5 Children Activities in Macomb County

There are plenty of activity lists for the Oakland County areas’ children, but not as many for Macomb County, Michigan. Here are a few of my favorite places to take my little ones. These are not super budget friendly, so please keep that in mind!

Many of these activities are only a short 10-20 minute drive from the surrounding areas of: Troy, Rochester Hills, Rochester, Bloomfield Hills, Waterford, Washington, Detroit, Birmingham, Novi, Farmington Hills and other areas in Oakland County.

Have fun with your kiddos before they go back to school!

  1. Sterling Inn Water Park- Located in Sterling Heights

You have to stay overnight or a party package to use the water park, but if you’d like a ‘staycation’, this sounds great! Rooms start at $110. For birthday parties they offer a water park pass, 2 slices of pizza, chips, birthday cake and a changing room. $20 per child! http://www.sterlinginn.com/indoor-water-park/

Sterling Inn Water Park

  1. Joe Dumars- Located in Shelby Township.

This facility features: indoor golf, basketball, roller hockey, volley ball, mini golf, laser tag, high ropes course, inflatable slide, rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and much more! They have camps for children as well as party packages! http://www.joedumarsfieldhouse.com/

Joe Dumars Fieldhouse

  1. Extreme Fun- Located inside the Macomb Mall in Roseville.

Inflatable indoor play land for rainy days! They have open play M-F for only $7! They have bounce houses, large scale inflatables to slide down, and climb on. Extreme Fun also hosts birthday parties. Children ages 1-12 will enjoy this activity most. http://www.extremefunmi.com/

Extreme Fun

  1. Sanders Candy Factory- Located in Clinton Township.

They offer a FREE self-guided and “Stop & Shop” tour Monday through Friday. Great way to get children interested in manufacturing, production, entrepreneurship, business, and of course chocolate! Tour times vary with production schedules so advance reservations are required. They give out free chocolate samples to each participant too! http://www.sanderscandy.com/factory-tours-a/250.htm

Sanders Factory Tour

  1. CJ Barrymore’s – Located in Clinton Township.

Indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family! Laser tag, arcade games, batting cages, bowling, bumper boats, bumper cars, bungee jump, driving range, go karts and more! You can host birthday parties here, and they have coupons (tons of BOGO!) on the website! http://cjbarrymores.com/park-info/

CJ Barrymore's

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Time Outs: What Do You Think?

All my life I was out in time outs. I was told to stand in the corner, go to your room and ‘think about what you did’ and told to ‘sit quietly, and tell me in 5 minutes what you did wrong’. This was how I grew up, so I hardly know anything differently. I have learned recently that this might not be the best way to little one’s to learn right from wrong, and wanted to see what others use for discipline.

 

One Mom on this blog explains how she has her child sit down with a bottle of water/glue/glitter creation to sit, calm down, and think about what she did wrong.  I like this idea, because it is not really punishing the child, but yet it gives the child a moment to think about what happened, and calm themselves down. That’s really what we want right? We want our children or charges to calm down, so we can better redirect them, or teach them a lesson. This water bottle/glitter idea is a WIN in my book.

 

What do you think? What other ways do you teach children how to cope with mis-behaviors?

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