Indoor ax throwing coming to metro Grand Rapids

Kent County

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Starting next week, Grand Rapids-area residents can add ax throwing to the list of potential things to do.

Target Axe Throwing is set to open on March 16 on Plainfield Avenue near 4 Mile Road. It’s in same building as the Escape Michigan escape room and is being billed as a first for the Grand Rapids area. The two businesses have the same owner. Managers said they hope the new venture sees the same success as the escape room.

“There’s nothing quite like this primal urge to just let things go,” Ryan Hiltunen, a manager for Escape Michigan, told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday. “We want to introduce that to people and start this new pastime here in Grand Rapids.”

The ax throwing lanes are divided by fencing for safety. Participants throw a small ax and are awarded points based on where the ax plunges into a wooden target.

Managers say the idea is for throwers to participate in groups. It costs $100 for groups of up to 10 to throw in a lane that has two throwing areas in it. Participants under the age of 18 are required to have an adult with them and no alcohol is allowed.

“Everything is completely, totally safe,” Hiltunen said.

“It’s always exciting and a little bit scary kind of breaking into new turf because you never know how people are going to react to this new weird thing,” he continued. “It’s always a lot of fun seeing people experience it for the first time.”

Target Axe Throwing will be open at the same times as the escape room: Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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