Escape Room Novi’s “The Gate” is one of its most popular rooms, according to manager Mike Stachowski.

Escape Room Novi’s “The Gate” is one of its most popular rooms, according to manager Mike Stachowski.

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Check out these indoor activities this winter in Novi

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published January 13, 2022

 Hunter Listman, 11, smiles Dec. 29 as he races an electric go-kart at Full Throttle Adrenaline Park in Novi. Cincinnati-based Full Throttle Adrenaline Park moved into the former JD Racing Indoor Karting in early 2021.

Hunter Listman, 11, smiles Dec. 29 as he races an electric go-kart at Full Throttle Adrenaline Park in Novi. Cincinnati-based Full Throttle Adrenaline Park moved into the former JD Racing Indoor Karting in early 2021.

Photo by Brian Wells

 Launch Trampoline Park opened in the former Airtime Novi in December 2021.

Launch Trampoline Park opened in the former Airtime Novi in December 2021.

Photo by Brian Wells

 One of the main features at Launch Trampoline Park in Novi is the ninja course.

One of the main features at Launch Trampoline Park in Novi is the ninja course.

Photo by Brian Wells

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NOVI — As winter arrives in metro Detroit, it can be easy to stay indoors to avoid the snow and cold temperatures.

But what happens when you start to feel cooped up and get tired of staring at your walls?

Check out these four Novi businesses that offer fun, indoor activities this winter.

 

Break out of an escape room
At Escape Room Novi, you and up to seven other people can test your skills and teamwork to try to escape one of nine themed escape rooms.

Escape Room Novi opened about five years ago with only four rooms, said manager Mike Stachowski. Several years ago the business was able to expand into the space next door and add several other rooms. In addition, two years ago, seven mobile escape room trailers were added.

Each of the nine rooms features a different theme, including a log cabin that is navigated with flashlights, a railway robbery set in 1865 and a mysterious Egyptian tomb. Two of the rooms have been designed for kids.

If guests become stumped on the puzzles, staff members will provide hints to help them progress.

“We don’t want people to just sit in one room and never get to the next rooms,” Stachowski said.

Escape Room Novi is located in Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk. To rent an escape room, it costs $30 per person, per hour. While reservations are recommended, walk-ins are accepted. Rooms are sanitized between each group, and employees are required to wear masks.

To make a reservation, visit www.escaperoomnovi.com.

 

Race your friends in go-karts
Want to see who’s the fastest on the track? Check out Full Throttle Adrenaline Park.

Formerly JD Racing Indoor Karting, Cincinnati-based Full Throttle Adrenaline Park took over the track in early 2021. The karts feature an electric motor capable of reaching speeds of up to 40 mph, according to Full Throttle Adrenaline Park’s website.

Kids ages 7-13 race in junior sessions, where the carts are limited to about 20 mph. But anyone 14 years or older can experience the full excitement of the track.

Earlier this year, a Hologate virtual reality game system was also added. Players can choose from several games, each of which is about five minutes long, according to the website.

A two-hour Adrenaline Pass allows racers to race as many times as possible in a two-hour window. Walk-in customers can purchase packages for a set number of races, starting at $23 for one race. A $7 annual race license is required, which includes a free Adrenaline Pass the month of your birthday, liability coverage, equipment rental, and access to exclusive offers and more.

Full Throttle Adrenaline Park is located in Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.gofullthrottle.com.

 

Test your ninja skills at a trampoline park
Launch Trampoline Park’s Novi location has “something for everybody,” said Aaron Jacobs, the park’s area supervisor.

The park opened in the former Airtime Novi in the Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk. It features a new ninja course, an open jump area, dodgeball and arcade games, with more games on the way.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, employees disinfect everything regularly, and masks are requested to be worn while in the building.

Several packages are available, with prices ranging from $29 to $45 per person.

Walk-in times are available, and reservations can be made in advance at www.launchtrampolinepark.com/novi.

 

Play mini golf in black lights
Glendon Bunn, director of marketing for Putting Edge, said he enjoys the escapism that can be found teeing off in the unique world created at Putting Edge Novi.

At Putting Edge, guests can play a round of mini golf in a unique, black-lit world.

“Everything at our courses is custom made and painted,” Bunn said in an email. “There are hundreds to thousands of hours put into the artwork for every location.”

Mini golf is an easygoing, casual, fun activity that is only as mentally taxing as players make it, Bunn said.

Masks are mandatory for all guests and staff. In addition, Putting Edge has extra staff on hand to help disinfect all touch points.

Reservations are required and can be made at www.puttingedge.com. Putting Edge is located in Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk.

Contact Brian Wells at (586) 498-1081, (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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