of liquid nitrogen. All of The Shadow’s Edge creatures were created with professional special effects, so nearly all of your senses will be bombarded by the house’s fully-realized harbingers of total-body horror.
Though its name implies a focus on inflatable attractions, the all-ages indoor playground at Pump It Up of Omaha also gets kids active on an 18-foot rock-climbing wall and building with huge imagination blocks. These attractions stand among a sea of air-filled slides and climbing structures, some designed by members of the management team. The bounce castles propel jumpers into the air; and the Chaos obstacle course lets racers run side-by-side or practice shaking hands while walking. The playground also holds special programs such as day camps for young and medium-young children, private birthday parties, and field trips. Many of Pump It Up's staffers are university students working toward education degrees; they often organize contests and games, and supervise visitors while playing on the same level as their smaller guests.
A licensed and insured company, Fun Services has equipped events with entertainment and eats for more than 30 years. Within Fun Services' inventory, concession stands with Fun Services?supplied catering await to dot midways alongside carnival sports games such as a basketball toss and high-speed pitching. A Lil Bubba train showcases its ability to escort visitors from parking areas or transport tots in ovular trips around fairgrounds, and mechanical bulls compete to fling riders higher into afternoon skies. Additionally, a menagerie of bounce houses and a 22-foot rock-climbing wall stand ready to test gravitational pulls
The Omaha Health Expo encourages visitors to lead an active lifestyle?not just in the future but during the expo itself. It hosts a 5K run, multiple bike rides, and a biathlon, which combines biking and running into a single challenging event. In addition to trying your hand at the races or cheering on participants, you can also visit the weekend expo's eclectic group of exhibitors and speakers, who range from NFL players to psychics who can help guests predict the color of their next pair of running shoes.
Otte Golf and Family Fun Center is a perennial fixture in Golf Range Magazine’s list of the country’s Top 100 Golf Ranges. Its 300-yard driving range houses more than 50 stalls—guests can choose between grass and mat hitting surfaces—set under high-powered lights that keep the target greens illuminated at night. The range provides a venue for independent practice or preparation for rounds on the center's 18-hole executive course, a circuit of par-threes and fours that takes a convenient 2.5 hours to complete, which gives golfers more time to trick out the vintage golf carts in their garages.
A lighthouse stands sentry over the 18-hole miniature golf course, where guests advance through flowerbeds, willow trees, and tidy rows of shrubs and hedges. Those interested in striking balls that aren't placed on tees or the noses of their best friends can visit one of nine batting cages, where pitching machines dispense a steady stream of baseballs and softballs at various speeds.
Automatic scoring systems keep tabs on every strike and spare inside Mockingbird Lanes, where balls tumble toward 32 clusters of pins. Along with rounds of open bowling, the alley hosts seasonal leagues for men, women, youngsters, and senior citizens alike. During cosmic bowling every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, the lanes glow with black lights and club-style lighting while DJs play upbeat tunes.
Beyond the bowling alley, Mockingbird Lanes houses its own pro shop, where technicians fastidiously repair malfunctioning gear or customized new equipment. After final frames, visitors can reenergize inside Laneslide Diner, whose cooks specialize in American classics such as philly cheesesteaks. Over in the Bird's Nest Lounge, meanwhile, bartenders decant libations amid six big-screen TVs, a billiards table, and an internet jukebox that plays hit songs in between recordings of dial-up modems.