Winter means outdoor and indoor fun in Michigan! This FREE guide helps parents and kids beat the winter blues in southeast Michigan Tweet Metro Parent Editorial • 12/28/2016 • Edit Dear Southeast Michigan Parent, When a bone-chillingly cold metro Detroit winter sets in, families across the region begin to feel those walls close in a bit. You bite your lip. You break a sweat. And the desperate thought creeps in: “How am I going to keep the kids entertained until spring!?” Don’t panic. Whether you and your family enjoy outdoor or indoor fun in Michigan, there are plenty of winter activities to drive away the cabin fever blues for the kids – and for you. Best of all, these ideas for fun places to go in Michigan in the winter have been gathered together in one handy FREE resource by the editors of Metro Parent, the region’s leading local family expert. When it comes to kids stuck indoors, burning off some of that excess energy is a top priority. So first things first: This free guide has all the best indoor kids play places in Michigan that you’ll want to consider for this critical task. The good news is that fun parks aren’t limited to the summer months. From laser tag to trampoline fun parks, Outdoor & Indoor Fun in Michigan: Metro Parent’s 2017 Winter Survival Guide has all in toasty indoor options, complete with contact info, fun highlights and helpful details, like whether there’s WiFi or food available (when the kids get hungry from all that exercise). Preserving parents’ sanity starts with kids play places in Michigan. Here you can more or less turn the kids loose: They’ll have a great time, you’ll get to watch your kids in action even as you take a little breather, and you can bet they’ll be good and tired when you get home! Consider some of these that are listed in Outdoor & Indoor Fun in Michigan: Metro Parent’s 2017 Winter Survival Guide: Chelsea Tree House: With climbers, hoops, slides and swinging bridges, this Washtenaw County spot is one where kids will love hanging out. Detroit Kid City, Clinton Township and Southfield: True to the city’s heritage, this fun spot is a “mini Detroit” complete with a hands-on auto factory, pizza and coffee for mom and dad. Jungle Java, four locations: Jungle-themed playgrounds let you pretend it’s much warmer outside. Plus the food served here is always healthy. Lazer Warp, Madison Heights: Packs in 10,000 square feet of light-‘em-up turf. Too far? Find other laser tag spots in southeast Michigan listed in this guide. Metropolitan Play Center, Saline: This preschool/special needs friendly play place is the former home of My Urban Toddler Paradise Park, Novi: Its indoor attractions are still humming, including a family game room and miniature bowling – laser tag too. These are just a few of the fun places to go in Michigan in the winter. Plus, you can also get a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine and get new ideas each month on everything from kids play places in Michigan to crafts, recipes and activities you can do at home – plus info on various parenting issues, all tailored specifically to families in southeast Michigan. But when snow starts to fly, you’ll be relieved there are loads of indoor play places for kids in Michigan around this winter. And you’ll find them fast in Outdoor and Indoor Fun in Michigan! Of course, it’s not all about indoor play places for kids in Michigan. One winter activity that’s sure-fire is ice skating. Whether you’re new to the blades or a seasoned pro, there are plenty of options around town. Our roundup of rinks actually includes a nice mix of indoor and outdoor options for families. Many Michiganders enjoy getting that fresh air – even in winter. Not to mention, it’s still good for you, despite the chill! So if you’re on the hunt for outdoor ice skating in Michigan, look no further than our very own Huron-Clinton Metroparks, including: Kensington Metropark in Milford Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township Check out the free guide for still more outdoor ice skating in Michigan, including a cool hybrid that’s outside with roof coverage (hint: It’s in Ann Arbor). Plus, peep a gander at all the indoor rinks – 20 in this guide – for those of you searching for a bit of protection from the elements. Events in southeast Michigan When it comes to outdoor or indoor fun in Michigan, it’s tough to beat southeast Michigan’s festivals, expos, shows and special events. You’d better believe they’re still hot during the winter! And the variety of themes will impress you. Check out the Detroit area events calendar in this free guide to find out more about: Plymouth Ice Festival, featuring dazzling sculptures, dueling chainsaws and more Jan. 6-8 (even the chance to meet Metro Parent on Jan. 7) North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, showcasing 750-plus innovative vehicle designs Jan. 14-22 Meridian Winter Blast, back at Campus Martius Park with sculptures, a snow slide, carnival and more – during an all-new weekend in January Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show, returning for a 12th sparkling year Sesame Street Live, hitting Detroit’s Fox Theatre Jan. 26-Feb. 12 Once Upon a Mattress Jr., lighting up the stage at The Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter select dates in March Metro Parent’s Camp Expo, helping you think warm thoughts (and plan for an unforgettable summer!) in Bloomfield Hills March 5 St. Patrick’s Parades hitting Royal Oak and Corktown in Detroit in March FoolMoon and FestiFools, two can’t-miss early-April festive family events in Ann Arbor Shrine Circus, the legendary show visiting Novi in April Our Detroit area events calendar goes right through April – because we all know spring arrives on March 20 in name only. From FestiFools in Ann Arbor to Shrine Circus in Novi, there are plenty of early-spring family fun events awaiting you. Keep your family plenty busy with all of these events in southeast Michigan this winter, and there won’t be time for boredom! No question: Nothing replaces a shimmering pool beneath a blazing summer sun. But luckily, Metro Parent’s free guide has a few indoor spots that come close. Try our list of a dozen water-fun spots – with a total of 22 locations – to get your feet (and more) wet, all in cozy, temperature-controlled settings. Whether you’re looking for open swim or a few classes to keep your water bug’s skills sharp, schools like Aqua-Tots and Goldfish or full-on indoor water parks, like one at Wyndham Gardens Indoor Water Park, help you splish and splash all the way through Memorial Day. In short – who says there’s nothing to do in the winter in southeast Michigan? If you keep our FREE guide, Outdoor & Indoor Fun in Michigan: Metro Parent’s 2017 Winter Survival Guide, handy January till April, you’ll find plenty of evidence to the contrary. Remember, this guide is completely FREE – and it comes with a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine, so you get new ideas every month. From local events to the best of southeast Michigan for families to kid-friendly restaurants, Metro Parent has it all. Don’t spend another winter wondering how to keep your kids from going stir-crazy! Get your FREE copy of Outdoor & Indoor Fun in Michigan: Metro Parent’s 2017 Winter Survival Guide and your FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine right now. We at Metro Parent look forward to helping your family survive the winter – and every other season. PS: No need to search high and low when the kids are bouncing off the walls: This guide has plenty of fun places to go in Michigan in the winter right at your fingertips! Download it now. PSS: Got a child who’s not into physical activities like bounce houses or ice skating? How about robots, board games or theatrical treats? We’ve got that covered, too. Get this complete guide for entertaining kids of all kinds today.