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.
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.
From bounce houses and jumpers to inflatable slides and moonwalks, Jumpin' Jax Bounce & Party Center's humming air blowers are a siren call to kids and adults for safe family fun. A mecca for parties and leisurely afternoons, the bouncy playplace lets kids roam free while under the supervision of both parents and employees, and parties are augmented with pizzas and a private room. The facility also hosts a summer-camp program with field trips to the zoo, forest, and museums, and emphasis is always placed on keeping kids active and afraid of cubicles.
The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.
Now that you've mastered the first half of being a pool hustler (hiding the fact that you're good at pool), you'll need to master the second and some would say more important half (actually being good at pool). Today's deal will get you there, and makes sure you won't get there hungry: for $10, you get $20 worth of American pub fare and drinks at Side Pockets in Lenexa. Today's Groupon also gets you free pool on any of Side Pockets' 25 tables from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. (typically $8 per hour per table), so you can practice your bridge shot with the quiet encouragement of comfort foods and quality beers whispering to your brain.
Underwater World's Padi–certified staff helps gill-less humans to develop their sea legs through hands-on scuba instruction. The 90-minute, in-pool Discover Scuba Diving class caters to beginners. Before divers slip under the water's surface, an instructor imparts aquatic fundamentals, such as how to breathe through a regulator and make proper fish faces. Underwater World provides all the necessary gear for skillful submerging, including goggles and air tanks. Those who find themselves under the spell of the sea after the session can continue taking classes with Underwater World, eventually removing their flipper training wheels and exploring bodies of water without a dive-master chaperone.