Vibrant, neon colors coat walls surrounding the glossy rinks at Edru SkateARama, where experienced staff members monitor skaters of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Equipped with rented wheels, skaters glide along smooth surfaces under colorful lights to the beat of lively music. Their family members, perched along the rink's perimeter in stadium-style seats, watch or take bets on who can do a figure eight the fastest. Novice skaters brush up on rolling skills during beginners lessons taught by skilled instructors.
Skaters can take a break from four-wheeled footwear to take up electronic arms in the laser-tag battle arena, vanquishing vested foes and soliciting references for space-marine-officer school applications. Meanwhile, rumbling stomachs are silenced with bites of pizza or trips to the on-site ice-cream shop, which serves up swirls of soft serve doused with fudge or balanced atop cones.
Vibrant colors coat walls surrounding the glossy rinks at The New Rink, where experienced staff members monitor skaters of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Equipped with rented wheels, skaters glide along smooth surfaces under colorful lights to the beat of lively music. Their family members, perched along the rink's perimeter, watch or take bets on who can do a figure eight the fastest. Skaters can take a break from four-wheeled footwear to play arcade games, silence rumbling stomachs with bites of pizza or other snacks, or enjoy The New Rink's recently opened Bounce Zone, which includes a Mickey Mouse-themed house for kids 5 and younger, Toy Story-themed house for kids 7 and younger, obstacle course, and inflatable sports arena.
They're local business owners. They're community and family members. They're moms and dads, nature lovers, and beauty appreciators. They're the Friends of Ingham County Parks, and they want to preserve and enhance the beauty and recreation found throughout local parks. The nonprofit corporation arranges fishing trips for kids, organizes fundraising festivals, and arranges a concert series in the Lake Lansing Band Shell. Its projects over the years have included building playgrounds, installing drinking fountains throughout the Ingham County landscape. They welcome guests to visit any of the parks or events, donate a little money, or apply for full membership to lend a hand.
Owner and senior instructor Justin Pierce dispenses 20-plus years of baseball and softball wisdom to younger generations within his 10,000 square-foot training facility. The thunderous impact of ball on bat resounds as MP4 Iron Mike Batting Machines pitch up to 600 baseballs, 300 softballs, or 21 snow globes at fast and slow speeds with simple one-touch start. Authentic turf sprouts from an indoor practice infield, clay mounds grace the pitcher's bullpen, and the batting cages retract to provide space for long-range drills or transformation into a Batcave.
The professional auto jockeys at Springport Motor Speedway educate and oversee heart-pumping racing experiences as drivers burn rubber in authentic stock cars around a 3/8-mile-long asphalt track with 18-degree embankments. Auto adventures begin with a drivers' meeting and introduction to the chief instructor, where pupils absorb a comprehensive overview of safety, techniques, and what to do when you have an itch under your helmet. After slipping into a five-point racing harness alongside a practiced motorist, passengers ride along for four laps while gleaning tips to prepare to execute speedway solos. Drivers swap seats for a second set of laps, during which whip handlers follow the lead car and pick up speed across 8 oval orbits before setting out singularly for 10 rotations around the track. During a total of 35 revolutions, clients are privy to a two-way radio that spouts guidance from coaches during solo jaunts.
Bonnie View Golf Course’s first tee box—outfitted with natural stone seating and a vibrant spread of roses and perennials—serves as a fitting gate to a nine-hole course. The scenic, player-friendly course encompasses three waterfalls and a pond, which often draw visits from whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and sandhill cranes looking for work as forecaddies. Though many of the course’s scenic features stem from recent renovations, it still maintains the same arboreal diversity—the layout boasts more than 100 varieties of trees—common to its early days in the 1940’s. As beautiful as it is bountiful in its resources, the grounds also encompass a patio-flanked club house, where golfers can unwind with a celebratory beer, glass of wine, or soft drink.