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FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in February

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Kids can be expensive, but doing fun things with them doesn’t always have to be. Here are the top FREE things to do with kids in Metro Detroit in February.

 

ROBOLIGHTS

All month long

@ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Experience an out of this world light installation at MOCAD. The exhibit includes some mature themes but if you like post-modern art it’s a cool evening adventure.

 

MUSICAL MAYHEM

Wednesdays In February

@ Livonia Civic Center Library, Livonia

Fun with action songs, fingerplays, instruments, beanbags, parachute time and a short story. Parents and siblings welcome to join in.  For ages 1-6.

 

ROCK N’ RHYME

Thursdays In February

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Babies up to 18 months and a caregiver will enjoy about 20 minutes of nursery rhymes, songs, stories, and bubbles followed by free play for those who wish to stay.

 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Fridays In February

@ Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Detroit

Join us at our main branch for storytime every Friday and stay for play and snack time.

 

FREE PUBLIC PLANETARIUM SHOW

Fridays In February

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

The Wayne State Planetarium presents public planetarium shows on a regular basis. Our public shows are presented at 7 PM and 8:30 pm on most Friday evenings throughout the semester.

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB

Fridays In February

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Join the Detroit City Chess Club in their regular Friday meet-ups in Prentis Court. Watch as these young players hone their craft or even sit down to test your own skills.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturdays In February

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

Huntington celebrates the Flint Institute of Arts by providing everyone access free of charge every Saturday.

 

MAGICAL ICE FESTIVAL & FREE MUSEUM PLAY

February 1 -2

@ Downtown Mount Clemens

Enjoy fun activities including ice carving demonstrations, brick coloring, Frozen Princess face painting, and more! Children are invited to explore our popular MWOW! (Museum Without Walls) hands-on exhibits, grab some fresh popcorn, have a hot cocoa and discover a world of science fun at The Discovery Center, all downtown Mount Clemens.

 

TROY SPORTS DAY

Saturday, February 1

@ Troy High School, Troy

Get to know your local youth sports organizations! Reps will answer your questions and provide detailed information about their leagues.

 

CRACK ‘O DAWN COFFEE CLUB

Saturday, February 1

@ Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown

Begin the day with some coffee and treats before participants head outside for a guided stroll while discussing the seasonal happenings within the park.

 

SHIVER ON THE RIVER

Saturday, February 1

@ Belle Isle Casino, Detroit

The Shiver is a family oriented event, designed to bring people down to the river and to Belle Isle Park, and to educate people about the importance of the river and the need for effective stewardship of the river and its environs.  Ice demonstrations, children’s activities and more.

 

ICE HARVEST

Saturday, February 1

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

This program includes demonstrations of ice harvesting, a chance to try your hands with the tools of the ice trade, and then warm up while discussing the ice man and home ice deliveries.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: COMMUNITY QUILT DESIGN

Saturday, February 1

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Learn about the tradition of quilt making and make your own square using scissors, glue, and fabric.

 

WINTERFEST

Saturday, February 1

@ Berkley Community Center, Berkley

A great event for whole family – with plenty of activities including an outdoor petting zoo, arts & crafts, cookie decorating, unicorn rides, a soup cook-off , ice sculptures and more!

 

STORYTELLING: LA’RRON WILLIAMS

February 1 – 2

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Through music and audience participation, storyteller La’Ron Williams invites you to explore folk tales of the African and African American traditions as well as stories from his own life experiences that teach important lessons about self-esteem, self-reliance and perseverance. His energetic, music-spiced presentations are always fun, highly participatory, educational and en

 

KOHL’S AND HURLEY FREE DAY

Sunday, February 2

@ Flint Children’s Museum, Flint

Navigate obstacle courses , make a “love bug” fruit snack, or just enjoy the over 40 hands-on exhibits including our new Discovery Zone: Let’s Go! Free with admission.

