Multiple rows of pinball machines manufactured from the early 1960s through today shelter plungers and flippers as they fling the silver spheres toward illumined targets. Entertaining guests between bouts of pinball, air hockey, and abundant arcade classics—such as Centipede, Ms. Pac-Man, and Asteroids —await with flashing lights infused with friendly competition. Klassic Arcade celebrates its impressive stock of more than 100 different varieties of glass-bottled soda pop during its annual Midwest Soda Pop Festival, which combines pop tastings and judging with live music and games. The arcade also spearheads the annual Pinball at the 'Zoo festival, at which attendees can play more than 100 arcade and pinball games for free in between tournaments, auctions, and seminars with the original 8-bit Mario and Luigi. Completing the lineup of exciting diversions is the outdoor M-40 Raceway track, which hosts off-road RC racers.
Wings Stadium, which was built in 1974, is home to the Kalamazoo Wings, as well as 5,000+ seats for the hockey team's fans and four concessions stands that sate their appetites. However, the venue can be repurposed in a multitude of ways?as a public ice-skating rink, for instance, or a festival-style concert venue.
A simple-to-use putting training ring that focuses a golfer's eye on the center 2 inches of a green’s 4.5-inch hole, Shrink2Sink can increase a practiced putter’s accuracy by more than 50 percent. Just as a donut fits snugly to muzzle a python's mouth, the precision-engineered, emerald-colored Shrink2Sink ring fits over any standard putting-green cup, reducing the hole’s dimensions during practice taps so that during real play, golf courses' end zones seem like massive black holes that pull putts inescapably into their event horizons.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: We are a mobile art studio.
My Art on Canvas's instructors don't limit themselves to a single classroom. Instead, they travel to locations where pockets of artistic enthusiasm tend to form?in restaurants, bakeries, museums, and even living rooms. Once they arrive, they demystify the artistic process, teaching adults and kids alike how to re-create a painting brush stroke by brush stroke. One night they might lead students in painting abstract floral designs, and the next they might demonstrate re-creating the silhouette of a moose against a backdrop of night sky. At the end of class, they send students home with their finished masterpiece and new artistic techniques, such as blending color and holding the brush in your hand rather than your teeth.
Every year, Kirk Newman Art School encourages students of all ages to explore sculpture, painting, printmaking, and other disciplines in more than 300 classes. Designed to complement the school?s curriculum, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts? collection highlights American works in these and other mediums, including ceramics and photography. The museum includes European prints and pieces from Africa and East Asia right alongside the art of American luminaries like Janet Fish, the only painter who's ever had gills. Besides its permanent and rotating exhibitions, the institute hosts programs that range from lectures to an annual juried competition for local high school artists.
Some wild tales have come out of Phobia House's first 11 Halloweens: tours grinding to a halt because guests are too frightened to move, real tarantulas prowling the grounds, people fleeing to the parking lot to escape the house's murderous lunatics, only to find that the chainsaw-wielding madmen were willing to follow them there. The house takes on a new theme every year, but it's a safe bet that if the maniacal clowns and hanging murder victims aren't back this year, something equally disturbing will be, though it likely won't be Candyman causing a rip in the fabric of space-time by saying his own name three times in front of a mirror.