Best Things to Do with Metro Detroit Kids This February

Planning your family fun for the month? We've got you covered with the best upcoming events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

There’s always so many fun things to do with kids in southeast Michigan, so how is a busy parent supposed to keep track of it all? With our list of the best things to do this month, of course!

This February, we’ve found tons of family-friendly fun, including Black History Month events and Valentine’s Day events, along with some winter fun, like indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks and sledding hills. Here is our curated list of the can’t-miss activities for metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in February 2024.

Don’t see an event you love? Check out our online calendar for even more events and fun things to do. 

Best February Family Events in Macomb County

Photo credit: Blake Farms

This month, there are some great winter festivals happening, including the Annual Ice Carving Show in downtown Mount Clemens and the Winterfest 2024 at Walter and Mary Burke Park in New Baltimore. Find even more February events in Macomb County on our calendar.

Annual Ice Carving Show in Downtown Mount Clemens

Feb. 3-4, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Mount Clemens
  • Cost: Free

See ice carving demonstrations all weekend long. Maps of where each sculpture’s location will be at the Fountain Stage and in all downtown businesses.

Check out our family neighborhood guide to Mount Clemens. 

Teen Heart Wreaths at MacDonald Public Library

Feb. 6, 2024

Teens can come out to the library to create paper heart wreaths using pom poms and card stock. All materials will be provided. Registration required.

Valentine Crafts at Romeo District Library – Graubner

Feb. 7, 2024

Families can drop in at the library to make Valentine’s crafts. This event is for all ages. No registration required.

Kids Take & Make Craft: Valentine’s Snail at Harrison Township Public Library

Feb. 9, 2024

Drop by the library to grab a paper snail craft to take home with you. Available while supplies last.

Elsa Visits Whistle Stop at Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc. 

Feb. 10, 2024

Come by Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc. where Elsa will be visiting all the way from Arendelle for pictures and crafts.

Valentine Cards & Crafts at Shelby Township Library

Feb. 10, 2024

All ages are welcome to come to the Library Legacy Room to decorate a card for residents of a local assisted living facility.

Valentine Wreaths at Romeo District Library – Kezar Library

Feb. 10, 2024

Ages 4-12 can come by the library to create a Valentine Wreath for a gift to someone or to keep for yourself for Valentine’s Day. Registration required.

Teen Valentine Suncatchers at MacDonald Public Library 

Feb. 13, 2024

Teens can visit the library to create sun catchers using different colored glass gems and glue. All materials will be provided. Registration required.

Princess Night at the Dodge Park Ice Rink

Feb. 16, 2024

Families with princesses can grab their tiaras and come out to this family-friendly event at Dodge Park Ice Rink. Also, a date night event on Feb. 10.

Winterfest 2024 at Walter and Mary Burke Park

Feb. 22-25, 2024

Enjoy games, entertainment, food and beverages, merchandise and activities for all ages at this event.

Dog Dayze at the Farm at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

Feb. 25, 2024

Join Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill with your doggies for a stroll on the Orchard walking trail, music, food, drinks, prizes, contests and more.

Best February Family Events in Oakland County

Photo credit: Shelby Dubin Photography

This February, Oakland County offers some really great free, family-friendly events all month long. Be sure to check out the Black History Month events and Valentine’s Day events with your kids. Find even more February events in Oakland County on our calendar.

Drop-In Craft: Heart Edition at Royal Oak Public Library

Feb. 1, 2024

All ages are welcome to come out to do a heart craft for Valentine’s Day.

FREE Friday Night Movies at Paradise Park

Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2024

Join Paradise Park for a free weekly movie on Friday evenings. Feb. 2 is How to Train Your Dragon, Feb. 9 is Sonic the Hedgehog, Feb. 16 is Encanto and Feb. 23 is Up.

Winter Blast in Downtown Royal Oak

Feb. 2-4, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak
  • Cost: Free admission

Enjoy free skating, live music, ice sculptures, a learn-to-ski/snowboard experience, zip line, food trucks, kids adventure center and more.

