West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science promotes creativity, responsibility, and academic achievement through the comprehensive study of science. Lessons are tailored for students in preschool through 12th grade, grounded in the hard sciences, and supported by a hands-on learning environment. The 62-acre campus maintains farmland, nature trails, wetlands, and forests as outdoor classrooms where students can explore during weekly environmental-science labs. Differentiated instruction allows students to grow in a diverse setting; one lesson asks that they build arbors from spare branches, and the next dictates that they write reports on handmade paper from the previous week's lab. All the while, the school's character-education programs build self-awareness and self-esteem. In addition to regular lessons, the academy offers science fairs to showcase kids' skills and summer camps to keep the fires of learning ablaze—like the traditional end-of-year burning of the times-table tests—in the off season.
The Club Fitness & Tanning is a full-service fitness center fostering a healthier lifestyle for its members through a host of sweat-inducing services. Members gain access to a plethora of strength-building circuit-training equipment, free weights, and cardio machines, which, unlike racing thoughts and running jokes, actively work to combust calories. Keep muscles motivated and limbs limber with a wide array of group fitness classes, including aerobics, kickboxing, toning, and yoga, and build tone and group-mind under the watchful eye of a skilled instructor.
Westgate Bowl offers pin-pulverizers 60 well-waxed bowling lanes with automatic scoring. Step up and sidestep the gutters as you and a friend roll reactive resin orbs toward lane’s end, competing for dominance over 10 maple-wood enemies during an hour of bowling. In between turkeys and spares, bowlers can split a 16-inch pizza and wash it down with a pitcher of soda. Bring a crew of keglers and use up to three Groupons per lane—call ahead to reserve extra lanes for groups larger than six.
Alpine Golf Club spreads its course across an undulating landscape specked with trees and dotted with water. Putting quartets head out on 18-stop road trips in rented carts, pausing to uncover hidden approach shots and gold coins that turn out to just be chocolate. Towering pines surround the 13th hole—a long par 3—and an elevated green rises above a creek lorded over by a heron with a bullwhip on hole 16. After the round, golfers can replenish energy and debate about the shot of the day over hot dogs and soda or beer at the Alpine Bar and Grille.