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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: February 7 – 9

Motown Winter Blast 2013

Whether you have a free Saturday morning or a full weekend of festivities to plan – if you’re looking for fun things to do with your kids in Metro Detroit this weekend, LittleGuide Detroit has you covered! 

 

ALL WEEKEND

WINTER BLAST WEEKEND

February 7 – February 9

@ Campus Martius Park, Detroit

This is the traditional one weekend festival that has transformed downtown Detroit into a winter themed wonderland!  Enjoy free ice skating, marshmallow roasting, ice sculptures, zip lines and even a small ski hill! Admission is free, some activities have charges.

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.

February 7 – February 9

@ Starlight Theater, Waterford

Iago, Jafar, the Genie, Aladdin. the Princess and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin Jr., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

 

ROBOLIGHTS

February 7 – February 9

@ Museum Of Contemporary Art, Detroit

In Robolights Detroit, visitors are invited to wander along pathways inside of a dazzling carnival filled with sculptures of towering robots, dinosaurs, alien spacecraft, and fantastical creatures from the future, all painted in a wondrous array of vivid colors and wrapped up in thousands of lights.

 

DINOSAUR TODDLER TIME

February 7 & February 9

@ Sky Zone, Brighton

Join us for a DINO-mite Toddler Time event with special jurassic friend! Toddler Time is for jumpers ages 4 and under. Walk-in only.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: ASSEMBLAGE

February 7 – February 9

@ 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 PARK

February 8 – February 9

@ Charles L. Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills

Celebrate winter as a community and enjoy sledding, skating, and concessions. Hang out in our heated Farm Activity Building or ice skate under the lights.

 

FROZEN WONDERLAND DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

February 7 – February 8

@ William Costick Activities Center, Farmington Hills

Just like magic, the Costick Center will transform into a Frozen Wonderland.  Dads, Uncles, and Grandfathers can bring their special daughters (nieces, granddaughters) to enjoy dancing, refreshments, and a keepsake photo.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER GLOW DANCE

February 7 – February 8

@ Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Novi

Wear your finest dancing clothes and enjoy tasty appetizers, desserts, and plenty of fun on the dance floor.

 

BUTTERFLY BALL

February 7 – February 8

@ Summit, Canton

Dads, bring your daughters to a night of dancing to age-appropriate music, refreshments, a special butterfly souvenir & the always exciting balloon-drop at the end of the party.

 

 

FRIDAY

LITTLE HIKERS (AGES 0-6)

Friday,  February 7 / 9:30am – 10:30am

@ 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.

 

ABRAKADOODLE: DOODLERS

Friday, February 7 / 9:30am – 11:30am

@  Community House, Birmingham

Touch it, Smell it, Hear it, See it, Taste it!  Make art through sensory exploration to experience the world through not only what you see but what you feel, taste, and hear too!

 

TRICERATOTS PUPPET THEATRE-STORY OF SAPPY LOVE (PRE-K)

Friday, February 7 / 10:00am – 11:00am

@ Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

The Story of Sappy Love – Laugh as our puppets attempt to figure out how to woo their friends and win a hug. We’ll be making weird valentine’s and using our entire inventory of glitter.

 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (3-6YRS)

Friday, February  / 10:30am – 12:00pm

@ Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Detroit

Join us at our main branch for storytime every Friday with our theme, “Once Upon A Time”. Snack and playtime to follow story.

 

PRESCHOOL OPEN GYMS

Friday, February 7 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Extreme Gymnastics USA, Warren

Bring your little ones ages 6 & under to crawl, climb, run & jump. Parents may accompany children onto the gym floor.

 

MORNING MUNCHKINS

Friday, February 7 / 10:30am – 11:15am

@ Red Oaks Nature Center, Madison Heights

Bring your preschooler to the nature center for a favorite story and a related hands-on, nature-based discovery activity.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, February 7 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm / 4:30pm – 7:30pm

@ Troy Gymnastics Center, Troy

Kids 12 months through 5 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours.  If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

OPEN HOURS

Friday, February 7 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ 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.

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, February 7 / 4:00pm – 8:00pm

@ 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.