Hearts for Art at Cranbrook Art Museum

Feb. 7-18, 2024

Visit the museum this Valentine’s season to pick up free hearts at the front desk and take a picture of your hearts next to the artwork you love. Post on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the tag #HeartsForArt for a chance to be featured on Instagram and a chance to win a book for the museum shop.

Black Expo at the Orchard Mall

Feb. 10, 2024

Families can celebrate Black History Month at an expo with demos and displays, Black-owned businesses, live music and more.

Super Scientists Weekend! at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Feb. 10-11, 2024

Celebrate the birthdays of Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin and Galileo Galilei at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Enjoy hands-on activities including building an electrical circuit, investigating plasma, exploring the sky with a telescope and more.

Valentine Sensory Play: Birth to 3 years at Royal Oak Public Library

Feb. 10, 2024

Babies and toddlers can enjoy a sensory play for Valentine’s Day. They will explore with various toys, textures in the room and sensory activities. Registration required.

#StrongerTogether Ice Fest in Downtown Lake Orion and Oxford

Feb. 11, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Lake Orion and Oxford
  • Cost: Free

Families can see all of the beautiful ice sculptures and live ice carvings in downtown Lake Orion and downtown Oxford.

Mystery Valentine’s Day Rom-Com at Royal Oak Public Library

Feb. 14, 2024

Teens can stop by the library to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a rom-com movie.

Bowers Farm Winter Park 2024 at Bowers School Farm

Through Feb. 25, 2024 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

Celebrate winter through tubing, concessions and more at Bowers Farm.

Maple’s Sweet Story at Kensington Metropark

Feb. 25, 2024 

Take a guided walk out to the sugar bush to learn how to pick the perfect maple tree to tap. Then watch how the trees are tapped and visit the sugar shack to watch the sap being turned into syrup. Real maple sugar products will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required.

Galileo at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Through June 2, 2024

Visitors will learn about Galileo’s groundbreaking discoveries through engaging artifacts and hands-on experiments. The interactive exhibit includes experiments in physics, mathematics, astronomy and natural sciences that even little ones can wrap their minds around.

Best February Family Events in Washtenaw County

Photo credit: Waterloo Recreation Area

Washtenaw County offers some really great kid-friendly events at the libraries in the area and nature events happening at Eddy Discovery Center. Find even more February events in Washtenaw County on our calendar.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bottles at Ann Arbor Public Library – Traverwood Branch

Feb. 3, 2024

Kids in grades preschool-third grade can come out to Traverwood Branch to create a glitter sensory bottle for Valentine’s Day.

Winter Orienteering at Eddy Discovery Center

Feb. 4, 2024

Bring the family and challenge yourselves to an afternoon adventure in the forest with outdoor enthusiast Meg Gower. For all ages and skill levels. Compasses will be provided or bring your own. Advanced registration required.

CELEBRATE: Lunar New Year 2024! at U-M Museum of Natural History

Feb. 10 and 24, 2024

See a live introduction to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, Chinese star mythology and more at the Planetarium & Dome Theatre. Also, a zodiac poster giveaway (while supplies last).

Chocolate Extravaganza in Downtown Chelsea

Feb. 10, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Chelsea
  • Cost: Free admission

Shop Chelsea’s annual Chocolate Extravaganza and get treats and goodies just in time for Valentine’s Day. There will also be events for kids.

Fishville Farms Love is in the Air Craft Show & Diaper/Baby Supply Drive at Chelsea Fairgrounds

Feb. 10, 2024

There will be a build-a-plushie, free kids activity station, food trucks, over 50 artisan crafters and more at this family-friendly craft shop and diaper/baby supply drive.

Ladybug Valentine’s Cards at Ann Arbor Public Library – Westgate Branch

Feb. 10, 2024

Children in kindergarten through grade five can come out to Westgate Branch to create a Valentine’s card in the shape of a ladybug with a special Valentine’s message written inside.

Make Valentine’s Day Cards at Kerrytown Market & Shops 

Feb. 11, 2024

All ages can enjoy making Valentine’s Day cards at Kerrytown Market & Shops using materials provided.

