The Teen Scene: 10 Places in Southeast Michigan Where Teens Want to Hang Out

Tired of watching your kids waste time on their tech? Get them out of the house and let them hang with their friends at one of these local fun spots.

Long gone are the days where the teens would just go to the movies or hang out at the mall — and with so many fun and interesting hangout options in the community, staying home is no longer the answer. 

Tell your teens to grab their skates — or imaginations — and let them hang out with their friends at some of these cool places around town. 


If you are looking for an active adventure, this is just the place because Bonaventure is perfect for ALL ages! They have a DJ playing whilst skaters trail around the floor to the most popular tunes. 

When you get tired you can head over to the PlayZone, which is an indoor, soft-play escape to roam around on the structures. There are also multiple arcade and hangout areas where teens can sit back and relax — not to mention mingle with their friends. Roll up to Bonaventure and skate through a night of fun, friends, and festivities!

C.J. Barrymore’s

CJ Barrymore’s brings all the thrill and the chill to the entertrainment game. The indoor and outdoor parks are loaded with attractions that you simply cannot find anywhere else including XD Dark Ride, A Drop Tower, Batting Cages, Bungys, Indy Tracks and more. 

On the colder days you can settle inside and enjoy a game of either regular or mini bowling, or challenge your friends to a game of bumper cars or laser tag to bring out your competitive side. 

If that’s not enough, you can go during the warmer season where water activities like bumper boats are up and running.

Knockerball Michigan

Ever wondered what life would look like upside down, or even from inside a bubble? Then bubble soccer is a must! 

Put on a bubble ball and roll around, knocking and competing with friends as you all have the goal to score in mind. This place is the perfect, organized party place that has eight active events to choose from or, book a time to come with your group. Bounce, fly, and let your fun-meter reach sky high as you play the trendy bubble soccer.


Address: 800 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Ann Arbor

Hours: 1-8 p.m. Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, 4-9 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday 

Stretch, hydrate and grab those non-slip socks because Launch Ann Arbor is all the rage — and a stage for you to show off your best skills. Jump over to the trampoline park where you can have fun in the foam or take your basketball skills to the next level. 

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, try out their rock-climbing wall or ninja course that’ll keep your fun on edge the whole day. When it’s time to gather the group back together, meet up at some of the teen games that occur throughout the day. Every Saturday is Ignite Night for teens where glow paint, DJs, and fun games are all the answers!

Pinball Pete’s

Lights, camera, Game time! At Pinball Pete’s you can step into the past by playing some of the spectacular old-school games that people know and love. A few tokens in and you have yourself a fun experience trying out a variety of arcade machines, a classic game of pool, or even a good ‘ol game of skee-ball. 

Spend your night wisely and spend those tokens at Pinball Pete’s where you can invite all kinds of virtual realities into your night! 

Revel and Roll 

  • Address: 1950 S. Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor
  • Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-1 a.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday

Fun rolls deep at Revel and Roll. Teens gather from near and far to not only experience the new revel-ation of bowling that this setup brings to offer, but their fun and exclusive week day deals, too!

On Sundays, all games are around four dollars, and if that’s not enough, there’s discounts every night of the week. Mondays and Wednesdays are the perfect, unlimited bowling nights for an after-school pick me up for the kids. For first timers, their game is free. 

Stop by Revel and Roll for a night of bowling, arcade games and snack deals that you can’t find at another other typical alley. 

Round One

Bowling, arcade games (and lots of them), karaoke, indoor sports — and did we already mention arcade games? This center, which is located in the Great Lakes Crossing Mall, has you covered with jam packed activities all throughout the center. 

Let your inner rockstar out during a karaoke session or choose to jam out with some Dance Revolution in the arcade section. Not only can you count on the games and prizes here but you sure can count on a whole day of experiences. 

The food and drinks are provided to make sure you can have a snack break in between sessions. Everything you need, ‘round the clock at Round One.

Top Golf

The fresh green, great grub and greater experience (no matter the weather) are reasons why this Auburn Hills destination is jam-packed, nearly every weekend. No need for any super skills because the outdoor putting green contains all the clubs, and setup you need to jumpstart your golf career — with the family of course. 

Better yet, the indoor bar and restaurant is loaded with drink and meal specials to replenish your energy after a great game. The next move is yours: stay and play your night away at Top Golf. 

The Neutral Zone

Creativity is key, especially when it can be expressed in your own unique way at the Neutral Zone. Meet the center when everyone is included. 

Art, love, and creative spirit tie this present of a place together which creates a center where one can let their hair down and boost their sense of community up. With open mic nights, political and activist speakers, summer/winter programs, and a calendar filled with opportunities, teens are able to learn new skills every night of the week. 

Explore your music and art side, but don’t let your true self hide at The Neutral Zone where you can get involved in a collaborative, educational group in the community.

V.R. Life Arcade

  • Address: 320 N. Telegraph, Pontiac
  • Hours: 3-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday-Tuesday 

Make video games your reality at the VR Life Arcade. Strap on a virtual suit, grab the controllers and view the video game right through your goggles. 

Groups of four or more can book virtual sessions, or come in and enjoy the series of arcade machines, virtual playground experiences and the reality machines that they have to offer. If you’re ready to become the main character then take on some of the 11 video games that VR has to offer. A new virtual reality awaits…

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