Kick Off Summer!

May 21st, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and you know what that means!

SCHOOL’S (ALMOST) OUT FOR SUMMER!

Branson is the perfect place for you and your family to kick off summer. Whether it’s your first time to Branson or you come every year, you will find plenty to entertain the entire family. Click here for tried and true, as well as new, suggestions for big fun this weekend!

Now for one of my own suggestions . . .

Your Memorial Day Weekend visit to Branson will be even better with a visit to The Track.

And your visit to The Track will be even better with the 2015 School’s Out Go-Card!

Why? Well, the 2015 School’s Out Go-Card is an amped up version of the already-great-for-families Go-Card.

The Go-Card is normally loaded with 160 credits for the price of 130 – a fabulous deal! But, when you purchase the 2015 School’s Out Go-Card, you will also receive 20 BONUS credits for a total of 180 credits! That’s a lot of free credits!

That’s great news, but do you know what the even better news is?

The Go-Card give you access to lots of freebies and discounts with other Branson attractions, shows, lodging, and restaurants. You can check those deals out here. The Go-Card also allows you to buy HALF-PRICE credits valid on go-karts, rides, batting cages, laser tag, mini golf, and arcade games (excludes Skycoaster) until December 31, 2015. Although the half-price buying power ends December 31, 2015, the credits on the Go-Card never expire.

Do you know what this means?

It means that whether you come to The Track on Memorial Day Weekend or later this year, this is a great deal for you!

But hurry! This is an internet only special offer that ends May 24, 2015 (that’s Sunday!).

As we plan our Memorial Day Weekend activities, let’s take a moment to remember all those who have served our country in the military, especially those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Thank you for your service!

Now, let’s get out there and kick off summer!

Spring Break, Here We Come!

March 10th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Spring weather has come to the Ozarks just in time for Spring Break!

If you haven’t heard, Branson is a really great place to visit for Spring Break.  Everyone in town has been hustling and bustling to get ready for the 2015 guest season and is READY FOR YOU!

Of course, you have a lot of options when you visit our little town, so I want to spend a little time reminding you why planning to visit The Track is a win-win for the entire family!

Are you ready?  Here we go . . .

Top Five Reasons The Track is a Win-Win Destination for Spring Break 2015:

1) Money-Saving Deals (do I have your attention now?!) = More Fun! – Check out our web-only special, the Spring Break Track Card. The card entitles you to 4 awesome Track experiences of your choice: go-karts, bumper rides, mini golf, laser tag (duplicate, mix and match – whatever your little heart desires!) for $26.  That’s up to 30% off . . . that’s a win-win!

2) Goofy Pictures = Chance to Win a $100 Track Card! – So, if you have ridden Heavy Metal High Rise in the past, you might have a picture something like this.  I have no words for these expressions:

Well, if you come to The Track this Spring Break season, it’s time to take another one at this prime picture spot or anywhere during your visit to The Track. Share your photo to our Facebook page or tag #BransonTracks and @BransonTracks on Instagram or Twitter and you just might be named the next “Fan of the Week”!  Besides the very hip title, you will also receive a $100 Track Card.  Fun photos and the chance to win . . . that’s a win-win!

3) Young Christians’ Weekend = Great Group Rates! – Silver Dollar City will host Young Christians’ Weekend on March 27-29.  When your group is finished enjoying everything Silver Dollar City has to offer, those crazy kids will probably still have some fun left in them! The Track is a perfect place to let the kids loose to burn off the last of their energy. Click here to check out some of what The Track can offer groups (call for specific rates!) . . . this is a win-win!

4) Track 5’s Laser Maze Challenge – NEW! – The first of two great indoor additions to Track 5 in 2015, the Laser Maze Challenge is a web of lasers that you navigate through (or bust through if you prefer!) as fast as you can. Feeling a little competitive?  See who in your family can clock the fastest time!  Big fun and a little friendly competition . . . a win-win!

