Things To Do in Michigan

Presale: Harlem Globetrotters Game at Van Andel Arena on January 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. (Up to Half Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Van Andel Arena

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$63.25 $38

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1 or 3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Master Flack's Martial Arts Academy (65% Off)

Master Flack's Martial Arts Academy

Center Line

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$85 $39

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$19.99 for Two-Hour Painting Class for One at Any Paint and Pour Location, Sunday–Thursday ($35 Value)

Paint and Pour

Multiple Locations

Enjoy a girl’s night out at bars & restaurants across metro Detroit as you recreate the night’s painting with provided materials & canvas

$35 $19.99

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$25 for Two-Day German Festival with Beer Mugs and Food and Drinks for Two at Old Town Oktoberfest (Up to $40 Value)

Old Town Oktoberfest

Old Town

Two-day festival with live music from alternative-rock headliners, German and American beer, and German foods such as spaetzle and bratwurst

$40 $25

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at Pierce Lake Golf Course (Up to 48% Off)

Pierce Lake Golf Course

Chelsea

Course characterized 26 acres of heavily forested regions teeming with frequent water hazards and diverse ecosystems of flora and fauna

$95 $49

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All-Day Paintball Package for 4, 6, or 12 from Paintball International (Up to 82% Off). Multiple Locations Available.

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$100 $19

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$13 for Visit to Indoor Play Center and Kids' Meals for Two at Jungle Java ($26 Value)

Jungle Java

Multiple Locations

Kids play in maze of forest huts and treehouses, then gather around a table for food like chicken strips, mac and cheese, or hot dogs

$26 $13

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$49 for Tavalo Leaf Glassblowing Class at Glass Academy ($100 Value)

Glass Academy

West Downtown Dearborn

Experienced glass artisans help students manipulate molten glass into stunning, colorful leaves using 100% recycled glass

$100 $49

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Concealed-Carry-Weapons Course for One or Two at Semper Fi Firearms Training, LLC (Up to 52% Off)

Semper Fi Firearms Training, LLC

Comfort Inn

US Marines teach eight-hour CCW and CPL courses that meet Michigan’s requirements to apply for a concealed-weapon license

$135 $67

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$35 for One Round of Golf for Two with Cart Rental at Hilltop Golf Course ($76 Value)

Hilltop Golf Course

Plymouth

18-hole, par 70 course with pine tree groves and rolling hills; clubhouse with a well-stocked pro shop

$76 $35

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General or VIP Admission for Two or Four to Hush Haunted Attraction (Up to 44% Off)

Hush Haunted Attraction

Westland

Prepare yourself for ghoulish beings and surprises as you make your way through this dark and twisted horror show

$34 $20

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Open Skate with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Troy Sports Center (50% Off)

Troy Sports Center

Troy

Sports center hosts open-skate sessions on ice rink, where pairs can glide along with skate rentals

$18 $9

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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10 Yoga and Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Clarkston Hot Yoga (Up to 59% Off)

Clarkston Hot Yoga

Clarkston

Instructors help students of all abilities boost strength and endurance during yoga and fitness classes

$145 $59

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Fall Fun for Two, Four, or Six at Harvest Moon Acres (Up to 56% Off)

Harvest Moon Acres

Gobles

5-acre corn maze, petting zoo, and hayrides among attractions

$16 $8

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$15 for a One-Hour Trampoline Session for Two at Sky Zone. Two Locations Available ($30 Value)

Sky Zone

Multiple Locations

Bounce along an indoor landscape complete with trampolines angled against the wall and pits filled with foam cubes

$30 $15

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$19 for a 2014 and 2015 Golf-Discount Membership Card for Two from PGAC ($80 Value)

PGAC

Multiple Locations

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

$80 $19

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Two Tickets to Brew at the Burgh on October 16 or Sips & Sounds on November 6 (Up to 50% Off)

City of Southfield

Multiple Locations

Guests sample craft beers and wines with a seasonal twist while listening to music

$40 $20

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes, or Two Months of Unlimited Classes at Red Lotus Yoga (Up to 72% Off)

Red Lotus Yoga

Rochester Hills

Certified yoga teachers lead 13 class styles, including hot Vinyasa, Yin yoga, and beginner-based gentle classes

$80 $25

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$15 for a One-Hour Trampoline Session for Two at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park ($30 Value)

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Taylor

Bounce along an indoor landscape complete with trampolines angled against the wall and pits filled with foam cubes

$30 $15

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Haunted Attractions for Two or Four at Panic at Pine Stump Hollow (Up to 51% Off)

Panic at Pine Stump Hollow

St. Clair

Two 15-minute haunted attractions, filled with sneaky, scary actors, frighten visitors walking through a half-mile trail and dark house

