Mostly Cloudy   70.0F  |  Forecast »

Winter Fun from January to March in Southeast Michigan

Whether your family loves stage shows, LEGO exhibits and laser tag or skiing, hiking and looking at ice sculptures outdoors, kick off 2013 right with these 13 cool activities

(page 1 of 2)

The number 13 gives some people the chills. But, the way Metro Parent sees it, 13 is the perfect way to beat the chill in southeast Michigan – or, for adventurous types, outright bask in it. Bundle up the kids to glide across the ice, zip down a ski hill, scope out snow monkeys, get crafty in nature or watch chainsaws transform hunks of ice into glistening masterpieces. Then, warm up to some Motor City automotive marvels, jaw-dropping LEGO architecture, the smells (and tastes) of an honest-to-gosh chocolate factory and even Elmo kicking out the jams.

In fact, whether metro Detroit gets hit with snow squalls or unseasonable thaws, there's so much to do, the next three months are scarcely enough time to contain it all. So, even if you suffer a touch of ophiophobia (2013 is the Year of the Snake in the Chinese zodiac), there's no excuse not to brave the elements!

1. Skiing and snowboarding

Consider this your chance to conquer a bunny hill. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and Discover Michigan Skiing makes it an affordable gamble at $20 for cross-country skiing, $30 for downhill skiing and $40 for snowboarding. Locally, this program, which spans Jan. 2-31, 2013 and is open to ages 7-plus, is at Mount Holly, Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort in Clarkston and nearby Mount Brighton. While not hosting the promo, Alpine Valley in White Lake is another spot to learn the ropes. Snow guaranteed. Check out the Metro Parent roundup for even more ski and snowboard destinations near southeast Michigan.

2. Play centers and fun spots 

Cabin fever setting in? Time to let the rug rats blow off some steam – at local indoor fun centers. For tykes, check out pint-sized play nooks, like trailblazer Jungle Java, now with locales in Canton, Clinton Township and Farmington Hills. Other nifty picks for small fries include Rochester Play!, Tiny Town Play Lounge in Northville and Detroit Kid City in Southfield, offering a scaled-down Motown. Got older kids? A day at C.J. Barrymore's in Clinton Township gives 'em a golf range, bowling, arcade and laser tag. For even more, check out the Metro Parent roundup of best family fun play centers in southeast Michigan.

3. Detroit auto show and AutoRama

Salty roads and black ice are the seasonal enemies of our vehicular arsenal. However, gearheads know there are two safe winter havens when it comes to wheeled wonders. The first, of course, is the almighty North American International Auto Show, returning to Detroit's Cobo Center Jan. 19-27, 2013. Browse 500 cutting-edge vehicles – and swing by for the Jan. 25 WXYZ TV Family Day for music, giveaways and fun. Prefer kicking it old school? AutoRama, the quintessential hot-rod show, roars into Cobo March 8-10, 2013. See customs, trucks, 'cycles and more; plus there's Disney and WWE celebs, Toy-A-Rama and Spongebob Squarepants for kids.

4. Check out a museum exhibit

Imagine Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions, in the same room as the Empire State Building and St. Louis Arch. It's reality at the LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibit, in Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum till Feb. 24. 2013. There's a Duplo play area for tykes, too, and Double Dare-style challenge Saturdays Jan. 5-26. Other hot picks: Try Bodies: Human Anatomy in Motion at the just-opened Michigan Science Center in Detroit, Kid Rock Music Lab and three other new exhibits at the Detroit Historical Museum – or explore the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays.

5. Factory tours all over town

Have you ever seen a brand-new truck, stuffed animal or sea of sweets roll off the assembly tracks? Take a tour! The Ford Rouge Factory Tour gives an inside view of the iconic Detroit auto plant that's still churning out F-150s (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Jan. 28; $15/adults, $11/kids). Chelsea offers two free tours: Chelsea Teddy Bear Company (11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday) and Jiffy Mix Plant (by reservation, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday starting Jan. 3). And don't miss the Morley Candy Makers and Sanders Candy Factory in Clinton Township, home of Pecan Torties and cream puffs (9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, free).

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Beach Towel and Picnic Blanket Caddy Craft

Beach Towel and Picnic Blanket Caddy Craft

Looking for an easy, compact way to tote those summer necessities? You're in luck! This simple sewing project makes carting your fabric accessories a breeze.

Socialite Returns Adopted Child to Orphanage for Crying

Socialite Returns Adopted Child to Orphanage for Crying

After only one night in, Romanian socialite Monica Gabor took her adopted son back to the orphanage because the child was too distressed.

Medication Mistakes Common and Dangerous, New Study Finds

Medication Mistakes Common and Dangerous, New Study Finds

Recent findings published in Pediatrics show that nearly 40 percent of parents make measuring errors for their kid's medicine. Why is this happening and what can you do to prevent it?

Craft Roundup: Fun Summer Projects for Kids

Craft Roundup: Fun Summer Projects for Kids

Beat vacation boredom with these four cool ideas from blogs, including Popsicle holders, printable sewing cards, jellyfish handprint bookmarks and more.

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking

From picking out ingredients to concocting their own culinary creations, here are a few ways to encourage your children to help out in the kitchen.

Family Picnic Recipes and Ideas

Family Picnic Recipes and Ideas

Head to the park or on a hike and make the great outdoors your dinner spot. Here are six ideas to help you plan your meal – from drink to dessert.

Book Review: Three Fun Summer Craft Reads for the Family

Book Review: Three Fun Summer Craft Reads for the Family

Want a few simple, fun sewing ideas for the kids, projects to brighten up their rooms or maybe just tips for DIY tinkering? These authors have you covered.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement