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. 

Enjoy ❄️

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WINTER ACTIVITIES AND DESTINATIONS

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.

Races to Add To Your Fall Running Routine

Get your fill of running fun at one of these races put on by local organizations.

Best Family Fun Play Centers for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Pint-sized towns, inflatables, sports complexes and more are sure to keep kids active. Check out these family fun play centers for games and good times.

Fun Things to do in Clinton Township with Kids

From history and stage shows to go-karts and chocolate, there's plenty of things to do in Clinton Township with your kids.

Theater Shows for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Got a pint-sized thespian on your hands? Indulge their interests and take them to one of these upcoming Detroit and Ann Arbor theater shows.

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INDOOR FUN

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 HOLIDAYS

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Prepare for an Irish-themed takeover this March as metro Detroit and Ann Arbor gear up for St. Paddy's Day 2022 at these St. Patrick's Day events.

Kid-Friendly Irish Recipes for Irish American Month

Make the most of March (or any month!) with these kid-friendly Irish recipes for your family — including Irish pancakes, slow-cooked corn beef and more.

The Best Places to Get Paczkis in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking for the best place to score a paczki for Fat Tuesday? These bakeries in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor have you covered.

Black History Books to Read With Your Kids

Celebrate Black history with these amazing children's books.

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WINTER TIPS

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.

How to Beat Seasonal Depression

Ten million Americans struggle with seasonal depression. Get tips on dealing with a disorder that’s more than just the winter blues.
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