Bowling has gone big, offering families throughout the greater Lansing area a new form of fun. Spare Time Entertainment Center, the former site of Holiday Lanes near Frandor, recently opened its doors. Owners Michael and Nancy MacColeman and their children purchased the building and transformed it from a single purpose facility to a center with activities for people of all ages and interests. “It has something for everyone from 5 year olds to 95 year olds,” said daughter Meredith Assande, who’s helping to promote Spare Time. “It’s a place where families can play together. And you can spend five or more hours here doing different things.” A 10-pin bowling alley remains, but it’s joined by several new opportunities for family and business gatherings. Spare Time offers a boutique bowling area — with eight lanes and a private bar — laser tag arena, a bar, grill and restaurant that seats up to 80 and includes a full menu plus healthy choices. At the large redemption arcade you can trade winning tickets for prizes from teddy bears to iPads. Also added to the mix are several meeting rooms perfect for private parties, business get-togethers and much more. It’s a vision that Mike and Nancy have had for some time. They’re Michiganders new to the mid-Michigan area. However they’re not new to hospitality. Husband and wife have owned three hotels in Northern Michigan, and Assande and her siblings grew up learning the family business from the inside out. Assande has even trained and worked at Disneyland. Like Disneyland, Spare Time is a center where families can spend hours being entertained. They can host birthday parties, prom nights, overnight lock-downs, bowling leagues, bachelor parties, family reunions, even business meetings. Big screen, high definition flat screen TVs and other high-tech, state-of-the-art amenities are available throughout to give you an enjoyable experience. The private bowling room displays artwork from a local photographer. Even the lighting and sound system were carefully selected by the MacColeman family to make sure they enhance the experience. Although they’re focused on making your “spare” time a fun time, since they moved into the area in January, they’ve been devoting their full-time working with top architects and construction crews to make their vision a reality. “After we settled on the site, everything fell into place,” Nancy said, calling this the right time to open the Center. “It’s very exciting to see it all come to life,” she said. “I love to see families having fun with smiles on their faces.” “We’re going to make your spare time a fun time,” Assande added. With several years of experience in hospitality, this family-owned business is sure to take family fun to the next level. For more information and to watch videos and see photos of the new attraction, visit their website at www.sparetimelansing.com or go to their Facebook page.
Ann Cool, MPS, is a freelance writer who lives in Mason with her husband Bob.