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Rochester Hills has Toys, Play Spots, a Museum, Great Food and More for Kids

Known as a great place to raise a family, this city is also worth a visit for its awesome shopping, top-notch restaurants, entertainment and more

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Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

  • Address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-4663
  • Hours: 1-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Costs: $5/adults, $3/kids in grades K-12

Visit a 1927 restored dairy barn and many of the other buildings on the property that date back to the 1800s. Includes a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year.

Rockin' Cupcakes

  • Address: 6930 N. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-2253
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday (note: they close early if all cupcakes are sold!)

The only thing better than the cupcake names here – "Paint It Black," "Yellow Submarine" and "The White Stripes," to name just a few – are the sweet ingredients, like fresh fruit, premium chocolate and Madagascar bourbon vanilla. Talk about killer licks.

Spencer Park

  • Address: 3701 John R Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-656-4657
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-dusk

Picnic, fish, swim or hit the beach at this 113-acre park, which also includes a 38-acre lake. It also has ice skating, cross-country skiing on non-groomed trails and hiking in the chillier months.

Velodrome at Bloomer Park

  • Address: 345 John R Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-961-3705
  • Hours: check ahead
  • Costs: check ahead

Visit the state's only velodrome – or raised bike track – to watch riders speed by, or try out the track yourself. If you're not into biking, there are several nature trails and other recreation offerings at the park.

The Village of Rochester Hills

  • Address: northeast corner of Walton and Adams Road
  • Phone: 248-375-9451
  • Hours: vary by shop

Walk your way through stores like Gap Kids, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, Hot Mama, The Children's Place and more before heading into Whole Foods in this outdoor mall.

Yates Cider Mill

  • Address: 1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-651-8300
  • Hours: vary by season (check site for latest)
  • Cost: free admission, parking

Boasting historical roots that trace back to 1863, this mill churns out premium cider that features a six-apple blend by mid-October. Take a tour in September and October, visiting a petting zoo mid-May through fall. Some attractions, like the Fudge Shoppe, are open as late as November.

Yoga Planet Studio

  • Address: 3062 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-375-3070
  • Hours: vary
  • Costs: vary

Ask about kids yoga "playshops," which feature a project, new poses, uplifting music and making mala bead bracelets with "the traditional 27 beads," perfect for ages 5-12. Pre-register and pay. Lots for parents, too, including basic yoga, power vinyasa, weight-loss yoga and more.

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