Events & Activities in Michigan

50% Off Pedal-Pub Cruise for Eight People

Grand Rapids

$280 $140

Pedal pubs are equipped with stereos and an iPod hookup; Groupon is valid for eight people, but can seat 16

Up to 43% Off Beer-Tasting Package at Kuhnhenn Brewing

Northwest Warren

$64 $39

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Brewery guests taste a pint of beer and receive a pint glass and t-shirt to take home

$5 for a Dance Class at Argentine Tango Detroit

Utica

$15 $5

Classes introduce dancers to Latin-style steps such as Argentine tango and salsa

$15 for Classes

Colonial Village

$29 $15

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Oasis Hot Tub Gardens – Up to 48% Off Hot Tub Session

Bryant Pattengill East

$29 $15

Spend time relaxing in a hot tub suite themed for an exotic locale around the world

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Macomb Symphony Orchestra – Up to 44% Off Brazilian Music

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

$21.50 $12

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Three takes on Brazilian sounds from French, Italian, and Brazilian composers, with virtuoso Brazilian guest pianist Maria Meirelles

44% Off Martial Arts

Dearborn

$105 $59

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53% Off Summer Camp at Cirque Amongus

Livonia

$210 $99

Instructors teach youngsters 10 circus skills, including magic tricks and walking on stilts, at a camp that culminates in a performance

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 58% Four Passes and 100 Tokens at Gamerz USA

Westland

$48 $20

Family-friendly gaming emporium offers battlefield laser tag, lazer maze challenge, gallery of arcade games, and kids zone

81% Off Capoeira Classes

Multiple Locations

$100 $19

The Brazilian art form melds dance, martial arts, and acrobatics into a rhythmic, mentally challenging workout

57% Off Boxing

West Bloomfield Township

$189 $81

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Ted Nugent – Up to 63% Off Concert

DTE Energy Music Theatre

$40.20 $15

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Motor City Madman performs a high-octane set with a killer, soul-influenced backing band

Up to 50% Off a Nine-Hole Round of Golf

Westwood

$32 $18

Duos traverse a scenic nine-hole, 1,710-yard course in their own golf cart and bottles of water

Half Off Michigan Wine Appreciation 101 Class for Two

Shelby Township

$80 $40

Tasting guides introduce participants to six boutique Michigan wines, pairing them with Michigan cheese and organic chocolates

76% Off Golf-Discount Card from PGAC

Multiple Locations

$80 $19

Membership cards grants two-for-one greens fees at more than 20 participating West Michigan golf courses for the 2014 and 2015 seasons

Up to 73% Off Martial Arts Self-Defense Classes

Southfield

$160 $49

Instructors lead classes designed to help beginners learn to defend themselves using martial arts maneuvers

Up to 79% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Meridian Fitness LLC

$180 $50

Burn fat and tone muscles with customized workouts and nutrition

Up to 53% Off Bowling with Shoe Rental and Sodas

Taylor

$22.58 $11

More than 48 synthetic lanes outfitted with wooden approaches and automatic scoring; cosmic bowling on Saturday afternoons

Up to 51% Off Unlimited Kickboxing & MMA Fitness Classes

Saint Clair Shores

$75 $37

Instructors emphasize physical fitness while students soak up self-defense skills

Up to 50% Off Classes at Canterbury Stained Glass

Pontiac Downtown

$96 $48

Students sip their own beverages while making ornaments, turning wine bottles into appetizer plates, or making jewelry with keepsakes

Up to 60% Off at Ford Lanes & Bel-Mark Lanes

Multiple Locations

$30 $12

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Automatic scoring stations track frames while groups enjoy one or two hours of bowling and optional three-topping pizza

Up to 31% Off Royal Oak Beer Fest

Downtown Royal Oak

$92.40 $64

Local and Michigan breweries serve up 3-oz. flights of their craftiest beers amid live music, fresh air, and food vendors

