Adult Night at LEGOLAND at Great Lakes Crossing

LEGOLAND opens at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills

First Adult Night at LEGOLAND Do you want to visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center but don't have any little ones in your life? Do you have kids, but are adult fans of LEGO® and want a night out with others who share your passion? Visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center for there Adult Nights. Adult Night happens only once per month - will you be there? The last Thursday of every month from 7pm - 9pm* Guests must be over 18 years old Visit the event page for more … [Read more...]

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan Opens at Great Lakes Crossing

LEGOLAND opens at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills

Representatives from local government, Merlin Entertainments, media outlets, Lego clubs, and school groups - as well as Rochester Media - had the chance for a sneak peak at this new Great Lakes Crossing attraction. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan opens to the public for the first time on Friday, March 25. The attraction is the 8th LEGOLAND Discovery Center in North America, the 14th globally and the 100th Midway attraction for Merlin Entertainments. LEGOLAND Discovery Center … [Read more...]

Hot and Cool People attend the Fire & Ice Festival

Tube Sledding at the Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester - photo by Michael Dwyer

Ice Artists Prep for Nationals at Fire & Ice Festival The Ninth Annual Rochester Fire & Ice Festival will host its first college ice carving contest on Saturday, January 23 in downtown Rochester during the festival weekend, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Students from six colleges and culinary arts programs will carve beautiful sculptures out of blocks of ice with the hopes of grabbing top honors. The Rochester Fire & Ice Festival ice carving … [Read more...]

Slow Roll Detroit, Group Bicycle Ride on Mondays

Slow Roll Detroit, A Group Bicycle Ride every Monday

What it is? Slow Roll Detroit is Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride with over 3,000 riders each week. Roughly, from the beginning of April until the end of October, bicyclists of all ages and skill levels take to the streets of Detroit, most Monday evenings. Everyone is welcome to participate with the slow pace to provide a safe and unique way to see the city and its neighborhoods. While membership is required, it’s inexpensive at only $10.00 to join at the basic level. Sponsors … [Read more...]

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford

Anderson Japanese Gardens - photo by Michael Dwyer

The Start of Beauty Several business trips took John Anderson to Japan in the 1960s. However, a visit to the Portland Japanese Gardens in Oregon inspired him to develop his swampy backyard, along Spring Creek in Rockford, to give Illinois it's own piece of Japan. John employed the assistance of designer Hoichi Kurisu, a master craftsman, and in 1978 construction began on the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Every path, tree, and rock placed in the gardens were done so with exact … [Read more...]

The 63rd Annual Detroit Autorama this Weekend

2015 Autorama

Pitched as the America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show, the 63rd Annual Autorama returns to Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit this weekend. Nearly 1,000 hot rods and customs cars that have been chopped, channeled, dumped and decked will keep all the car buffs busy for hours. The featured vehicles will be five cars from the Fast and Furious movie franchise. “We are delighted to have this amazing collection of movie cars at this year’s Autorama,” said Peter A. Toundas, President of … [Read more...]

Top Travel Destinations for 2015

Zip Line Adventure in Costa Rica

Top Travel Destinations for 2015 Every travel expert, travel website, or major news outlet has published a list of the top travel destinations to consider in 2015. Here are a few of those lists to peruse as you and the family curl up by a fireplace, drink hot chocolate and try to stay warm over the next several days. U.S. News Travel Paris London Barcelona Maui New York City San Francisco Puerto Rico Sydney Rio de Janeiro Bora … [Read more...]

Human Powered Winter Activities in the UP

Michael Dwyer Fat Tire Bikes the Marquette Snow Bike Route

While most places in Michigan have snow on the ground, there is just something about going north to the Upper Peninsula for a true winter escape. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge is always an adventure and when the Great Lakes freeze over, it provides tremendous wintery views. Marquette County is a wonderful option to try many of the human-powered activities that flourish during the colder months of the year. Snow biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all a soft adventure way to … [Read more...]

Sea Life Comes to Great Lakes

The Turtle Exhibit is the part of the changing exhibits that rotate out once per year - photo by Michael Dwyer

SEA LIFE Comes to Great Lakes Five-thousand new fish flood Great Lakes Crossing The new attraction at the mall is the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. Media had a chance to preview the 35,000-square-feet indoor aquarium before it opens to the public on Thursday, January 29. When the doors open at noon, visitors will be welcomed into a water wonderland of 250 diverse species with more than 5,000 sea creatures altogether. SEA LIFE Michigan is part of the U.K. based Merlin Entertainments. … [Read more...]

Learning to Ski and Snowboard

Pine Knob Instructor Tyler Walton teaches a first time skier - photo by Michael Dwyer

Do you want to learn to ski or snowboard? Ski clubs, high school race teams, and recreational skiers and boarders from around Southeast Michigan have been skiing for over a month now. Pine Knob (Clarkston), Mt. Holly (Holly), Alpine Valley (White Lake) and Mt. Brighton (Brighton) are the four ski and snowboard resorts in or near Oakland County. The four resorts offer a multitude of programs so anyone, at any age, can learn to ski and snowboard. Skiing is generally easier to learn than … [Read more...]