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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.

380 E Second St.
Rochester,
MI
US

The scaled-down counterpart to the championship-length Myth Golf Course, the Little Myth Par 3 Golf layout enchants golfers with a player-friendly, 1,173-yard course. With holes that range from 84 to 168 yards in length, the par 27 layout presents ample opportunities for golfers to capture a hole in one or rekindle the romance with their short irons. The club also houses a blonde-hued-wood banquet hall that hosts weddings, holiday get-togethers, and other catered events.

852 Stoney Creek Road
Oakland Charter Township,
MI
US

When Prem and Cheridy Mukherjee got married in 2001, they didn't know anything about creative wedding photography. Prem's interest in taking photos had been piqued during his travels in Sydney, Australia, but it wasn't until after he had met and married Cheridy that his interest flourished into a real talent. Cheridy soon picked up the camera herself, and together the husband-and-wife team became Arising Images, expertly capturing shots for weddings, engagement announcements, and family-portrait sessions. In 2009, with more experience under their belts, the couple wanted another shot at their wedding album. They once again donned white attire, along with a colorful pair of sneakers, and posed for artistic, playful shots that truly captured their joy—something they strive for in their own photography sessions.

Prem, who has shared his expertise at national conventions, passes along his camera-friendly knowledge to budding photographers during starter and intermediate classes. He spends the sessions educating students on the functions of their own cameras and the fundamentals of editing images with Photoshop Elements, eschewing the traditional method of going over photos with a ballpoint pen and masking tape. Private lessons shower all the attention upon one participant, while a tag-along on a photo shoot or wedding allows students to view Prem and Cheridy in their professional environment.

600 East University Drive
Rochester,
MI
US

Nine flagsticks are strategically placed across 2,274 yards of fairways and greens lined by sand traps and water hazards, beckoning golfers to seek them out in a competitive spirit. The executive layout of Hampton Golf Club features six par 4s and three par 3s for a par-33 track that presents diverse challenges. Interconnected ponds and streams figure prominently on six holes, including the 316-yard fourth hole, which plays toward a green that has concealed itself behind the edge of a pond in a never-ending attempt to win a game of hide-and-seek with a local soccer field. Before rounds, guests can stock their bags with cold drinks, snacks, and course necessities such as tees, balls, and dueling gloves at the course pro shop. Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par-33 course * Length of 2,274 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 31.2 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 113 from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Scorecard

850 Stoney Creek Rd
Oakland,
MI
US

Rochester Ballroom welcomes dancers to trip-the-light fantastic in a spacious, 5,000 square-foot studio with a 1,900 square-foot dance floor. Here, the friendly instructors introduce newbies to dance styles ranging from classic waltz, foxtrot, and tango, to snappy steps such as East and West Coast swing or the hustle. Singles and couples of all ages can refine their techniques in low-pressure private or group classes, but for those who want to show off their dance moves or balloon animal-making skills, the studio also hosts dance parties each Friday and Saturday night.

322 South Main Street
Rochester,
MI
US

With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.

113 West University Drive
Rochester,
MI
US