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.
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.
Children naturally believe that life is all about having fun. This requires the instructors at My Gym Children's Fitness Center to perform two seemingly incompatible tasks: helping kids lay a strong physical, emotional, and cognitive foundation and letting them laugh and play to their hearts' content. The staff welcomes the challenge. Grouping kids by age into nearly a dozen different classes, the instructors teach students aged 6 weeks through 13 years the importance and fun of socializing, exercising, and eating broccoli without using their taste buds.
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.
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.
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.