Fun Ways to Burn Excess Energy in Livingston County

March 10, 2021 | Story by: Shelby Rochowiak

Between quarantining for months and enduring the chilly winter season, we could all benefit from burning off excess energy. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. This means that burning energy is not just for kids! Fit in your exercise with a few of these fun activities. Check out these activities to burn energy around Livingston County.


Airborne Adventure Park


Defy gravity and train like a ninja warrior at Airborne Adventure park. At this trampoline park, you can enjoy attractions like a foam pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes, ultimate dodgeball, and the warped wall. Sign up for a fitness class or stop by for freestyle jump.

Keep an eye out for special events like GLOW every Friday night between 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for ages five and up. Jumpers wear bright white or neon-colored clothing to illuminate under black lights. Visit on Sundays with kids four and under for Toddler Time between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Destruction Depot



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Throw some dishes, destroy a computer with a sledgehammer or break whatever else you want from Destruction Depot. Use this healthy outlet as a safe way to vent frustrations or pent-up rage in a physical way. Choose from a variety of items to destroy. Their inventory is always refreshed so there are always new objects to destroy. Visitors can also bring in their own items to destroy (also allowed: breakables from an ex that just broke your heart).

Kids ages 13 and up are invited to Destruction Depot when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. (Because you probably wouldn’t leave your 13-year-old alone with a sledgehammer in your house)

Destruction Depot accepts donations in exchange for store credit. During spring cleaning this year, if you come across any unwanted breakables or outdated electronics, DESTROY them at Destruction Depot.


Chilson Woods Disc Golf Course in Brighton Recreation Area


Disc golf, the art of playing fetch by yourself is loved by many in the Livingston County area due to our over 50,000 acres of state parkland. A local favorite disc golf course is the Chilson Woods Disc Golf Course located inside of Brighton Recreation Area.  Locals say this course offers a nice hike paired with a few tough throws making it a great spot for beginners and experienced players alike.

The back nine feels like you are up north due to the rolling hills and tall trees. Livingston County natives say that this course is underrated and that the very last hole in the course is one of the best around! The total size of this course is 4947 acres, so completing it is a great way to burn energy.


Castaway Play Cafe


Playscape inside of Castaway Cafe

Castaway Play Café offers a variety of exciting ways to burn energy! This family fun center houses an arena holding a giant bounce and play structure that children love. The arena includes multiple bounce houses, a large inflatable slide, and inflatable interactive games. The play area features walls lined with tic-tac-toe and puzzles, as well as foam shapes to play with.

Children of all ages are welcome. There is a toddler-only area for children three and under that includes a mini bridge and three slides.

Another way to burn energy at Castaway Play Cafe is playing laser tag. Choose from different types of missions like teams, free-for-all, zones, capture the base, domination, and more!

Warriors are invited to the Challenge Zone to have their abilities tested on the ninja-style warrior course. See if you have what it takes to beat the record time! The Challenge Zone presents a full obstacle course with zero shock airbags, zipline, trapeze, a two-story rock climbing wall, and a sports simulator.


Biking at Mike Levine Lakeland’s Trails


Close up of biker riding on Mike Levine Lakelands Trail

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park stretches along 22 miles of visually pleasing woods, wetlands, and pastures. Bikers, walkers, hikers, horseback riders, and cross country skiers all love this trail and utilize it year-round.

The park was renamed in 2018 to honor Michigan trails champion, Mike Levine.

An ice cream break at Cap’n Frosty’s is a must when exploring this trail! (you burned the calories, so you deserve it) It is conveniently located next to the Pettysville Trailhead.

Located nearby, bikers also enjoy the over 40 miles of multi-use trails at Pinckney Recreation Area. One of the most popular trails in the Pinckney Recreation Area is the Potawatomi Trail. This trail is a continuous loop over 17 miles long and is a single-track from beginning to end. It is filled with plenty of uphill and downhill strides which makes it quite the workout.


Let the good times roll at Rollerama and Zap Zone


Kids rollerskating at the Zap Zone Rollerama


Strap on a pair of roller-skates, and they’ll hit the lights and play your favorite tunes at Rollerama and Zap Zone. Here you can skate to your heart’s content, win prizes and play games in the rink, or challenge others to a game of laser tag.

There are three levels of laser tag to choose from. Zap Zone was voted #1 Laser Tag Center in Michigan because they make it easy. Equipment is one size fits all and is connected to a sophisticated computer system that tallies individual and team scores. At the end, players are allowed to analyze their personal score sheets in order to strategize for future games.

Children 10 years old and under can crawl, climb or slide their way through the enormous, padded indoor play-scape. If all of these energy-burning activities don’t tire you out, we don’t know what will!

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Pinckney Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill Road, Pinckney, MI, USA

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Cap'n Frosty Ice Cream

Cap'n Frosty Ice Cream, 9245 Bernice Drive, Pinckney, MI 48169, USA

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Castaway Play Cafe

Castaway Play Cafe, North Burkhart Road, Howell, MI, USA

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Destruction Depot

11048 Hi Tech Dr, Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA

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Airborne Adventure Park

Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Movie Drive, Brighton, MI, USA

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