 

KERRYTALES WITH MOTHER GOOSE

Sunday, February 2

@ Hollander’s Book & Paper Store, Ann Arbor

Little Ones can enjoy a Mother Goose Tale read by storyteller Trudy Bulkley. Located in Kerrytown Market and Shops, inside Hollander’s.

 

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Tuesday, February 4

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Enjoy games, puzzles, and activities with your whole family when you join us for a night of technology-free, stress-free fun.

 

RAINBOW PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, February 6

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

Explore classrooms, meet teachers, and get to know everything Rainbow Preschool has to offer.

 

NEW MAMA PRENATAL FITNESS OPEN HOUSE

February 6 & 13

@ Berkley Community Center, Berkley

We’re expecting all mamas-to-be at any stage of pregnancy to join us for our open event to try our Fit4Baby prenatal program.

 

LITTLE HIKERS

Friday, February 7

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

This program is designed for parents to take a guided walk with their child, learn about the outdoors and learn ways to introduce children to the natural world around them.

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, February 7

@ Cranbrook Institute Of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to the Cranbrook Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: ASSEMBLAGE

Friday, February 7

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Spend some time in the General Motors Center for African American Art galleries admiring the mixed-media work by Betye Saar, Mickalene Thomas and Benny Andrews and then come to the studio to assemble your own piece of mixed media art.

 

WINTER BLAST WEEKEND

February 7 – 9

@ Campus Martius, Detroit

Ice Skating at The Rink is FREE courtesy of Delta Dental (skate rental $5). The Ice Garden will feature a variety of expertly crafted and lighted ice sculptures. Roast marshmallows, go on the zip lines and winter slide and strap on some skis for bunny hill fun! Visitors will also enjoy live music and food trucks.

 

OPEN HOURS

February 7, 18, & 22

@ West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center, West Bloomfield

explore and enjoy hands-on activities, educational displays, read nature-themed story books and visit live animals. Seventy plus acres of natural land behind the building offer great nature trails to walk and explore.

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: PRINTING THE WORLD AROUND US

Saturday, February 8

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Families with children ages six and up are invited to look, learn, and create together in this hands-on workshop inspired by UMMA’s second exhibition of Inuit Art, Reflections: An Ordinary Day. Guided by local artist Sajeev Vadakoottu, participants will make a drawing of an image from their own imagination directly on a screen, essentially creating a stencil, and use that stencil to make prints on paper, bags or t-shirts. (Please bring your own canvas bags or t-shirts!)

 

FREE YOUNG ASTRONOMER SHOW

Saturday, February 8

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

The Wayne State Planetarium welcomes astronomers of all ages! Our Saturday morning shows last about one hour and are geared towards a younger audiences.

 

CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL

Saturday, February 8

@ Chinese Community Center, Madison Heights

The event will feature traditional Lunar New Year games, New Year couplet writing, New Year handcraft and face-painting, and authentic Chinese food sale. Free health screening on site as well.

 

WINTER CARNIVAL 2020

Saturday, February 8

@ Bear Creek Nature Park, Rochester

Snowy fun for the whole family! Activities include: Ice carving, crafts, archery, ice skating, scavenger hunt, magic show, stilt walker and balloon animals, food tent, and more.

 

ICE CARVING FESTIVAL

Saturday, February 8

@ County Farm Park, Ann Arbor

Enjoy refreshments and crafts as you watch college ice carving teams from across SE Michigan compete. Teams will use techniques that involve flamethrowers, chainsaws, and more!

 

STAR WARS FUN

Saturday, February 8

@ Livonia Civic Center Library, Livonia

Have fun with other Star Wars fans while you play games and make crafts. Participants will also learn interesting facts about the movies and the books. Come in costume if you like!

 

FROZEN SKATE PARTY

Saturday, February 8

@ Riley Skate Park, Farmington Hills

Grab your skates (we have a limited supply to borrow) and join us at Riley Park Ice Rink in Downtown Farmington for skating and activities. Maybe a character or two will show up for a photo op!

