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 events in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

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 Camps at the Robot Garage

Feb. 19-23, 2018

  • Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9100
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. before- and after-care available for $10/hour
  • Costs: $75/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. 20 and 23). Campers should bring lunch, a bottled water and two snacks. You must sign up for these classes on the Robot Garage’s website.

Mid-Winter Break Camp at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

Feb. 19-23, 2018

  • Address: 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-432-5469
  • Schedule: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Costs: $55/nonmembers, $44/members; $8/a.m. care, $10/p.m. care

Kids in grades K-5 can swim, play sports and games and make crafts at this camp.

Mid-Winter Break Camp at North Oakland YMCA

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Feb. 19-23, 2018

  • Address: 3378 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
  • Phone: 248-370-9622
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; before and after care are offered
  • Costs: $40/day per child

Children ages 4 to 12 can play games, do arts and crafts, and stay active. Most weeklong school break camps include a weekly field trip. Other YMCAs in the metro Detroit area are hosting camps, so call your local YMCA for more information.

Holiday Hoopmania Camp at Franklin Athletic Club

Feb. 19-23, 2018

  • 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: $75/day for nonmembers, $65/day for members; $10/hour for extended care for nonmembers, free/members

Kids at all skill levels can play basketball with the Pistons Academy during this mid-winter break camp at the Franklin Athletic Club. Pistons Academy coaches will teach drills and facilitate games and contests with the kids.

Black History Month at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Feb. 1-28, 2018

  • 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.

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

Feb. 21-25, 2018

  • 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: $23/ages 12-61, $17.25/ages 3-11, $21/ages 62-plus, free/kids 2 and under; $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.

Under the African Sky at the Towsley Auditorum

Feb. 22-23 and 25, 2018

  • Address: Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-995-0530
  • Times: 10 a.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $10-$12/general, $3/lap pass

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

Superhero Training Camp at the Costick Center

  • Address: Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-473-1800
  • Times: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: $10-$15

Kids ages 5-10 who love superheroes can stop by to hone their leaping, climbing and other superpowers.

African-American History Day at Detroit Historical Museum

Feb. 24, 2018

  • Address: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1805
  • Times: 10 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. 24, 2018

  • Address: The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-761-1451
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $20

Got a teen? This 31st annual festival is a good way to spend one of their mid-winter break days. Catch spoken word performances in Ann Arbor.