5)  Track 5’s Route 76 Glow Golf - NEW! – I got to go check this out the other night, and I was WOWED!  One of the greatest things about this project is that the murals on each wall were designed and painted by one of The Track’s long-time workers, a local college student.  She did an amazing job creating this Branson-themed, black-light golf experience!  Awesome art plus black-light mini golf . . . definitely a win-win!

As cool as this picture is, trust me that it doesn’t do this golf-course justice! You’ll have to come check it out to see for yourself!

So . . . are you convinced yet to make The Track a part of your Spring Break this year?  I hope so!

Stuff Those Stockings!

December 11th, 2014

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

If you are like me, you are starting to feel mildly panicked.  Christmas is coming soon . . . VERY soon!

I really thought I was ahead of the game this year.  Yeah, not so much.

When I face this reality, I start thinking . . . I need to find some really great gifts, and I need them FAST!  But I don’t just need them to arrive quickly, I need to them to be AWESOME.  I want these gifts to produce squeals and shouts of approval.

Over the past few years, our family has shifted somewhat in our gift-giving.  Though we still exchange “stuff,” we have discovered that what we really enjoy giving is “experience.”  These gifts don’t get shoved under the bed, grown out of, or ignored when the next best thing comes along.  These gifts of “experience” promise time spent together, which is really what I want most for Christmas.

So, how about taking advantage of giving the gift of “experience” this season.  Check out these great specials from The Track:

1)  Track Stocking Stuffers – Order these online at $12 per stuffer – that’s up to $7 off and you get FREE standard shipping. Each stuffer is good for TWO rides/activities at any Track location in Branson (Excludes Skycoaster).  Hurry! Orders must be in by December 14 (that’s in 3 days!) to be received by mail.

2)  Pre-Order Your 2015 Go-Card – Make your plans to come to Branson in 2015!  When you pre-order this card online, you receive 20 BONUS credits!  Remember that this card is the BEST way to go for families.  The pre-ordered Go-Card comes with 180 credits and the ability to purchase additional credits at half price for all of 2015.

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Fall is Here!

October 24th, 2014

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Yes, it’s that time of year that I love so much . . . FALL!!

Things are a little quieter around Branson during this time of year, which makes it one of the best times to visit.  Most of the family attractions are still open with full schedules on the weekends, so there is plenty for your family to do!

Here are some of my favorite “can’t miss” things to do in Branson this fall.  Consider this a suggested itinerary for your fall visit:

1)  GO-KARTING!  Yes, I know this is not a surprise.  But, it is a great time of year to enjoy The Track’s wide variety of go-kart tracks.  Be sure to check out the operating schedule to see which tracks are open on the days you plan to visit.  And, check out this great special . . . the Track-or-Treat Card, which gets you two rides or rounds on any attraction (excluding Skycoaster and arcade games) for $12 . . . that’s $7 off the retail price!  This 2-ride card includes wooden high-rise and classic go-kart tracks, bumper boats / cars, laser tag, or mini golf.

2)  FALL FOOD AND DRINK!  Yep, I’m definitely a “foodie.”  Once you taste these two fall treats, though, you’ll understand my passion:

Yes, that is the Pumpkin Pie Concrete from Andy’s Frozen Custard.  You are looking at pure goodness.  Right there blended up in that yummy custard is an ENTIRE piece of pumpkin pie.  I’m not joking.  It’s worth skipping dinner and heading straight for dessert!

Yes, that’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  There are 3 Starbucks locations in Branson – one by the Branson Landing, one inside the Target off of Branson Hills Expressway, and one inside Country Mart on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway – so you are never far from this tasty bev!

3)  FALL COLORS!  So, I didn’t grow up in a part of the country that had any semblance of “fall color.”  But, I sure do now!!  In fact, the fall color along Lake Taneycomo has been recognized by CNN Travel as some of the most beautiful in the country!

