Discover Something New at Sea Life Aquarium

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

A new exhibit recently opened at Sea Life Aquarium in Auburn Hills and it includes one of the most intelligent creatures of the ocean; the octopus.  Yes, you can now see this Einstein of the ocean at the new Octopus Hideout.

It may be a bit of a challenge to spot in the exhibit because this brilliant invertebrate is also a master of disguise.  It blends in with its surroundings and hides in the smallest of places.

Will you be able to spot it despite its camouflage?   There’s only one way to find out and that’s by visiting Sea Life’s Octopus Hideout where you can see this marvelous eight-legged creature.

The Hideout is also home to a nautilus, the common cuttlefish, sea hare and live coral.

New Ninjago Training Camp Opens in Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Do you have what it takes to become a Master of Spinjitzu?  If you’re interested in finding out, now is the time to drop by LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s new Ninjago Training Camp in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

Participants will hone skills in building a ninja dojo, test reaction time, speed and accuracy and sharpen focus with the Buzz Mountain Challenge.  The final training mission requires persistence and caution through the Laser Maze for the ultimate Ninja test.

In the end, will you have what it takes to join Kai, Jay, Nya and Zane of the Ninjago team?  Your final score will give you the answer.

Nike Is On The Move

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Commuity Development Executive Assistant

Nike Factory Store is planning to move to a new location in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets early this Summer.  Construction is already underway in their new space, which is located in District 9, just north of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

This new location will provide increased square footage for the retailer. The grand opening is scheduled for June 2017.

Current location in District 1 will be open until June

Check out the new Nike Factory Store this summer.

Michigan’s First ‘Round 1 Bowling and Amusement Center’ Coming In Y2017

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Exciting news!   Round 1 Bowling and Amusement is coming to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  It is anticipated to open in Fall 2017.

This will be the attraction’s first Michigan location and will offer bowling, dining, karaoke, billiards, darts, ping-pong and arcade games, including some exclusive Japanese video games.

This will be the attraction’s first Michigan location and will offer bowling, dining, karaoke, billiards, darts, ping-pong and arcade games, including some exclusive Japanese video games.

Round 1 will occupy the former 59,071 square foot Sports Authority space in District 5.

Round 1 will occupy the former 59,071 square foot Sports Authority space in District 5.

Round 1 is expected to strengthen Great Lakes Crossing Outlets’ position in the marketplace as a one-stop-shop fun and entertainment destination – joining SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, and the AMC Star Great Lakes theater megaplex.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Santa Clause Returns to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Mr. Clause himself has returned to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World’s Winter Wonderland and what a wonderland it is.  Not only will visitors be able to meet Santa Clause to let him know what they want for Christmas but they will also be able to get a free picture taken with jolly St. Nick too.


The excitement for the little ones does not stop with meeting Santa because there are plenty of other fun things to do in the Winter Wonderland.  There is a free craft and activity area, Lincoln log building area, the big dig excavation area, remote control trucks, a foam toy and laser arcade and more.


So if you’re looking for some fun and exciting things to do while shopping with your kids or grandkids this holiday season, stop by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and say hello to Santa Clause himself.

Santa’s Flight Crew Is Ready

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a one-of-a-kind experience at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. Santa Clause himself, along with second-grade students from Auburn Elementary and Oakland University’s Chorale, came to officially open Santa’s new Flight Academy.  This interactive attraction is sure to be a wonderful holiday experience for everyone.


The larger-than-life display of the North Pole has state-of-the-art technology that enables children to partner with Santa’s Elves to prepare his sleigh, among other fun activities.  Children become a member of Santa’s flight crew with a special ID and then partner with an elf to help ready Santa’s sleigh so he can deliver presents to children around the world.

Santa’s Flight Academy is located inside Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in front of AMC Theatres.  It was truly a magical experience.

Shinola Detroit Opens In Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

After decades of watching manufacturing jobs head overseas, the tide is turning back home.  One local company championing this movement is shedding light on the history and future of manufacturing here in America, and it’s doing it in style.


Shinola Detroit is a luxury brand, best known for its hand-made watches, leather goods, notebooks and bicycles.  Last Saturday, Shinola opened its first Michigan outlet store in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.


The 1,900 Sq. Ft. shop is located in District 1 (best parking at Entrance 1).  We are pleased to welcome Shinola to Auburn Hills.