50% Off Ice Skating Classes

Novi

$90 $45

Skaters as young as 3 learn skating fundamentals from qualified instructors

Up to 53% Off Firing-Range Package

Battle Creek

$83.50 $39

The staff takes a patient, considerate approach to help guests feel comfortable operating a handgun

Up to 62% Off Pole-Dancing Classes or Party

Redford

$65 $29.99

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Gals of all fitness levels strut their stuff in pole-dancing sessions focused on stretching and strengthening; mini pole party for up to 10

Up to 59% Off Pilates

East Lansing

$60 $29

Skilled instructors can train bodies and minds to work in concert by guiding students through exercises that tone and shape muscles

65% Off Personal Fitness Program

Belleville

$60 $21

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66% Off at Fit For Life Bootcamp

Fit For Life

$65 $22

High-intensity boot-camp sessions open to all fitness levels; meal plan included with sign-up

50% Off a Three-Hour Kiteboarding Lesson

Muskegon

$350 $175

A group lesson that include gear teaches up to 10 people kiteboarding fundamentals, water and wind safety, and kite-recovery techniques

Half Off Racing Experiences

Michigan International Speedway

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Up to 47% Off Theme-Park Visit at Nelis’ Dutch Village

Holland

$20 $11

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Brightly colored tulips sprawl across this Dutch-themed park that houses traditional Dutch art and food as well as rides and a petting zoo

51% Off Voice or Instrument Lessons

Eastpointe

$80 $39

Experienced musicians teach students of all skill levels the fundamentals of singing or playing instruments like guitar and clarinet

Up to 59% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Emmett

$120 $60

Conducted at the rider’s own pace, lessons cover everything from grooming and tacking to English or western riding techniques

Up to 53% Off Kids' Gymnastics in Southgate

Southgate

$36 $20.75

Gymnastics classes for kids that teach strength, flexibility, and coordination in addition to building self-esteem and a strong work ethic

Up to 50% Off at Copper Ridge Golf Club

Davison

$100 $50

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Diverse course features deceivingly difficult approaches, intersecting waterways, and pristine course conditions

58% Off Martial Arts

Madison Heights

$119 $50

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Up to 66% Off Yoga, Pliates, or Boot-Camp Classes at Fitness Rx

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Classes engage students in challenging workouts that strengthen the body and rejuvenate the mind

Up to 50% Off Open-Studio Glass-Fusing Projects

Lowell

$20 $13

Create a glass work of art, such as a sun catcher, night-light, or tile, during open-studio sessions on Wednesdays

Up to 58% Off Party Package with Champagne

Inkster

$48 $20

Mingle with friends while sipping champagne at an LGBT nightclub with drag shows, live music, and DJs

Up to 60% Off at Killer Paintball

Romulus

$66 $32

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Two large indoor battlefields with turf floor, inflated obstacles, industrial-sized barrels, and barricades

Up to 62% Off 5K Mud Run

Holland

$79 $30

Mud run confronts entrants with 20–40 minutes of challenging terrain and various obstacles, ending in party and Facebook album

Up to 52% Off Golf at Maple Brook Golf Course

Charlotte

$60 $29

Designed by Tom Bendenlow, 9-hole course has invited golfers to traverse its gently rolling fairways since 1925

Up to 78% Off Six-Week Bootcamp from Renewal Body Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Fitness outdoor boot-camp classes build strength and flexibility over the course of six weeks in a tight-knit community of participants

Up to 81% Off Classes

Hamtramck

$130 $25

Morning and evening yoga classes across a schedule that includes advanced and beginner classes and a relaxing restorative yoga class

Up to 56% Off at Mulberry Hills Golf Club

Oxford

$100 $49

2014 marks the 52nd anniversary of the Hank Clayton–designed course, which rolls across 188 acres of oak trees and pristine conditions

Up to 56% Off Birthday Package or Family Pass

Okemos

$450 $199

Birthday parties with coordinators, lifeguards, drinks, paper goods, invitations, and cupcakes; heated pools with a tropical setting

Up to Half Off Mini Golf in Tecumseh

Tecumseh

$30 $15

Waterfalls, streams, and rocky outcrops surround an 18-hole course, which players navigate through stone pathways and rustic bridges

