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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.