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March 27, 2013

Spring Break Troy Style offers fun for all

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Teens and tweens can have food and fun on the cheap close to home during spring break with a flash of their student IDs.

The Troy Community Coalition has asked local businesses to offer high school and middle school students sports, crafts and food on the cheap as part of Spring Break Troy Style April 1-6.

Since 2005, the coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a lifestyle free from abuse of alcohol and drugs, has teamed up with businesses to offer teens and pre-teens in town safe and fun activities at discounted rates during spring break.

Each year, Nancy Morrison, executive director for the Troy Community Coalition, looks at attendance for each event and asks for feedback on what the youth liked and what they didn’t, and she changes activities accordingly. She said the coalition asked Zion Christian Church to help spearhead the event this year. Zion contacted the businesses participating in this year’s event.

“We’ve been looking for ways to be more involved in the community,” Kristen Lomaskey, assistant to the Zion youth pastor, said. “This was a perfect opportunity when they reached out to us.”  

Morrison said that laser tag has continued to be a hit with Troy teens. Laser Quest in Madison Heights will offer an overnighter from 11:30 p.m. April 5 to 6 a.m. April 6. Laser Quest manager Mark Fecht said the overnighter draws between 28 and 45 kids each year.

“They come in groups of two or four, and we get individual walk-ins,” Fecht said. “For the Spring Break Troy Style event, everybody knows somebody,” he said. The cost to attend is $35 per person and includes snacks and a continental breakfast. Register at Laser Quest, 3140 John R, or call (248) 616-9292.

“Basketball and dodge ball at the Troy Community Center is also popular with boys and girls,” Morrison added. The Painted Pot in Rochester is a hot stop during spring break, and it’s an activity that teens suggested a couple of years ago, Morrison said.

Discounted rates will be offered at AirTime Trampoline and Game Park at 662 E. Big Beaver and at BounceU at 1101 Rochester, both new this year. Parents must sign waivers for children younger than 18. Waivers can be downloaded at www.airtimetrampoline.com and www.bounceu.com.

Pam Wannemacher, owner of AirTime, said they’ve had a great response from the community since they opened last summer, especially on weekends, when there’s a disc jockey onsite. 

“We anticipate we’ll be very busy (during Spring Break Troy Style). It’s best to reserve a jump time by phone or online to guarantee spot,” she said.

Troy Gymnastics, 1600 W. Maple, will offer free admission 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 6. 

Other offerings during the week include:
• discounted passes to the Troy Community Center and free access to teen room;
• pick-up basketball at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse;
• one-day free pass to the Boys & Girls Club of Troy;
• bowling at Troy Lanes and Bowl One;
• golfing sessions at Sanctuary Lake and Sylvan Glen;
• afternoon skating session at Skate World and discounts on open skating at Troy Sports Center;
• volleyball, dodge ball, basketball and Euchre tournaments at Zion Christian Church; and
• nontraditional youth service at Zion open to all the evening of April 3.

Discounts on food will be available at:
• TCBY;
• 7-Eleven;
• Noodles & Co.;
• Subway;
• Papa Romano’s; and
• Somerset Collection eateries.

Other discounts are available for activities at various venues. A flyer with details about the numerous activities offered throughout the week is available at www.facebook.com/spring breaktroystyle and www.troymi.gov/springbreak, or by calling (248) 524-2400, ext. 274.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.