The Bronx Wanderers – Up to 43% Off Doo-Wop Concert

River Raisin Centre for the Arts

$35 $20

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Family band recreates the sound of '50s doo-wop and '60s rock 'n' roll in a nostalgic revue of golden oldies

56% Off Pilates and Fitness Classes

Downtown Birmingham

$75 $33

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Pilates equipment classes include reformer and springboard classes

ComedySportz – Up to 41% Off Improv

Michigan Actors Studio

$17 $10

Game-based comedy show pits teams of improvising funny folk against one another in a contest of light-footed joke making

50% Off Services

Ypsilanti

$60 $30

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Up to 53% Off Bowling and American Grill Food

Trenton

$64 $30

Groups can supplement two hours of bowling with pizza and soda; Classics Tavern features American fare and drinks

36% Off One-Hour Ice-Skating Rink Rental

Wayne

$195 $125

Rent out the community center's ice-skating arena for one hour, during which approximately 30 people can skate casually or play hockey

Up to 50% Off Scenic Train Ride

Coopersville

$23 $11.50

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Admire family-owned farms and other bucolic scenes during a 90-minute trek aboard a vintage, volunteer-run railroad

Up to 45% Off Wine or Beer Tasting at Hudsonville Winery

Hudsonville

$42.50 $25

After each sampling five different beers or wines, guests take a bottle of wine or a growler of beer home to enjoy

Half Off Ice-Skating Lessons

Hazel Park

$50 $25

Weekly classes instruct students in skills required to perform graceful figure-skating maneuvers or execute fast-paced hockey techniques

Up to 51% Off Yoga Classes at Snap Fitness

Harrison Township

$45 $22

Easy-to-understand yoga workouts designed for newcomers and regulars alike

Up to 77% Off Yoga Classes

Grosse Pointe Woods

$150 $49

Yoga classes from early morning to late evening; options run the gamut from gentle to athletic with added heat or free weights

Up to 54% Off All-Day Paintball Outing for Two or Four

Grandville

$62 $29

Indoor and outdoor battlefields invite sly sharpshooters to team up or stalk their prey with CO2-powered paintball guns

Up to 65% Off Group Fitness Classes

Vernon

$55 $25

Instructors modify moves so that Cardio Core, Zumba, and strength-training classes challenge students of all skill levels

55% Off Services

Traverse City

$325 $146

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Up to 50% Off at North Kent Golf Course

Rockford

$39 $20

18-hole, par 70 golf course challenges players with dogleg turns, six water hazards, and fairway bunkers

Up to 61% Off Learn-to-Ice-Skate Course

Fraser

$99 $39

Year-round lessons are available for students aged 3 and older

60% Off Powered-Hang-Glider Flight Lesson

Multiple Locations

$366 $145

A certified flight instructor pilots a lightweight two-person aircraft on a soaring flight above fields and rolling terrain

Up to 50% Off Boat Tour in Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

$48 $24

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Hour-long tour takes passengers under iconic Mackinac Bridge and past sights of Fort Michilimackinac and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Up to 50% Off Standup Paddleboard Lesson or Tours

Walled Lake

$45 $28

That's WasSUP's 2,200 square foot facility on Walled Lake offers standup paddleboard rentals, lessons, and tours

Up to 52% Off Tour de Food Cycling Event

Almont

$30 $17

Explore Eastern Michigan towns by bike, riding up to 20 miles with stops at artisan food shops and local farmstands

Up to 50% Off Whitewater Rafting

Norway

$320 $160

Whitewater rafting trips guide groups of six to eight people down scenic, lush Menominee River; overnight trips include camping and meals

Up to 55% Off One Month of CrossFit Training

Riverview

$149 $67

Dedicated CrossFit trainers tailor functional-fitness classes specifically to beginners

Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate – Up to 35% Off

Diesel Concert Lounge

$30.98 $20

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Progressive heavy-metal band rewards longtime fans with 25th anniversary tour of its greatest hits

