Merging golf clubs, gyms, and pools for their exclusive members, GreatLife Golf & Fitness’s collective includes 13 diverse golf courses throughout Kansas and Missouri, from the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks in Grandview, Missouri, to the 1920-built The Oaks in Leavenworth. Golfers fearing course commitment can opt to play one 18-hole game on any of the well-manicured courses, all a prime lot for testing out swings or attempting a more avant-garde drop-kick method. Covering greens fees for four and two carts (up to $32/person) for one day, quartets can cruise around their chosen orb obstacle anytime during the weekday, while weekend play is limited to after 11 a.m.
Large windows admit cascades of light, which spill across RSVPaint’s exposed-brick walls and straw-colored hardwood floors. The whisper of brushes against canvases often fills the studio, which hosts a schedule of painting classes led by instructors with experience as professional artists and degrees in fine art. Pupils tote along bottles of beer or wine to most sessions, and RSVPaint provides glasses, bottle openers, corkscrews, and a miniature wine fridge. Glasses jingle together to punctuate proud sighs, elicited by freshly painted masterpieces or accurate guesses as to what one will look like as a fruit bowl in a future life. Clutching new paintings, guests hang supplied aprons back up and begin considering where to display their creations.
At Icon Nightclub, droves of partygoers dance to pumping tunes on one of the city's most expansive dance floors. Revelers can energize themselves for late-night shimmying with drinks or sharpen multi-tasking skills by simultaneously dancing the funky chicken and the Harlem shake. Premium sips help foster an air of refinement, and imported beers help drinkers cultivate a sense of worldliness through hoppy osmosis. On Thursday and Saturday nights, Cadence lights up the club stage with rhythmic jams that earned the group a top 10 spot on America's Got Talent and vehement shushes from the nation's librarians.
Missouri State's men's and women's basketball teams—the Bears and the Lady Bears—heat up home courts during hoop-sizzling matches against conference competition. As the reigning Missouri Valley Conference champions, the Bears are led by new coach Paul Lusk as they battle the Illinois State Redbirds, a team that has appeared in 11 National Invitation Tournaments and every Where's Waldo? book. The preseason-favorite Lady Bears, tackle the Creighton Bluejays with a series of pristine passes, seamless plays, and backboard-rattling layups sure to awaken the downstairs neighbors.
Grilling masters at The Blue Bull Bar & Grill fire up a flame-kissed menu of burgers and sandwiches. Hand-pattied burgers such as the signature Blue Bull burger, a 2/3-pound beef patty stuffed with crisp bacon and blue cheese ($8.99) and the Ozark Mountain barbecue burger, a 1/3-pound beef patty crested with bourbon barbecue sauce, caramelized onion, smoked bacon, and melted cheddar ($6.99), overwhelm ordinary hands with flavors so big diners need giant foam fingers to hold them. Hand-breaded classics including the pork tenderloin sandwich ($7.99) and the chicken tender platter ($6.99) add quantifiable crunch to meals, perfect for pairing with a Boulevard draft beer or 1 of 14 specialty martinis such as the Expressotini or Bubblegum.
Sixteen glossy lanes outfitted with hydraulic bumpers and automatic scoring machines await pin crushers of all stripes at Lighthouse Lanes, a Christian-owned bowling center that racks up spares and strikes for wholesome entertainment. Grab a pair of fashionable tri-tone kicks (a $2 value) and bowl to the pulsating rhythms of music under the stars during cosmic bowling hours, held every night of the week and throughout the day on weekends (up to a $4 value/game). A gentle learning curve for beginners and an exciting environment free of smoke and alcohol makes bowling at Lighthouse Lanes the most family-friendly sport not named Finnish wife-carrying. Bowlers tired of basting turkeys on the lanes can socialize with their pin-pummeling peers in several party and meeting rooms, check out the custom ball work in the pro shop, or challenge each other to billiard grudge matches in the arcade.