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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: January 31 – February 2

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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

SESAME STREET LIVE

January 22 – February 2

@ Fox theatre, Detroit

Learn new songs and sing along to familiar favorites with Oscar and Cookie Monster; build a snowman with Elmo; flap your wings with Big Bird; marvel at Abby’s magic; be amazed when Super Grover flies, and move to the rhythm with Rosita.

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.

January 31 – February 2

@ 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

January 31  – February 2

@ 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.

 

MAGICAL ICE FESTIVAL & FREE MUSEUM PLAY

January 31 – February 2

@ Downtown Mount Clemens

During the downtown ICE FESTIVAL and free open house, children of all ages 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, downtown Mount Clemens.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: COMMUNITY QUILT DESIGN

January 31 – February 2

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Use wax crayons and found objects to create one-of-a-kind prints on paper.Learn about the tradition of quilt making and make your own square using scissors, glue, and fabric. Throughout the month of February, as part of our Black History Month Celebration, visitors will have a chance to add their square to a collaborative quilt design hanging in the learning center of the DIA.

 

BIRMINGHAM VILLAGE PLAYERS PRESENTS “THE MIRACLE WORKER”

January 31 – February 2

@ The Village Players, Birmingham

“The Miracle Worker” is the powerful yet poignant story of Annie Sullivan, the idealistic and headstrong woman who would become the mentor and teacher to a young Helen Keller, a child struck deaf and blind by an illness in her infancy.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

January 31 – February 1

@ Plymouth Cultural Center, Plymouth

Come dance the night away at the City of Plymouth’s 9th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance! Dads, uncles and grandfathers, grab your little lady and get ready for an evening packed with dancing and memories!

 

WINTER PARK

January 31 – February 1

@ 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.

 

STORYTELLING: LA’RON WILLIAMS

February 1 – February 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.

 

 

FRIDAY

ABRAKADOODLE: DOODLERS

Friday, January 31 / 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!

 

HOMESCHOOL: ICE HARVEST

Friday,  January 31 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

Learn how ice harvested from this region’s lakes kept food cold before the invention of refrigeration. This program includes demonstrations of ice harvesting, a chance to try your hands with the tools of the ice trade, and then warm up in the classroom while discussing the ice man and home ice deliveries.

 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (3-6YRS)

Friday, January 31  / 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.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, January 31  / 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!

 

AFTERNOON STORY AT THE NATURE CENTER

Friday, January 31 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Sterling Heights Nature Center, Sterling Heights

Each Friday afternoon we will feature a short family friendly movie in the Bear Den Auditorium.

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, January 31 / 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.

 

PRINCESS FANTASY FUN NIGHT

Friday, January 31  / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Shelby Township Activities Center, Shelby Township

This event is designed for children 3 to 10 and features a kid-friendly dinner, face painting, glitter tattoos, a themed craft, end of evening gift and a visit from Princess Jasmine.

 

$5 THANK YOU BOUNCE

Friday, January 31 / 7:00pm – 8:30pm

@ BounceU, Troy

We love our customers so we are having a special bounce admission price of only $5 tonight!

 

FREE PUBLIC PLANETARIUM SHOW

Friday, January 31 / 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.

 

USA HOCKEY GAME

Friday, January 31 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

Watch future Olympians take the ice at USA Hockey Arena!

 

DETROIT PISTON’S HOME GAME

Friday, January 31 / 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!

 

FLIPPED OUT FRIDAY

Friday, January 31 / 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!

 

SWAN LAKE

Friday, January 31 / 8:00pm – 10:30pm

@ Music Hall Center, Detroit

Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance. It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse, and the power of true love to conquer all.

 

 

SATURDAY

CRACK ‘O DAWN COFFEE CLUB

Saturday, February 1 / 8:00am – 10:00am

@ 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.

 

TROY SPORTS DAY

Saturday, February 1 / 9:00am – 12:00pm

@ Troy High School, Troy

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

 

PRE-BALLET DROP-IN

Saturday, February 1 / 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.

 

WINTER FIRESIDE STORYTIME

Saturday, February 1 / 10:00am – 11:30am

@ Independence Lake County Park, Whitmore Lake

Warm up by the Beach Center fireplace with winter stories, popcorn, and a mug of warm tea. Literacy advocate Natalie d’Aubermont Thompson selects and reads her favorite picture books about winter! Parks Naturalist Shawn Severance will lead a nature hike after the story.

 

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET SENSORY SENSITIVE FAMILY SHOWING

Saturday, February 1 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Canton Village Theater, Canton

During SSFS we’ll turn the sound system down, the house lights up to create a comfortable environment for all to enjoy. There will be a number of headphones and weighted blankets as well.

 

WILD WINTER

Saturday, February 1 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Wild Winter features educational activities, storytelling, zookeeper talks and feedings. Go on a scavenger hunt to build a craft and see what the animals are up to in winter at the zoo.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, February 1 / 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.

 

SHIVER ON THE RIVER

Saturday, February 1 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

@ 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. The day is filled with children’s activities, ice rescue demonstrations, environmental displays and more.

 

MOM TO MOM SALE

Saturday, February 1 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

@ King Court Castle, Lake Orion

Get rid of the stuff your kids no longer need, or come and shop for new items for your little ones. Enjoy fun shopping, give-aways, and more!

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS

Saturday, February 1 / 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 1 / 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.