Up to 69% Off Dance Lessons at City Style Tango

Clawson

$120 $39

Teacher of the Argentine tango imparts his skills to students of all experience levels during group or private dance lessons

Up to 41% Off YMCA Camps

Rose

$210 $129

Kids in grades K-8 fill their days with outdoorsy activities such as archery, ziplining, nature hikes, and canoeing at YMCA summer camp

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting at Free Run Cellars

Berrien Springs

$16 $8

Participants receive a souvenir glass and tastings of five of the winery's small-batch wines or spirits

Up to 67% Off Yoga and Barre Classes

Grosse Pointe Park

$180 $88

Sample four styles of yoga, including vinyasa and ashtanga, as well as ballet barre classes that tone and lengthen muscles

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Grosse Ile

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

45% Off a Private Wakeboarding Lesson

Brighton

$100 $55

Learn how to wakeboard during a one-on-one lesson that includes all necessary equipment

Up to 61% Off at Sauganash Golf Club

Three Rivers Michigan

$36 $17

Par 72 course spans 6,194 yd. of heavily wooded land next to the St. Joseph River

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On November 19, 1928, the Detroit Historical Society opened the Detroit Historical Museum in a one-room suite on the 23rd floor of the Barlum Tower, earning it the nickname of highest museum in the world. These days, Detroit’s Cultural Center accommodates the museum in an 80,000-square-foot space, where interactive exhibits preserve more than 300 years of city history. Frontiers to Factories traces Detroit's transformation from French-frontier outpost to industrial city, while America's Motor City celebrates its automotive dominance with a changing display of classic vehicles and a 1903 Model T that guests can sit in. Streets of Old Detroit brings the 19th century to life with recreated cobblestone streets that wind past stores of the era such as a five-and-dime, a soda shop, and a barbershop for powdered wigs.

Thanks to recent renovations, the society has expanded its chronicle of Detroit with three new permanent exhibitions. Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy covers the ways the city's industrial infrastructure adapted to demands of World War II, and The Gallery of Innovation includes videos about renown innovators and hands-on activities of trial-and-error. As The Allesee Gallery of Culture examines the city's cultural history, its Kid Rock Music Lab lets visitors create and share their own music using interactive displays. Outside, the Detroit Legends Plaza honors the city's sports, entertainment, and media legends with cemented handprints and signatures from stars such as Lily Tomlin and Martha Reeves.

5401 Woodward Ave
Detroit,
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"When we teach—from babyhood—people to move well, they'll enjoy doing it, and they'll continue doing it." Such is the philosophy of Gymco president and co-founder Doreen Bolhuis, which she relayed to the New York Times in a 2010 video report. The importance of starting young kids on the road toward athleticism is something Bolhuis is passionate about, especially as a former elite-level gymnastics coach who's been teaching for more than 35 years. It's a concept she calls "physical literacy," and she's appeared on news outlets such as Today, CNN, and ABC News to discuss how young children's physical training and development is just as important as their mental growth. Along those lines, Bolhuis created the GymTrix line of DVDs to help parents develop babies' fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

And Bolhuis's enthusiasm for childhood fitness is apparent at Gymco, where her staff undergoes a four-step technical and philosophical certification protocol on sports development. She has transformed what began in 1980 as a few classes held in a barn behind a local retirement home into a 5-acre, 16,000-square-foot first location and a second, state-of-the-art facility on the north side of town.

When you walk into either site, you'll see kids scaling rock walls, doing back flips, and defying imaginary pirates as they walk the plank-like high beam, improving their physical skills in sports, gymnastics, and cheerleading classes. What aren't as obvious are the internal changes that begin to manifest, from improved self-confidence and perseverance to the gradual building of character. Fulfilling her start-them-early mission, Bolhuis also offers classes designed specifically for preschoolers and kindergartners.

