At Spotlight Taylor 10, the glow of current releases bounces off the giant screen of a cushy theater and pours into the eyes of up to 500 moviegoers. Admission tickets grant access to 1 of 10 theaters, where onscreen flickers elicit laughter, kick-start sorrow, or rekindle dreams of finding one's destiny during a battle with merpeople. At the concessions area, classic cinema fare includes nachos and all-beef hot dogs. Bright blue and yellow décor envelops Spotlight Taylor 10's lobby, where guests can use the joysticks and buttons of arcade games to prepare their fingers for squeezing unpopped popcorn kernels until they scream. Spotlight Taylor 10 also occasionally hosts cinematic festivals, showcasing independent films that have bravely emancipated themselves from their directors.
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.
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.
In the drudges of winter, cooped-up golf enthusiast often find themselves wishing that they could just transport to a golf course somewhere in a warmer clime. Wormholes probably won't be invented for another six months or so, but the golf simulators at Tee Box Indoor Golf offer something of a solution. Each apparatus consists of a hitting bay and a large screen, where a computer projects high-definition imagery of an actual golf course, from the hole lengths and scenery down to the flagstick bending in the virtual wind. As they smack golf balls into the screen, players must strategize and deal with the consequences of mishits, just as they would on a real course. They choose from 70 world-famous courses?such as California's Pebble Beach, Kapalua in Hawaii, or St. Andrews in Scotland?and enjoy the convenience of never having to pay the oft-exorbitant greens fees or break up with a clingy caddy. Lessons with teaching pros Nicholas Harwood and Mike Masten are also available.
The 48 synthetic lanes, each outfitted with wood approaches and automatic scoring, at Taylor Lanes bear a professional touch. From 1985 to 2009, the Professional Bowlers Association made at least one stop per year at Taylor Lanes, including the PBA World Championship. During open bowling held throughout the week, it's just as likely to find families and amateurs polishing their game on the synthetic alleys. And every Saturday from noon until 5 p.m., the lights go down, the glow lights flare up, and bowlers compete during cosmic bowling to see who can knock down the most pins or spot the most cat hair on their white t-shirts.
Bearers of a Taylor golf VIP pass can groom their golf game with a regimen of golf lessons and six rounds of golf at two scenic courses designed by prolific course architect Arthur Hills. Players can bolster their technique before hitting the links with a set of 10 one-hour small-group clinics, where classes no larger than 10 pupils learn how to control their ball flight and bend 9 irons into coat hangers from one of the courses’ resident aces.