$40 $20

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$39 for an Introductory CrossFit Training Package at CrossFit Bloomfield ($150 Value)

CrossFit Bloomfield

Bloomfield Hills

Certified CrossFit coaches lead inspiring, all-levels classes that build strength, speed, endurance, and coordination

$150 $39

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One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes or 10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Yoga Shala and Wellness Center (Up to 71% Off)

Yoga Shala and Wellness Center

Dearborn Heights

Studio gears classes toward every skill level with sessions ranging from relaxing Slow Flow to challenging Vinyasa

$95 $29

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Jim Breuer at Royal Oak Music Theatre on Saturday, October 4, at 8 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

Jim Breuer

Royal Oak Music Theatre

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Actor and comedian from SNL, Half Baked, and Fridays With Breuer delves into his life on stage and at home

$43 $25

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$29 for a Dance-Lesson Package for an Individual or a Couple ($180 Value)

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

Highly trained and certified dance instructors guide students through fancy footwork in private and group lessons

$180 $29

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$18 for $35 Groupon — Executive Farms Inc.

Executive Farms

Mundy

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$35 $18

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$9 for Admission for Two to Frankenmuth Corn Maze ($18 Value)

Frankenmuth Corn Maze

Frankenmuth

Guests get access to a five-acre corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, and farm tours

$18 $9

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One or Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Four at Interstate Lanes (Up to 58% Off)

Interstate Lanes

Rossford/Perrysburg

This 40-lane bowling alley welcomes groups with automatic scoring, a video arcade, and an onsite eatery

$32 $15

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One-Hour of Open-Jump Time with Socks for Two or Four People at Sky Zone (43% Off)

Sky Zone

Kentwood

Wall-to-wall trampolines provide an hour of all-ages bouncing

$30 $17

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Round of FootGolf for Two, Four, or Six at The Falcon Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

The Falcon Golf Course

East Lansing

Maneuver a regulation soccer ball into a series of cups in a novel hybrid of soccer and golf

$28 $15

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Corn Maze Admission for Two, Four, or Six at The Pumpkin Factory (Up to 52% Off)

The Pumpkin Factory

Belleville

Visitors of all ages peruse a massive corn maze at this family-friendly farm that also features a pumpkin patch, petting farm, and hay rides

$20 $11

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Two Rounds of Mini Golf for Two or Four at Airway Lanes Fun Center (Up to 40% Off)

Airway Lanes Fun Center

Portage

Amusement center with traditional 31-lane alley and 8 private-lane suites with TVs, also go-karts, laser tag, laser maze, and bumper cars

$20 $12

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$15 for 2 Muskegon Oktoberfest Evening Entries at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex on 10/4 ($30 Value)

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

Muskegon

The evening of German-inspired activities starts with a beer-tasting trail and merrily continues with live bands and entertainment

$30 $15

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Super-Speedway Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 60% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Michigan International Speedway

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

$129 $64

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$12 for Four Single-Visit Passes at Holland Aquatic Center ($18 Value)

Holland Aquatic Center

Holland

Aquatic center with water playground, three-story water slide, floating obstacle course, and head to watery basketball court

$18 $12

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One Month of Bridal Boot Camp for Up to Four or Eight at LifeStyle Fitness Gold (Up to 54% Off)

LifeStyle Fitness Gold

Eastpointe

Boot camps that meet three times per week get brides in shape before their big day with progressive classes that burn calories

$500 $250

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Access to Haunted Barn, Hayride, and Dark Maze for Two or Four at Salem's Haunted Barn (Up to 43% Off)

Salem's Haunted Barn

Capac

Family-friendly attractions include haunted barn, cron maze, and hayride around scenic farm decorated for autumn

$60 $35

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Castle Creek Golf Club (Up to 54% Off)

Castle Creek Golf Club

Arcadia

Medieval castle-like clubhouse sets tone for a dramatic course characterized by rolling terrain, arched stone bridges, and water features

$60 $29

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Adult Starter Package with One Day of Climbing or One-Month Membership to Planet Rock (Up to 59% Off)

Planet Rock

Multiple Locations

Two indoor climbing facilities offer top-roping, lead, and bouldering challenges, along with treadmill climbing wall with adjustable speeds

$95 $39

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10 or 20 Yoga, Pliates, or Boot-Camp Classes at Fitness Rx (Up to 66% Off)

Fitness Rx

Multiple Locations

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

$100 $39

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Pizza and Pitchers of Beer for Two or Four at Bar 153 Sports Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Bar 153 Sports Bar and Grill

