The slaps of hockey pucks and scrapes of carving ice skates constantly fill the cool air of Suburban Ice arena. These familiar sounds emanate from high school hockey practices, the rink's figure skating ice shows, or introductory Learn to Skate classes offered for beginners of all ages. Though the rink keeps a busy calendar, it still carves out time for private and small group lessons. Lessons are offered for figure skating as well as the hockey, which teach checking, shooting, and power skating—all skills that also translate well to surviving an unforeseen ice age.
Having sent more than 10 players to the big leagues, the Battle Creek Bombers of the Northwoods League play summer hosts to some of the best college baseball players in the nation. Games at C.O. Brown Stadium in Bailey Park have an informal and family-friendly feel, with events such as fireworks, Thirsty Thursday, and "Trade Pants with Your Neighbor Day." Park your baseball-loving body in the general-admission seating area, so you don't miss the third baseman's expression as he dives to rob a double from an opposing hitter, or the mascot Mo-Skeeter's killer dance moves as he distracts opposing fielders.
The boundaries of children's imaginations expand like a sun on the horizon at the Flint Children's Museum, a creative learning space with more than 40 exhibits. The show-stopping stations are designed to engage tykes of every learning type, whether they figure out their world by experimenting, watching, hearing, or even climbing. At the Discovery Zone, kids explore environments such as the rainforest or outer space by scampering about kid-sized replicas. They get a lesson in cause and effect at the "How Things Work" section by building bridges, and try their green thumbs at urban horticulture in the Sproutside outdoor learning area. While older kids cavort about, their toddling counterparts, ages three and under, can head to the cozy Tot Spot to play with age-appropriate toys.
The 20-acre Salvation Army Kroc Center provides a diverse array of community services, ranging from fitness and recreation to worship. In the fitness center, visitors can take advantage of equipment such as free weights and cardio and strength-training machines. The facilities include a two-court gym and an aquatics center, replete with a pool, hot tub, and water slide. The center also houses The Salvation Army Kroc Church, which hosts bilingual services each Sunday.
Established in 1959, Chelsea Lanes combines old-school charms with the modern convenience of smooth, polished lanes and automatic scoring. The lanes, which remain open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, also play host to leagues, birthday parties, and glow-bowling sessions, during which music videos and light shows cause the alley to sparkle like a disco ball at a paparazzi dance party.
As the official Wolverines hoops haven for more than 40 years, Crisler Arena holds more than 13,000 rollicking gold-and-blue brethren for each of the storied program's hard-fought home games. Behind playmaking sophomore guard Darius Morris and freshman phenom Tim Hardaway Jr., the Wolverines are ready to challenge conference opponents with a fury of fast breaks, dunks, dribbles, and dirty dishes. Michigan's Big Ten matchup against the Badgers from Madison also marks Fan Appreciation Night, during which ardent hoops hounds are rewarded for their unconditional basketball jones with special prizes and performances by the Michigan dance team. Cheer on Coach Beilein's crew of collegiate ballers as they polish glass backboards and refinish hardwood floors in a valiant attempt to intimidate their haplessly smaller, red-clad weasel prey.