Boogie Babies’ childcare style mixes play with education. The center offers open-play sessions, where kids can enjoy music concerts and puppet shows before manning an Xbox or Wii, taking up residence in an indoor treehouse, and sketching their handprints or blueprints for their future condos onto a chalkboard wall. Classes teach tots second languages from French to sign language, as well as dance, music, and other arts. Special activities include weekly live music events and story times.
Regardless of their kids’ activity, parents can rest assured knowing the facility is spotlessly clean—shoes are strictly forbidden, and every surface is sanitized with UV light and eco-friendly cleaning products.
Rochester Play was founded by three Rochester-area parents who recognized the need for a safe space for kids to be active and entertained. Movement and creativity are two things every kid needs, and so kinetic and cerebral acrobatics both play into this large indoor space. Its Northern Michigan?themed playground is full of tunnels, slides, bridges, and crawlspaces, all softly cushioned and kept clean enough to eat alphabet soup off of. In addition to the main play area, Rochester Play also features a smaller play area for toddlers. Visitors of all ages can relax and reenergize at the cafe, which specializes in nutritious food, featuring organic options, whole-fruit smoothies, and locally made breads and baked goods.
Workouts at the Manhattan Dance Studio are a chilly business. That's because, for the most part, they take place on the center's ice rink. Athletes drop by the ice for open skate, figure-skating and hockey lessons, and a steady stream of hockey games. However, patrons can work up a sweat off the ice, too, in the complex's dance studio. There, instructors lead classes on hip-hop dance and tap dancing without just making the tapping sounds with your mouth.
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.
Thunderbird Lanes gives families and friends a clean, well-lit modern bowling alley where they can bond over 7–10 splits, food, and arcade games. Leagues for men, women, kids, and seniors get bowlers of all skill levels out of the house to engage in some friendly competition, and cash-prize tournaments incorporate creative rules such as mulligans and bonus points for strikes. The facility's bartenders keep patrons well hydrated, pouring frothy brews and bubbly pop, and snacks such as pizzas help to build boulder-chucking strength. Thunderbird Lanes also offers custom party packages for company events and birthdays.