At Wonderland Lanes, pins stand at the ready seven days a week to facilitate family-friendly group outings. Gather together a crew of up to six companions and lace up rental shoes for two hours of pin-crushing competition and Olympic-style genuflection. Between frames, bowlers can grab a refreshing soda from The Wonderland Grille and relax. Wonderland Lanes holds various events throughout the week, including nighttime Glow Bowling. Learn the art of telepathy or check their online schedule for hours and pricing.
At Whirlyball Novi, teams in motorized cars call whirlybugs spin and bump their way through one-hour bouts of a competitive wiffle-ball game that combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai. Bright red and yellow whirlybugs, powered by electricity and the tears of the defeated, race across a 4,000-square-foot court as their drivers toss balls to each other with plastic scoops. Referees keep track of each team's score as friends look on from the comfortable leather couches of the lounge. After matches, teams sip on drinks from the bar, feast on one of several meal packages, or continue calling each other "liver-licking kumkwats" over games of pool.
Sixty acres of picturesque grounds are just one of the draws to Northville Horse and Recreation. The equestrian center is also home to the Sister Hooves, a mentoring program that pairs up youngsters with older role models. Mentors from NHR’s Leadership program use horsemanship to help kids learn responsibility, independence and self-reliance.
The Earehart clan, boasting fourth- and fifth-generation equestrians and members of the United Professionals Horseman's Association in its ranks, shares their immeasurable equine knowledge with visitors during Liberty Stables' horse-riding and driving lessons. Liberty Stables' 40-acre facility––which includes an observation lobby, tack and feed rooms, and indoor wash racks––has served as a fruitful breeding ground for world and national horse-riding champions over the last 20 years. The seasoned equestrians also house four-legged companions available for sale, specializing in such breeds as american saddlebred, shetland, and ponies painted to look like zebras.
As the chief trainer and instructor at Never Ending Farm, Scott Nevers has been training horses and coaching riders since 2006. Achieving his dream of working with horses, he specializes in beginning youth, equitation, pleasure, and amateur riding. Scott has generated regional and national recognition and titles with his students on his beloved Morgan horses. Scott takes a broad-based approach to horsemanship. During lessons, he aims to mold all students into safe, well-rounded equestrians. He accomplishes this by incorporating fundamental riding skills with the principles of sound training. These principles dictate how to handle a horse, how to groom one, and how to feed one when it's on a hunger strike over a lack of barn stall televisions.