At Master Chong's Tae Kwon Do, Grandmaster Sun Chong?a former head coach for the US National Tae Kwon Do Team?and a team of talented instructors help students kick and punch their way across cushioned mats. Kids as young as 4 don crisp white uniforms and learn basic martial-arts techniques while improving their focus and self-control. Adults, too, can learn self-defense skills, burn calories, and boost their confidence in an encouraging environment. The instructors also hold classes for the entire family so kids and parents can build camaraderie while chopping their way through blocks of wood and sheets of metal.
Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 12 locations lighting 57 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939—a time when movies were called “picture shows,” Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.
Taking pool shots inside Bison Billiards can feel more like playing in a professional tournament than at a local pool hall. This is because players test their mettle on multiple professional-quality pool tables––including Diamond and Gabriels––covered in Simonis cloth and stocked with Aramith balls. The in-house pro shop equips players with a variety of cues, accessories, and cases from top-industry names such as Predator and Poison. About the only distraction from the billiards is the stocked bar, which houses more than 25 varieties of beer and a bank of dartboards that enables visitors to practice their aim before the tailless donkeys invade.
Matt Dombrowski opened Magruders more than 22 years ago, and ever since, it’s been serving the public’s need for hearty pub food and drinks. The menu of crispy apps, build-your-own-burgers, and sauced-up buffalo wings complements pours from the bar, which diners can enjoy inside or out on the patio amid fresh air and attention-seeking trees. At the end of each week, the pub entertains guests with comedy, music, or drink promotions.
Perched at the bow of the pirate ship, the captain's parrot braces for stormy weather. But in the case of the pirate-ship inflatable at Pirates Plank, the feeling of choppy waves isn't generated by water below, but by the youngsters hopping on it. Kids can also jump around on a Pirates of the Caribbean–themed bounce house before navigating around the tranquil ponds decorating the 18-hole miniature-golf course.
Elsewhere, Pirates Plank hosts races on its go-kart track, gamers in its video arcade, and players in its batting cages aiming for homers or to hit balls back into the machine they came from. The snack bar keeps visitors reenergized with tasty treats, and birthday parties entice attendees with unlimited soda and popcorn, arcade tokens for each guest, and mini-golf passes for future visits.
Quarterback Jim Kelly captained his teammates to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances during his 11-year pigskin-tossing tenure, earning himself the distinction as the first and only Buffalo Bills player to have his number retired in the franchise's hall of fame. Since being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Jim has visited universities, Fortune 500 companies, and healthcare organizations to deliver speeches that impart his insights on teamwork, leadership, and how to milk a football for its gatorade. Through his website, Jim dispenses an array of authentic and signed mini and full-size helmets, jerseys, footballs, and new autographed memorabilia each month. Jim also remains committed to his charity and outreach programs, including Hunter's Hope, which Jim and his wife founded after their son was diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, the Kelly for Kids Foundation, which raises funds for disabled and disadvantaged youth, and Jim Kelly Football Camp, which teaches youngsters football fundamentals and ballet routines from The Nutcracker to incorporate into end-zone victory dances.