The sounds of pumping weights and bodies in motion echo 24/7 as Snap Fitness members work out at whatever time fits their schedule. A refundable $25 access card gives members the freedom to come and go as they please. Ample staffed hours allow exercisers to develop custom workouts alongside supportive personal trainers or holograms of Richard Simmons. Virtual Active treadmills display videos from the Grand Canyon, state parks, or Chicago’s scenic streets to challenge runners with a variety of terrain types, and MyRide virtual cycling machines coach riders with virtual trainers in HD-quality videos.
Slip ‘n’ slides. Mud pits. Tire runs. A tarzan swing. Regardless of whether you choose the 1.5- or 3.5-mile route, the Muddy Patriot has one goal in mind: to get you dirty. With adrenaline pumping and live music from The Bronk Bros. filling the air, racers aged 13 and older take on the Muddy Patriot obstacle course, which is made, like a pig’s-dream montage, almost entirely of mud.
Though it may technically be considered a competition, Muddy Patriot’s founder, Chris Bushart, intended it to be fun, first and foremost. As a veteran of the United States Navy, Bushart’s time spent traversing the globe made him realize how much he loved his country and how much he wanted to give back. The Muddy Patriot not only brings excitement to Michiganders for a day, but also supports local businesses and children’s charities such as Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.
Art Bayou welcomes beginning and experienced artists to join two of its three-hour sessions on glass fusion. Instructors impart the secrets of layering glass to be melted into masterpieces suitable for home decoration and bodily adornment. Between the lime-green walls of a high-ceilinged art studio, students lay out the materials provided by Art Bayou over wide wooden tables as they prepare to fashion their trio of pieces. Pupils prepare a 6-inch slumped glass dish for holding decorative legumes (a $30 value), a freeform opus of up to 8 inches (a $40 value), and a 2-inch bauble that can hang from a silver chain as a pendant or be grafted to a refrigerator magnet (a $15 value). Dishes, decorations, and amulets may take multiple firings to self-actualize.
Happy Our Art marries artistic endeavor with fine wine and spirits in a friendly, vibrant atmosphere that provides expertly instructed classes for artists of any skill level. Grab a seat in front of one of Happy Our Art's provided canvases fully stocked with paint, brushes, aprons, and all the necessary accouterments. Unlike water-skiing or taking a driving exam, participants are encouraged to bring a favorite case of beer or find a use for the juice boxes left fermenting for months in the car. Over the course of the two- to three-hour session, participants will navigate the process of reproducing a preselected painting under the expert guidance of one of Happy Our Art's savvy pigment pilots. At the end of the session, paintings can be brought home to share with loved ones or use to conceal a painting of a wall safe.
Pinz Kalamazoo celebrates classic tenpin competition throughout the week with open hours, league opportunities, and cosmic bowling sessions. On top of all 36 synthetic bowling surfaces, bowlers can await upcoming frames while relaxing on luxury couches or peering deep into flat-screen television sets. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the lanes take on glowing hues that emulate the experience of bowling under the Northern Lights without the inconvenience of getting frostbite. At the onsite bar and grill, guests can snack on hearty pub selections including burgers, wraps, corn dogs, and barbecue nachos. Pinz Kalamazoo?s game room is equipped with pool tables and dartboards.
A Kalamazoo Gazette readers' choice nominee for best bowling locale, Holiday Lanes leads spheres toward strike salvation via 32 shiny waxed pathways. Bring a trio of ball-tossers with you for a one-hour pin-smashing soiree ($3.50 per game per person), staying fueled with a one-topping pizza ($9) and a pitcher of beer ($7.25) or soda ($4.25). Before charging lane teeth with nine pounds of compounded plastic, each sanctimonious split-thrower can step into a snug pair of rented shoes ($2.75 per person), engineered to help bowlers stay focused by shielding their feet from feather dusters. Keep tabs on cheating friends and girlfriends with Holiday Lanes' easy-to-use Brunswick scoring system, which crowns only the evening's true kingpins.