2121 Celebration Dr NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
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R.U.B. BBQ has earned shout-outs from the New York Times as well as a handful of television features for its tender, well-flavored meats. Various proteins are smoked daily and slathered in a made-from-scratch rub of more than 20 spices and herbs, and cooks begin each dish with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

Aromatic smoke wafting from ribs, chicken dishes, and seafood platters invites guests inside, where dangling light fixtures illuminate red walls and cobalt tiling along with 30 flatscreen televisions that were flattened when an elephant sat down. More than 100 tap and bottled brews, including a lengthy list of Michigan favorites, help to extinguish fiery spices.

5702 E 12 Mile Rd
Warren,
MI
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The 200-foot straightaway comes to an end in one of six wheel-testing curves. The Honda 5.5-horsepower engine hums in anticipation. The moment foot touches pedal, hydraulic brakes give their answer and the racing wheels cling to the textured concrete as the go-kart deftly whips through the turn. Coming up on the end of an eight-minute streak of adrenaline, racers zip past the final stretch of the 1/5-mile race track, tearing ahead of each other as the computerized timing system clocks each score to fuel future bragging rights and rematch challenges.

From Kart 2 Kart's café and bar, applause rises as family, friends, and opponents sizing up the competition send their appreciation down to the track, which they've been watching as they nosh on a selection of snacks and beverages. Juniors, meanwhile, wait their turn to hit the blacktop in age-appropriate Formula-K karts. Before strapping in, all racers receive instruction and a safety lesson, during which they learn how to operate the equipment, then strive to set records that can earn them a spot on the website's scoreboard.

42705 Van Dyke Ave
Sterling Heights,
MI
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A group of ESPN analysts looking for a bite to eat before taping their shouting match would do well to wander through Tripper's. Upon entering, they could brush up on fodder for their next debate by watching the eatery's 50 televisions flicker with heart-pumping sporting events from across the globe, from college football and Australian rugby to playoff baseball and amateur yak tickling.

Though they might posit a PTI-worthy opinion or two of their own, the sports fans who flock to Tripper's share two universal traits: a love of Michigan sports teams and a craving for classic pub eats. They keep their morale and energy high by devouring custom pizzas, Angus burgers, and homemade, seasoned potato chips in between whistles. Glasses of craft beer from Arcadia and Bells rise and clink amidst a wall of roaring cheers, celebrating touchdowns, game-winning goals, and home runs that make the ball shriek like Roger Daltrey. For those unsatisfied with letting others doing their competing for them, Tripper's has a collection of pool and foosball tables and arcade games. Tripper's chefs also sate classic American cravings at on-location parties with their catering and menu-planning services.

350 Frandor Ave
Lansing,
MI
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The Polo Fields Golf and Country Clubs encompasses two locations—one in Ann Arbor and one in Ypsilanti—each with its own 18-hole course and refined clubhouse. Designed by renowned architect William Newcomb, the par 72 Ann Arbor course channels the blustery hillocks and grass-eating bagpipes of courses in the United Kingdom with a 6,828-yard layout featuring broad, links-inspired fairways and deviously slick greens. A community fixture for nearly a century, the Washtenaw course takes clubbers on a verdant voyage among native oaks and cedars, burbling streams, and tranquil ponds. Both sites house fully stocked pro shops, where guests can peruse the latest in on-course duds, clubs, hats, and remote-controlled golf balls from brands such as TaylorMade, Adidas, FootJoy, and Titleist.

Guests can bask in views of the splendid links while enjoying regionally inspired American fare and frothy drinks at the clubs’ two dining facilities, both of which feature settings for a variety of occasions. Swimmers can stroke through the outdoor lap pool at the Washtenaw location, and sunbathers can lounge by the colossal, resort-style pool in Ann Arbor. Within the Ann Arbor fitness center, hearts race on elliptical machines, muscles pump free weights, and calories melt during group fitness classes, before muscles soak in the warm, golf-ball-free waters of the hot tub.

Ann Arbor Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Length of 6,828 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 73.3 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 141 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options
  • Link to scorecard

Washtenaw Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Length of 6,524 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 71.7 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 135 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options
  • Link to scorecard

5200 Polo Fields Dr
Ann Arbor,
MI
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