Fun Winter Park Activities in Metro Detroit

Check out these cool events and winter park activities happening in January and February that give kids a chance to get outdoors despite the chilly weather.

You might think your local parks go unused during our long Michigan winters. With the exception of those places that are great for some occasional sledding, your snow-covered favorite parks might just seem like a reminder of how long you have to wait until spring arrives.

Fortunately, that’s not always the case. Several family-friendly activities are planned over the next two months at local parks that offer a great chance for your kids to get out of the house, enjoy the fresh air and release some pent-up energy. Here’s a look at some of the top park events we found in January and February – and of course, you can always enjoy a winter hike through one of these park trails. Just one important tip: Dress for the weather!

Do you have a favorite winter park event to add to our list? Tell us in the comments section and we’ll include it on our list!

The Rink at Campus Martius Park

  • Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • When: Times vary daily, through March 4, 2018
  • Cost: $8/ages 13-49, $7/ages 12 and under and 50-plus; $4/skate rental or $2/shoe storage
  • Contact: 313-962-0101

Open daily, the ice skating rink at Campus Martius Park is a local favorite and fun for the whole family in the heart of Detroit.

Winter Adventure Hike at Indian Springs Metropark

  • Where: Indian Springs Metropark, Environmental Discovery Center, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake
  • When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
  • Cost: $5/adult, $3/child, $10/vehicle entry
  • Contact: 248-625-7280

Kids ages 8 and up are welcome to go on a winter woodland hike to learn how different animals adapt to the changing seasons. Bundle Up.

Animal Investigators at Red Oaks Nature Center

  • Where: Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights
  • When: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
  • Cost: $5/person
  • Contact: 248-585-0100
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Don some snowshoes and put on your thinking cap and see if you can identify various animal tracks and scat to piece together a mystery critter’s story. Registration required.

Frosty Freestyle and Krazy Klassic at Huron Meadows Metropark

  • Where: Huron Meadows Metropark Ski Center, 8765 Hammel Road, Brighton
  • When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13- Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
  • Cost: $25-$75/adults, $15/kids, $10/vehicle entry
  • Contact: 734-426-8211

Enjoy two days of cross-country ski races, including a kid’s race on Saturday and a freestyle competition. Registration required. All skill levels welcome.

Nature Play at Lake St. Clair Metropark

  • Where: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • When: 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
  • Cost: $4/child, $10/vehicle entry
  • Contact: 586-463-4581

This interpreter-led play session helps kids explore the natural world around them through hands-on activities, nature hikes and more.

Owls Prowl at the Sterling Heights Nature Center 

  • Where: Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • When: 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
  • Cost: $2/person
  • Contact: 586-446-2710

Take a nighttime hike around the nature center to see and learn about these magnificent, nocturnal birds of prey.

A Zoo in the Stars at the Wint Nature Center

  • Where: Wint Nature Center, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • When: 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
  • Cost: $5/person
  • Contact: 248-625-6473

The night sky is filled with constellations based on animals. Kick back in an inflatable planetarium and take a gander to see which ones show up in the winter skies over Michigan. Registration required.

Winter Hike and Cookout at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

  • Where: Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive, Shelby Township
  • When: noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
  • Cost: $5/ages 4-plus
  • Phone: 586-323-2478

Dress for the weather and hike a trail located through the land surrounding Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, then have a winter cookout around the bonfire. Lunch is noon-1 p.m. and the hike follows. Preregistration is appreciated.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.