The Omaha metropolitan area has plenty to offer anglers, bowlers and cyclists. But, honestly, those traditional recreational activities are not for everyone.
Here are 10 alternatives for those seeking a more avant-garde experience, a break from the ho-hum of a weekly rec class — even a dose of childhood nostalgia — while breaking a sweat.
Played with a flying disc, ultimate is a non-contact team sport where players strive to reach the end zone through passing. Players cannot run with the disc, and incomplete passes result in turnovers. Officials aren’t used, so even in competitive games, sportsmanship is paramount. The Summer Omaha Ultimate League offers mixed and open divisions running from late May to late July. Pick-up games are also held in Omaha and La Vista through Omaha Disc.
SOUL/Omaha Disc, omahadisc.com; $30-$40 for league play.
This elegant game challenges curlers to try to slide stones closest to the center of a target circle and knock their opponents’ stones out of position. Strength and finesse both come into play, and courteousness is the cornerstone of curling culture. The Aksarben Curling Club offers league play and learn-to-curl events at Baxter Arena. Wear clean tennis shoes, and dress for an ice rink.
Aksarben Curling Club; curlaksarben.com; 402-915-2875.
Players throw a specialized, heavy flying disc at a target, typically a basket with chains intended to deflect the disc into the basket. The rules are similar to golf, although casual play can be as simple as choosing targets outside of a course. The Omaha Metro Disc Golf Association organizes tournaments and league play, and several courses are available in the area. Seymour Smith Park, 6802 Harrison St.; Hummel Park, 11808 John J. Pershing Drive; Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs.
Kickball and dodgeball
Do you find yourself reminiscing about elementary school recess? You’re in luck, because Omaha offers intramural dodgeball and kickball leagues and tournaments. Dodgeball pits teams against each other with the aim of hitting other players with a ball to eliminate them from play. Kickball is essentially baseball played with a soccer ball. C3 Intramurals offers league play, while the Omaha GLBT Sports League offers tournaments open to anyone regardless of experience or sexuality.
A game with similarities to curling, players compete to place their bocce balls,which are roughly the size of softballs, closer to a smaller target ball than their opponents. Teams throw until they get closer to the target, and they alternate until each has thrown four times in a frame. Midtown Crossing hosts summer and fall leagues, drawing newcomers and regulars for outdoor fun.
Midtown Crossing, 31st Avenue and Farnam Street; midtowncrossing.com/events/bocce-ball
Sometimes a scream just isn’t enough to clear your mounting frustration. Take your stress out with a baseball bat, sledgehammer or crowbar by hacking apart an obsolete computer or television. Le Smash offers a safe environment for creative destruction — and the opportunity to work up a sweat in the process. Be sure to wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes.
Le Smash, 4105 Harrison St., Bellevue; 402-915-4040; lesmashomaha.com. Packages start at $50.
Juggling a soccer ball is impressive, but landing a long-distance kick with precision is a serious challenge. Footgolf invites players to golf using a soccer ball, kicking them on shorter specially designed courses. Omaha once had several options, but the closing of Papio Greens and La Vista Falls has left Elkhorn Ridge Golf Course as the best bet for aspiring footgolfers. A course is also offered at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln. Leave your soccer cleats at home.
Elkhorn Ridge Golf Course, 20033 Elkhorn Ridge Drive, Elkhorn; 402-289-4332; elkhornridge.net. $11 a game, plus ball rental or bring your own ball.
Imagine playing darts, but with hatchets. Urban ax-throwing has become a thing, and Omaha has joined the craze with three new businesses offering a chance to express your inner lumberjack. Players throw a hatchet with both hands over the top of their head, taking turns in a lane similar to a bowling alley. Closed-toe shoes are a must.
Craft Axe Throwing, 2562 Leavenworth St.; 402-313-8240; craftaxethrowing.com. Flying Timber Axe Throwing, 1507 Farnam St.; 402-933-557; flyingtimber.com. Axe Games Omaha, 11106 Q St.; 402-315-9577; axegames.com. Prices start at $20 an hour. Leagues are available.
Trying to do yoga with a kid standing on your back sounds terrible — unless that kid is a 5-pound baby goat. Two businesses in Honey Creek, Iowa, have offered opportunities to get close to goats and lambs during a calming, gentle workout that’s a guaranteed mood-lifter. Other animals have hit the yoga mats in the area, too. Felius Cat Cafe hopes to resume cat yoga sessions soon, and a few area nonprofits have organized puppy yoga fundraisers.
Felius Cat Café, 522½ S. 24th St.; 402-505-7650; felius.org. Honey Creek Creamery, 25593 Old Lincoln Highway, Honey Creek; 402-690-9252; honeycreekcreamery.com. Doe’s & Diva’s Dairy, 31140 185th St., Honey Creek; 712-545-3049; doesanddivas.com.