10 Things To Do With Kids to Burn Off the Holiday Sugar Rush

School is out and the kids are full of energy. Here are 10 things you can do as a family in the local area.

"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:

1. Movies

Catch a kid-friendly film like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked or Happy Feet Two at MJR Partridge Creek or .

Price: MJR Partridge Creek – matinee shows noon-6 p.m., $5

2. Indoor Waterpark

The '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 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

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  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 , then winter break is the perfect time to do so. Under new ownership, , 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.

7. Sledding

Weather permitting, the hills of 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.

8. Crafts

For a hands-on art experience, head to  in Shelby Township to create a masterpiece. No appointment neccessary to teach your children how to  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. 

9. Bowling

STRIKE! Polish up on your  with open bowling at .

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.

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.

Jenny Whalen December 26, 2011 at 03:39 PM
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