The holidays are hectic, but for kids on holiday break, there are still plenty of lulls in the excitement. While it’s easy to let them fall into the sleep-and-video game habit, we’ve got a better option. Why not take them to one of these Macomb County spots for some educational – and fun! – activities to enjoy as a family?
We’ve rounded up several educational winter activities happening at local libraries, nature centers and more to fill your family’s December 2018 calendar.
The Reptarium Amphibian and Reptile Zoo
Utica’s newest amphibian and reptile zoo is open to the public select days over holiday break. Not only will kids get up-close and personal with some scaly and slimy animals, they’ll learn all about them, too.
Admission is $10 per person and free for kids up to age 3. There are additional fees to feed an alligator and tortoise – or to have your photo taken with a reptile.
Fun with the Public Art Map
Get a little art education while on winter vacation thanks to the digital art map. It will help you navigate your way to all of the coolest local art Macomb County has to offer.
Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center
Stop by the nature center at this Shelby Township park to see live snakes, frogs, turtles and fish, plus check out seasonal and permanent exhibits. Admission is free, but a $10 vehicle entry permit is required.
Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center
This 250-acre working farm, located in Ray Township, is closed on Christmas but reopens the next day.
Swing by to see the farm, which is the only public farm in the Michigan to have six heritage breeds of dairy cows, in action. Admission is free, but a $10 vehicle entry permit is required.
Center Line Public Library
Head to the library at 11 a.m. on Dec. 26, 2018 for a “Budding Bookworms” story time. Geared at kids ages 5 and under, this program features a story, songs and a craft.
Shelby Township Library
Stop by the Shelby Township Library over holiday break to snag some new reads. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26-29, 2018.
Holiday Music Concert at the Chesterfield Township Library
Paul Demick performs holiday tunes on the marimba during this post-Christmas family show. After the performance, he’ll explain the songs he performs for audiences. Catch the show at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2018.
Sterling Heights Nature Center
Parents can enjoy a night out while the kiddos experience all the Sterling Heights Nature Center has to offer. From 6 until 9 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2018, kids can join in nature-related games, take an evening hike (weather permitting) and more. Be sure to register in advance.
Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center
This nature center, which strives to help children develop awareness of the natural world around them, is open to the public from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dec. 27-29, 2018. Stop by to experience its offerings with your family.
Young Modeler’s Club at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society
This club, which is hosted by the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society and the Warren Chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society, is open to kids ages 8-16 (kids under age 8 can attend with their parents). The club is free to join and meets every Saturday. Stop by on Dec. 29 to build your own model.
Lake St. Clair Metropark Critter Corner
Drop in for this interpretive program, which gives kids the chance to learn about Michigan reptiles and amphibians, at 1 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2018. The event is free but a $10 vehicle entry permit is required.
To get additional details about Macomb County, visit the Make Macomb Your Home website.