When the Bluejays take the court, you can expect to see a sea of bright blue shirts at the Sam & Louie's at the corner of 24th and Cuming in Omaha. The location has been one of Creighton University's homes away from home since it opened in 1994, but its welcoming atmosphere is found at each of the eatery's 24 locations. There, friends and families bond over great conversation and an eclectic mix of casual cuisine from a menu inspired by traditional New York–style pizzerias. Eighteen specialty pizzas are hand tossed into thin-crust pies before being decorated with more than 35 toppings such as creamy alfredo sauce, sliced Italian meatballs, and canadian bacon. In deference to those with special dietary needs, almost all of these specialty pizzas are available in gluten-free pizzas.
In addition to pizzas, cooks also craft their daily-made dough into calzones and strombolis, which ooze with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. The menu culminates in five third-pound Black Angus burgers, Italian hoagies, and eight types of pastas. In addition to hosting guests inside their welcoming pizzerias for both lunch and dinner, the cooks at Sam and Louie's also take their food on the road, offering catering services for events both large and not-so-large.
The 18 wide fairways at Papio Greens Golf Center stretch toward smooth, par 3 greens designed to be manageable and challenging for both beginner and advanced players. Groundskeepers and staff have styled the complex as a place where families can take to the links together. Young golfers can be found preparing for their upcoming junior-league tournaments on the facility's water driving range, and adult players await their tee time by rehearsing bunker chips on the nearby practice green. Certified teaching pro Mike DeBoer teaches onsite clinics and private lessons that help beginners sharpen their swings and cut down on balls lost to the water hazards and intergalactic wormhole framing the course. Night or day, players can practice their putting beneath the lights that illuminate 36 holes of miniature golf.
Champion Sport Karate embraces the five character-boosting tenets of tae kwon do?courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit?to effectively imbue their students with martial-arts know-how. Guests absorb combative techniques in the 10,000-square-foot facility during kickboxing, tae kwon do, sport karate, and afterschool programs. Youngsters aged 3?7 can spar safely at Little Dragons and Kicking Tigers classes, which sharpen motor skills as well as discipline, confidence, and the ability to cut their own sandwiches in half with a hand chop. All sessions weave fitness elements into their routines, coordinating jabs and jumps that tone muscle while fending off surplus calories.
Founded in 2008 by two board-certified physicians, the team of medical professionals at Milan Laser Aesthetics beautifies bodies with the help of the same advanced cosmetic laser technology featured on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Nightline. In addition to hair-removal services powered by Candela lasers, the team also tackles other beautification projects. Their ReFirme laser skin tightening is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment using elos technology to erase signs of aging, such as crows? feet, under eye sagging, and smile lines. They also contour curves with the help of their Zerona device's cold laser system, which releases fat from fat cells without injuring surrounding tissue. The spa also offers Botox, Juvederm, and laser vein removal treatments.
Licensed massage therapist Trisha Clark opened Life Happenings Massage Therapy because she was unsatisfied with the revolving door feeling of larger massage practices. Her nearly two decades of experience has taught her that massages should be one-on-one, with the therapist devoting his or her full attention to each client and taking time to customize Swedish, deep tissue, and other modalities to suit their unique needs. Her one-room studio exemplifies this philosophy with a single massage table and a streamlined set-up designed expressly to focus on a single client. As a result, Trisha never gets distracted by long lines of clients or stressed dads who need help unknotting holiday lights.
Go-karts hug the twists and turns of a 1/4-mile track. Six batting cages hurl baseballs and softballs at speeds between 50 mph and 80 mph. An 18-hole miniature golf course coaxes putted balls down greens ranging from 75- to 185-feet in length. Elsewhere, water balloons fired from a launcher soak opponents stationed at battle zones. For 20 years, Papio Fun Park has enraptured families with abundant outdoor and indoor activities and games.
The indoor facility hosts trampoline-hopping players at Spaceball or Jumpshot, while an arcade brims with quarter-operated air hockey, pool tables, and laundry machines disguised as video games.