Things To Do in Michigan

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

Michel'le – Up to 38% Off R&B Concert

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom

$32.25 $20

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The star of "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" unleashes the powerful voice behind the hit "No More Lies"; Detroit duo Raw Voyces opens

Yanni – Up to 53% Off Concert

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre

$32.15 $15

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Globally famous composer and pianist performs classic favorites and new album tracks backed by a full orchestra

$15 for Classes

Colonial Village

$29 $15

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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 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

Up to 81% Off Fitness Classes or Program

Canton

$99 $19

Fitness classes use high-intensity kickboxing moves to burn calories; six-week weight-loss program includes check-ins and unlimited classes

67% Off Kickboxing Classes at Master Gauss' Martial Arts Center

Westland

$75 $25

Students train with partners, soaking up self-defense skills and toning muscles in a spacious 4,000 square-foot gym

81% Off Capoeira Classes

Multiple Locations

$100 $19

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

Up to 48% Off Fun Center Activities with Pizza for One

Farmington Hills

$32.47 $17

Activities such as miniature golf, Go-Karts, batting cages, bungee trampoline, and arcade alongside GG's made-to-order pizza

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

Fred Astaire Dance Studio – 90% Off Classes

Bloomfield Hills

$256 $25

Certified instructors lead dancers through the basic steps that make up the foundation of ballroom dance

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

44% Off Popcorn, Cotton Candy, or Snow Cone Rental

Royal Oak

$80 $45

Party rentals dole out carnival-style snacks for up to 50 guests

Up to 68% Off Fitness Classes

Novi

$90 $29

Expansive studio with slip-resistant Zebra mats, 24 hanging heavy bags, and men's and women's bathrooms with showers; 36 classes per week

Up to 63% Off Personal Training

Battle Creek

$270 $99

Personal trainers push clients toward their fitness goals in one-hour one-on-one sessions held in a private training studio

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

25% Off Race-Day Package

Brooklyn

$400 $299

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Have your name plastered to a race car with sponsorship packages that include complimentary pit and garage passes

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 60% Off at Arrowhead Golf Course

Lowell

$36 $15

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

Up to 82% Off Paintball for 4, 6, or 12

Multiple Locations

$100 $19

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

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 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

Up to 54% Off Golf Outing with Cart and Lunch

Fremont

$81 $39

Carts zoom across narrow fairways on this 18-hole, par 72 course that winds along hilly terrain peppered with intervening ponds and creeks

Up to 56% Off Ice-Skating at Civic Ice Arena

Melvindale

$45 $20

Groups of four enjoy open ice-skating sessions with snacks; lessons include 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of practice

AJ's Family Fun Center – 40% Off

Multiple Locations

$10 $6

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Center hosts activities and amusements including go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats, and mini golf

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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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Since 1976, the instructors at Dance Scene have been improving the dance-floor navigational skills of students ranging from beginners to seasoned pros—the latter being any professional dancers covered in black pepper and basil. In a private or group environment, teachers share the basic steps and advanced moves of ballroom and Latin styles. They also lead regular social dance parties that begin with a specialized lesson covering moves from styles such as the Argentine tango before diving into a free-form celebration of movement. In addition to their time spent at the studio, the Dance Scene team members can lend their services to offsite events.

25333 Van Dyke Ave
Center Line,
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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High cholesterol and high blood pressure—the doctor who gave trainer Emeka Umeh this diagnosis unknowingly lit a fire beneath a patient already tired of his XXL-sized wardrobe. Emeka worked to overcome the unhealthy habits that had fallen into, completing hardcore workouts that eventually slimmed him down to a mere 10.3% body fat. With compassion for those in similar plights, Emeka now guides patrons of all fitness levels through intensive workouts designed to boost their metabolism and tone their musculature at Fit Body Boot Camp. Each session combines both cardio and strength training, drawing together innovative suspension training and battling ropes with primal strength-training techniques that hark back to when early humans first drove their Camaros out of the primordial soup. Over the course of camp, many patrons see slimmer physiques and beefed-up brawn emerge. In addition to leading boot campers, Emeka also offers personal-training services, conducts body assessments to chart his clients' progress, and outlines nutritional plans, pushing his patrons to live healthier lifestyles.

2824 E Grand River 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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