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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: January 10-12

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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

PLYMOUTH ICE FESTIVAL

January 10 – January 12

@ Downtown Plymouth

The ice festival features dueling chainsaw competition, ice playground, family petting zoo, live entertainment and interactive ice sculptures.

 

ULTIMATE FISHING SHOW DETROIT

January 10 – January 12

@ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The largest pure fishing show in the country returns to the largest freshwater fishing market in the country when the Ultimate Fishing Show-Detroit drops anchor at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

 

ROBOLIGHTS

January 10  – January 12

@ 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.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: CONTAINER RATTLES

January 10 – January 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.

 

FROST FEST

January 11 – January 12

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armamda

Enjoy live ice carvings, fire show, 5k run/walk, train rides through the orchard, live music, horse drawn sleigh rides, warming tent with food and drinks and much more!

 

HAYRIDE/SLEIGH RIDES

January 11 – January 12

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride or sleigh ride (weather permitting) through the wooded trails around the Farm Center.

 

DFT FAMILY: OKKO’S INN

January 11 – January 12

@ Detroit 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.

 

STOMP

January 11 – January 12

@ Macomb Center For The Performing Arts, Clinton Township

With no dialogue, no instruments, and only 8 performers, STOMP has been keeping audiences enthralled for more than 25 years. Troupe members use matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, everything but traditional instruments, to create amazing rhythms.

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LIVE ON STAGE

January 11 – January 12

@ Northville Marquis Theatre, Northville

The story of a young girl who meets a friendly Beast and their ensuing friendship.

 

 

 

FRIDAY

ABRAKADOODLE: DOODLERS

Friday, January 10 / 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!

 

ANN ARBOR KINDERCONCERT: CHARMING CELLO

Friday,  January 10 / 10:00am – 10:30am

@ Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor

Music comes alive in KinderConcerts – FREE 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 5-years old and younger. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert – they’ll dance and move while listening to the music.

 

WACKY SCIENCE

Friday, January 10  / 10:00am – 11:00am

@ Summit, Canton

Come join Wayne County naturalists in this exciting STEM based parent child class. Together parents and preschoolers will learn how to make raisins dance, how to make a milk rainbow, and make flowers change color with fun science experiments.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, January 10  / 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!

 

NATURE MAKERSPACE EXPERIENCE

Friday, January 10 / 2:00pm – 3:00pm

@ 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.

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, January 10  / 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.

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT ART CAMP

Friday, January 10  / 5:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Steinway Piano Gallery, Commerce

Parents enjoy a night out and drop the kids off at Miss Lindsay’s Art Room for a fun time creating their own art projects; plus glow in the dark painting and pizza!

 

FULL WOLF MOON HIKE

Friday, January 10 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

Discover why the Native Americans referred to this full moon as the “Wolf Moon” while learning some facts, myths, and legends surrounding our moon.  Enjoy a nice night hike as well.

 

PARENT NIGHT OUT

Friday, January 10 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@  Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

Kids ages 3+ will enjoy arts & crafts, sports, and games and our caring staff will give you the peace of mind to enjoy some personal time!

 

NERF WARS

Friday, January 10 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm

@ Novi Civic Center, Novi

Boys and girls ages 8-12 grab your Nerf guns and get ready to battle. An all-out Nerf war is about to begin with capture the flag, target practice and freeze tag.

 

STARGAZING AT STAGE

Friday, January 10 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Stage Nature Center, Troy

Join Warren Astronomical Society member Marty Kunz as he leads you on a journey deep into the winter night sky.

 

FULL MOON WALK

Friday, January 10 / 7:00pm – 8:30pm

@ Kensington Metropark Nature Center, Milford

Join us inside for some fun moon lore, then head outside to check out Earth’s closest neighbor and see what animals are taking advantage of the extra light.

 

USA HOCKEY HOME GAME: PRINCESS AND HEROES NIGHT

Friday, January 10 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

USA Hockey has teamed up with Crowns Against Cancer for a magical night of fun for our younger fans! We have a great night planned featuring princesses and superheroes with special guests Ice Queen, Voyager Princess, Brave Warrior Princess & so many more! Meet & greet, photos, costume contests and more!

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Friday, January 10 / 7:30pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Come watch the Detroit Red Wings take on the Ottawa Senators!

 

 

SATURDAY

YOGA IN THE PARK

Saturday, January 11 / 8:00am – 9:30am

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

Come and join us for a peaceful morning doing yoga in the park! Where you can enjoy hearing the beautiful sounds of nature while we practice our balance, postures, and mediation.

 

BIRD FEEDER FUN

Saturday, January 11 / 9:00am – 10:00am

@ Hudson Mills Activity Center, Dexter

Discover which seeds and feeders attract different birds and how to identify these birds. Make yourself a simple birdfeeder to take home.

 

PRE-BALLET DROP-IN

Saturday, January 11 / 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.

 

KIDS COOKING CLASS

Saturday, January 11 / 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, January 11 / 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, January 11 / 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, January 11 / 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.

