Kids bored at home? With the coronavirus pandemic keeping everyone cooped up and now the winter months rolling in, it can be easy for cabin fever to set in. There’s still plenty of indoor activities for kids to try at home.
These DIY activity boxes include crafts, recipes and more that are sure to tear kids off the couch, away from the screens and having some fun. Plus, many offer you a chance to support local businesses in or near Macomb County.
- Address: 48840 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb
- Cost: Varies by kit
This spot offers kits to make blankets, cookies and holiday creations. All materials and instructions are included with each kit to help you complete your creation.
- Address: Virtual
This online shop offers cake pop baking kits, cookie baking projects, cupcake decorating options and more for kids and grown-ups to do together.
- Address: Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
- Phone: 586-784-5343
The Blake’s Orchard Special box comes complete with everything you need to make the perfectcaramel apples, including 10 hand-picked apples from Blake’s, one slice of chocolate fudge, cinnamon roasted almonds and more. Don’t feel like putting it together? Get pre-made caramel apples at this spot, too.
- Address: 48814 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
- Phone: 586-799-7507
Purchase sewing and other craft kits from this local shop and tune in on Facebook for live classes that walk your family through the process. Check Facebook regularly to see what’s coming up.
- Address: Locations in Macomb, Utica, Warren, Sterling Heights, Roseville, Shelby Township and New Baltimore
- Phone: Varies by location
Pick up single craft projects like birdhouses or how-to guides to create toys.
- Address: Virtual, courtesy of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks
- Phone: 810-227-2757
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are offering free downloadable resources and activities including the “Melt an Ice Cube Game,” “Winter Walk: Animal Tracks,” coloring pages, scavenger hunts, trail guides and more! Pick your favorite activities to have an adventure at home or at Macomb County’s Metroparks.
- Address: Locations in Roseville and Shelby Township
- Cost: Varies by canvas and kit size
Paint a masterpiece with these fun art kits from Painting with a Twist. Prices start at $35 for a 16×20 canvas and increase by size. Each kit comes with your choice of surface, paintbrushes, paint, a cup, paper towel, table covering and step-by-step instructions — all you need is a smock!
- Address: 50652 Sabrina Drive, Shelby Township
- Phone: 586-566-0666
Look for seasonal art project kits to take home to paint. The latest is a Christmas mug craft. Check on the Plaster Playhouse Facebook page to see what’s coming up next.
- Address: Locations in Rochester Hills and Birmingham
- Phone: 248-213-9960 (Rochester Hills) 248-723-9100 (Birmingham)
Build your own robotic creations with this spots’ tech kits. Choose from Technic Parts Kit ($28-plus) or the Floating Tibor Lego Tensegrity Build Kit ($15.99-plus).
- Address: 21714 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
- Phone: 586-771-6770
This local toy shop offers train models, jewelry kits and more fun stuff to build while at home available via curbside pickup. You can even grab a board game.
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