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.
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.
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.
Fully loaded with Olympic-quality beams, bars, vaulting tables, a foam pit, and a 45-foot Tumble Trak, Kansas Gymnastics and Cheer spurs athleticism and fun for youngsters in its expansive 14,000-square-foot facility. With at least four years of experience at the gym, its instructors preside over small gymnastics classes for preschoolers and early-elementary kids and cheerleading classes for kids aged 5 and older. The recreational sessions teach children how to balance atop beams or roll across the floor with the grace of Russian tumbleweeds, and competitive cheerleading and gymnastics teams instill participants with the sportsmanship and drive to compete both locally and nationally.