Daily Picks for Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Families At Home: Aug. 3-7

Looking for something fun to do from home this week? We've got a list of daily picks for your family to try while under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order.

As Michigan slowly returns tolife before COVID-19, many Detroit- and Ann Arbor-area families are staying close to home for their safety and practicing social distancing.

We understand that this a challenging time for everyone, especially those with young kids, and we want to help by providing families a weekly list of our “daily picks” filled withvirtual events, indoor activitiesand other fun things to do with your kids while at home.

Are you sharing your at-home activities on Instagram? Tag us @MetroParentMag or use our community hashtag #MPMoment.

Monday, August 3

At-home activities

Elsa from Frozen standing in front of an ice castle
Photo from Walt Disney Animation
  • Have a dance party: You can start jammin’ with the top ten Disney songs both parents and kids love.
  • Make multicultural people dolls: All you need is some paper, yarn and markers for this creative activity, which is also an excellent way to teach kids about race.
  • Try letterboxing: Play the ultimate game of hide-and-seek at these local spots.

Tuesday, August 4

At-home activities

POV of a mountain coaster
  • Make a TikTok: Get the lowdown on the video-sharing app and how you can enjoy it with your kids.
  • Take a virtual roller coaster ride: Not comfortable visiting Cedar Point just yet? Break your adrenaline drought with a virtual ride on Millennium Force, Raptor and others.
  • Visit a local u-pick orchard: Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries oh MI! They’re in season and ripe for the picking at these spots.

Wednesday, August 5

Teo containers of bubble tea next to a wood wall

At-home activities

Weekly must-read

  • Looking for something fun to do at home this August. Download our free Fun Guide to get the inside scoop on which local spots are reopening — and what they’re doing to keep visitor’s safe — online events and more fun activities.

Thursday, August 6

Photo 1 courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. Photo 2 from Shedd Aquarium.

At-home activities

  • Watch Moana: And enjoy some activities based on the hit flick.
  • Take a hike: You can start on one of the numerous hiking trails in southeast Michigan.
  • Make a dinosaur bin: Plastic dinosaurs and some cloud dough are all you need to make this cool sensory bin.

Friday, August 7

Colorful hunt picture

At-home activities

  • Go Fish: No, not the card game. Hit up a local fishing hole and see what you can catch — just make sure you have your fishing license, first.
  • Go to Hell: Or one of the 12 other weird roadside destinations that call Michigan home.
  • Participate in our summer scavenger hunt: Each Monday we post a list of fun things to find. Share your hunt for these items on Instagram with #MPMoment for a chance to be shared.
  • Check out the Metro Parent calendar: It’s full of virtual events to help you plan next week!

Weekend picks: August 8-9

Looking for fun things to do with your kids this weekend? We have plenty of ideas over on our Weekend Picks!

This post is updated weekly.

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  1. My wife, daughter and I took the advice of going on a hike. We ended up going to the Arb in Ann Arbor and it was such a great time. We went to the steps by the river and dipped our toes in the water. My daughter, Anna, who is 5, got a little more than her feet wet. She was pretty soaked by the time we left. Later that night we watched Moana. It was really a perfect day and a great escape from being locked up during coronavirus. The only downside is we now need a carpet cleaner because I spilled some of my wine on the carpet. Not a big deal, you can’t complain about much after a day like that!