In a twist of irony, Big Splash Water Park was nearly destroyed in a flood. That was in 1984, the first year the park was open. But the owners didn't want a watery grave to be the new park's fate. So they rebuilt it, and in the more than 30 years since, it has grown to far exceed the original in both size and scope.
Originally equipped with just a kiddie pool, the park now sprawls in every direction with colorful flumes, umbrella-shaded walkways, and a bevy of thrilling rides. For example, the famous Master Blaster tube-coaster shoots raft-riders through a course of gravity-defying twists and turns, and the towering Silver Bullet slide sends guests down a breathtaking 72-foot plummet. And after all the excitement, the Lazy River invites visitors to take it easy with a relaxing float free of kings hollering, "Get out of my moat!"
Seizing an opening, a boy manning a motorized boat slams into the boat in front of him. Before the other driver has time to retaliate, he turns the wheel 90 degrees and high-tails it to the other side of the bumper-boat pool. Safe, for the moment. Nearby, similarly minded motorists intent on reckless cruising race laps around a go-kart track, bounding off the track’s walls and off fellow drivers trying to practice their parallel-parking skills. High-pitched screams in the distance indicate that the Tiger Terror rollercoaster has begun its decent, and the swift crack of a baseball bat indicates the batting cage has met its match.
As the sun sets on another day at Route 66 Carousel Park, park-goers take in the twinkling lights of a towering ferris wheel and the smells of sweet and savory park confections wafting through the summer air. Whether at the park on a whim or celebrating a birthday, corporate event, or puppy’s first words, guests can keep the revelry going late into the evening.
My Little Dollhouse’s team of playtime experts creates a pastel-hued paradise for kids. A hand-painted stage is the focal point of the playroom and provides a spot for kids to model princess costumes as music plays and a disco ball glints and shimmers. Little ones can also play in and out of playhouses or receive manicures at the nail-painting station.
In addition to open playtime, My Little Dollhouses also hosts themed birthday parties during which guests have access to the center’s cache of costumes and accessories in a private party room and can put on a fashion show or dance. Staff members take all the guesswork out of setting up and cleaning up, and they furnish partygoers with baked treats, balloons, and party favors.
Everyone should have a way to express themselves. That?s why the instructors at Tulsa Art Center are passionate about guiding visitors through a wide variety of art classes, ranging from watercolor to clay sculptures. The instructors firmly believe that artistic talent can be learned or easily purchased from a palm reader, and classes for all ages and skill levels welcome both burgeoning artists and established experts. Students can learn to illustrate comic books and build a foundation in storytelling during book-illustration classes, or pick up a pencil at the learn-to-draw class.
An indoor sports facility exclusively for young athletes, Perfect Practice Athletic Center has created a fun, engaging, and safe environment for kids to get exercise and practice their sports skills. Within the 35,000-square-foot space, kids ages 6-15 can dribble basketballs, thwack a softball, and serve volleyballs and tennis balls. A bevy of high-tech equipment includes pitching machines, video pitching, and even a Dr. Dish basketball machine, which once came in second place in a dunking contest behind Dr. J.
U.S. Shooting Academy accommodates weaponry of all calibers and ranges with its 90-acre shooting facility. A squad of passionate instructors helms the academy's training center, which hosts a schedule of classes such as close-quarter handgun skills, advanced hostage-rescue operations, and armed response tactics for a variety of fragile environments such as aircraft or bouncy castles. Members of the academy's training group attend multiple small modules on tactics and technique to help them master their chosen gun. U.S. Shooting Academy's onsite gunsmiths are on hand to customize firearms to fit shooters' personalities, preferences, and extra trigger fingers. With more than 30 pistol ranges, 100-meter carbine ranges, and 300-meter rifle ranges, U.S. Shooting Academy also hosts a wide variety of marksmen competitions. Club members take aim with machine guns and pistols to test their pinpoint accuracy on targets featuring generic assailants or the gun's long-time rival, a knife.