The trusty team of Quarter Horses at Broken Bow Ranch escorts visitors over the sprawling pastures and winding trails that grace the 1,400-acre working cattle ranch. Their owner, Gay Leigh Bingham, draws upon 25 years of experience when teaching new riders the subtleties of proper horsemanship. During private and group riding lessons, she aims to teach riders the proper way to confidently command a horse so they can ride comfortably on trails or help equine companions practice self-control when trotting through apple orchards.
Dad’s Broadway Skateland's rink entertains feet bored of walking with some blissful smooth sailing. After lacing up their wheely-boots (a $1 value/pair), skaters can grab hold of the beat and roll contentedly through the hours, performing elaborate figure-11s or skating against the flow in order to change the past. Owner Randy "Dad" Dryk powers gilde parties with music spanning disco to Christian rock, with bass-heavier hip-hop and R & B on Friday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., parents skate free with their children to a Dad-curated selection of family-friendly grooves.
At Dream Horse Academy, riders of all skill levels study the techniques of Western-style riding with veteran trainers and friendly, hoofed creatures. Head trainer Jenna Wurtele has been riding horses since the age of 5 and spent much of her childhood involved in junior rodeos and various horse associations, such as the National Reining Horse Association. She draws from her experiences working for first-class reining barns and judging open equine shows to build strong bonds between horses and their riders. With an enormous covered arena, Dream Horse Academy’s handlers can practice their craft in any weather. Horse-owners can also enroll their four-legged friends into training programs that prepare equines for upcoming shows and spelling bees.
Core Pilates owner Phyllis E. Parker uses her degree in exercise science and traditional Pilates machines to customize each private equipment session to each student's specific skill level. The one-on-one sessions expose neophyte Pilates pupils the limb-lengthening, core-tightening benefits, and more experienced students can benefit from the precision instruction of the experienced personal trainers Following the stretching session, balanced bodies are sent on their way to boldly walk the line between careers and reality TV tryouts.
At The Gentle Zoo, youngsters feed pigs, pat ducklings, and interact with the other fuzzy residents. Elsewhere on the zoo’s 10 acres, guests can leap about on the bounce house, blast corn from the corn cannon, navigate the maze, or enjoy a leisurely ride on the tractor train. Such attractions enthrall kids at onsite birthday parties, while the mobile petting zoo’s 12–15 staff-supervised animals offer nuzzles and create memories in children's minds. The creatures also hit the road for the animal-encounters program, which combines hands-on animal contact with educational 45-minute presentations. The Gentle Zoo donates its proceeds from the program to its Creature Connection, Inc. nonprofit, which rehabilitates rescue animals before they participate in outreach programs for foster children and at-risk youth.
With paintball gear on, 10,000 sq. ft. can seem like a vast jungle. Specifically, one where the animals have figured out how to operate paintball markers. The outdoor paintball arena at Celebration Station hosts friendly competitions between players of all skill level, who fire salvos from behind obstacles. That competitive zone only makes up a small portion of the fun, however. Outside alone, visitors find a towering rock-climbing wall, batting cages, and a go-kart track that twists and turns across a quarter mile. Bumper boats collide nearby, while waterfalls cascade down the landscapes of an 18-hole mini-golf course.
Arcade tokens take over indoors, where 100 games present visitors with a challenging dilemma: should they master every one of the racing simulators, or take a break for a game of laser tag? Luckily, they can ponder their choices over a meat lovers pizza at the onsite restaurant.