Things to Do on Spring Break: Fun for Kids and Families

What are some things to do on spring break in metro Detroit with your kids? We've got southeast Michigan covered.

Spring break is right around the corner — and after such an unpredictable winter, a world of fun is calling your name!

With COVID and gas prices, elaborate family vacation plans are likely out of the question this year, but there are plenty of things to do on Spring Break with your kids in southeast Michigan. No matter the age, there are plenty of boredom busters and fun (and safe!) activities going on.

Whether it’s exploring a museum, making crafts or shooting hoops, you’re sure to find something to keep your little ones busy. So, spring into action and figure out what to do in southeast Michigan with these activities in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

KING TUTANKHAMUN: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb

Now-Aug. 22, 2022

  • Address: Charles Wright Museum, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: $25/ages 13-61, $19/ages 62 and older and youth ages 3-12, $5/members, free/children under 3

This exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Pharaoh (King), Tutankhamun’s tomb. The installation features more than 120 replicas of Pharaoh Tut’s possessions.

High-Velocity Sports Spring Break Camp 

March 28-April 1, 2022

The camp is run by HVS Staff and includes different sport stations. Before- and aftercare include movies, board games and more. For ages 5-13. Registration required. 

Spring Break Art Camp: Grades 1-5

March 28-April 1, 2022

Campers in grades 1-5 will explore imaginary worlds and far-off places to spark their imagination and develop their art-making skills. Daily projects include painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. Registration required. 

Spring Break Basketball Camp at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield

March 28-April 1, 2022

For kids in grades 3-8. They will learn new skills, play in games and participate in skill contests. Rules will be introduced to younger plays and strength training will be made available for older players.

Spring Break Camp at Bay Court Park

March 28-April 1, 2022

This camp is for grades K-5. You can register for one day or all five. Each day is a different field trip to places like Troy Family Aquatic Center, The Detroit Zoo, Detroit Outdoor Adventure Center, Basketball America & Fairytale Fun Place and RARA & Bowling.

Spring Break Camp at Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) 

March 28-April 1, 2022

Campers will spend the week going on field trips and hanging out at RARA. Field trips are to be determined. At RARA, they will play games, play basketball, make crafts and more. Must bring a sack lunch every day. For ages 6-12. Registration required.

Spring Break Camp at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield 

March 28-April 1, 2022

Kids will enjoy games, crafts and other activities. Open to ages 3-12.

Spring Break Creativity Camp at Ann Arbor Arts Center

March 28-April 1, 2022

At Creativity Camp, ages 5-12 may experiment with a variety of mediums such as paint, pastels, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, sculptural materials and more. Registration required.

Spring Break Day Camp at Howell Nature Center

 March 28-April 1, 2022

Children in grades K-8 will be eager to enjoy a week designed with a “Camper’s Choice” format where campers can tailor their week to their interests. Whether it’s archery, zip lining, arts and crafts, wildlife programs or other exciting activities, this is a week not to be missed! Pre-registration is required.

Spring Break Week at U-M Museum of Natural History

March 28-April 1, 2022

The museum is normally only open Wednesday-Sunday but will be open all week long while students are on Spring Break. The exhibits explore the natural world from molecules to dinosaurs. Plus, a planetarium, science demonstrations and more.

S.T.E.A.M. Break Camp at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center

March 28-April 1, 2022

A typical day at this camp includes caring for farm animals, sowing seeds, making a delicious nutritious garden kitchen snack in the kitchen and activities focusing on the natural world. For ages 6-12. 

YMCA Spring Break Camps

March 28-April 1, 2022

  • Address: Various YMCA locations 
  • Cost: $190

Kids enjoy fun activities and games at their local YMCA. 

Van Gogh’s Artistic Roots: The Hague School and French Realism 

March 28, 2022-Jan. 30, 2023

The exhibit is in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Van Gogh in America. This installation presents a selection of paintings and works on paper by Dutch and French realist artists, all of whom were contemporaries of Vincent van Gogh.

Spring Break Survival Challenge

March 29, 2022

Kids ages 7-12 will learn how to build a survival hut, how to identify poisonous plants and venomous snakes, how to survive a bear attack and more at this drop-off program. Pre-registration is required.

Preschool & Kindergarten: Arts Discovery Camp

March 29-31, 2022

Preschool and Kindergarten campers will experience the magical world of art through themed art lessons, storytelling, music and movement. Registration required. 

Spring Break Drawing Workshops: Grades 6-8

March 29-31, 2022

Grades 6-8 will develop their observational skills and learn to draw what they see. Students should bring a sketchbook, size 11” x 14” or larger. Drawing materials are included with tuition. Registration required.

Spring Break Drawing Workshops: Grades 9-12

March 29-31, 2022

Grades 9-12 will develop their observational skills and learn to draw what they see. Students should bring a sketchbook, size 11” x 14” or larger. Drawing materials are included with tuition. Registration required.

Spring Break Jewelry & Metals Workshop: Grades 6-12 

March 29-31, 2022

Grades 6-12 will learn a variety of metals of fabrication techniques for creating jewelry and small sculptures at this three-day workshop. Registration required.

Spring Break Schools Out Camp

March 29-31, 2022

A fun Spring Break camp for ages 5-12. All children must be able to use the restroom without assistance. Registration required. 

Spring Break Wheel-Throwing Workshop: Grades 6-12

March 29-31, 2022

Kids in grades 6-12 will learn the process of wheel-throwing and decorative techniques for applying design, texture and color to your completed pots. Clay projects will be kiln-fired at this three-day workshop. Registration required.

FoolMoon 2022

April 1, 2022

  • Address: Downtown Ann Arbor area
  • Cost: Free

This annual starts with community art-making in the Kerrytown, Main Street and State Street districts. After that, is the FoolMoon Stroll + Rock, which invites everyone to dress up and light the luminaries. This year’s theme is Alice in WonderFools.

This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated annually. 

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