Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Performance Designs
Pro Tip: Being dependent on the weather sometimes we have to be flexible with the schedule.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Solo Static-Line Jump (IAD)
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Q&A with Nick, Dropzone Owner And Skydiving Instructor
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
There is a four hour ground school training session followed by the solo jump on the same day. The training is a mix of in classroom power point and hands on learning. In the training, we explain everything the jumpers need to know in order to do a solo skydive. For the hands on learning, we have a training harness for jumpers to practice on. We basically go through the whole skydive on the ground before the actual jump.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
There is the excitement and thrill of skydiving. It's also a very interesting group of friends.
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
There is a restaurant on premise open on Saturdays.
First time jumpers and others observers that come out to watch always enjoy watching our regular jumpers float down. It's very pretty to see canopies in the air floating to the ground.
Less than half the people who enter Springfield Escape Room make it out alive—or at least with their wits intact. Both escape-room scenarios have a completion rate of less than 50%, perhaps because the 60-minute time limit tests every wrinkle of the players' brains. Teams must make observations, ignore red herrings, and communicate effectively in order to solve the puzzles and arrive at the solution. At Springfield Escape Room, guests can choose from one of two thrilling scenarios, each of which comes with its own set of challenges:
Missing Musician (Up to 8 Players): One of the world's premier musicians has gone missing. Conventional wisdom dictates that the passionate genius has merely had a fit of reclusiveness, preferring to seclude himself with his work. But as you enter his study to investigate his disappearance, it's the door that closes behind you—and now it's up to you to figure out where he's gone.
The Cure (Up to 6 Players): The century's worst fear has come to pass: a rogue terrorist group has created a biochemical weapon that, once unleashed, will decimate the world's population. There's only one remaining hope—you, a team of spies sent to retrieve the antidote from the group's secret lab. But you only have an hour to find it before you get caught and the world as we know it will never see another ABBA reunion tour.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido, Self-Defense
Pro Tip: Teaching self-defense in a traditional martial-arts environment.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
While some traditional martial-art schools merely practice patterns or breaking boards, the teachers at Hapkido-USA Springfield LLC buck that trend, focusing purely on the art of self defense in a disciplined, traditional martial-arts environment. "We teach...elements of boxing, kickboxing, ground defense, joint locks, throwing and pinning techniques," says the owner.
Making sure that burgeoning martial artists learned such useful techniques is the very thing that drew him to teaching in the first place, and it remains his favorite part of his job. "[I like] watching students grow in their knowledge and confidence," he says. "In hapkido, people get the increase in self-confidence with a realistic expectation of their self-defense skills."
There's no entrance exam for Vino Cellars. As the wine lounge's website puts it, "No one will care if you can't say cabernet correctly. So go ahead and ask." And that level of accessibility runs throughout the entire shop, from the comfortable open seating to the complimentary tastings to the notes that describe every bottle's weight, palate, and mouth-feel. Such touches help guests find their way through the 150 varietals—imported from boutique-style producers across the globe—so they can pick the right pairing for a steak or the right milk-substitute for a bowl of Cheerios.
Pairing is a theme that runs through almost everything at Vino Cellars. Themed wine dinners match up five wines with four-course meals. The regular menu's small plates of shareable flatbread pizzas and sliders can also be mixed and matched with different libations. But Vino Cellars doesn't stop with wine and food. The shop spreads its gourmet knowledge to house-made bottles of flavored olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars.
For 30 years, the staff at Cliff Hartman Farms Quarter Horses has been breeding, showing and boarding steeds, including the nationally renowned stallion Good Terms. The equestrian family channels their expertise into lessons conducted in an insulated indoor ring, two outdoor arenas, a circular pen, and more than 1,000 acres of trail-laden land in the Ozark Hills.
The farm's weekly lessons—molded around English and Western techniques—teach beginners how to groom and saddle horses before an hour of riding and a brief cool down. Day and summer camps afford the same opportunities for youngsters. And for those who own their own horse, the facility maintains a robust line of boarding stalls, all of which accommodate equines better than the antiquated storage zones such as the family garage or the family high-dive.
For more than 20 years, Ozark Mountain Gymnastics has cultivated balance in its students. Though its classes for toddlers to 18-year-olds impart cheering, tumbling, and competitive skills on the physical level, instructors also focus on a healthy equilibrium between mental and visible strength. They emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork, building character traits in their pupils that translate to finesse both on and off the parallel bars. Additionally, they recognize the importance of familial support: parents are welcome to observe classes and always participate in those for children younger than 3.
As a professional member of USA Gymnastics, OMG recruits USA safety- and CPR-certified coaches. In the interest of personalized instruction, its classes typically admit 10 or fewer students, though birthday parties can accommodate up to 15 so kids can switch in and out of the host's human-pyramid throne.