The nationally ranked Western Michigan Broncos hockey squad is coming off satisfying wins against 12th-ranked Michigan State and look to continue their run toward a bid in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament. Immerse yourself in the raucous atmosphere of a college hockey game as you watch goalkeeper Nick Pisellini stick-flicking center Max Campbell, and the Broncos squad as they shoot, skate, and pontificate on the ice.
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, air-hockey tables, dartboards, and a digital jukebox capable of plucking old 45s from the far reaches of the Internet.
Kalamazoo Nature Center's 14-mile expanse of trails weaves around 1,100 acres of ponds, prairies, and forests, giving nature lovers of all ages an ample arena to hike, learn, and explore one of the first nature centers in the country. Membership allows unlimited free admission to the preserve so that visitors can soak up a diverse array of wild flowers, birds, and majestic park benches in natural habitat. Kalamazoo hosts a slew of family and children activities on select Saturdays, such as "Story Corner at the Barn," during which a storyteller corrals tykes aged 8 and younger for visits with sheep, goats, and barnyard residents before and after reading them pastoral tales. Additionally, Kalamazoo Nature Center members receive a 10% discount at Expedition Gift Shop, a bimonthly newsletter subscription, and discounts on youth camps for ages 3–17.
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.
Wings Stadium plays host to more than just board-slamming checks during the Kalamazoo Wings' home hockey games. On select days, the 8,023-seat venue opens its frozen confines to amateurs interested in all sorts of winter sports. Skaters of all ages can glide across the smooth ice during open-skating sessions, and members of the Kalamazoo Curling Club practice and face off throughout the fall and winter. On weekend nights, hockey fans can bring their own skates to a K-Wings home game and finish their night skating and checking the ice for lost incisors.
As a division of Bronson Healthcare Group, Bronson Athletic Club (BAC) strives to engage people in a healthier lifestyle. Top-of-the-line fitness and sports facilities—including 80 cardio stations with personal theater systems, an indoor track, and a full-size basketball and volleyball court—made BAC a first runner-up in the Best Health Club category of the Kalamazoo Gazette's 2011 Reader's Choice awards. Members participate in multilevel group fitness programs such as full-body boot-camp workouts, yoga, and Zumba classes. Studios feature maple floors that diminish shocks and a warm-water exercise pool for low-impact fitness or walleye diasporas.
Among other amenities, the deli nourishes visitors with a menu of healthy sandwiches and smoothies, and the spa relaxes muscles in whirlpools and steam rooms. The nutrition-savvy staff, which includes personal trainers and a registered dietitian, helps people drop pounds with individualized weight-loss programs.