Baldwin Bowling Center’s 24 polished lanes reflect gleaming overhead lights and the competitive glint in bowlers’ eyes as they rack up spares and strikes with gutter-hugging curves. Automatic scoring systems keep track of each frame, freeing up bowlers to focus on hunting elusive turkeys and clearing the gutters of dried-up pins. The bowling center’s snack bar replaces energy lost while hurling balls or smashing buttons in the arcade room, which harbors games designed to further test one’s sharpshooting accuracy. During cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday evenings, glowing lights flood the lanes and the sounds of pins crashing share the airwaves with pulsating dance beats. Make reservations ahead of time to bowl from Sunday through Wednesday.
Showcasing hands-on, interactive exhibits, the nonprofit Georgia Children’s Museum sparks an enthusiasm for learning in visitors between the ages of 2 and 12. Youngsters can design a newspaper page in the journalism exhibit, anchor a news broadcast in the TV studio, or curl up with a book in the hushed confines of the reading room. Meanwhile, in the internationally themed Passport to the World exhibit, tykes don authentic kimonos, beat handmade African drums, and discover how Magellan built the blimp that he used to circumnavigate the globe. The Smarty Pants Gift Shop stocks glass pendant necklaces and Magna Morphs toys, whose sets of animal parts can be reassembled into new, imaginary creatures. Above the store, in the Little Learners’ Loft, kids aged 2 to 5 enhance their make-believe skills with age-appropriate toys. Along with its permanent exhibits, Georgia Children’s Museum accommodates kids with events and weekly activities, including craft and story times.
When the neon curlicues above its marquee first lit up in 1916, the Capitol Theatre promised Macon residents the finest movie-going experience available, with cozy leather seats and a gold-fiber screen. After shutting down in 1976, the theater languished for 30 years, suffering from water damage and neglect until renovation began in 2003, restoring the space to its former glory. Brass-banisters encircle the wrap-around balconies above the venue’s open floor, dotted with cabaret-style tables and seats occupied by frugal 1920s ghosts still trying to get their 15-cents worth from their original admission.
Nestled on a beautiful, secluded piece of land, the quarter-century-old Morgan View Farm offers lessons for fledgling horse-fanciers and veteran hoofers hoping to progress to the farm's competitive show-ring level. One-hour riding lessons are held in the farm’s scenic riding facilities, which feature panoramic views of the countryside's lush, green rolling hills and endlessly shifting woodland labyrinths. Each lesson focuses heavily on building basic horsemanship skills and confidence in the saddle, emphasizing respect for equine companions through simple gestures like holding open the stable door as they exit.
With more than 43,000 square feet of wall space displaying more than 3,000 different sports artifacts and memorabilia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the state’s greatest swimmers, skiers, shooters, short stops, and more. An ever-rotating range of exhibits fills the hallowed sports halls of this Macon museum, where more than 300 athletes are applauded for their athletic endeavors and record-setting jaw lines. Members gain access to GSHF's February 26 induction ceremony, honoring such gaming greats as Robert Davis, Joe DeLany, and James "J.T." Thomas. On the second Saturday evenings in March, April, and May, classic sports flicks such as the Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, and Rudy play in the 205-seat GSHF Theater during the sports film series, inviting you to root for the underdog or challenging you to remain staunchly neutral. Additional member benefits include 10% off at the museum gift shop, invitations to important museum events, and two guest passes. Museum members must give the Sports Hall of Fame their e-mail address in order to receive event invitations.
Since 1981, the Tubman African American Museum has educated, enriched, and challenged visitors with permanent and special exhibitions dedicated to African American art, history, and culture. The museum, which is named in honor of Civil War heroine Harriet Tubman, showcases a variety of permanent exhibitions, including collections of African American folk art, an inventors gallery devoted to black innovators, and a local-history exhibition focusing on African American culture in Georgia. The fine-art collection showcases opuses spanning from the 1800s through the present day. From Africa to America takes viewers on a visual journey with 55 feet of bright, surrealistic oil and acrylic mural painted by Wilfred R. Stroud, traversing from early Africa to the present day with iconic images of the people and events that shaped today’s world. A special exhibition opening July 22, 2011, Riffing on the Real: Afro-futurism in the Arts explores themes from traditional and contemporary black culture in the forms of fiction, traditional African masks, contemporary studio art, and comics. The museum's calendar delivers details on upcoming exhibitions and events.