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FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in January

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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 January.

 

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.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: WINTER COUNTS

January 2-4

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

A winter count was used by Native American communities of the Northern Great Plains to record their histories and to keep track of the passage of years. Use leather and colorful markers to create one of your own.

 

FREE ADMISSION

Friday, January 3

@ Cranbrook Institute of Science

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, the Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month. Join us for a free evening of science fun! The Café and Observatory are open.

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB

Every Friday

@ 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.

 

LITTLE HIKERS

Friday, January 3

@ 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. Ages 0-6

 

FRISCH MARIONETTES’ JUNGLE BOOK

January 4 & 5

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

In the wilds of India, a young boy named Mowgli is raised by wolves to obey the laws of the jungle. After surviving close encounters with the tiger Shere Kahn, Mowgli is finally returned to his mother.

 

KERRYTALES WITH MOTHER GOOSE

Saturday, January 5

@ Hollander’s Book and Paper Store

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

 

ARTIST STORYTIME & OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, January 7

@ Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex

Bring your mini makers (ages 5 and under) for a special storytime and art activity that highlights STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, math) concepts.

 

PLYMOUTH ICE FESTIVAL

January 10-12

@ Downtown Plymouth

The Plymouth Ice Festival is a world-class event in beautiful downtown Plymouth that is exciting and fun for the whole family. The event features dueling chainsaw competition, Ice playground, family petting zoo, live entertainment and interactive ice sculptures.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: CONTAINER RATTLES

January 10-12

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Small containers and boxes morph into fantastic percussion instruments when dried beans, rice, feathers and fun papers are added.

 

FREE ADMISSION

Saturday, January 11

@ Michgian Science Center, Detroit

Free general admission includes access to 220+ hands-on exhibits, live shows, Smithsonian Spark!Lab, Kids Town, STEM Playground and more. Planetarium, Toyota 4D Engineering Theater, and IMAX tickets will be available for purchase at the box office.

 

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUM: KOREA

Saturday, January 11

@ 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.

 

DFT FAMILY: OKKO’S INN

January 11-12

@ Detroit Institute of Arts’s Film Theatre, Detroit

The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli, seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. Okko’s Inn delivers a rare ghost story that –despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity. (

 

STAR WARS SKATE PARTY

Saturday, January 11

@ Riley Park, Farmington

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!

 

FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL

January 17-19

@ Downtown Rochester

Enjoy the ice sculptures along Main Street, tube sledding hill, ice skating rink, dog sled rides, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, fireworks, food trucks and tent and so much more!

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: ADINKRA CLOTH

January 17-19

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Adinkra cloth is a hand-printed fabric made in Ghana in West Africa. Learn more about this art form and create a small banner using cloth and handmade adinkra stamps.

 

WINTER PARK

January 18 – 20 + 25 & 26

@ Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills

We cannot wait to celebrate winter as a community and enjoy sledding, skating, and concessions. As part of winter park this year, we want to remind you that this is a perfect “meet up” location for your school group, youth group, or even your gaggle of cousins to come hang out in our heated Farm Activity Building or ice skate under the lights.

 

UNITED WE WALK

Sunday, January 19

@ West Bloomfield High School

To celebrate annually the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by embracing the continuing influence and impact of Dr. King’s dream of creating a beloved community that values diversity, promotes unity, and underscores the worth of every person.

 

FREE ADMISSION

Monday, January 20

@ Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit

Celebrate the life and labor of Martin Luther King, Jr. “Beyond the Dream” at the Detroit Historical Museum, with live footage of Dr. King’s speeches, an activity book building craft, “Dream Drip”, a workshop for older youth who will have the opportunity to create their very own rap song inspired by the words of Dr. King, wonderful live performances and more!

 

NATURE AT NIGHT

Thursday, January 23

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Nature at Night is a celebration of animals who call Belle Isle home and become more active after dark. These free, family-friendly events feature guided walks and activities to learn about Belle Isle’s nightlife. Our winter walks will include candle-lit trails, listening for owls and coyotes, and celebrating the seasonal changes that winter brings to our Michigan backyards.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: PRINTMAKING

January 24-26

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Use wax crayons and found objects to create one-of-a-kind prints on paper.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Friday, January 24

@ Goldfish Swim School, Farmington Hills

Join us Friday, January 24th for a special open swim celebrating The New Year! There will be crafts, snacks, and fun in the pool! In honor of Member Appreciation Week this event is FREE! *Pre-registration is required for this event.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Friday, January 24

@ Goldfish Swim School, Macomb

Join us for a special open swim celebrating The New Year! There will be crafts, snacks, and fun in the pool! In honor of Member Appreciation Week, this event is FREE! Pre-registration is required for this event.

 

GREAT LAKES DAYS

Saturday, January 25

@ University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor

Come celebrate the amazing natural history of Michigan and the Great Lakes as you participate in a stream table demonstration, hands-on activities, a special presentation by Jeremy Guc from St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow and an author reading (and signing) of Deb Pilutti’s new children’s book Old Rock (is not boring).

 

AMERICAN GIRL TEA PARTY

Saturday, January 25

@ Blair Memorial Library, Clawson

You and your favorite doll are invited to an afternoon “tea” at the library. Enjoy refreshments, a craft, and fun activities inspired by American Girl.

 

SOCCER CLINIC

Saturday, January 25

@ Tindal Activity Center, Detroit

Learn techniques and skills to become a great soccer player at a FREE soccer clinic! Ages 4-14

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: IMAGINARY PLACES

Saturday, January 25

@ 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. Take a tour of abstract paintings in UMMA’s Collection Ensemble installation, as well as work by artists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell, followed by a hands-on workshop where you will create an abstract painting of your own!

 

PARKS AND CRAFTS

Saturday, January 25

@ Mack Indoor Pool, Ann Arbor

Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Public Works Unit, a new “park”nership has been created between Ann Arbor’s Solid Waste Unit, the Ecology Center, and GIVE 365. Join the Ecology Center to make a craft, learn about recycling and sustainability, and participate in a park activity provided by GIVE 365.

 

WINTER HIKE

Saturday, January 25

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

Take a guided hike in the woods noticing all the seasonal changes and signs of animals. End the hike with a cup of hot chocolate! All ages are welcome.

 

OPEN SKATE

Saturday, January 25

@ Farmington Hills Ice Arena

Come enjoy a FREE night of open skate at Farmington Hills Ice Arena! We will have light refreshments, and prizes and invite you to come visit!

 

 

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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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