 

MICHIGAN’S MISUNDERSTOOD MAMMAL: THE OPPOSSUM

Sunday, February 9

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Visit this Featured Exhibit to discover what makes this animal so unique, and dare I say… cute Leave with a newfound appreciation for North America’s only marsupial, and a craft to take home! Free with admission.

 

BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS

Sunday, February 9

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Join the Belle Isle Nature Center staff, local Audubon chapter members and other birding experts for a free, five-part “Birdwatching for Beginners” course. Each session can be taken individually or combined with others to develop your bird identification skills.

 

MAKE VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

Sunday, February 9

@ Hollander’s Book And Paper Store, Ann Arbor

Join us in the lower level of Hollander’s Book and Paper Arts in Kerrytown to make Valentine’s Day cards for your classmates, friends and family. We’ll provide paper, stickers, scissors, glue and a few ideas to get you started.

 

THE POWER FAMILY PROGRAM FOR INUIT ART REFLECTIONS: AN ORDINARY DAY

Sunday, February 9

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Our second exhibition on Inuit art explores the serene expressions of day-to-day activities found in mid-century to contemporary Inuit prints and sculptures.

 

WINTER FULL MOON HIKE

Sunday, February 9

@ County Farm Park, Ann Arbor

Join us for our first Winter Full Moon Hike! Explore the park in a different way: by moonlight! All ages are welcome for a guided evening hike. Light snacks provided afterwards.

 

CRITTER CAPERS PUPPET SHOW

Wednesday, February 12

@ Northville District Library, Northville

Enjoy a wonderfully wacky original Pippin Puppets show presented by whimsical puppeteer Robert Papineau.

 

NATURE TOTS

 February 14-16

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Join us for a FREE program for children ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together!

 

FAMILY STORYTIMES @ THE MUSEUM

Thursday, February 14

@ Birmingham Museum, Birmingham

Join us for cozy stories, songs, and activities by the fireplace at the Birmingham Museum.

 

NATURE MAKERSPACE EXPERIENCE

Friday, February 14

@ Farmington Nature Center, Farmington Hills

Design, create and make using nature as inspiration to solve real-world challenges. Makerspace learning is driven by children’s natural curiosity and desire to make things.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION

Friday, February 14

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts and games! We’ll have sweet treats and lots of different types of valentines to decorate for the people you love!

 

VALENTINE’S STORIES AND CRAFTS

Friday, February 14

@ Ferndale Public Library, Ferndale

Join us for stories, crafts, and to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For ages 0-5.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: COLLAGE PORTRAIT

February 14 – 16

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

The term collage, derived from the French coller, to glue, describes artwork made from a mix of different materials. Using this distinctive process, use a mix of paper and cloth to create a portrait of someone important to you. Free with admission.

 

FAMILY STORYTIME

Saturday, February 15

@ Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills

Cranbrook Art Museum and Bloomfield Township Public Library have teamed up to present Storytime in the Art Lab! Join us for stories with themes related to art, making, and creative thinking. Content is geared towards children ages 3-6.

 

YOUNG EXPLORERS: DETROIT RIVER FISH & INTRO TO ICE FISHING

Saturday, February 15

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Calling all kids ages 8-12 who want to get outdoors and explore our local nature and wildlife! This program will focus on local fish species, and an opportunity to try some ice fishing at Milliken State Park, dependent on ice conditions. Free with admission.

 

FAMILY ART DAY: ART WE LOVE

Saturday, February 15

@ Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills

Valentine’s weekend, we share artwork that LOVE from the museum collection. Learn about the techniques used to create forms, and try them out yourself! Free with admission.

 

WINTER SISTERS MEET AND GREET

Saturday, February 15

@ Rev’d Up Fun, Woodhaven

Come out to the first Winter Sisters Meet and Greet presented by Laurel’s Party Productions! Meet the Snow Queen and Ana, and get 50% off arcade games!