For a special treat, book a Main Street Lake Cruise while you’re here and enjoy a boat cruise up and down the beautiful Lake Taneycomo.  Or, if you prefer to stay on shore, consider one of these Fall Foliage Driving Tours . . . beauty awaits you!

4)  SILVER DOLLAR CITY!  Really, what’s not to love about Silver Dollar City in the fall?  The weather is gorgeous, the food is delicious, the rides are fun.  And, as if that weren’t enough, they start celebrating Christmas on November 1!  If you have never visited Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas” festival, you are missing an amazing experience!

5)  SHOPPING! – The fall is the perfect time to shop (yes, we could really say this about any season, but let’s run with this!).  Planners are already thinking about their holiday shopping and probably have shopping on their Branson visit’s itinerary – Tanger Outlet Mall, Branson Landing, Grand Village Shops.  Shoppers of the “more-last-minute” variety, listen up!  While you are in town, get a jump on your holiday shopping . . . you’ll be glad you did!

I hope you and yours will find time to come on down, up, or over to Branson to take advantage of all that is fall in the Ozarks!  Enjoy!

End-of-Summer Block Party!

August 12th, 2014

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

This Friday, The Track is hosting an event that screams summer (end-of-summer, that is!).

If your kids have already started back to school, this is the perfect event to prolong that summer vibe.  If your kids are headed back in a week or two, this is also the perfect event to end your summer fun!

So, what is this event?

The End-of-Summer Block Party at Track 4!!

Check it out . . .

Here are the top five reasons to add this to your Friday night plans:

  1. There will be a great live band . . . Prince Ivan! Check them out on their Facebook page here.
  2. You can ride go-karts, bumper boats, and bumper cars and play mini-golf with live music in the background.  That’s double the entertainment!
  3. You can make an entire night of it . . . dinner at Pizza World, dessert at Andy’s Frozen Custard, and then lots of fun at The Track!
  4. It doesn’t start until 10:00 p.m.  Wait!  I know that some of you have just checked out.  But, just think how impressed your kids will be that you are out this late :-)
  5. It will be a great end-of-summer memory for your family!  Now, that’s worth it!

So, if you’re close by, come on out to Track 4 (next to Andy’s) this Friday.  You won’t be sorry!

Back to School Blues . . . No Way!

August 5th, 2014

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

I can hardly believe that it’s this time of year again.

School is almost back in session.

Though I do hear the occasional, “I can’t wait for school to start!”, most of the sentiments about it being early August are a little more glum . . .

“The summer went by too fast.”

“I am not ready to be up and out the door so early.”

You get the idea.

I call this the back to school blues, an inevitable phase of summer that sets in about this time of year.

If you’re having trouble warding off the back to school blues in your house, listen up!  If your family is like mine, sometimes the best way (at least temporarily) to get an attitude adjustment is to plan something fun to do together. It’s always good to have something to look forward to, right?

Well, how about this for an idea . . . The Track Back to School Card!

Each of these cards costs $26 and is good for 4 go-kart and/or amusement rides, or rounds of mini golf or laser tag (excludes Skycoaster) – that’s 30% off!

Here’s the only catch . . . the offer is only good through August 11th – that’s soon!  But, even though you have to purchase these cards within the next week, the rides never expire – that’s good news!

If you have time before your school starts, get these cards and go ahead and plan a last hurrah to Branson.  That’s definitely a great way to end the summer!

If school is already upon you, go ahead and take advantage of this deal and plan a trip for later in the year (or next year!).  That’s definitely something to look forward to!

Back to school blues . . . no way!

Because You Asked!

July 29th, 2014

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

I really want this blog to be helpful to you as you plan your vacation, so I thought I’d ask the corporate office what kinds of questions they get most about The Track.

Do you know what they said?

There are definitely a few questions that get asked over and over. Well, by golly, we’re going to answer them here.

So listen up . . .  you are about to get the scoop on a few things that inquiring minds really do want to know!

