"And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again ... "
Whether its Bing Crosby or Johnny Mathis singing those words, most of us can agree there's more than a little truth in them.
If the kids are still running on a sugar high from this weekend's holiday revelry, here are a 10 ways to help them burn off the excess energy while still enjoying time as a family:
Catch a kid-friendly film like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked or Happy Feet Two at MJR Partridge Creek or Chesterfield Crossing Cinemas.
Price: MJR Partridge Creek – matinee shows noon-6 p.m., $5
2. Indoor Waterpark
The Macomb Township Recreation Center's Aquatic Center is the closest thing this area has to an indoor waterpark. Life guards are always on duty, so whether patrons are using the water slide, play structure, lazy river, hot tub, log roll or feature pool for lap swimming, safety is a priority. More information on pool hours can be found on the Rec Center's website.
Price: Use of the pool is included in rec center membership. All-day passes can be purchased for $5 by residents and $10 by non-residents. Children under 3 are free. The all-day pass buys access to all areas of the rec center and can be used for multiple same-day visits.
3. Ice Skating
Both Suburban Ice Macomb on 25 Mile Road and the Mount Clemens Ice Arena on Groesbeck offer open skating from noon-1:50 p.m.
Price: Suburban Ice – adult (13+), $5; child/seniors (12 and under), $4; skate rental, $3; Mount Clemens – adult, $5; student/youth/seniors, $4.50; skate rental, $3
4. Get Active
Joe Dumars' Fieldhouse offers dozens of activities from arcade games and laser tag, to miniature golf and the climbing wall.
Price: Adventure packs, featuring a combination of activities and gaming tokens, can be purchased for $10-20.
5. Art and Culture
More than 400 nativity sets from 50 countries will be on display in the St. Mary Queen of Creation Church's social hall from noon-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. A special kids area is available for children to color pictures, play with non-breakable nativity sets and put together puzzles.
Price: Admission is free, but donations benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society and St. Mary's food pantry.
6. Roller Skating
If you haven’t checked out The New Rink, then winter break is the perfect time to do so. Under new ownership, The New Rink, including the original entrance, a 90,000-square-foot wood floor skating area, and those globe chandeliers, will bring nostalgic memories for the parents and new fun times for the little ones.
Price: $6, Dec. 23-Jan. 2, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Weather permitting, the hills of Stony Creek are alive with the sound of sledding. The 4,000-acre park, which extends across Oakland and Macomb counties, offers winter sports enthusiasts a gamut of fun and family-friendly options.
There are several sledding, tobogganing and snowboarding hills at West Branch and Gladeview picnic areas.
Price: Entrance admission. The winter park hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
For a hands-on art experience, head to Plaster Playhouse in Shelby Township to create a masterpiece. No appointment neccessary to teach your children how to make and paint ceramics, plaster and create beautiful mosiacs.
Pricing: Prices range from $8 for one child per hour to make a ceramic, to $15 for four children for an hour.
Price: Monday Madness special is $5 per person from 10 a.m.-noon.
10. Jungle Java
Sip on a cup of Joe with some friends while your kids play in the jungle–an indoor playscape that is. Kids will have a blast climbing, sliding, and chasing at Clinton Township 's Jungle Java, which is located east of Partridge Creek off Hall Road. There is also a Lazer Cave, basketball courts and a toddler play area.
Jungle Java prides itself in offering healthy food options for the kids and adults, too.
Price: Adults and children under 1-year-old, free; children ages 2 and older, $7.50; children ages 12-23 months, $3. A kid's meal will run you $3.99.