JOPLIN, Mo. —
The weather in Missouri can be anything but accommodating. Warm winter days perfect for hiking can give way to nasty, snowy, cold days that keep everyone inside.
That can mean kids can get bored quickly.
But there are plenty of different places that offer space and activities to help kids burn off energy. Whether it's cold, rainy or in the middle of summer heat, these spots can offer kids some needed steam-burning and parents some relaxation.
Tilt Studio has reopened in a larger space next to Vintage Stock, and offers much more than video games inside -- including a miniature bowling alley.
"We've opened up the whole place," Craig Racz, general manager. "We now have a two-story laser tag, (four-lane) blacklight minigolf. We have a bobsled roller coaster and we now have a restaurant that serves pizza."
Costs for laser tag are $6 per person for a 15 minute round while miniature golf runs for $5. Racz said that the new Tilt will also offer monthly play packages.
"Right now we're doing our March Madness where you can get one hour of unlimited video play and one attraction for $10," Racz said.
Others who enjoy the thrill of laser tag may also enjoy Lazer Force, which is just a skip and a jump away at 408 Northpark Lane.
Lazer Force offers an arcade featuring older-generation video games and group rates on laser tag. It also offers single games for $7.50, and a group of four can play a round of tag and have pizza afterward for $42.
The Joplin Family Y remains a staple fitness institution. The Y offers a number of different fitness and athletics courses as well as a swimming pool, basketball and racquetball court in its two facilities at 3404 McIntosh Circle and 510 S. Wall Ave.
But the Y also offers programs that kids can attend without signing up for a course of lessons. Nurseries, open swim sessions and youth lounges with games, video games and activities are available for kids of just about any age. The Y can certainly keep kids busy.
Household memberships cost about $49 a month. Programs may have different costs between members and non-members.