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Winter Family Fun in Detroit

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Gather the Family and Have Some Family Fun in and Around Detroit

Just because the weather outside is frightful, it doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do both inside and outside during the winter months. Detroit offers a plethora of activities, festivals, and fun. We’re sharing our favorite things to do here. Read below and enjoy! If you’re interested in activities that are a little more rousing then you could consider grabbing a group of your friends and heading out somewhere that you can fire AirSoft guns – places like Only BB Guns stock such things so that you can begin to compete against one another in matches.

Roller Skating

Roller Skate Before This Unique Rink is Gone! The new, colorful Rainbow City Roller Rink is only here until January 27th. Located near Campus Martius the 5,000+ square foot rink is adorned with eight colorful, inflated sculptures that dangle from the ceiling and skaters will glide across a striped floor. Skate time needs to be scheduled in advance here. It’s free with no cost for skates, lockers, or safety equipment.

Ice Skating Campus Martius
(c) Matt-Schwedt

Outdoor Ice Skating

From now until March, you can skate 7 ays a week at Campus Martius’ outdoor rink. $8/adults, $7/seniors + children, 12 and under. No skates, no problem. Skate rental is just $3.

Have Outside Fun While Inside

Let the Outdoor Adventure Center introduce you to all the fun recreational activities the state has to offer while keeping you toasty warm. There are hands-on activities, simulators, a waterfall, fishing boat where you can reel in a big one, mountain bikes and snowmobiles and so much more! $5/adults, $3/seniors + children.

Henry Ford Museum
(c) Bill Bowen

A Bit of Culture at Area Museums

When it’s just too cold to play outside, head into one of these great museums in the Metro area.

Get Creative

Head over to the Legoland Discovery Center Michigan inside of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and let the building fun begin. Everywhere you look, there are legos asking to be built into works of art. A great spot for kids that are tired of their own legos. While you are there, be sure to visit the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium and make an entire day of it.

While not technically located in Detroit, its worth the drive over to Ann Arbor to visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for kids. Here, kids explore the world of art and science while engaging in fun activities.

Detroit Zoo
(c) Bill Bowen

See All The Animals

A visit to the Detroit Zoo lets you walk through the Arctic Ring of Life, have an Australian Outback Adventure, see the Great Apes of Harambee, waddle with penguins, visit a butterfly garden to name a few. Plan an entire day.

Go under the sea at Sea Life Michigan Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. See sharks, stingrays, sea horse, jellyfish and thousands of other underwater critters.



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Deb Thompson

Deb lives in Michigan with her husband and a very spoiled Maltipoo. She is an avid road-tripper who always searches out the quirky, weird and haunted when she travels. At home, she is a wanna-be Joanna Gaines designer and shares tips and tricks for updating and surviving life in a small house. In her spare time, she creates and shares simple, yet delicious meals and cocktail recipes and keeps us with her own blog/business Just Short of Crazy (dot) com.

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