Make sure this mid-winter break is, well, a break

It’s the middle of February; I know I’m not the only one going stir crazy. I can’t wait until things warm up (although this winter has been quite mild) so my 19 month old and I can play outside for longer periods of time.

And with many Macomb County school districts going on mid-winter break next week, spring fever is going to be at an all-time high, as parents try to come up with unique ways to keep their children occupied while home from school. I’ve compiled a list to try to keep us all sane until the end of winter:

Parks and recreation enthusiasts
Check with your local Parks and Recreation department to see what seasonal offerings are scheduled. The Warren Community Center boasts an indoor waterpark comprised of a lap pool, pool basketball, waterslide, lazy river and play structure complete with a water cannon and waterfall. Other nice amenities for adults include a sauna, steam room and fitness room. Play miniature golf any day of the week at Jawor’s on Gratiot in Roseville. It has an 18-hole course for kids of all ages and is open year-round.

ice-fishingGet hands-on and join your kid for a skate around the rink. The St. Clair Shores Ice Arena and Mount Clemens Ice Arena both have public skating hours and learn-to-skate programs.

Pack on the layers and head out to one of Macomb County’s Metroparks. Weather permitting, Lake St. Clair Metropark offers ice fishing, cross-country skiing and outdoor ice skating. Snowshoe or cross-country ski across marked trails at Stony Creek Metropark, or head over to the winter sports area with hills to snowboard, sled or toboggan.

Indoor rompers
If running around outside in the winter just isn’t your thing, trust me, I get it. Macomb County has plenty of indoor entertainment facilities geared toward getting off some steam. Try Chuck E. Cheese in Roseville or Sterling Heights. Jungle Java in Clinton Township is an indoor play center with a sports court and laser maze. It includes a separate cjstoddler play area and a full menu.

Let the kids burn off energy at the Bounce House in New Baltimore, St. Clair Shores or Sterling Heights. It consists of giant inflatable slides, moon walks and an obstacle course along with arcade games that might even entertain mom and dad. Try Airtime in Sterling Heights or Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Shelby Township for open jumping on wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball and basketball. Although normally closed during the week in winter, CJ Barrymore’s is holding special hours over mid-winter break.

Library lovers
libraryI remember during all school breaks, especially summer, my mom still made me study! She believed that too long of time away from school made it that much more difficult to get back into the swing of learning when you did go back. Often overlooked, local libraries offer an abundance of programs for little ones and, for teenagers, an opportunity to still expand knowledge when on break. For example, at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library is offering the Crazy 8’s Math Club, for kids in kindergarten through eighth-grade to learn more about math. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the Mount Clemens Public Library has Drop-In Family Storytime.

Arts and culture supporters
antonMacomb County offers an abundance of art and culture experiences for youth. Check out some of the performances and classes that may be available for youth during this time of year.
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (Clinton Township)
Clintondale Community Theatre (Clinton Township)
Anton Art Center (Mount Clemens)
Plaster Playhouse (Shelby Township)

Cinema seekers
movieIf all else fails, a good movie and some delicious popcorn should keep the family entertained for a few hours!
Emagine Macomb (Macomb Township)
AMC Star Gratiot 21 (Clinton Township)
MJR Partridge Creek Digital Cinema 14 (Clinton Township)

Mall madness
kids-clubMacomb County is home to a few great malls: Partridge Creek, Macomb and Lakeside.

On Feb. 20, Kids Club is presenting Mad Science Spin, Pop, Boom!, a free event for kids ages 10 and under from 11 a.m. to noon in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Court at Macomb Mall. Children will be entertained as they are able to interact with Kids Club’s mad scientists.

Most of all, no matter what you decide to do this break, know Macomb County has you covered!

Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office as a communications specialist.

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