Family Maker Night: Resist Art at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker

Feb. 14, 2024

Families can come out to the library to create a patchwork heart resist art for Valentine’s Day using oil pastels and watercolors to create patterns. All supplies will be provided.

Into the Woods at The Encore Musical Theatre Company 

Begins Feb. 15, 2024

Come out to The Encore Musical Theatre Company to see Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History 

Opens Feb. 17, 2024

See a full-size cast skeleton leg of a Tyrannosaurus rex, two life-size models of Protoceratops — one skeleton, the other fully fleshed out — a life-size three-horned Triceratops skull and more.

Journey to the Sugar Bush at Hudson Mills Metropark

Feb. 24-25, 2024

Learn the history behind the area’s maple syrup-making by heading out and tapping a tree and melting the sap down into syrup. Pre-order pancake meals to go ahead of time. Pre-registration required.

Nature in Winter at Eddy Discovery Center

Feb. 25, 2024

Join naturalist Robert Ayotte on a walk through the forest in the winter. Learn how to recognize some of our native plants and how they are adapted to survive the frigid temperatures. Advanced registration required.

Best February Family Events in Wayne County

Photo credit: The Wright Museum

Be sure to check out the many Black History Month events and kid-friendly exhibits in Wayne County. A couple of our favorites are the Paw Patrol: Adventure Play Exhibit at The Henry Ford and the Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design at The Wright Museum. Find even more February events in Wayne County on our calendar.

Celebrate Black History & Black Futures at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation 

Feb. 1-29, 2024

Explore Black History at The Henry Ford through musical, dramatic and dance performances; the With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit; and more all month long.

Check out our family guide to The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Cinderella at Garden City High School

Feb. 1-3, 2024

Families can come out to Garden City High School to see Cinderella, a good old-fashioned play perfect for all ages.

Dancing with the Stars: Live! at the Fox Theatre

Feb. 1, 2024

See dance performances from world-renowned dancers who topped the leaderboard on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. The cast includes Julianne Hough, Brandon Armstrong, Rylee Arnold, Alan Bersten, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Britt Stewart and more. 

Plymouth Ice Festival in Downtown Plymouth

Feb. 2-4, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth
  • Cost: Free admission

The Plymouth Ice Festival invites families to explore downtown Plymouth with sidewalks lined with ice carvings. Tubing is back this year. 

Black History Month: Family African Mask Making at Jefferson Branch

Feb. 3, 2024

Families can come out to Jefferson Branch to learn about and create African masks for Black History Month. RSVP required.

Snowy Saturday at the Ford House

Feb. 3 and 10, 2024

Families can enjoy snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing while exploring the grounds at Ford House this winter. Bring your own skis or snowshoes, or borrow snowshoes from Ford House while supplies last. Attendees can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa inside.

Winter Wonderland at Elizabeth Park

Feb. 3, 2024

Enjoy some winter fun at the park, including ice carving demos, rock climbing, hikes, hayrides, crafts, a bonfire, outdoor dance party, snowman building (weather permitting) and much more.

Family Day! at Barcade Detroit

Feb. 4, 2024

Join Barcade Detroit for Family Day on the first Sunday of every month. There will be arcade games, food and more. No registration required.

Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Begins Feb. 4, 2024

The DIA will open its new exhibit, Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971, which honors the legacy of Black History in film. It includes costumes, props, photographs, posters and interactive elements.

Check out our family guide to the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

LEGO Printed Valentine’s Cards at Romulus Public Library 

Feb. 6, 2024

Families can use LEGOs at the library to build a printing press and print original Valentine’s Day card designs. This event is first-come, first-serve.

Mardi Gras at Valade Park

Feb. 10-11, 2024

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Valade with carnival showcase, parade floats, live music, creole inspired food and more.

Black History Scavenger Hunt at Jefferson Branch

Feb. 10, 2024

Participants will be given a list of notable people in Black History to take part in a scavenger hunt at Jefferson Branch. Participants can win prizes. RSVP required.

Hearts & Crafts at Detroit Public Library, Parkman Branch 

Feb. 10, 2024

All ages can join Parkman Branch for fun Valentine’s Day activities and crafts.

