Putter's Family Fun Center strengthens familial bonds and encourages friendly competition with mini golf, an arcade room, and batting cages. The 18-hole mini golf course ($5/person) thwarts shots with tricky terrain and obstacles, including waterfalls, fiberglass giraffes, and ACT testing. Fully charged children expend energy on batting cages ($15 for 30 minutes) and giant trampolines ($3), and the extensive arcade and water-balloon arena serve as battlegrounds for settling inter-family disputes over whose father is the better astronaut. The center also hosts free WiFi and a snack bar, serving energy-packed foods to sustain childish fits of fun long into the night.
Counterpoint Pilates uses Balanced Body Pilates and Stotts fitness equipment in combination with fully certified Stott Pilates training to promote noodlelike flexibility, chiseled core muscles, and brawny backs. Classes on the schedule are designed to benefit all fitness and age levels, including sprightly teens, stiff-bodied seniors, and middle-aged cupcake muggers. For one-on-one muscle molding, private sessions are customized to the needs and goals of each Pilates patron, promoting personalized feedback for brisker betterment of the body. Located in the historic Rose Street Market Building, Counterpoint Pilates provides validated parking across the street. Click here for more details about parking and classes.
Under the watchful eye of ninth-year head coach Steve Hawkins, the Western Michigan Broncos look to continue a two-season winning-record run and fight to the top of the Mid-American Conference. Sophomore center Matt Stainbrook hopes to continue a stellar freshman year after kicking off the season with a 32-point game against South Dakota and a successful 32-minute staring match against South Dakota's mascot. Senior guard Mike Douglas, who landed the second most assists-per-season in school history in 2010–11, returns for another year of stealing and field-goal prowess.
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.
Voted Best Athletic Club by Kalamazoo Gazette readers in 2010, West Hills Athletic Club helps guests achieve their health goals with engaging instructors and a varied approach to fitness. The complex offers 11 body-bettering group classes for sweat junkies of all skill levels. The Body Blast class employs a variety of resistance equipment to amp up strength with total-body conditioning, and the Cardio Boxing class marries intense kickboxing moves and dance choreography set to a high-octane soundtrack to kick start cardiovascular systems.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women are spread across six locations, but they share a common goal: to help guests find their ideal physique. They accomplish this mission by filling their 15,000- to 25,000-square-foot facilities with ellipticals, arc trainers, and treadmills that engage cardios, cores, and limbs alongside group training classes led by certified personal and group fitness instructors. Visitors can also keep tabs on their progress with the centers’ fitness monitoring program and body mass testing.
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.