 

PETS & PAJAMAS

Friday, February 7 / 5:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Huron Valley Humane Society, Ann Arbor

This paw-tastic event is appropriate for ages 5 to 11 and will include adoptable animal interactions, a cheese pizza dinner and an animal themed movie with popcorn!

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, February 7 / 5:00pm – 10:00pm

@ 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.

 

BATTLEFIELD NERF

Friday, February 7 / 5:30pm – 10:30pm

@ Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center, Livonia

Battlefield Nerf Interactive- Bring your Nerf blasters (N-strike compatible only) and we’ll provide nerf darts (do not bring your own darts) and obstacles.  We’ll form teams and play a variety of games.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Friday, February 7 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ Northville Community Center, Northville

Whether it is Dad, Grandpa, Uncle or another special father-figure you won’t want to miss this memorable time of fun, laughter and dancing!

 

MINECRAFT NIGHT

Friday, February 7 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ The Robot Garage, Birmingham

Kids in grades 1-9 can come hang out and play MineCraft on our custom server.
There will be both survival and creative areas to enjoy either with individual play or with friends.\

SUGAR RUSH

Friday, February 7 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg

Grab your family, friends or your sweetie for the ultimate sugary experience. Sign up for a time slot to play a jumbo-size classic board game favorite, similar to Candy Land. Themed games and crafts will be available before and after your game time. Decorate a cookie for a sweet treat!

 

MOTHER/SON DANCE

Friday, February 7 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Livonia Elks Lodge 2246, Livonia

Calling all mother/son combos! Moms in your favorite dress, sons looking to impress, boogie down to our awesome DJ. Souvenir photos, snacks, refreshments and contests are all part of the fun!

 

FREE PUBLIC PLANETARIUM SHOW

Friday, February 7 / 7:00pm – 9:30pm

@ 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.

 

AIRTIME TEEN NIGHT – TROY

Friday, February 7 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Airtime Trampoline, Troy

TEEN NIGHT is every first Friday of the month. Fun for ages 13-17 years. Enjoy dodgeball, three hours of jumping and pizza and pop!

 

TEEN NIGHT – CANTON/WESTLAND

Friday, February 7 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Airtime Trampoline, Troy

The coolest place is AirTime Canton/Westland when you are a teen 13 to 17 year old! Just $15 gets you 3 hours of jump time with socks, pizza, and soda!  There will be exclusive teen dodgeball games and raffle prize giveaways!

 

FUNKY FROSTY FRIDAYS: K-POP NIGHT

Friday, February 7 / 7:15pm – 8:45pm

@ Buhr Park, Ann Arbor

Skate to k-pop music and dress up. Wear the best costume!

 

FLIPPED OUT FRIDAY

Friday, February 7 / 8:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Extreme Gymnastics USA, Warren

Need a couple hours free of the kids? Drop them off for a Friday night open gym like no other!

 

SATURDAY

ICE FISHING DERBY

Saturday, February 8 / 7:00am – 5:00pm

@ Independence Lake County Park, Whitmore Lake

Join us for a fun-filled day of competition and prizes. Catch northern pike, blue gill and crappie. Gift cards and other prizes for winners of the longest northern pike and longest pan fish. Bring your own bait and equipment. Lunch will be provided, and vehicle admission is included.

 

PRE-BALLET DROP-IN

Saturday, February 8 / 9:45am – 10:45am

@ Lil Dumplins, Detroit

3.5 – 5 year old’s “Pre-Ballet” class introduces basic vocabulary, positions, concepts and rhythms of ballet.

 

VALENTINE’S IN NATURE (AGES 5-12)

Saturday, February 8 / 10:00am – 11:00am

@ Auburn Hills Community Center, Auburn Hills

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

 

JUNIOR NATURALIST CLUB: SNOWSHOEING

Saturday, February 8/ 10:00am – 11:30am

@ Heritage Park, Farmington Hills

Enrich your child’s natural curiosity and encourage outdoor exploration through this hands-on nature discovery program.

 

SWEET SPOT: TEA & COCOA PARTY

Saturday, February 8 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

Learn how to host your own tea party and celebrate the joy of gathering together with friends. Create a decoration for the table using dyes made from tea, and make your own special tea blend to take home.

