Continental Lanes' open-bowling sessions and holiday events enable bowlers to celebrate special events with 10-pin matches alongside friends and family. After gathering up to four buddies or inviting the starting lineup of their fantasy basketball team, customers can spend two hours avoiding gutters and hunting for turkeys. Holiday revelers can immerse themselves in celestial surroundings during the Bowl in the New Year party. A four-hour year-end celebration that eschews standard lighting for black-light glows and vibrant neon colors, the bowling bash helps patrons bid adieu to 2011 and welcome whatever random number the authorities give to the New Year.
The Great Skate's been going in circles for 22 years. That's how long this indoor rollerskating and in-line skating rink has provided a safe, clean, and lively atmosphere for kids and adults. The rink offers open skating sessions for all ages, as well as special events such as adult-night skates and all-night skating for scouts, which includes dinner and breakfast and a chance to shake-up typical sleepwalking habits. The Great Skate also hosts skating lessons, birthday parties, and fundraising events for organizations such as D.A.R.E and the PTA.
The 300-foot straightaway comes to an end in one of six wheel-testing curves. The Honda 6.5-horsepower engine hums in anticipation. The moment foot touches pedal, hydraulic brakes give their answer and the racing wheels cling to the textured concrete as the go-kart deftly whips through the turn. Coming up on the end of an eight-minute streak of adrenaline, racers zip past the final stretch of the 1/5-mile race track, tearing ahead of each other as the computerized timing system clocks each score to fuel future bragging rights and rematch challenges.
From Kart 2 Kart's café and bar, applause rises as family, friends, and opponents sizing up the competition send their appreciation down to the track, which they've been watching as they nosh on a selection of snacks and beverages. Juniors, meanwhile, wait their turn to hit the blacktop in age-appropriate Formula-K karts. Before strapping in, all racers receive instruction and a safety lesson, during which they learn how to operate the equipment, then strive to set records that can earn them a spot on the website's scoreboard.
All 50,000 square feet of the Total Sports facility are packed to the rafters with athletic and leisure activities. The space welcomes team play with a full bowling alley and courts for racquetball, handball, and Wallyball—a game that challenges players to ricochet a ball from the walls of the court, which is the only respectable way to play tennis against yourself. An outdoor field hosts recreational and league softball games. Downstairs, a fitness center allows for cardio and resistance training, while a spa sauna and whirlpool melt away stress. Upstairs lies a sprawling sports bar, where the aromas of pub fare, such as sandwiches and pizza, join with the sounds of sporting events screened on HDTVs.
Mount Clemens Ice Arena houses a duo of indoor, NHL-regulation-size ice surfaces for laced-up gliders of all levels to enjoy during myriad public skating sessions. Try out new moves and twirls, skating solo or alongside an imaginary doubles partner, or rest up from successive triple Lutzes in the 5,800-square-foot lobby. Noon skates mix up the lunch hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Friday evenings in the summer pulsate with the Dave and Buster’s DJ skate and light show. Pop in throughout the year for themed skates, such as Skate with Santa, Valentines Skate, and Halloween Scary Skate, where skaters try to spin away from ghoulish tax documents.
C.J. Barrymore's encompasses 25 acres brimming with energetic laser tag, a vast arcade, and various other attractions for the young, young-at-heart, and young-at-spleen. With four laser-tag tickets, tyke clans ages 7 and up can simulate battle tactics through fog and pylons in 15-minute team-based matches that, much like court hearings, come enhanced by a roaring sound system and spectacular light shows (a $24 value). Meanwhile, joystick junkies can feed their 132 tokens to myriad arcade games in the neon-lit game room, including old-school favorites such as Ms. Pac-Man and the hands-on sportitude of basketball and air hockey (a $25 value). After all tokens have been spent, gamers can redeem their earnings at the prize counter, choosing from hundreds of rewards to take home, and become the envy of all the neighborhood playground pals and reclusive Peter Pans.