Roller Fox Skating Center offers a wide wooden floor where family and friends can safely race around the rink or whirl at near light speed in the exact middle. Guests strap on fresh sets of inline skates or conventional quad skates and glide to games of crack-the-whip across the wide wooden floor or skate over to the snack bar to nosh on pizza, fries, or soda.
Within Sherman Bowling Center, 50 synthetic lanes tempt families and league players alike to score strikes. Ensuring fun for all ages and abilities levels, the staff helps newbie bowlers connect with pins by activating bumpers, and challenges pros by hiding the pins. Between turns, guests can sip beer and refuel with a menu of burgers, quesadillas, and onion rings at the onsite restaurant, and, post game, kids can earn tickets for prizes such as footballs and mini air-hockey tables in the on-site arcade.
Founded by a ski tech with experience working at a premier Colorado resort, Northern Edge specializes in skiing and snowboarding, offering the kind of personalized care that’s often unavailable at larger sporting-goods stores. Skilled staffers with several years of experience handling winter equipment will tune your skis or snowboard in-house, generally on the spot while you wait. Sharpened edges will bite through ice and protect your pricey investment for winters to come. After the edges are sufficiently honed, the tuner will pamper your board or skis with a coat of hot wax, followed by a detailed buffering. This treatment will reduce snow friction, producing a smoother, faster ride to help snow-surfers shake off ravenous, snowmobile-riding mountain goats.
Scores of dedicated volunteers fuel the nonprofit community Muskegon Civic Theatre, which has entertained western Michigan audiences with classic and contemporary shows since 1985. The catchy melodies, energetic cast, and colorful sets of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat resuscitate the Old Testament in the historic Frauenthal Center. Musical styles ranging from country-western to calypso drive the biblical story that follows Joseph and his kaleidoscopic coat from his enslavement to his eventual inception as the dream interpreter of the Pharaoh and number-one active-wear model in Egypt.
A nonprofit movie house, The Harbor Theater offers cinefiles a welcome reprieve from stale screen fillers by stocking its theater with rich, artistic, and fresh independent and foreign films. Sharpen subtitle-reading skills by catching an upcoming screening of The Illusionist (coming soon), an animated feature from the French filmmakers behind The Triplets of Belleville. Or brush up on American history with Made in Dageham, a period drama exploring sexual discrimination during a 1968 walkout at the Ford Dageham plant.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks continue to mow down their United States Hockey League competition with a brand of fast and physical hockey that draws on their student athletes’ strengths and prepares them for the breakneck speeds of college or the NHL. Head Coach Kevin Patrick draws on his experience as an assistant with the University of Wisconsin’s 2006 NCAA championship team to ensure that the squad stays one skate ahead of its opponents, forcing his players to practice with their skates covered in half-dried maple syrup. The Jacks will certainly have a leg up on defense, as Minnesota Wild draftee Nick Seeler freezes oncoming forwards with frequent stick slaps and Army recruit Christian Pomarico awaits enemies in his snow-camouflage coveralls.