Garden City

Pizzas and cold pitchers of beer served in a sports bar with pool tables, 30 high-def TVs, and themed nights with karaoke or DJs

$25 $13

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$99 for Month of Unlimited Classes with Boxing Gloves and T-Shirt at The Fighting Fit ($199 Value)

The Fighting Fit

Wyandotte

Choose from array of classes, from kickboxing to CrossFit, to get in shape within full-equipped gym that has MMA cage, pro shop, and showers

$199 $99

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$23 for a Social Painting Session from Arts & Carafes Studio ($35 Value)

Arts & Carafes Studio

Forest Hills

Friends meet at Arts & Carafes Studio's new studio or restaurants across the area to paint pictures that range from cityscapes to flowers

$35 $23

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Club Admission with Champagne for Four or Eight at Stilettos (Up to 58% Off)

Stilettos

Inkster

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

$48 $20

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18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental and a Hot Dog Lunch for 2 or 4 at Woodside Meadows Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

Woodside Meadows Golf Course

Romulus

Relatively short 18-hole layout with ample opportunity for low scores and leisurely play

$74.50 $39

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Two Laser-Tag Games for Two or Four at Edru Skate*A*Rama (50% Off)

Edru Skate*A*Rama

Holt

Dodge laser beams in two games of laser tag

$24 $12

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All-Day Paintball Package for Up to 4, 6, or 12 & Equipment Rental from Paintball International (Up to 82% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

Equipped with rental paintball markers and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$100 $19

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Weekday or Weekend Cooking Class for One or Two, Plus One-Year Membership at The Cellar Door (Up to 65% Off)

The Cellar Door

Auburn Hills

Chefs teach small groups professional techniques for preparing soups, rustic Italian dishes, seafood, and pastries during hands-on classes

$99 $35

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Golf-Club Fitting at Player's Choice Golf & Okemos Golf Center (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Player's Choice Golf

Okemos Golf Dome

Fitting experts use FlightScope X2 equipment to customize club fittings according to each golfer's unique needs and swing

$50 $25

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$15 for Four Rounds of Mini Golf at Stone Mountain Family Fun Center in Tecumseh (Up to $30 Value)

Stone Mountain Family Fun Center

Tecumseh

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

$30 $15

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One or Three Months of Family-Style Martial-Arts Classes at Monroe Tang Soo Do (Up to 73% Off)

Monroe Tang Soo Do

Monroe

Experienced instructors pass down martial arts wisdom to students of all ages

$70 $19

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Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra's 2014–15 Season (Up to 51% Off)

Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra

Christ Church Cranbrook

An international cello star, a fable about the Devil and a soldier, and 20th-century masterwork number among this season’s highlights

$50 $25

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes or 1 Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Little Lotus Wellness Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Little Lotus Wellness Studio

Ferndale

Instructors lead yoga classes featuring styles ranging from hatha and vinyasa to yin and restorative

$70 $35

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18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Pine View Golf Course in Ypsilanti (Up to 46% Off)

Pine View Golf Course

Pine View Golf Course

Fairways lined by stately Michigan pines guide golfers along 6,490-yard course with 18 holes

$78 $45

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18 Holes of Golf and Cart for Two or Four at Brookshire Inn & Golf Club (Up to 53% Off)

Brookshire Inn & Golf club

Williamstown

Golfers work their way through a 6,300 yd. course dotted with obstacles, then can visit a restaurant that hosts frequent patio parties

$80 $39

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Two-Hour Bowling Package for Up to Five, or $50 Worth of Tavern Food at 10 Pins of Trenton (Up to 63% Off)

10 Pins of Trenton

Trenton

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

$64 $24

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12 Dance Classes for One or Two at Motivated 2 Move (Up to 71% Off)

Motivated 2 Move

Wayne

Students of all fitness levels burn calories as they move to the beat in invigorating dance classes

$96 $29

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William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" at Theatre at Grand Valley on September 26–October 5 (Up to 50% Off)

William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors"

Theatre at Grand Valley

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Two sets of estranged twins go through a day of madcap misunderstandings

$14 $8

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One Month of Kids' Gymnastics, Dance, or Karate Classes for One or Two at Horizon Complex (Up to 51% Off)

Horizon Complex

Jenison

Beginner gymnastics classes––which teach tumbling basics––karate and dance classes welcome kids aged 2–12

$50 $25

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$25 for Four Weeks of Ice-Skating Lessons at Hazel Park Learn to Ice Skate ($50 Value)

Hazel Park Learn to Ice Skate

Hazel Park

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

$50 $25

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart and Hot Dog Lunch at Hickory Hollow Golf Club (Up to 52% Off)

