Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower 6 screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
After a flood devastated the area in 1994, Flint RiverQuarium was built to educate future generations about the geographic and ecologic conditions in the Flint River Basin. Families explore exhibits made to look like natural habitats, in which native creatures splash, swim, and make ill-advised deals with cunning sea witches to become human.
Size: seven permanent exhibits
Eye Catcher: The RiverQuarium Blue Hole Spring holds 175,000 gallons of water and stretches 22 feet deep. Inside, 120 species of fish, turtles, and alligators swim, from the enormous 8-foot-long Gulf sturgeon to adorable turtles such as the red-eared slider.
Permanent Mainstay: The Cypress Creek Aviary houses indigenous birds such as the great egret and little blue heron.
Don't Miss: The Hatchery, where fish are raised from egg to fingerling before being transferred to other exhibits
Hands-On Experiments: Get up close and personal with one of the Flint River Basin's denizens during animal encounters, regularly scheduled on the weekend.
Catch a Movie" The Imagination Theater shows short films centered on local species, such as fire ants and alligators.
Special Programs: On Discovery Days (the first and third Sunday of every month) the RiverQuarium comes to life with arts and crafts activities, story tellers, and live animal presentations.
Instructor Ray Al encourages all levels of dance enthusiasts to revel in their own fancy footwork with variety of dance classes, including waltz, tango, polka, salsa, and the hustle. After choosing a dance style, couple up with Ray for a 40-minute private class to gauge your experience level, and then cut a captivating rug while learning proper technique in a class attuned to your liking and level, compromised of a series of four, one-hour group-dance sessions held one time a week.
Based on the hit Disney movie, High School Musical delights audiences with catchy tunes and snappy dance numbers. The musical chronicles the travails of Troy and Gabriella, two star-crossed high-school sweethearts from different cliques, as they try to overcome their school's intergroup feuds, win parts in the upcoming musical, and investigate how everyone learned specific songs and choreography for every situation.
At Wingboss, you might see up to 50 wings piled onto a platter in a single order. Each one is slathered in a choice of 19 or so sauces, such as parmesan, chipotle, Thai chile barbecue, or the extra-hot Boss sauce that arrives at the table with a firefighter escort. The chefs also fashion chicken into crispy hand-battered tenders or grilled filets tucked into piled-high sandwiches. Classic cheeseburgers are yet another way to enjoy Wingboss's creativity, which also influences shareable appetizers like mac bites and desserts like deep-fried Oreos.
Locos Grill & Pub's hearty menu tickles the tummies of patty-craving patrons with any one of its nine specialty hamburgers within the familiarity of a laid-back neighborhood setting. Diners swamped in hunger can zoom free on a blackened Bayou burger cloaked in hot sauce, armored in monterey jack, and propelled by a fan of sautéed onion ($8.99). Chorizo burgers set mouths aflame with pico de gallo and a spicy chipotle sauce ($8.99), and the El Dorado yields its treasure of bacon, egg, mayo, and cheese ($9.49). Basted with a hoisin and soy-sauce glaze, the spicy thai burger spans culture gaps, much like the first towns of the American West, on a sturdy bridge of beef ($8.99).