Mini-golf courses glow in neon colors, arcade machines jingle in celebration, and children laugh as they make their way through varied attractions. These are just a couple of the sights and sounds you can find in Rollerama and Zap Zone's massive facilities throughout Michigan and Canada. Some locations even feature amusement park rides and an area where youngsters can build and decorate their own stuffed animal to get over the strained relationship with their teddy bear. Kids can stop in to play for a couple hours of fun, or participate in a summer camp or themed party to celebrate birthdays.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Stone Gym's trainer takes a no-frills approach to boxing. Devon Stone grew up around boxing and now teaches the sport along with kickboxing and the all-important skills of striking and counterstriking, a must-learn for mixed martial artists and professional match lighters. The floor-level ring dominates one end of the no-nonsense gym, where a row of hanging punching bags separates the boxing arena from the weightlifting zone.
Diamonds's grill brims with certified Angus-beef steaks, burgers, and sea-plucked morsels. To intrigue appetites premeal, chefs hand-batter coconut shrimp, which somersault through coconut before diving into the fryer. Opt for Diamonds's filet mignon beef tips served with a sweet Cajun sauce, or trawl a seafood selection that includes Great Lakes whitefish and lake perch. Imported seafood plates include Norwegian salmon splashed with teriyaki glaze, or Icelandic crab cakes bobbing in lobster-cream sauce atop a fleet of miniature jet skis.
Lady of Livingston's seasoned trainers guide groups of women toward toned physiques with a flexible schedule of beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness classes. Infusing melodic Latin moves into every session, Zumba challenges participants to swivel their hips and rock out on air maracas to the beat of sultry dance tracks. Meanwhile, Basic Step classes integrate a variety of choreographed aerobic exercises, and high-energy sessions of Sweat-N-Chisel utilize alternating intervals of strength and cardio training to evict invasive fat cells from their protoplasmic digs. Focusing on both mind and body, yoga and mat Pilates encourage participants to submerge themselves in spiritual tranquility as cadenced movements aim to build core strength, increase flexibility, and reconnect shadows to their estranged owners. Spinning classes require an additional $5 fee.
Leaf, Barley & Vine specializes in facilitating locals with the tools they need to live the good life: fine food, rich wine, and high-end cigars. Explore the expansive wine menu, showcasing more than 75 vineyard vintages from around the world, sold by the glass ($5–$21) or the bottle ($16–$142). The epicurean hosts serve upscale spirits and mindfully mixed specialty cocktails, including the Ceasar Ritz, which combines gin, St. Germain elderflower liquor, cucumber, and mint ($8–$10). Build a food nest for wine to roost in with a seasonal snack from Leaf, Barley & Vine's bistro-style menu, featuring items such as lobster pot pie ($15), cheese plates ($11), and a delicate galette made with caramelized pears, brown butter, fresh thyme, and blackberry sake sauce ($7). Although this Groupon cannot be used to purchase cigars ($6–$17), this pleasure palace has a substantial collection of more than 60 smoking sticks, as well as a separate cigar lounge with its own ventilation system, a TV, and gaggle of stogie-fans desperate to end America's embargo against the island nation of Greenland.