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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: January 3-5

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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

WILD LIGHTS

January 3 – January 5

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages.

 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AXEL

January 3 – January 5

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Cirque du Soleil is back on ice with AXEL, a new, electrifying experience fusing world-class ice skating with breathtaking acrobatics.

 

ROBOLIGHTS

January 3  – January 5

@ 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: WINTER COUNTS

January 3 – January 5

@ 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.

 

ALL ABOARD! MODEL RAILROAD EXHIBIT

January 3 – January 5

@ Rochester Hills Museum At Van Hoosan Farm, Rochester

The Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club has been planning this model train exhibit for one year and cannot wait to share it with the public!

 

THE BIG, BRIGHT LIGHT SHOW

January 3 – January 5

@ Downtown Rochester

You are invited to the last weekend of The Big, Bright Light Show! The buildings in downtown Rochester will be covered with more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light.

 

HAYRIDES/SLEIGH RIDES

January 3 – January 5

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

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

 

FRISCH MARIONETTES PRESENTS THE JUNGLE BOOK

January 4 – January 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.

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LIVE ON STAGE

January 4 – January 5

@ Northville Marquis Theatre, Northville

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

 

 

 

FRIDAY

SCHOOL AGE BREAK CAMP

Friday, January 3 / 7:00am – 6:00pm

@  Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

When school is out, students in grades K-8 can join the YMCA for a full day of fun and excitement. Join us for crafts, games, nature education, swimming, character development and more!

 

NEW YEAR CAMP

Friday,  January 3 / 9:00am – 4:00pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

When your kids don’t have school but you still have work let them spend the day with friends at Franklin! Kids can swim, bounce, and play all day.

 

LITTLE HIKERS (AGES 0-6)

Friday, January 3  / 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.

 

MORNING MUNCHKINS

Friday, January 3 / 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.

 

LITTLE EXPLORERS

Friday, January 3 / 10:45am – 12:00pm

@  Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

We’ll have lots of fun as we explore, create, and meet new friends! Sensory stations may get messy, so dress accordingly.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, January 3  / 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!

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, January 3  / 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.

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, January 3 / 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.

 

AIRTIME TEEN NIGHT

Friday, January 3 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Airtime Trampoline, Troy

TEEN NIGHT is every first Friday of the month. Fun for ages 13-17 years.

 

USA HOCKEY HOME GAME

Friday, January 3 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

Want to watch the next Dylan Larkin or Jack Hughes? Take the family to a USA Hockey game and watch Olympians and NHL stars in the making.

 

 

SATURDAY

PRE-BALLET DROP-IN

Saturday, January 4 / 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.

 

NATURE EXPLORERS

Saturday, January 4 / 10:00am – 11:30am

@ Stage Nature Center, Troy

Enjoy some screen-free time while exploring the natural world. Together we will participate in hands-on, outdoor experiences to investigate different nature-related topics.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, January 4 / 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 4 / 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 4 / 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.

 

DROP-IN NINJA 

Saturday, January 4 / 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 4 / 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.

 

LIVE OWL TOURS

Saturday, January 4 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Stage Nature Center, Troy

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.

 

POTTERY’S WHEEL & OPEN CLAY TIME

Saturday, January 4 / 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!

 

LEGO CLUB

Saturday, January 4 / 2:00pm – 3:30pm

@ Auburn Hills Public Library

Families can spend quality time together and build with LEGO! While your creations must stay in the Library, they will be on display until the next Lego Club.

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, January 4 / 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!

 

TROY GYMNASTICS KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, January 4 / 6:30pm – 9:30pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Kids can tumble, jump & play while their parents are away! Shop, dine, or catch a movie while your child is supervised in a safe environment and meeting new friends!

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, January 4 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

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

 

 

SUNDAY

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, January 5 / 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!

 

NATIONAL BIRD DAY

Sunday, January 5 / 11:00am – 3:00pm

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Join us in the Matilda R. Wilson Free-Flight Aviary as we focus on our feathered friends through education stations and zookeeper talks. Learn about our work to save endangered birds in Michigan and around the world.

 

POLAR SWIM PARTY

Sunday, January 5 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center, Livonia

Join us for two hours of fun polar themed events! Participate in games, contest like “Best Penguin walk” and “Best Seal bark” or make a themed craft.

 

KERRYTALES WITH MOTHER GOOSE

Sunday, January 5 / 2:00pm – 2:30pm

@ 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.

 

MICHIGAN GIRLS SHRED SESSION

Sunday, January 5 / 2:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Modern Skate & Surf, Royal Oak

Michigan Girls Shred Session is the first Sunday of each month. Special rates for open skating and lessons.

 

 

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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