Skaters of all ages and arabesque abilities soar across Monroe Multi-Sports Complex's vast rink—the former home to 2011 NHL recruit Matt Mahalak. Though the rink acts as the complex’s nucleus of activity—hosting hockey games, figure skating exhibitions, skating lessons, and public skate sessions—, an adjacent field house promotes more land-based sports, including youth and adult soccer, dodge ball, and flag football. Additionally, a collection of springy inflatables allows young visitors to bounce for up to a full day or until they finally convince gravity to permanently reverse.
Passionate staffers stay on hand to offer skating tips during public sessions, assist guests as they sign for one of the soccer leagues, or be of assistance in case of a hot-chocolate overdose. In keeping with their commitment to physical education, the complex’s team of instructors also coach home-schooled children for credits, as well as give birthday children the gift of adrenaline-pumping exercise during party packages.
Phoenix Theatres transports its audiences to exotic lands, forbidden romances, and CGI-animal kingdoms of the 100% digital silver screen. With some films shown in RealD XL 3-D, crowds can immerse themselves even further into the suspended belief of film. Phoenix Theatres' Ensemble offers a rotating selection specialty programs such as plays, operas, and ballets. Concessions provide free refills on sodas and large popcorns, fueling imaginations for sprints toward stories' thrilling or heartwarming resolutions.
On December 9, 15, and 16, the Winter Wonderland festival will spread cheer throughout downtown Flat Rock, thanks to the efforts of grassroots organization Support Local Downriver. Crowds can peruse the wares of local vendors inside a heated tent at the First Congregational Church, pose for photo and video Christmas cards with Santa at Mr. Beans Treatery, or take a ride through town aboard a horse-drawn carriage.
The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
Belmar II Bowling Center gathers brigades of pin-pummeling patrons to launch spheres down its bevy of slick surfaces. After strapping on pairs of rental shoes, parties of four fling their orbs down one of Belmar II Bowling Center's 32 lanes as clusters of pins screech in frequencies audible only to needles. Black lights and strobe lights illumine alleys during weekly rounds of cosmic bowling as participants amass strikes and spares in an environment aglow with vivid neon hues. Pours of beer or soda soak tongues in rivulets of wheat, hops, or carbonated caffeine, keeping players relaxed and alert for their next frame or alley-based political debate.