  1. How many credits does it take per ride? Well, there is not a simple answer to this.  Different rides take different numbers of credits.  And, there is quite a range.  And while there is not a simple way to answer this question, there is a simple way for you to find the answer to this question.  If you click on the “Map & Info” tab on the Track homepage, you can find a per facility listing of how many credit each activity takes.  All you have to do is scroll your mouse over each of the Track locations on the map, and you will be able to view that location’s list.  Check it out!
  2. How long does each ride last? Well, it depends on which attraction you are talking about.  If you’re talking about go-karts, bumper boats, or bumper cars, then your answer is . . . about 5 minutes.  If you’re talking about mini golf . . . it depends on how slow the group in front of you is!  If you’re talking about the Skycoaster at Track 4 . . . it depends on how scared you are to pull that rip cord!
  3. Is there a weight limit on the rides? Yes and no.  There is no weight limit on go-karts; however, the seat belt does have to be able to be buckled safely.  The Track does not have seat belt extenders since they are not approved for use by the manufacturer.  The weight limit for bumper boats is 275 pounds.
  4. Explain the Go-Card.  Check out this recent blog post about the Go-Card.  Bottom line . . . it’s the best deal, and you should definitely consider getting it!
  5. How long will 170 credits last? First of all, you may be wondering why people are asking about 170 credits?  Well, it’s because you get 170 credits (for the price of 130, I might add!) when you buy the Go-Card.  This is a tough question to answer because it’s different for every family.  It depends on which rides you are interested in, how many times you want to rides those, etc.  My best advice is to take a look at how many credits each ride takes (remember, you can click on the link in question #1 to find this info), decide which ones you definitely want to do, add up the credits, and see how far those 160 credits will go for your family.  If you come up short, don’t forget that you can reload your Go-Card with HALF-PRICE credits until December 31, 2014!

And there you have it. I hope that helps!

A Night on the Town!

July 25th, 2014

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Last Friday night, I got to experience The Track through the eyes of a group of fourteen year old girls.

It was an evening full of things that I expected . . . and just as many things that I should have expected!

Let me explain . . .

We started the evening with a group picture.  This was no surprise.  Anyone who has a teenage girl expects this initiation into a night of fun:

We headed straight over to The Track at Pirate’s Cove.  As I recently explained in this post, this has become my girls’ favorite classic track.  Naturally, my daughter wanted to share the love with her pals.  So, off we went!  As expected, the girls had a blast on this track.  But, there were a couple of things that I didn’t expect . . . but should have!

Yes, I definitely should have expected to be the designated cell phone holder . . . next time I’ll bring an extra bag!

Yes, I expected the girls to have a great time riding go-karts, but I have to admit that I did not expect the immensely competitive spirit amongst the group.  And, I certainly didn’t expect the girls to get the whistle blown at them for “risky” driving (gasp!). Of course, as expected, they shaped right up after that first warning :-)

After we finished at The Track at Pirate’s Cove, we headed over to Track 4.  The first part of the evening was filled with lots of things I expected:

They rode (and loved!) Heavy Metal High Rise and got their picture made in this phot-op spot (they look pretty tough, huh?!):

They were fierce on the bumper cars:

Some of them rode the SkyCoaster (yikes!):

Yes, all these things were expected.  But, what I did not expect (but should have!) was the “extra curricular” fun that was had on the Gator Golf course:

Thank you, Gator Golf, for providing so much entertainment for these girls! What a great night on the town!

Stay Cool!

July 22nd, 2014

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

It really is incredible that it is toward the end of July, and I am just now feeling the need to share this information on the ‘ole blog.

Usually, this is one of the first topics on my mind because it is SO HOT OUTSIDE.

But this year . . . not so much.  With the exception of a few days here and there, it has been spring-like all summer.

However, July has now reared its head, and it is nice and warm outside.

