Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
With 18 holes clocking in at 5,227 yards total, Stormy Creek Golf Course is on the shorter side by modern standards—but that doesn't mean it's a walk through the park. While its length makes it a great choice for young golfers and seniors, its challenges keep even the most advanced players on their toes. Tree-lined fairways, rolling terrain, fast greens—they all add up to a tough par-71 layout that's tempered by the beauty of its location in the Plaster Creek watershed.
And to ensure the course is truly family friendly, Stormy Creek has adopted one of the fastest rising trends in the golf world: foot golf. This adaptation of the classic game replaces the golf ball with a soccer ball, the club with the foot, and the golf bag with pants, challenging players to kick with accuracy as they try to sink their ball in an oversized hole.
At the Blast Factory, inflatables cushion the tumbles of sock-clad youngsters as parents and trained supervisors look on. Kids climb up and glide down multicolored slides or crawl through the mouth of a tall inflatable dragon in search of cavities. Along with open play, The Blast Factory hosts two-hour private parties, during which up to 25 kids can enjoy 90 minutes of private inflatable fun and 30 minutes in a private celebration room. Each party also can include add-ons such as pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, and soda.
Sports fans know to plan their weekend around Kaminari Dojo Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Kentwood.
Get buff and learn to defend yourself at the same time with the gym's karate and mixed martial arts training.
Punch and kick away your stress and anger during one of these kickboxing classes.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Prior to 1963, the entire Gun Lake area did not have a golf course. Local enthusiasts had to travel out of town to get their weekend morning fix, and younger residents had nowhere to become acquainted with the game. It would take a man who had never played a round of golf in his life to give the community a welcoming locale to practice the game and unveil heat seeking three-woods. This visionary, Frank Tichvon, turned his greenhorn status into green-thumbed activism, building a modest yet challenging nine-hole course that thrilled locals with tee shots down beautiful tree-lined fairways and breaking putts across manicured greens. The course's popularity brought about the construction of a second nine-hole layout, and by 1987, the course had grown into a 27-hole destination sprawled across more than 200 acres of verdant Michigan terrain. Eighteen-hole combinations range in length from 5,200 yards up to 6,373, challenging golfers with tight fairways framed by mature arbors that kidnap gullible golf balls.
Course at a Glance:
27-hole course, par of 36 on each 9-hole side
18-hole length of up to 6,373 yards from back tees
18-hole rating of 67.2–69.1 from back tees
18-hole slope of 105–110 from back tees
Two sets of tees