Hickory Hollow Golf Course

Macomb

Enjoyable mix of open expanses and narrow, tree-lined fairways that incorporate streams, doglegs, and hard-to-read greens

$78 $39

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Up to 50% Off Fitness Gym — Grosse Pointe Academy of Taekwondo; Valid Monday, Wednesday

Grosse Pointe Academy of Taekwondo

Grosse Pointe

Zumba classes combine dance moves with strength training to the beat of Latin & international tunes

$10 $5

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Golf with Cart Rental for One or Two at Glenkerry Golf Course (Up to 44% Off)

Glenkerry Golf Course

Greenville

18-hole course bears all the marks of a links-style layout, including deep bunkers, rolling mounds, and few trees

$34 $19

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$99 for a One-Night Stay and Two Days of Unlimited Golf and Range Balls for Two at Marsh Ridge ($269 Value)

Marsh Ridge

Otsego Lake

In between two full days of golf on a marshland-stationed championship course, guests retire to well-appointed accommodations for some R&R

$269 $99

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Two-Hour Painting Classes for One or Two at ARTengage! (Up to 33% Off)

ARTengage

Rockford

Local artists provide all the necessary supplies as they guide participants through a featured painting

$30 $22

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10 or 20 Group Fitness Classes at Shake, Shimmy, Sweat Group Fitness, Inc (Up to 72% Off)

Shake, Shimmy, Sweat Group Fitness, Inc

Clinton Township

Passionate fitness instructor Jennifer and her team helm a melange of group fitness classes, including Zumba, hot yoga, and Pilates

$80 $25

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$25 for General Admission for One to the Zombie Beer Fest ($35 Value)

Zombie Beer Fest

Dorr

Halloween-themed beer festival showcasing a variety of beers, wines, ciders, meads, and spirits

$35 $25

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3, 5, or 10 Regular Open Jump Sessions at Pump It Up (Up to 57% Off)

Pump It Up

Wixom

Inflatable bouncers, slides, and obstacle courses host jumpers during open-play sessions

$21 $10.50

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Beginner's Golf Lessons or Advanced Swing Lessons at Reason's Golf Academy (Up to 74% Off)

Reason's Golf Academy

Multiple Locations

Golf pros use video analysis to teach the Ferris-wheel technique, fostering dependable swings in private lessons

$375 $99

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10 Fitness Classes at The Studio Mind & Body Fitness in Richmond (83% Off)

Mind & Body Fitness at The Studio

The Studio Mind Body Fitness

Studio aims to rebalance patrons’ bodies & minds through group fitness classes such as yoga, TRX, spin, Zumba & Pilates held 6 days/week

$150 $25

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10 Group or 2 Private Dance Lessons at City Style Tango (Up to 69% Off)

City Style Tango

Clawson

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

$120 $39

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10 or 15 Body Blast or Kickboxing Classes or 10 Youth Sports Training Classes at STS Active (Up to 64% Off)

STS Active

Highland

Fitness sessions built lean physiques with blend of high and low intensity workouts; sports training help kids with speed and agility

$140 $60

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Hawk Meadows & Willow Brook Golf Club (Up to 48% Off)

Hawk Meadows & Willow Brook Golf Club

Multiple Locations

Golfers choose between pair of courses, which feature sparse tree lines, open fairways, and challenging bunkers around contoured greens

$72 $39

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Triple Dog Dare Attraction Pass and Blackout Event for One or Two at Niles Haunted House (Up to 43% Off)

Niles Haunted House

Niles

Brave through three haunted houses; return for Blackout! on Saturday, November 8 to try it in the dark

$48 $28

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Guided Tour for Two, Four, or Six at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (50% Off)

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Grosse Pointe Shores

Tours of the Ford family’s historic home as well as 87 acres of landscaping highlighting local flora and ecosystems

$24 $12

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9- or 18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart for One or Two at Morrison Lake Golf Club (Up to 52% Off)

Morrison Lake Golf Club

Saranac

Pine-lined fairways and the waters of Morrison Lake serve as an idyllic backdrop to 9- or 18-hole rounds on a par 70 course

$30 $15

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Grosse Ile

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

$129.95 $49

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Paintball Package with Gear and 100 Paintballs Per Person for One, Two, or Four (Up to 53% Off)

Futureball Paintball & Airsoft

Green Oak

Amid dense forests, open terrain, and abandoned vehicles, participants face off across 14 referee-supervised playing fields

$40 $20

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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 renowned innovators and hands-on activities involving 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
Detroit,
MI
US

"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
US

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
US

The 300-foot straightaway comes to an end in one of six wheel-testing curves. The Honda 6.5-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 caf? 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
US

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
US

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
US