 

FREE ADMISSION @ THE MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER

Saturday, January 11 / 10:00am – 5:00pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Free general admission includes access to 220+ hands-on exhibits, live shows, Smithsonian Spark!Lab, Kids Town, STEM Playground and more.

 

WILD DONUTS

Saturday, January 11 / 10:30am – 12:00pm

@ Sloan Museum, Flint

This special event gives you morning access to the exhibits and a special treat!

 

STORYTIME STOPOVER AT NATURE’S PLAYHOUSE

Saturday, January 11 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Nature’s Playhouse, Ferndale

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes!

 

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUM: KOREA

Saturday, January 11 / 11:15am – 12:00pm

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

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.

 

DEXTER KINDERCONCERT: CHARMING CELLO

Saturday, January 11 / 12:00pm – 12:30pm

@ Dexter District Library, Dexter

Music comes alive in KinderConcerts – FREE 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 5-years old and younger. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert – they’ll dance and move while listening to the music.

 

DROP-IN NINJA 

Saturday, January 11 / 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, January 11 / 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.

FSO FAMILY DAY

Saturday, January 11 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Flint Symphony Orchestra, Flint

Get a chance to meet some of the FSO musicians, play real instruments, go backstage during intermission, and follow along to the show with family friendly notes and program guide.

 

POTTERY’S WHEEL & OPEN CLAY TIME

Saturday, January 11 / 1:30pm – 2:30pm

@ Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

Children and adults ages 5 and up are welcome to try their hand at clay projects using a potter’s wheel with our experienced teacher!

 

MAKE IT AT THE MARSH: SNOWSNAKES

Saturday, January 11 / 2:00pm

@ Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown

Snowsnakes is an Objiwa Indian sport where competitors launch a long wooden staff – the snow snake – down a track. Join us as we use modern shortcuts to craft your own make-and-take snowsnake.

 

CHOW TIME AT THE FARM

Saturday, January 11 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

Ever wanted to feed the pigs? Help farm staff to feed the pigs, goats, cows, and more. Young farmers will learn what each animal eats and why.

 

STAR WARS SKATE PARTY

Saturday, January 11 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm

@ 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!

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, January 11 / 5:00pm – 7:45pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

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

 

DETROIT ROLLER DERBY HOME GAME

Saturday, January 11 / 5:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Masonic Temple, Detroit

Game Three of the Detroit Roller Derby Home Teams Season 15! Detroit Pistoffs v. D-Funk Allstars.

 

HOOT, HIKE, AND BONFIRE

Saturday, January 11 / 6:00pm 

@ Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown

Join us as we take some time to learn about these mysterious birds of the night. We’ll head outside for a traditional owl prowl followed by an evening at the bonfire.

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, January 11 / 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!

 

DOWNTOWN WINTER WONDERLAND LIGHTS WALK

Saturday, January 11 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Roasting Plant, Detroit

The winter magic isn’t over yet – join us for a walk among downtown’s gorgeous parks and public spaces, twinkling with lights throughout the winter season. Detroit Experience Factory tour guides will provide facts, figures and fun along the tour, and we’ll stop to hear from some of the people behind the park lighting.

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, January 11 / 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, January 11 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Grab the family and grab some tickets to cheer on the Detroit Pistons basketball team as they play another exciting season of games!

 

THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER

Saturday, January 11 / 8:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit

Experience the magic of Harry Potter through the music that brought the movies to life!

 

 

SUNDAY

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, January 12 / 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!

 

BELLE ISLE NATURE WALK

Sunday, January 12 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Take a hike with the Detroit Zoological Society on Belle Isle as we explore the natural beauty of the island.

 

CHICKADEE CHOW DOWN

Sunday, January 12 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Kensington Metropark Nature Center, Milford

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience you can have no place else.  At Kensington Metropark Nature Center, a variety of winter songbirds will eagerly fly to your hand for seeds.

 

RUBBER DUCKY DAY

Sunday, January 12 / 1:00pm – 2:30pm

@ Howell Area Aquatic & Fitness Center, Howell

Grab your favorite ducky and celebrate the day the Rubber Duck was invented! Come swim with over 4000 rubber duckies in this quack-tacular event!

 

ARTLABJ DANCE CLASS

Sunday, January 12 / 1:30pm – 3:00pm

@ Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Detroit

Come enjoy a free dance class. Creative dance, fun and learning for all abilities!

 

AMERICAN DOLL SPA DAY

Sunday, January 12 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Summit, Canton

Treat your little girl and her American Doll to a day of pampering. Each girl and doll will be treated like a princess as they enjoy this spa-like experience and American Doll crafts & games.

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Sunday, January 12 / 5:00pm – 11:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Come watch the Detroit Red Wings take on the Buffalo Sabres.

 

JUNGLE BOOK

Sunday, January 12 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Music Hall Center, Detroit

Based on Rudyard Kiplings collective works this eye-popping live theatrical production brings the beloved characters to life as you’ve never seen them before.

 

SUNDAY FUNDAY

Sunday, January 12 / 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.

 

 

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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