Mid-Winter Break Activities in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Winter break boredom can easily set in, but you can keep your family busy with this list of mid-winter break activities in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Mid-winter break activities

School’s out for a week and with low temps outside, it’s easy to fall into the boring trap of staying indoors. Keeping that in mind, we here at Metro Parent rounded up a sampling of mid-winter break activities in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Asking yourself what to do in southeast Michigan during mid-winter break? Check out these cool activities and events taking place the third week in February in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Mid Winter Break Art Camp at Creative Arts Studios in Royal Oak 

Feb. 18-19, 2019 

  • Address: 114 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-544-2234
  • Schedule: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $50-plus

Kids can will get creative with clay and paint during these day camps. Fees start at $50 per campers, discounts available for more than one camper. Pre-registration required.

School’s Out Camp’s In! at the Beverly Hills Club 

Feb. 18-22, 2019 

  • Address: 31555 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills
  • Phone: 248-642-8500
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Costs: $55-$209/full day, $43-$173/half day
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Kids ages five and up can swim, do crafts and play a variety of sports including basketball and tennis. Pre- and post-care available.

Mid-Winter Break Camp at Select YMCA Locations 

Mid-February, 2019

  • Address: Locations in Birmingham, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Milford, Mount Clemens, Royal Oak, Southgate and St. Clair Shores,
  • Schedule: Call your local branch for details
  • Costs: Call for details

Children ages 4 to 12 can play games, do arts and crafts, and stay active. Camps run during the weeks schools in the area hold their breaks. Call your local YMCA location for more information.

Celebrate Black History at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn

Feb. 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, and 20-24, 2019

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Free admission with museum ticket: $24/general, $22/seniors, $18/ages 5-11; $6/parking

Visit this local spot to learn about different aspects of African-American history in the form of hands-on activities, performances, music, African-American inspired food and more.

Black History Month at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Feb. 1-28, 2019

  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-7900
  • Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closed Mondays)
  • Cost: Free/Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents; others: $14/adults, $9/seniors, $8/college students with ID, $6/ages 6-17, free/kids 5 and under

The DIA’s renowned African art collection is yours to explore during all open hours; plus tons of family-friendly drop-in workshops, guided tours, artist discussions and demonstrations.

Lunar New Year Lantern Festival at the Association of Chinese Americans Chinese Community Center 

Feb. 16, 2019 

  • Address: 32585 Concord Drive, Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-585-9343
  • Schedule: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Experience Chinese culture through food, music, live performances, art and more.

Winter Fest at the Southfield Pavilion

Feb. 17, 2019 

  • Address: 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-4620
  • Schedule: 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This fest offers outdoor winter fun like snow tubing and ice skating; plus indoor games, crafts and inflatables.

Mid-Winter Break Camps at the Robot Garage

Feb. 18-22, 2019

  • Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9100
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. before- and after-care available for $12/hour
  • Costs: $85/day

Grades K-8 are welcome to attend these camps, which offer a different theme depending on the day including Minecraft (Feb. 19 and 22) and Robot Camp (Feb. 18 and 21). Campers should bring lunch, a bottled water and two snacks. You must sign up for these classes on the Robot Garage’s website.

Fun and Games Camp at Franklin Athletic Club

Feb. 18-22, 2019

  • Address: 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-352-8000
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8-9 a.m. pre-care, 4-6 p.m. post-care offered
  • Costs: $85/day for nonmembers, $75/day for members, $280-$330/week; $12/hour for extended care for nonmembers, free/members

Kids will enjoy their break from school playing games and swimming during this day camp.

Mid Winter Break Matinees at The New Rink in Shelby Township 

Feb. 18-22, 2019 

  • Address: 50625 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-731-5006
  • Schedule: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: $8/person

Skate your mid-winter break away during these special discounted skating sessions. Bounce Zone included with price of admission.

Under the African Sky at the Towsley Auditorum

Feb. 21-23, 2019

  • Address: Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-995-0530
  • Times: 10 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $10-$15/general, $3/lap pass

This performance showcases a collection of African tales it artistic mediums like storytelling, acting, dancing, drumming and more.

Pewabic Pottery Tour and Tile Workshop in Detroit 

Feb. 23, 2019 

  • Address: Pewabic Pottery, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-626-2000
  • Times: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Costs: $35/members, $45/non-members

Take a tour of the historic home of Pewabic pottery and see the pottery on display. After, head to the Education Studio to learn the basics of tile-making and make a one-of-a-kind creation you can pick up in 4-6 weeks. Registration required.

African-American History Day at Detroit Historical Museum

Feb. 23, 2019

  • Address: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1805
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This annual family-friendly event features make-and-take crafts, story readings, games, and live performances, all in celebration of Black History Month.

Storytelling Festival at the Ark in Ann Arbor

Feb. 23, 2019

  • Address: The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-761-1451
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $25

Got a teen? This 32nd annual festival is a good way to spend one of their mid-winter break days. Catch spoken word performances in Ann Arbor.

This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated regularly.