Winter Fun Guide for Lake Orion, Rochester Hills, and Oxford

Check out these local winter fun ideas - outdoor, indoor, and at home!

By Krista Nesbit, Publisher, Macaroni KID Lake Orion - Rochester Hills - Oxford February 7, 2023

We will all be looking for ways to get out of the house this winter! So Macaroni KID Lake Orion - Rochester Hills - Oxford has put together a list to help you find fun things to do this winter with your family during the winter months.

Outdoor Winter Fun 

Fresh air is good for the soul - not to mention it helps to get the wiggles out of the kids. Here are some fun local places with activities to get you moving this winter: 

Addison Oaks County Park Fat Tire Biking
1480 West Romeo Road
Leonard, MI 48367

Details: Addison Oaks County Park is open year-round 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The park offers a groomed 5 and a half mile trail perfect for fat tire biking. No rentals available. 

More information: (248) 693-2432, Facebook Page

Bear Creek Nature Park Ice Skating
740 West Snell Road
Rochester, MI  48306

Details: Open 10am to 5pm daily, conditions permitting. No rentals available; bring your own skates. Always check the hotline first to confirm open/close status: (248) 651-4440, ext 289 

More information: (248) 651-7810, Facebook Page

Bloomer Park Sledding Hill Rochester Hills
345 John R Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Details: Open 8am to dusk. Bloomer Park features 3 sledding runs on a large hill, conditions permitting.

More information: (248) 656-4600, Facebook Page

Borden Park Sled Hill Rochester Hills 
1400 E Hamlin Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Details: Open 8am to dusk. Borden Park offers a smaller hill perfect for families with small children.

More information: (248) 656-4600, Facebook Page

Civic Center Ice Rink
2525 Joslyn Road
Orion Township, MI 48360

Details: Open daily, weather permitting. Please respect the rules sign and the closed for maintenance signs, as they are for your safety. Not shown: 2 hockey goals built to USA Pond Hockey Specs, feel free to use them safely.

More information: (248) 391-0304 x3500, Facebook Page

Depot Park Ice Rink
375 Depot Road
Clarkston, MI 48346  

Details: Open daily, weather permitting. The city thanks the Clarkston Area Optimists, the Clarkston Schools Construction Tech Program and their own DPW team for once again installing the skating rink at Depot Park. Overhead lighting in place to facilitate nighttime skating.

More information: (248) 625-1559, Facebook Page 

Independence Oaks Ice Skating, Hiking, or Cross Country Skiing 
9501 Sashabaw Road
Clarkston, MI 48348 

Details: Independence Oaks is the largest Oakland County Park at 1,286 acres. Open daily from 8am until one-half-hour before sunset. Recreation amenities include over 12 miles of natural and paved trails. Cross-country ski equipment is available for rent, depending on staff availability and amount of snow. Ice skating permitted when conditions are good. Make sure to bring your own skates; they don't offer skate rentals. Park office hours: 9am. - 4pm Monday-Friday.

More information: (248) 625-0877, Facebook Page

Innovation Hills Ice Skating
2800 W Hamlin Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Details: From 10am to 5:30pm, the upper pond is open daily for ice skating. Bring your own skates as no rentals are available. 

More information: (248) 656-4600, Facebook Page

Jesse Decker Park Sledding Hill
4080 N Squirrel Road
Orion Township, MI 48359

Details: This is a fun sledding hill for the whole family to enjoy. 

More information: (248) 391-0304, Facebook Page

Lost Lake Nature Park Sled Hill
846 Lost Lake Trail
Oakland Township, MI 48363 

Details: Call (248) 651-4440, ext. 299 to confirm sledding hill is open. Conditions permitting, the sledding hill is open daily from 10am to 5pm. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the hill is open from 10am to 9pm. The warming shelter is open Wednesdays from 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 10am to 9pm, and Sundays from 10am to 5pm. There must be 4 inches of packed snow on frozen ground for hill to be open. 

More information: (248) 651-7810, Facebook Page

Mt Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort
13536 Dixie Hwy
Holly, MI 48442

Details: Rentals and lessons available. Lift tickets required. Nestled in Groveland Township near Holly, Michigan, Mt Holly Ski & Snowboard resort offers 20 runs from beginner to advanced and has the only High-Speed chair lift in Southeast Michigan.

More information: (248) 634-8269, Facebook Page

Orion Oaks County Park Hiking or Cross Country Skiing 
2301 W Clarkston Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360

Details: The park is open approximately 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Park is open year-round. Orion Oaks’ 916 acres offers 10 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, geocaching, and fishing on Lake Sixteen, with a wheelchair accessible fishing pier off Joslyn Road. They do not rent cross country skis, but if you have your own equipment, this is an awesome place to explore. 

More information: (248) 625-0877, Facebook Page

Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort
7778 Sashabaw Road
Clarkston, MI 48348

Details: Rentals and lessons available. Lift tickets required. Whether you are a beginner or expert, family or individual, Pine Knob is a great place for you to enjoy the slopes this season!

More information: (248) 625-0800, Facebook Page

Seymour Lake Park Oxford Sledding Hill and Ice Rink 
2795 Seymour Lake Road
Oxford, MI 48371

Details: Open dawn to dusk year round. This 132-acre park features the “Red Flyer Run” sledding hill and an ice skating rink, conditions permitting. 

