Fun Tyme Adventure Parks lives up to its name with a multitude of amusements and family-friendly activities. Inside an impressive—and warm—golf dome, players of all skill levels can sharpen their swings in preparation of hitting the links. Fun Tyme’s Can-Am go-karts race through winding tracks, giving drivers a taste of how professional racecar drivers might feel. You can even use your problem-solving skills to outsmart your pals during a round of adventure mini golf. Finish off with a few games at the arcade, or a visit to the batting cages, where you can imagine hitting the game-winning home run off John Elway to win the Stanley Cup.
Zap Zone's eight locations in Michigan and two locations in Canada each feature a unique combination of attractions?anything from bumper cars to the Jump Zone's cushioned obstacle course. In the laser-tag arena, both kids and adults demonstrate their teamwork skills by outscoring opponents in fast-paced games that take place inside black-lit mazes of neon-tinged hallways. Arcades also round out every location's attractions, tempting passersby to drop a few tokens on racing games and skee-ball, or a lot of tokens on the claw game filled with Faberg? eggs.
Soft surfaces are everywhere inside Castaway Play Cafe. This makes for an ideal play area for kids?and their parents for that matter. Tykes, along with their accompanying grown-ups, can conquer bounce houses before continuing the fun on one of the slides, atop a suspension bridge, or inside a special toddler area. Nearby, the lights dim inside a laser tag arena, where neon surfaces glow and friends and family duke it out with beams of light. On special occasions, the facility hosts all-night lock-ins, during which youngsters can sing karaoke, play arcade games, or debate the merits of agrarian social structures until their parents come and pick them up in the morning.
Castaway Play Cafe earns the last word in its name by housing a full-service restaurant in its facility. Here, cooks bake pizzas and bread sticks, assemble chicken wraps, and pile bacon and cheese atop burgers.
The designers of Playland Fun Center wanted to create attractions that engaged the entire family. So they ensured that their 18-hole mini-golf course enthralled both tiny putters and adults by including a looming T-Rex, oversized penguin in a top hat, and large pink bunny rabbit that resembles mature weatherman Willard Scott. Pink and green speed mobiles zip drivers around a curvy course bordered by wind-swept grass and a streaming creek, while indoors the arcade glows in the light of video games and air-hockey tables. A team of cooks mans Bonkers Pizzeria, serving families large slices and pitchers of pop before sending them off to troll the terrifying halls of the on-site haunted house.
At Whirlyball Novi, teams in motorized cars call whirlybugs spin and bump their way through one-hour bouts of a competitive wiffle-ball game that combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai. Bright red and yellow whirlybugs, powered by electricity and the tears of the defeated, race across a 4,000-square-foot court as their drivers toss balls to each other with plastic scoops. Referees keep track of each team's score as friends look on from the comfortable leather couches of the lounge. After matches, teams sip on drinks from the bar, feast on one of several meal packages, or continue calling each other "liver-licking kumkwats" over games of pool.
When you step into Mirror Maze Frankenmuth, make sure it's a good-hair day?you're going to be seeing a lot of yourself. Inside, thousands of mirrors line seemingly never-ending hallways, bouncing infinite reflections from one arched passageway to the next. The dizzying path sends families and friends around unseen corners, turns them in circles, and leads them into dead-ends, effectively creating a different experience every time through. Much like a hairstylist who loves pranks, a few of the mirrors also play games with explorers' appearances.