Family Fun Rochester Hills has Toys, Play Spots, a Museum, Great Food and More for Kids « Previous Next » Kristen J. Gough • October 8, 2012 Add Comment Total: 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 As one resident put it, this community has "the perfect mix of town and country." Situated on about 32 square miles in Oakland County, it has a great mix of shopping and restaurants – coupled with plenty of parks and spots to unwind and spend a little family time, whether you're into go-kart action, catching a first-run movie, taking in a little live theater or finding a new book or toy. Discover what this city has in store! Bloomberry Yogurt Address: 6900 Rochester Road, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-453-5334 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday Soft-serve, self-serve cultured frozen yogurt: Sate your sweet tooth for as little as 29 calories an ounce with oodles of flavors you can top with 50-plus garnishes, from fresh fruits to cereals and candy. The shop also has a location in Royal Oak. Boogie Babies Address: 1928 Star Batt Drive, Suite B, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-852-6288 Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Cost: $8/children 2 and older, $6/ages 1-2, free/ages 1 and under, parents, caregivers Kids can become pretend chefs, play games, try out crafts and more at this indoor 5,200 square-foot play center that aims to keep children for infants to teens busy and entertained. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Address: 3074 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills Phone: 248-375-2400 Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday Find stacks of toys and books that will inspire your child's imagination at this toy store, situated in University Square Shopping Center, that also offers frequent events for kids and families. Burgz Address: 3204 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills Phone: 248-375-3060 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday It's all about the Angus beef at this slider joint. Bonus: The meat, produce and buns are all locally sourced from Michigan. (Check out its sister spot in Royal Oak, too.) Classic Lanes Address: 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-852-9100 Hours: 1 p.m.-midnight Monday, 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-midnight Wednesday, 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday Cost: Rates vary; lots of specials Whether you're up for some family fun or interested in getting into a league or booking that next birthday party, this 32-lane destination is packed with state-of-the-art equipment. Lots of bumper lanes just for kids and glow bowling, too. Clinton River Trail Address: Rochester Hills portion starts at Adams Road (just north of Auburn Road) and ends at Rochester Road (south of Walton Boulevard) Phone: 248-656-4673 Hours: dawn-dusk Hike, bike or walk through 16 miles of trails that stretch through several communities – including a 4.5-mile swath of Rochester Hills. There's also fishing, kayaking/canoeing and wildlife viewing. Emagine Theatre Address: 200 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-243-3456 Hours: noon-midnight Monday-Sunday Costs: check for latest Tucked behind the Best Buy in Hampton Village Centre, this branch of the well-loved southeast Michigan movie franchise features luxury seating, DBOX Motion Seating and even a bar for mom and pops. Fresco Wood Oven Pizzeria Address: 1218 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills Phone: 248-841-1606 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday This gem gets mad props for its Neapolitan style pizza, crafted in wood-burning ovens that crank out crisp, bubbly masterpieces in 90 seconds. Created by hometown guy David Dedvukaj, this joint also has salads, hero sandwiches and apps, plus a beer and wine list for mom and dad. K's Book Exchange Address: 1524 E. Auburn Road, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-853-7347 Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday Have your kids ever been to a bona fide used bookstore? This family-owned shop, here since 1983, is packed with everything from young adult tomes to mystery. Nab one for a good bargain – even cheaper if you bring in a book to trade. Meadow Brook Music Festival Address: 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills Phone: 248-377-0100 An outdoor music concert hot spot, this venue opened in 1964 (it was originally intended to be the summer home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra). It boasts four concession stands and several kids' shows throughout the summer months. Onyx Rochester Ice Arena Address: 52999 Dequindre Road, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-601-6699 Hours: call for open skate times and details Costs: About $3-$7; check ahead for the latest This ice skating destination offers several open skate options throughout the week. It's also home to skating lessons and the Phoenix Synchronized Skating crew. Papa Joe's Address: 6900 N. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-853-6263 Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday Skip the tip and get a tray of chef-created food to go at this gourmet market. It also has a reputation of "being able to obtain any 'hard-to-get' item" – and plenty on-site goodies that'll please foodie families. Has a Birmingham locale, too. Race Rochester Address: 153 E. Tienken Road, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-656-7223 Hours: 6-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Costs: $15 rally race (10 minutes); other rates range $10-$60, and family discounts are available Hankering for a little indoor kart racing? This is the place to give it a spin. Opt for a high-speed Rally Kart, or get the whole family in on the fun with Naskarts and Double Seat karts, prime for riders under age 14. 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.