More information: (248) 628-1720, Facebook Page

Spencer Park Ice Skating, Hiking, and Cross Country Skiing 
3701 John R Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Details: Open 10am to dusk. Spencer Park offers ice skating and ice fishing when conditions comply. They do not rent any equipment. On busy winter days, they charge $5 admission to residents and $10 non-residents. We recommend calling ahead to inquire about conditions. 

More information: (248) 656-4657, Facebook Page

Stony Lake Township Park Oxford Ice Skating and Ice Fishing
1397 Lapeer Road
Oxford, MI 48371

Details: Open dawn to dusk year round. The Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department does not monitor ice conditions or thickness. Ice fishing and skating is done at own risk! Sledding is prohibited.

More information: (248) 628-1720, Facebook Page

Indoor Winter Fun

Sometimes you want to get out of the house, but the weather outside is not ideal! Here are some ideas for local indoor winter fun:

Avon North Hill Lanes
150 West Tienken Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48306

Details: There are 32 lanes of bowling featuring easy automatic scoring, bumper bowling, glow bowling, and great party packages including bowling, pizza, and more. They have open bowling and bumper bowling available every day. Please call for the current schedule!

More information: (248) 651-8544, Facebook Page

Boogie Babies 
928 B Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Details: Fun indoor play place for young kids. Please call ahead for play time availability and reservations due to private events.  

More information: (248) 852-6288, Facebook Page

Collier Lanes
879 S Lapeer Road
Oxford, MI 48371

Details: Come in for open bowling. They have bumpers and ramps available for those in need. Cosmic bowling includes lights and music. Please call for availability! 

More information: (248) 628-2851, Facebook Page

Emagine Theatre
200 Barclay Circle
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Details: Emagine Theatre features stadium-style seating, gourmet snack foods, wide rows and luxurious seats.

More information: (888) 319-FILM, Facebook Page

Fairytale Fun Place
7127 Dixie Hwy
Clarkston, MI 48346

Details: The Fairytale Fun Place features a large indoor playground, private party rooms, a pizza cafe, a coffee and drink bar and a performance stage for live interactive entertainment. Choose to have lunch or dinner at the pizza cafe and give your kids an opportunity to release their pent up energy. 

More information: (248) 297-5131, Facebook Page

Great Lakes Crossing 
4000 Baldwin Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Details: The mall has tons of family friendly things to do! Aside from shopping, there is a free playground surrounded by the food court. There's also Legoland Discovery Center, Peppa Pig World of Play, Sea Life Aquarium, Round1 Bowling and Amusement Center, AMC Theatres, Kids Empire, and a carousel! This is a great destination for some indoor winter family fun!  

More information: (248) 454-5000, Facebook Page

The HUB Stadium
2550 Innovation Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Details: The HUB Stadium features: 10 Interactive Axe Stalls, 5 Classic Axe Stalls, 8 Football Bowling Lanes, 3 Topgolf Swing Suite Simulators, Four Private Event Rooms, Two Full Bars equipped with Bottoms Up Draft Beer System, Craft Cocktails, and New American Cuisine.

More information: (248) 364-4000, Facebook Page

Kensington Church - Orion Play Space
4640 S Lapeer Road
Lake Orion, MI 48359

Details: Kensington Church has a new indoor place that is FREE and open to the community Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-1pm! You can't miss it - just walk through the lobby and you'll see it.  

More information: (248) 786-0700, Facebook Page

Legacy 925
925 North Lapeer Road
Oxford, MI 48371

Details: The Legacy Center is a perfect destination for indoor winter fun. It has an arcade, Urban Air Trampoline Park, K1 Speed indoor go-kart racing, Great Lakes Kids Energy Zone gymnastics center, Ideal Escape Rooms, laser tag, bowling, axe throwing, restaurant and so much more. There's something for everyone!

More information: (248) 823-7676, Facebook Page

MI-COMBAT Tactical Laser Tag
2636 S Adams Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Details: Forget black lights and cheesy plastic guns. MI-COMBAT is the future of tactical laser tag entertainment. You’ll take part in thrilling missions using state of the art equipment that simulates the real feel of the battlefield. MI-COMBAT Tactical Laser Tag is the most heart pumping action filled laser tag game you will ever experience.

More information: (248) 564-2760, Facebook Page

RARA Indoor Playscape
500 E. Second Street
Rochester, MI 48307

Details: The playscape is open during RARA operating hours. The 3-level play structure has 3 slides, tunnels, obstacles, and more.   

More information: (248) 656-8308, Facebook Page

Rochester PLAY!
9380 E Second Street
Rochester, MI 48307 

Details: Rochester PLAY! is a premier indoor children’s play center. Aside from their amazing play spaces, they have an arcade, a health conscious and tasty café, and offer various family and children’s programs.  

More information: (248) 650-7529, Facebook Page

925 E Auburn Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Details: Snapology Discovery Center is designed to help your kids explore STEM and STEAM activities through classes and creative play. Our scheduled classes offer instructor-guided learning while our creative play areas let children explore on their own with toys that build confidence and knowledge.

More information: (248) 886-4246, Facebook Page

Suburban Ice Rochester
52999 Dequindre Road
Rochester, MI 48307

Details: Formerly the Onyx Ice Arena, Suburban Ice Rochester has open skate for $10 and rentals for $4. They also hold fun events and offer lessons. Check out their website for skate times and more info. 

More information: (248) 601-6699, Facebook Page

500 Great Lakes Crossing Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 

Details: Get swinging and enjoy their climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort. Each bay has complimentary golf clubs or you can take your own. There are many fun golf games to choose from and a full service restaurant and bar - you're sure to have a fun time!   

More information: (248) 904-1032, Facebook Page

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