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The clattering symphony of fallen pins plays on Sylvan Lanes Bowling Center’s 12 gleaming lanes, where competitors hurl resin-based orbs. Here, strike forces assemble for 10-frame mayhem, one-upping one another with stunning spare pickups and graceful pirouettes enabled by their supple-soled rental shoes. On their quest to roll the elusive 300, bowlers can sustain themselves with selections from the menu, such as burgers topped with blue cheese or pizzas adorned with barbecue sauce and chicken. Throughout the alley, plush leather sofas beckon bowlers, and a full-service bar lined with flat-screen TVs keeps guests abreast of contemporaneous sporting events.

Sylvan Lanes also has a private event room that holds over 100 people and can be used for just about any event including birthday parties, family reunions, and showers.

2355 Orchard Lake Rd.
Sylvan Lake,
Michigan
US

In 1995, Michigan Classic Ballet Company achieved honor status–the highest distinction granted–from Regional Dance America, a national association. The recognition was notable enough, but even more remarkably, the company was only six years old at the time. They took their newfound title to heart–since then, under the leadership of founder and artistic director Mary C. Geiger, Michigan Classic Ballet Company has produced lauded performances including The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, and Swan Lake. From welcoming acclaimed choreographers who produce original works to founding outreach programs for youth, the company lives out its mission to promote an appreciation of ballet in the community.

782 Denison Ct
Bloomfield Hills,
MI
US

Always Above Average Entertainment, LLC invites ticketholders to open their minds and let loose belly laughs during a night of comedy and hypnosis from Dr. Richard Allen, C.M.H., P.h.D. As spectators sip cocktails from the Crystal Ballroom Theater's full-service bar, Richard hypnotizes eager participants into performing hilarious tricks, such as believing that they've won the lottery, imagining that their clothes have disappeared, or metamorphosing into a being of pure psychic energy. Through Dr. Allen's mastery of the power of suggestion, volunteers and audience members alike learn how to face down fears and unlock the hidden potential deep within their own brains or untapped spirit animals.

1 Lafayette Street
Pontiac,
MI
US

JD’s forges a lively blend of eats and live piano music for a vivacious twist on the predictable night out. As patrons wine, dine, and opine, dueling pianists take the stage, plunking out nimble ditties and popular hits in a back-and-forth battle for key-based supremacy. Guests are encouraged to sing along and dance while fueling their groove engines with draft beers, cocktails, and other liquid luxuries from JD’s fully stocked bar. Quash hunger uprisings with a snack-centric menu of morsels such as the appropriately air-drummable cheese sticks ($6.75), or ensure that one hand remains free for emergency fist pumps with a plate of paw-size mini tacos ($6.75). For Italian-based tastes, JD’s pizza menu features made-to-order disks dressed in a choice of meats, veggies, or a blank canvas of cheese ($11), with toppings arranged in the shape of Billy Joel’s head upon request. The roomy interior at JD’s allows for soulful participation from active listeners, with plenty of seating for guests more inclined to sit back and analyze the arpeggio progressions of Sweet Caroline .

1 N Saginaw St
Pontiac,
MI
US

While Mill Street Grille's wings ($7.99 for eight wings) have earned the restaurant ticker-tape parades from CityVoters and Nobel Prizes in physics, the rest of the menu proves to be no slouch in culinary capability. Split an appetizer of deep-fried pickle chips ($4.49) or conquer the mountainous nachos for two ($9.49) like an edibles-minded Edmund Hillary. Entrees include grilled salmon ($12.99), the Mill Street rack of ribs ($16.99), and a rib-eye steak dinner ($14.99), all of which come with a choice of fries, coleslaw, or house salad. Mill Street Grille's selection of sandwiches and wraps covers all-American favorites such as the catfish po' boy ($6.99), the Philly steak ($7.99), and the club wrap ($6.99), while its brigade of burgers ranges in size from four sliders ($5.99) to Mill Street's Big Daddy ($9.99), a pound of meat topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, Mill Street Grille's special sauce, and the well-wishes of concerned onlookers.

12 S Mill St
Pontiac,
MI
US

From dinosaurs to demons and zombies, humans have conjured nightmares from plenty of terrifying monsters across the centuries. Within the four-story Erebus—the haunted house that doubles as mad scientist Dr. J Colbert's deadly time machine—all those frightening sights lurk beneath one roof. Setting "a high bar for Halloween entertainment," raves The Huffington Post, the former Guinness record holder for largest walk-through haunted attraction now encompasses a trail more than half a mile long.

The house's ghoulish inhabitants don't keep to themselves—mutant gorillas grab legs, corpses fly from caskets, and creatures infest a muddy swamp that visitors must trudge through. For Erebus' highpoint of horror, more than 10,000 objects cover unlucky guests who step inside the aptly named Buried Alive room. As The Macomb Daily reports, the house's 48 "time slice" cameras simultaneously snap 180-degree pictures of patrons' terrified reactions, as well as creepy clowns photobombing from every angle.

18 South Perry Street
Pontiac,
MI
US