Winter Fun for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

The snow may be flying and Jack Frost is definitely ready to nip at your nose, but that doesn’t mean you have to put all of your family’s fun on hold.

Winter in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor is a great time to get out of your house and enjoy activities that you really can’t do any other time of the year — and we’ve rounded up the best of the best seasonal options in this handy guide. 

Scroll through it to find details on cool wintertime activities such as prime sledding hills and places to dine outdoors. Plus, we’ve got suggestions for indoor and outdoor activities this time of year, fun ways to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, MLK Day, Valentine’s Day and other winter holidays — and of course, some tips to keep you safe while out in the cold weather. 

Bookmark this guide and return to it anytime you need winter fun inspo. Oh! And don’t forget to share your family’s fun with us on Instagram by using #MPMoment. 

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This time of year, it’s much more difficult to find the motivation to come out from under the covers and enjoy the great outdoors, but those families that don’t venture out miss out on tons of fun.

November and December, brings holiday lights and tree lightings. If there’s snow on the ground, it’s prime for skiing or snowboarding and later into the season, in March, you’ll find maple sugaring events

And that’s just to start. Find even more things to do and places to go this winter here.

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Does your family prefer spending time under a cozy blanket in front of a roaring fire? Why not try a winter-themed craft or read a book about this time of year together?

Want to escape the solitude of home without having to stay outdoors? Try an indoor playground or trampoline park. Need more adventure, we’ve got info on local escape rooms and axe-throwing spots, too. 

It just goes to show: You don’t even have to like snow to find something fun this time of year.

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Winter plays host to a ridiculous amount of holidays — so many that it can be hard to plan for them all. We’ve got you covered. 

Here, you’ll find guides to help you plan your major winter holiday celebrations such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Plus, find fun ideas for New Year’s Eve, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and even Groundhog Day.

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In honor of this African-American activist, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties offer these virtual and in-person Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.

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Winters in Michigan can be brutal and it’s important to keep your family safe while out and about. 

Here, you’ll get tips on preparing your house (and car) for the cold weather along with how to dress your child while out and about, proper car seat safety, flu recommendations and what’s going on with COVID this year.

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