If someone tells you that they're having a laser tag birthday party, you might be transported back to the fourth grade, but this is not your grandma's arcade game. This tactical mission might be the closest you'll get to a Call of Duty-type challenge if you don't plan on joining the military. MI-Combat aims to make you feel like you're a part of the real deal with their realistic sets and weapons.
You'll be equipped with laser guns that resemble real rifles and simulate the experience of running out of ammo and having to refill the magazine, as well as the recoil you would feel if you fired a real shot.
Your stats are tracked through mock bulletproof vests and headbands.
There are 28 different kinds of games that you can choose from and they all have different goals. If you're going with a group of friends and want to work on your teamwork then there's a game for that, but there's also one if your mindset is "every man for himself."
The play area won't remind you of a cheesy kid's arcade. These are high-quality movie sets. They're based on Detroit locations and will make you feel like you're fighting for your life in the city.
They even give a shout out to one of the most iconic businesses downtown, American Coney Island.
The set includes a building similar to the red, white, and blue diner and boasts a sign that reads "Open 24 hours," just like the real thing.
If there are any Marvel superfans near Detroit, then this super cool opportunity might interest you. A talent company is hosting an open call for a new movie starring three major Avengers stars. Sebastian Stan is in talks to star in the film!
Sebastian Stan, who played Bucky in several films, Josh Brolin, who starred as the formidable Thanos, and Don Cheadle, who lent his talents to the role of James Rhodes/War Machine have all been in talks to star in the movie.
The movie, Kill Switch, will be set in 1950s Detroit. The talent agency mentioned that anyone with a "look" that would fit well into this era should go to the casting call on March 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don't come in costume though! They want to see your natural self.
You can register in advance here. Click "Register Now" from the drop-down menu and fill out your information. Once you get to step two, check the box that says "FREE registration for an extra in 1950 movie."
Extras will be paid for their time on set. Getting to hang out at a movie set and get paid for it? Sign us up.
They are only casting individuals aged 18 and up.
Filming will start on April 1 and continue through Memorial Day on May 25.
Open Call for Extras for Kill Switch
When: March 1, 2020 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: Southfield Marriott, 27033 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, MI
Why You Need To Go: If you've ever wanted to say that you were in a movie, this is your chance. To top it off, the movie has some awesome Marvel stars.
An island in the Detroit River is home to a ton of history and lots of fun things to do right outside the city. Belle Isle Park is our own little slice of natural splendor without having to leave the concrete jungle. One of the most exciting spots is the aquarium, which is the oldest in the country.
The aquarium's architecture is what's the most striking about the place. It stands next to the sparkling glass domes that make up the conservatory.
The front is a very intimidating facade with intricate carvings and on the inside, you're met with an unexpected burst of color.
The ceiling is covered in green tiles that seem to glow — it feels like you've stepped into an exclusive underground club. You can almost feel the guests of 100 years ago walking along with you.
Built in 1905, it was the third-largest aquarium in the U.S. at the time. Today, it's the oldest aquarium in the entire country.
Parking and admission are free; however, a recreation passport is required to enter the island in a car. You can purchase those at the entrance or get the pass added to your license plate when you renew your registration.
Under the aquarium is a speakeasy that was in business during the Prohibition Era. As if this place wasn't cool enough, there's an underground club that used to let people party their hearts out.
The speakeasy is only open to the public during certain special events so make sure to look out for an opportunity to check it out.
Outside of the aquarium itself, there is a koi pond that is filled with fish annually. In the past, Belle Isle has had a springtime celebration for them.
The greenhouse is in the domed building and houses plants in five different climates. Once you've had a full day of enjoying nature, you can head to a hidden bar in the area.
Belle Isle Aquarium
Price: Parking and admission to the exhibit are free; however, you do need an $11 recreation passport to enter the island in a car.
Hours: Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Address: 3 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit, MI
Why You Need To Go: If you have a free Saturday or Sunday, this is the perfect little day trip that's close to the city. It's a gorgeous piece of history that will bring you joy and make you feel closer to the spirit of Detroit.