Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and one to the ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
Founded in 1994 as a community-based recreation center, Joe Dumars Fieldhouse is a 100,000-square-foot facility that houses sports leagues and camps in addition to an arcade-equipped entertainment center and an indoor/outdoor restaurant. Dumars' value of sportsmanship lives on through league play and pickup games on one of nine basketball courts and in two full-sized hockey arenas. Camps and clinics provide activity-based instruction to little ones, and the entertainment center's mini-golf and mini-bowling areas host small-scale enjoyment without enforcing miniature-shoe rentals. After rigorous activity, guests can head to Joe's Southern Grill, an arena-themed eatery with tables made from the Pistons' NBA-championship basketball court and a kitchen supervised by head chef Bill Laimbeer.
Zap Zone's eight locations in Michigan and two locations in Canada each feature a unique combination of attractions?anything from bumper cars to the Jump Zone's cushioned obstacle course. In the laser-tag arena, both kids and adults demonstrate their teamwork skills by outscoring opponents in fast-paced games that take place inside black-lit mazes of neon-tinged hallways. Arcades also round out every location's attractions, tempting passersby to drop a few tokens on racing games and skee-ball, or a lot of tokens on the claw game filled with Faberg? eggs.
Aside from nurturing a healthy bond between humans and horses with their training and boarding services, the equestrians at Grand Review Farm help students of all experience levels discovering the joys of riding through private or group instruction. More than a dozen resident mounts live in the stables, each trained in various styles such as hunt seat, Western, jumping, and gymkhana. Each class includes time for grooming and tacking, the ritual in which riders attach the sacred reins and saddle with which the foal was born. Proceeds from Grand Review's lessons go directly to its nonprofit organization, LifeHorse, whose all-volunteer staff helps special-needs children and adults find happiness and spiritual healing through companionship with their equine friends.
With 70,000 square-feet at its disposal, Suburban Ice Macomb fosters frozen fun with figure skating, hockey, and open-skate sessions. The expansive brick facility is large enough to house a pro shop, game room, café, and two NHL-sized rinks where kid and adult leagues face off during hockey games, and zambonis choreograph elegant figure-sweeping routines late at night. Learn to Skate lessons teach students 3 and older how to glide across the ice by using techniques borrowed from the U.S. Figure Skating program.