 

KIDS COOKING AND BAKING SERIES (AGES 6-12)-VALENTINE’S TREATS

Saturday, February 8 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms

Chef Pam Gustairs will take students through knife skills, kitchen safety, common kitchen tools, how to read a recipe, how to measure ingredients, cooking and baking techniques, and how to prepare the take home recipes provided each class.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, February 8 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym, Detroit

Every Saturday adults and kids alike can learn how to leap, jump, and fly through our obstacle course and training apparatus.

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS

Saturday, February 8 / 10:00am – 4:00pm

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Motivate your kids to be the next great inventors or entrepreneurs with stories of past and present-day changemakers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Explore the innovations — big and small — that make the world what it is today, and learn by doing with hands-on, minds-on activities designed for youth ages 8-12.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturday, February 8 / 10:00am – 5:00pm

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

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

 

CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL

Saturday, February 8 / 11:00am – 3:00pm

@ Chinese Community Center, Madison Heights

ACA will host a grand Lantern Festival featuring traditional Lunar New Year games, New Year couplet writing, New Year handcraft and face-painting, and authentic Chinese food sale.

 

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Saturday, February 8 / 11:00am – 3:00pm

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

To show some love for our winged friends that are so important to the environment, this annual family-friendly event themed around Valentine’s Day features keeper talks at the beehive and bird observation window, heart-themed treats, kiddie crafts and entertainment.

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: PRINTING THE WORLD AROUND US

Saturday, February 8 / 11:00am – 4:00pm

@ 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.

 

WINTER CARNIVAL 2020

Saturday, February 8 / 12:00am – 4:00pm

@ 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 / 12:00am – 4:00pm

@ County Farm Park, Ann Arbor

Enjoy refreshments and crafts as you watch college ice carving teams from across SE Michigan compete.

 

DROP-IN NINJA 

Saturday, February 8 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday Troy Gymnastics offers ninja classes for ages 5 years – 23 years!

 

DROP-IN TUMBLING

Saturday, February 8 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Every Saturday Troy Gymnastics offers Drop-In tumbling for ages 5 years and up. Participants do not need to be enrolled in a tumbling class to participate.

 

BLAKE’S ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF

Saturday, February 8 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

The competition is sure to heat up at Blake’s Annual Chili Cook Off to crown the 2020 chili champion. Come out to this family-friendly event and enjoy live music, games, craft hard cider and beer, and plenty of chili to sample.

FEBRUARY FLICKS-TOY STORY 4

Saturday, February 8 / 1:00pm – 6:30pm

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Watch a favorite movie under the heated tent! You’ll find comfy couches, pillows and blankets but you’re also invited to bring your own seating. There will be popcorn, food and drinks available for purchase.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Saturday, February 8 / 1:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Cedar Glen Banquet Center, New Baltimore

Join us for an informational and hands on clinic to learn about this exciting winter activity of ice fishing. Kids will have a chance to learn about winter fishing, safety practices, and types of fish.

 

FROZEN SKATE PARTY

Saturday, February 8 /  2:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Riley Skate Park, Farmington Hills

Bring your ice skates to Riley Park Ice Rink in Downtown Farmington for skating and activities. Maybe a character or two will show up for a photo op!

 

KID’S COOKIE DECORATING

Saturday, February 8 / 2:30pm – 4:00pm

@ Crust Baking Company, Fenton

In this hands-on class, our classically trained cake decorator will introduce each pair of participants to the basic techniques of decorating cookies with royal icing

 

KIDS VALENTINE’S DAY DECORATING CLASS

Saturday, February 8 / 3:30pm – 4:30pm

@ Townsend Bakery, Birmingham

An interactive Decorating Class for kids ages 5-11! Class includes decorating cupcakes & dipping your own strawberries!

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, February 8 / 5:00pm – 7:45pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

Spend an evening together and enjoy basketball, swimming, inflatable castle, and more!

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE SAFARI

Saturday, February 8 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

Spend the night in the safari with your daughter, granddaughter or niece without leaving Michigan! Enjoy an exciting evening of music, dancing, and treats!

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE 2020

Saturday, February 8 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Ferndale High School, Ferndale

Enjoy a marvelous evening with the wonderful little girl in your life. All couples will get the opportunity to take pictures on site, and every girl will receive a goody bag and a lovely carnation. Princess Elsa just might stop in to join in on the fun!

