Things To Do in Michigan

Panama on September 27 or Wanted on November 8 at The Stache at The Intersection (Up to 50% Off)

Panama or Wanted

The Stache at The Intersection

$12 $6

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VH tribute act pays homage to David Lee Roth era with glam costumes and elaborate shredding; Bon Jovi tribute rocks greatest hits

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

$85 $39

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

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

Paint and Pour

Multiple Locations

$35 $19.99

Enjoy a night of art at bars and restaurants across metro Detroit as you recreate the night's painting with provided materials and canvas

Three-Week CrossFit On-Ramp Program or 12 CrossFit Classes at Genesis Fitness Center (Up to 61% Off)

Genesis Fitness Center

Waverly

$200 $79

Intense, constantly varied CrossFit workouts build strength and boost stamina

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

$95 $49

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

VIP Visit to Haunted Attractions at Playland Fun Center (Up to 56% Off). Three Options Available.

Saint Lucifer's Haunted Asylum & 13 Feet Under

Playland Park

$100 $49

The souls of mistreated patients leap at guests from asylum hallways; zombies and subterranean ghouls guard the gates of 13 Feet Under

Macomb Symphony Orchestra Presents Ciao Italia! for One or Two on Friday, October 3, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Macomb Symphony Orchestra presents "Ciao Italia!"

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

$24 $14

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An accomplished tenor and mezzo-soprano join the MSO for an evening of Italian opera, songs, and orchestral works

Visit for Two or Four to Henry Ford Museum, Including Admission to the "Gridiron Glory" Exhibit (Up to 50% Off)

Henry Ford Museum

Dearborn

$36 $18

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Learn about about the humble beginnings and eventual growth of pro football before exploring a nine-acre building of Americana

Gun Training or a Concealed-Pistol-License Class for One or Two at Focus First Firearms Training (Up to 51% Off)

Focus First Firearms Training

Multiple Locations

$200 $99

Firearms experts keep students moving as they teach fundamentals and tactics such as proper draw, shooting on the move, and weapon retention

One-Hour Indoor Shooting-Range Package at Cleland's Outdoor World (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Cleland's Outdoor World

Monclova

$44 $24

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An indoor shooting-range hosts clients as they work on their aim using rented handguns in a controlled environment

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

Hush Haunted Attraction

Westland

$34 $20

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

Discovery Flight for One or Two at A&R Aviation (Up to 55% Off)

A&R Aviation

The Transit Center

$284 $139

Discovery flights let anyone experience the majesty of flight, starting with an on-ground lesson before taking off to view aerial landscapes

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

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

Round of Golf and Lunch for Two or Four at Fallen Timbers Fairways (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Fallen Timbers Fairways Golf Course

Monclova

$60 $31

18-hole course incorporates nine ponds and strategically placed tree lines that add challenge and charm

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

Harvest Moon Acres

Gobles

$16 $8

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

$40 for an Intro Michigan Wine Class for Two at MBTB Tasting Room ($80 Value). Two Dates Available.

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room

Shelby Township

$80 $40

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

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

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

Concealed-Pistol-License Course for One or Two at Tactical Weapons Training Center (Up to 48% Off)

Tactical Weapons Training Center

Southfield

$125 $65

Certified instructors use hands-on training to teach techniques that prepare students to apply for a concealed-handgun permit

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

Red Lotus Yoga

Rochester Hills

$80 $25

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

$13 for Laser Tag or Glo Mini Golf for Two at Zap Zone (Up to $26 Value). Six Locations Available.

Zap Zone

Multiple Locations

$26 $13

After choosing a glowing accessory, two people can enjoy a match of laser tag or a game of indoor mini golf

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

Panic at Pine Stump Hollow

St. Clair

$40 $20

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

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight at Royal Oak Music Theatre on September 28 at 7 p.m. (Up to 38% Off)

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight

Royal Oak Music Theatre

$56.50 $35

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Members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys debut a new collaborative album on a tour full of harmonies and choreography

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

$95 $29

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

General or VIP Admission with Tastings for Two at Vodka Rox Festival on October 10 (33% Off)

Vodka Rox

Royal Oak Farmers Market

$103.70 $69

Based at the farmers market, the festival features vodkas from near and far and includes tastings, live music, and food vendors

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

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

$180 $29

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

$18 for $35 Groupon — Executive Farms Inc.

Executive Farms

Mundy

$35 $18

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

18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Vassar Golf and Country Club (Up to 50% Off)

Vassar Golf and Country Club

Vassar

$58 $29

Beginner-friendly par 72 course at a club with a grill, practice green, and chipping area

18-Hole Golf Outing for Two or Four at Sand Hills Golf Resort (Up to 59% Off)

Sand Hills Golf Resort

Thedford

C$105.98 C$49.99

An Old Western–style clubhouse oversees a 5,536-yard course with seven interconnected ponds and undulating greens

One Hour of Jumping for Two or Four, or 10 Jump Sessions at Sky Zone (Up to 43% Off)

Sky Zone

Kentwood

$28 $16

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

Group or Individual Classes at Pilates Center of East Lansing (Up to 59% Off). Six Options Available.

Pilates Center of East Lansing

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

Corn Maze Admission for Two or Four at DeBuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch (Up to 55% Off)

DeBuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Van Buren

$22 $11

Guests wind their way through a 13-acre corn maze with Farm Scene Investigation mystery game; access to rides also included

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

Airway Lanes Fun Center

Portage

$20 $12

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

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at Chase Hammond Golf Club in Muskegon (Up to 51% Off)

Chase Hammond Golf Club

Muskegon

$76 $39

18-hole course weaves through dense woodland and offers occasional glimpses of turkeys, eagles, foxes, and other wildlife.

Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Half Off).

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Michigan International Speedway

$129 $64

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

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

Holland Aquatic Center

Holland

$18 $12

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

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

LifeStyle Fitness Gold

Eastpointe

$500 $250

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

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

$60 $35

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

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

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

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

Three Haunted Attractions for Two People in September or October at Past Tense After Dark (Up to 53% Off )

Past Tense After Dark

Lapeer

$40 $19

Frightening ghouls wait around every corner inside the mansion and on the grounds, making escape harrowing

One or Two Months of Unlimited Classes at Martial Arts Unlimited (Up to 60% Off)

Martial Arts Unlimited

Madison Heights

$135 $55

Instructors aid students of levels in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Taw Kwon Do techniques to improve coordination, strength, and confidence

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

Fitness Rx

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

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

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

$25 $13

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

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

The Fighting Fit

Wyandotte

$199 $99

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

9- or 18-Hole Rounds of Golf at Arrowhead Golf Course (Up to 60% Off). Four Options Available.

Arrowhead Golf Course

Lowell

$38 $19

Creeks bisect multiple fairways, shaping the difficult tee-to-green layout of the 18-hole, par 72 course lined with oak and pine trees

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

Stilettos

Inkster

$48 $20

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

Three-Hour Paintball Package for Two, Four, or Six at Killer Paintball (Up to 60% Off)

Killer Paintball

Romulus

$66 $32

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

$35 for Registration for One at Holi Color Festival on Saturday, September 27 ($69 Value)

Holi Color Festival

Registration Tent

$69 $35

Colorful festival influenced by the Hindu Holi celebration includes a paint party, electronic dance music, Indian food, and barbecue

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

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

$100 $19

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

Six-Week Outdoor Bootcamp or Sunday Beginner Bootcamp from Renewal Body Bootcamp (Up to 78% Off)

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

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

Pump It Up

Auburn Hills

$21 $10.50

Lauded by Parents magazine, the center's giant, soft inflatables beckon shoeless kids to romp freely during pop-in play and open jump time

Four Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large Range-Ball Buckets at Player's Choice Golf (Up to 53% Off)

Player's Choice Golf

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Take reps with the whole golf bag from woods to wedges with range-ball buckets for indoor or outdoor golf

$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

$30 $15

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

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

Monroe Tang Soo Do

Monroe

$70 $19

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

Visit for Two or Four People, or Household Membership with Special Events to Cranbrook Art Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Cranbrook Art Museum

Bloomfield Hills

$16 $8

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Current exhibits include display of Warhol's record covers; five new exhibitions to open by March 15, including jewelry by Harry Bertoia

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

$70 $35

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

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

$78 $45

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

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

Brookshire Inn & Golf club

Williamstown

$80 $39

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

Two-Hour Bowling Package for Up to Five, or $50 Worth of Tavern Food at 10 Pins of Trenton (Up to 53% Off)

10 Pins of Trenton

Trenton

$64 $30

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

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

Motivated 2 Move

Wayne

$96 $29

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

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

$14 $8

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

$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

$50 $25

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

10 Yoga or Fitness Classes at CCPlus @ The Center (Up to 69% Off)

CCPlus @ The Center

Mount Clemens

$80 $25

Instructors lead students through fitness classes, including Zumba, Kickboxing, Yoga, Insanity, Stability Ball and Barre Workouts

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

Grosse Pointe Academy of Taekwondo

Grosse Pointe

$10 $5

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

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

Glenkerry Golf Course

Greenville

$34 $19

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

$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

$269 $99

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

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

ARTengage

Rockford

$30 $22

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

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

$80 $25

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

Tandem Skydiving for One or Two with Video and Stills at Skydive Hastings (Up to 43% Off)

Skydive Hastings

Multiple Locations

$367 $209

Groundschool prepares jumpers for their tandem skydive, after which they'll jump with a USPA-certified instructor; video and stills

Mackinaw City Boat Tour from Straits Area Tour Company (Up to 50% Off). Two Options.

Straits Area Tour Company

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

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

Pump It Up

Wixom

$21 $10.50

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

One or Three One-Hour Private Golf Instruction at Pure Swing Golf Academy (Up to 51% Off)

Pure Swing Golf Academy

Downtown Rochester

$100 $49

Golf instructors work one-on-one with students in instruction tailored to their needs

Half-Day, 1-Night, or 2-Night Menominee River Rafting Trip from Tarka's Whitewater Journey (Up to 51% Off)

Tarka’s Whitewater Rafting

Norway

$96 $49

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

Jack Russell's Great White at Diesel Concert Lounge (Up to 56% Off)

Eric Martin of Mr. Big, Nonpoint, or Great White

Diesel Concert Lounge

$16.98 $10

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Rock out to nü metal from Nonpoint or relive classic hard-rock memories with Jack Russell's Great White

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

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

6- or 12-Week Boot Camp at STS Active (Up to 52% Off)

STS Active

Highland

$150 $75

Boot camp runs twice a week and combines cardio, strength, endurance, core, and flexibility training

18-Hole Round of Golf for 2 or 4, Including Cart Rental and a Hot-Dog Lunch at Ironwood Golf Club (Up to 54% Off)

Ironwood Golf Club

Oceola

$70 $35

18-hole golf course features two sets of tees for varying skill levels and challenges players with water hazards on nearly half the holes

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

Niles Haunted House

Niles

$48 $28

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

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

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Grosse Pointe Shores

$24 $12

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

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

$30 $15

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

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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
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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 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