 

FEBRUARY FLICKS: AQUAMAN

Saturday, February 15

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Beacon Park’s heated tent will be decked out with comfy couches, pillows and blankets but you’re also invited to bring your own seating. And don’t forget to stock up on snacks while you’re here — popcorn, food and drinks will be available for purchase. Watch Aquaman (Rated PG-13) on the big screen.

 

PUPPET PERFORMANCE: STRING THEORY THEATER

February 15 – 16

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Employing various narrative styles and multiple puppetry formats, including hand puppets, rod puppets, crankies, shadow puppets, and more, String Theory Theater’s colorful design and wit poke fun at conventions, and question the status quo to create fun and thought-provoking performances for families with children 8 and up.

 

ICE FISHING-OAC OUTDOORS: FREE FISHING WEEKEND

February 15 – 16

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Take advantage of this opportunity to fish Michigan’s premiere waters! We will learn about proper ice fishing equipment and safety practices. We’ll also provide the equipment and guidance for you to try some ice fishing at Milliken State Park. Ice conditions permitting.

 

STORY HOUR (AGES 3-5)

Wednesday, February 19

@ Auburn Hills Community Center Gym, Auburn Hills

Come spend an hour learning about nature! The hour will include a story, craft, time outdoors and other age-appropriate activities.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: MOSAICS

Friday, February 21

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Enjoy making a simple mosaic using a variety of art-making materials, and then see if you can find examples of this style of art throughout the museum.

 

NATURE EXPLORERS: THE MIGHTY CHICKADEE

Saturday, February 22

@ County Farm Park, Ann Arbor

Join naturalist, Kelsey Dehring, to learn how chickadees, and their other feathered friends, managed to stay warm and find food all winter long. We’ll even make a winter treat for the birds.

 

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUM

Saturday, February 22

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Storytime at the Museum promotes art enjoyment for our youngest patrons. Join us as we travel around the world and look at art from different countries. We read a story in the galleries and include a fun, age-appropriate, hands-on activity related to it.

 

FEBRUARY FLICKS:  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON THE FORBIDDEN WORLD

Saturday, February 22

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Beacon Park’s heated tent will be decked out with comfy couches, pillows and blankets but you’re also invited to bring your own seating. And don’t forget to stock up on snacks while you’re here — popcorn, food and drinks will be available for purchase.

 

NATURE AT NIGHT

Saturday, February 22

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

This family event features a  guided walk and activities to learn about Belle Isle’s nightlife. Our winter walk will include candle-lit trails, listening for owls and coyotes, and celebrating the seasonal changes that winter brings to our Michigan backyards.

 

BLACK HERITAGE CELEBRATION

Wednesday, February 26

@ Patton Recreation Center, Detroit

Celebrate Black Heritage with entertainment, poetry, Art vendors, craft vendors and much more!

 

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, February 29

@ Livonia Civic Center Library, Livonia

Are you looking for a Preschool for your little scholar? Stop by the Bennett Civic Center Library to chat with area preschools.

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: GROWING WHERE WE’RE PLANTED

Saturday, February 29

@ Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit

African Americans have a unique relationship to land as a way of belonging and place-making. From the largely agrarian South to the industrial North, black Americans used gardens as a means to sustain and also to remember. Take part in a day-long exploration and celebration of this legacy with a panel discussion, craft activities, vendor marketplace and more! Free with admission.

 

FEBRUARY FLICKS: AVENGERS ENDGAME

Saturday, February 29

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Beacon Park’s heated tent will be decked out with comfy couches, pillows and blankets but you’re also invited to bring your own seating. And don’t forget to stock up on snacks while you’re here, popcorn, food and drinks will be available for purchase.

 

 

 

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About Mary Furgason

Mary Furgason is a fitness instructor and writer on LittleGuide Detroit. She lives in western Oakland County with her husband and four kids. Mom of kids in pre-school through high school she knows the ins and outs of motherhood and the best things to do with kids of all ages.

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