Warm weather = the need to discuss cool off strategies

Obviously, one way to cool off is to go inside an air conditioned building.  Thankfully, The Track not only has air conditioned buildings, but air conditioned buildings full of fun!  Check out this post . . . and this one for a refresher on The Track’s indoor options!

OK, so there are the obvious cool off strategies, but what about the not-so-obvious one?  Let me tell you . . .

SUPERSOAKER BUMPER BOATS

Yes, The Track’s bumper boats come equipped with water cannons, so you don’t just get splashed when you bump up against another boat.  Nope.  Instead, those water cannons do their job.  You get SOAKED by all your fellow boat riders (but especially by your children!).  Now, this could be mildly (or greatly) irritating when the weather is a bit cool.  But on days like we’re having this week, this is the BEST way to cool off and stay cool during your time at The Track.  So, here’s what you do to ensure a “cool” time:

  1. Immediately after arriving at the Track (and getting your credits if you haven’t already), head to the bumper boats.  All Track locations have them, so there is no excuse here.
  2. If there are those in your group who do not want to ride the boats, don’t rebuke them . . . send them over to one of the outside-the-bumper-boat-pond water cannons.  Yes, along the edges are water cannons that will get the bumper boats riders extra wet (you want this, remember?!).  And, here’s the secret . . . you in the pond can get them wet too (hee hee!).
  3. Ride those boats!
  4. Take your wet selves over to the go-karts and experience the “built-in air conditioning” you’ve just created for yourself as you zip around that track!

Follow these instructions and you are sure to enjoy your time at The Track – even in the heat of the day!

Oh, and if you’re still in need of some cooling off, head on over to Andy’s Frozen Custard (at Track 4), and try this seasonal treat – the key lime pie concrete! Oh. My. Word.  I had one myself this past weekend, and it is not to be missed!  Enjoy!

Evening Fun Under the Sun (and Stars!)

July 17th, 2014

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

I don’t know about you, but something happens to me on vacation.

My girls call me “Vacay Mom.”

According to them, this means that I am a lot more fun on vacation than at home.  Ok, that is probably true.

Vacay Mom is permissive.

She says yes to ice cream . . . every day.  She spends money on things she would never spend money on at home (anybody?).  She does not enforce bedtimes (she regrets this by the end of the vacation, but it sure is awesome for a while!).

When Vacay Mom is around, there is lots of time to have lots of fun!  Vacay Mom takes advantage of every opportunity to do something really cool (am I dating myself with this word?) with the kids.  Well, here are a couple of things that have this Vacay Mom’s seal of approval:

  • Night Water at White Water – Why is it so fun to be at a water park at night?  I’ll tell you why.  You don’t burn the first three layers of skin off your feet on the pavement :-)   And, pure and simple, it’s a party!  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in July and August, White Water has a full lineup of fun until 10 p.m.  On Thursdays, you can enjoy Buck Night, where many of your favorite snacks are on sale for just $1 each! Friday night is Dive-In Movie night.  Click here for a list of showings. And, Saturday nights enjoy fireworks starting at 10 p.m.!  Also, if you dare, check out the new KaPau Plummet. The after-5 p.m. cost is $25/ticket.
  • Silver Dollar City’s Moonlight Madness – The park is staying open until 10:00 p.m. from July 19 – August 3.  That’s pretty fun (especially with all of the after 5:00 specials they have on food and merchandise!), but do you know what is even more fun? Staying at the park until midnight!  Yes, you can do this on either July 26 (that’s next weekend!) or August 2.  We did it last year, and the girls couldn’t stop talking about how much fun it was to ride the roller coasters in the dark.  Yikes!  There is also a great line-up of live entertainment throughout the park.  After-5 p.m. cost is $30/ticket.

Yes, I’m pretty sure that if you did one or both of these activities on your visit to Branson, the kids would be singing your praises!  So, come on, Vacay Mom . . . show ‘em what you’re made of!