Winter LoveFest at Palmer Park

Feb. 10, 2024

Families can enjoy a pre-Valentine’s Day event that celebrates love and Black History in and around the historic Palmer Log Cabin. There will be live music, African dancing and drumming, art-making, hot cocoa, treats, games and prizes.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Jefferson Branch

Feb. 12, 2024

Families can create their own picture frame with glitter, bling and color for the Chinese New Year. RSVP required.

Valentine’s Day Stamping Art at Jefferson Branch

Feb. 14, 2024

Families can stop by the Jefferson Branch of the Detroit Public Library to use rubber stamps to create cards and a room ornament.

Disney On Ice presents Magic In The Stars at Little Caesars Arena

Feb. 15-18, 2024

See Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Elsa, Anna, Raya, Buzz, Woody, Lighting McQueen and more as they perform in this ice-skating show.

Check out our family guide to Disney on Ice.

Detroit Book City African-American Family Book Expo 2024 at Historic People’s Community Church

Feb. 17, 2024

This eighth annual expo features book discussions, kids activities, meet-and-greets with Black authors and more. The first 100 adults receive a free calendar. Registration required.

Wild Science Saturdays at Outdoor Adventure Center

Feb. 17, 2024

Enjoy hands on activities one Saturday a month. February’s theme is Outstanding Owls.

Paw Patrol: Adventure Play at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Opens Feb. 18, 2024

Join Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma and Tracker in a series of hands-on, educational adventures in the world of Adventure Bay. Children will overcome challenges and learn how to work as a team in this play-based exhibit.

Wicked at the Detroit Opera House

Through Feb. 18, 2024

Long before Dorothy arrived in Oz, Glenda and the Wicked Witch were friends. Find out what happened that turned them into mortal enemies years later.

2024 Lunar New Year Celebration at Valade Park

Feb. 23-25, 2024

Come out to Valade Park to celebrate Lunar New Year with a dragon parade, dragon dance, lion dance, Taiwan Cultural Display and more.

Black History Month Bingo at Jefferson Branch

Feb. 24, 2024

Families can participate in a Black History Month Bingo to win fun prizes while learning more about Black History. RSVP required.

Monster Jam at Ford Field

Feb. 24-25, 2024

Detroit fans will witness a fierce battle for the event championship with each skilled athlete tearing up the dirt with gravity-defying feats in 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks.

On the Shoulders of Giants: Black History Month at the Detroit Historical Museum

Feb. 24, 2024

This Black History Month event will include a contemporary jazz performance by The Al Bettis Trio, speakers, a vendor marketplace and more. Registration required.

Leap Day Family Fun at the Boll Family YMCA

Feb. 29, 2024

Try out to 40-foot rock climbing wall, take a dip at the pool and more in celebration of the Leap Year. For all ages. Registration required.

Lillian Schwartz: Whirlwind of Creativity at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Through March 1, 2024

See the works of multimedia artist Lillian Schwartz at this career-retrospective exhibition. It features more than 100 artifacts and explores three core themes including, “Moving Forward,” “Making Art in a Science Lab” and “The Limits and Possibilities of Machines.”

Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Through March 31, 2024

  • Address: 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: $30/adults 18-61, $20/seniors 62-plus, $15/ages 5-17 and military, free/ages 4 and younger. Free admission is available on the first weekend of each month. | Get tickets

This exhibit features the Oscar-winning costumes of designer Ruth E. Carter. The exhibition features more than 60 of Carter’s original designs, including costumes from Black Panther, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing and more iconic films.

Japanese Friendship Dolls at the Detroit Institute of Arts 

Through June 5, 2024

This exhibit teaches the fine art of Japanese doll-making and showcases three Ichimatsu Friendship Dolls.

Above and Beyond at the Michigan Science Center

Through Sept. 8, 2024

See the aerospace interactive exhibit at the Michigan Science Center. Visitors will learn about the science of flight through flight simulators, immersive theater shows, touch displays and augmented reality experiences.

Check out our family guide to the Michigan Science Center. 

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


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