Things To Do In Papillion

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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.

1712 Charleston Dr.
Papillion,
NE
US

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.

8410 South 73Rd Avenue
Papillion,
NE
US

At the race emcee's cue, flashes of neon pink, lime green, and electric blue pour across the starting line. They may not be the hues of typical running apparel, which usually include black and grey so runners don't distract drivers, but this isn't a typical 5K. The Totally Rad 80s Run pays homage to the decade of the leg warmer by encouraging (though not requiring) runners to don '80s-inspired gear—workout or otherwise. The "raddest"-dressed participants win prizes, but everyone is welcome to beer and food available for purchase at the finish line. And since the 5K moves at a laid-back pace, you won't be too exhausted to enjoy it.

12356 Ballpark Way
Papillion,
NE
US

Fueled by team spirit and a passion for dance, CheerDanz formats dance programs for kids aged 3–11. Teachers instill students with a positive outlook and self-esteem. Classes also focus on fitness, helping young dancers develop healthy habits at an early age. Parents can opt to work out on fitness equipment as their kids take classes.

845 Tara Plaza
Papillion,
NE
US

After cartwheeling through a decorated cheerleading career in high school and college, and time spent as a coach, Aleisha Lutzen decided to offer up her expertise to the next generation. To that end, she opened Exceptional Athletics Nebraska in 2011. By equipping her gym with mats and partial spring floors, she readied it for serious cheerleading practice, stunting, tumbling, and mid-workout naps. Classes, coached by Aleisha—who is a certified National Cheer Judge—and her staff of trained instructors, range from purely recreational cheer to competitive team cheer and advanced tumbling. And while their tots tumble, parents can chart their progress from a viewing room that provides unobstructed sightlines of each back-handspring.

1258 Royal Drive
Papillion,
NE
US

Rugged Strong Athletics' owner Corey Gill espouses a simple philosophy of exercise: general physical preparedness. He believes that the human body should be able to climb, run, jump, and lift to meet any challenge the world throws at it, for instance a job interview with an obstacle-course portion. Gill's bare bones gym—a simple collection of essential equipment—matches this straightforward goal. Therein, he provides personal coaching for every student, helping them change their lives as he once changed his own, shedding 40 pounds and overcoming four strokes through dedication to fitness.

1256 Royal Drive
Papillion,
NE
US