Swiss army knives are famed for the many vital tools hidden in the nooks and crannies of their surprisingly small exterior; Star Performance Complex takes a similar approach to educating kids in fitness. Their instructors offer swimming, gymnastics, tae kwon do, and dance lessons to tykes who enjoy competitive athleticism. They also provide day and night care that combines structured activity with open play in their fun gyms, which feature not only gymnastics equipment but inflatable play houses. Other teachers focus on team sports, training kids to work together in softball, soccer, and cheer. All of this – excepting the swim lessons – takes place in their single, colorful facility full of squeaky hardwood, soft mats, and all the equipment a kids needs to build a strong body.
Burnside Game Place entertains thrill seekers with a full-fledged casino, complimentary beverages, and affordable American eats. Gamers gunning to strike gold try their hand at the casino's video-bingo machines, which notoriously killed antiquated radio-bingo machines, while gulping free beer and soda in the casino area. After a hearty helping of gaming excitement, patrons refuel with favorites from Burnside's kitchen menu. Nosh on one of the savory appetizers, simultaneously juggling cheese balls or tossing onion rings onto waiting tongues. Chefs perfect the circular simplicity of the personal pan pizza and salute the classic pairing of bacon cheeseburgers and fries. Breaded shrimp and chicken-salad sandwiches round out the menu, leaving its edges smooth and unable to puncture low-flying blimps.
Brandon Golf Course incorporates the naturally curved path of the Big Sioux River along tree-lined fairways and tight, water-laden lies. Players must factor the river and three large lakes into their shot selections on 11 of 18 holes as they drive, chip, and golf-cart joust their way through the course.
Elevated by a ridge above the surrounding terrain, the clubhouse and its sprawling back patio offer sweeping glimpses of the course as it rolls out toward the horizon, a perfect spot to enjoy to pre-round breakfast, post-round drinks, or mid-round arguments about the earth’s flatness at the Fairway View Lounge.
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Rocky Run Golf Course takes its name from Rocky Run Creek, the intersecting waterway that enters play on 14 of 18 holes—and more than once on several of the tracks. Golfers become well acquainted with the creek's trickery by time they reach the signature 16th hole, but even then they may fall prey to its deceptive path. The creek intersects play four times on the long par 5—once just below the tee box, twice in the fairway, and once just before the elevated green—making the safest play to skip across a series of lily pads. Golf balls won't be free of the drink until finding the hole on the 18th, allowing golfers to enjoy their own drink at Norby's Bar and Grille and finally coming to grips with flashbacks triggered by running bathwater.
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Located in 19 cities nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines available for purchase. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can safely hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for crawling up, springing off, or sliding down. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam pits, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.