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, February 8 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Gymtactics, Highland

Saturday Night Open Gym (Ages 6+) is an open play time for our older athletes. Come explore, flip, jump, and play!

 

BARN DANCE

Saturday, February 8 / 6:00pm – 9:30pm

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

Join us for foot-stomping family fun in our barn. A square dance caller will walk you and your partner through the basics, providing a visit filled with fun whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro.

 

KIDS CRUISE SLEEPOVER

Saturday, February 8 / 6:00pm – 8:00am

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Come sail away with us for an overnight adventure at FAC afterhours! This will be an all night party full of “cruise” themed activities for kids to enjoy.  There will be bounce houses, swimming, games, movies, and snack.

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, February 8 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

Glow skate is offered every Saturday night! Admission includes a complimentary glow necklace.

 

DETROIT PISTONS HOME GAME

Saturday, February 1 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Watch the Pistons take on the Knicks in another exciting game of basketball!

 

 

SUNDAY

2020 WINTERFEST AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Sunday, February 9 / 8:30am – 12:00pm

@ Parkside Gardens, Southgate

Join us for another running is for lovers themed 5k followed by the pancakes you have come to love! In addition to the pancake breakfast, runners will enjoy mimosas along with a raffle prize drawings.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, February 9 / 9:00am – 12:00pm / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Come on out to Troy Gymnastics for open gym! Kids 12 months through 23 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours. If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

GYMMASTICS & STRONG NINJA DROP-IN

Sunday, February 2 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Franklin Athletic Club’s gymnastic events consist of gymnastics, bounce houses, crafts and a snack. Each event has a different theme. Ages 2-12

 

BELLE ISLE NATURE WALK

Sunday, February 9 / 10:30am

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

All ages are invited to Belle Isle to observe the changing seasons, encounter wildlife and admire unique flora. This hike is great for families or anyone who wants to connect with nature.

 

HUNT FOR THE YETI

Sunday, February 9 / 12:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Rolling Hills Park, Ypsilanti

Come explore Rolling Hills County Park in Search of the Elusive Eddie the Yeti. There will be crafts, cookies and hot coco to enjoy.

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Sunday, February 9 / 12:30pm – 5:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Come watch the Detroit Red Wings take the ice in another exciting game at Little Caesars Arena!

 

SNOWSHOE TREK

Sunday, February 9 / 1:00pm – 2:30pm

@ Farmington Nature Center, Farmington Hills

Join other winter enthusiasts as we explore the woods on snowshoes.

 

BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS

Sunday, February 9 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ 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.

 

CYE FAMILY EXPERIENCE

Sunday, February 9 / 1:00pm – 5:30pm

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit

Orchestra Hall comes to life when students in the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles perform an afternoon of orchestral, choral, and jazz music.

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

Sunday, February 9 / 1:30pm – 3:30pm

@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Join us on this tour to visit the 5 rehabilitated owls that call the Stage Nature Center home. This tour gives you a chance to learn more about the different owl species, reasons why they each live in captivity, explore their different personalities, and get your owl questions answered.

 

BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY

Sunday, February 9 / 4:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Berman Center For The Performing Arts, Bloomfield Township

Broadway Princess Party brings together an iconic trio of Broadway originals/animation stars to host an evening of festivities alongside their own fairy godmother and special guests!

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE 2020

Sunday, February 9 / 5:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Oak Park Community Center, Oak Park

Get on your favorite fancy attire, and get ready for a night of fun! There will be dancing, dinner, a photo booth and more.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT

Sunday, February 9 / 5:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Sky Zone, Canton

Enjoy 60 minutes of jump time, a Valentine craft, dinner (slice of pizza and drink), dessert, photos with Dad, and MORE!

 

SUNDAY FUNDAY

Sunday, February 9 / 6:00pm – 9:30pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

It’s Sunday Funday at USA Hockey Arena! Join us on select Sunday nights for extra ice time and mini-games.

 

WINTER FULL MOON HIKE

Sunday, February 9 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm

@ Maybury State Park, Northville

Explore the park in a different way: by moonlight! All ages are welcome for a guided evening hike.

 

For MORE EVENTS happening this weekend, please check out our full EVENT CALENDAR!

 

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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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