 

2020 GLUTEN FREE WINTERFEST

Saturday, February 1 / 10:00am – 6:00pm

@ Washtenaw County Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor

This one-day celebration of gluten free living combines the food of multiple incredible food vendors, exhibits from gluten free food producers, shopping vendors, d-jayed musical entertainment, kids’ activities, door prizes and more!

 

ICE HARVEST

Saturday, February 1 / 11:00am – 2:00pm

@ 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.

 

KIDS HERO CON

Saturday, February 1 / 11:00am – 3:00pm

@ Orchard Mall, West Bloomfield

This awesome event is for kids who love superheroes and princesses like Spider-Man, Elsa and Anna, Black Panther, Batman, Wonder Woman and Buzz Lightyear. Besides some unforgettable photo ops, families can enjoy a “Heroes Challenge,” Ghostbusters Detroit, crafts and much more.

 

WINTERFEST

Saturday, February 1 / 12:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Berkley Community Center, Berkley

This event has something for everyone in the family, including plenty of activities such as an outdoor petting zoo, arts & crafts, cookie decorating, unicorn rides, a soup cook-off , ice sculptures and more!

 

DROP-IN NINJA 

Saturday, February 1 / 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 1 / 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.

 

KIDS ICE FISHING CLINIC

Saturday, February 1 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Independence Lake County Park, Whitmore Lake

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.

 

GLEANER’S FOOD DRIVE

Saturday, February 1 / 1:30pm – 2:30pm

@ Bingham Conference Center, Bingham Farms

Bring your canned goods for an opportunity to win raffles and a children’s book, “Be Kind”. Charlie the Butterfly will be in attendance to sing and dance for entertainment. Food and drinks will be provided to all, as well as coloring activities.

 

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET’S SLEEPING BEAUTY

Saturday, February 1 /  2:00pm

@ Macomb Center For The Performing Arts, Clinton Township

The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lends itself perfectly to a full evening ballet.

 

A FAIRYTALE DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

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

@ Southgate Parks And Recreation, Southgate

Dads, bring your little Princess to a fairytale night!  There will be a mac and cheese station, music, photo opps, dancing and fun!

 

BUHR BLITZ DAY

Saturday, February 1 / 2:30pm – 3:30pm

@ Buhr Park, Ann Arbor

Join us, together with GIVE 365, for an afternoon of special games, contests and prizes. It’s so much fun for the whole family!

 

DADDY/DAUGHTER VALENTINE DANCE

Saturday, February 1 / 3:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Hunter Community Center, Clawson

This popular event for dads and daughters includes live entertainment, a corsage for the special lady, light refreshments and a photo momento.

 

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

Saturday, February 1 / 5:30pm – 10:00pm

@ U of D Mercy Calihan Hall, Detroit

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters – featuring larger than life entertainers –  are bringing their ALL NEW show, “Pushing The Limits” to Detroit this Saturday, February 1st at 7:00pm! Upgrade your tickets to Magic Passes and  spend time on the court with the Globetrotters shooting, trying out ball tricks, and getting autographs and photos!

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

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

@ The Robot Garage, Rochester Hills

Register to bring your kids to The Robot Garage for a Kid’s Night Out and they will LOVE that you’re leaving them behind for a night to yourself. Our amazing staff will lead LEGO and robotic activities for ages K-8.

 

LANTERN HIKES AT ISLAND LAKE

Saturday, February 1 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Island Lake Recreation Center, Brighton

Hike, snowshoe or ski as you follow the lanterns for one mile to a warming station, complete with a campfire and hot chocolate with the Friends of Island Lake State Recreation Area.

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, February 1 / 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!

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Saturday, February 1 / 7:00pm 

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Come watch the Detroit Red Wings hit the ice for another exciting game!

 

STARGAZING WITH MCMATH-HULBERT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Saturday, February 1 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

McMath-Hulbert Astronomical Society will guide us through the winter night stars! Make and take home your own Star Chart.

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, February 1 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

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

 

FAMILY MEWIE NIGHTS

Saturday, February 1 / 7:30pm – 9:30pm

@ Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, Ann Arbor

Cuddle up to cats and snack on popcorn while you watch a family-friendly flick at the Tiny Lions cat café!

 

 

SUNDAY

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, February 2 / 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

 

KOHL’S AND HURLEY FREE DAY

Sunday, February 2 / 12:00pm – 5:00pm

@ 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!

 

HOOPER’S BRITHDAY & PISTONS HOME GAME

Sunday, February 2 / 12:30pm – 4:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Hey Pistons Fans it’s the day the kids look forward to all year long – Hooper’s Birthday! The Pistons take on the Denver Nuggets at a special tip off of 12:30pm – come down and wish Hooper a Happy Birthday.

 

SNOWSHOE TREK

Sunday, February 2 / 1:00pm – 2:30pm

@ Farmington Nature Center, Farmington Hills

Heritage Park and Heavner Canoe Rental have partnered to offer a snowshoe wilderness adventure! Join other winter enthusiasts as we explore the woods on snowshoes

 

GROUNDHOG DAY SHADOW PLAY

Sunday, February 2 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

Will the groundhog see his shadow? Come enjoy the early spring or late winter learning about groundhog day and shadow science with a shadow craft to take home.

 

NATURE EXPLORERS-HIBERNATION/GROUNDHOG’S DAY

Sunday, February 2 / 1:30pm – 3:00pm

@ Stage Nature Center, Troy

Join us to discover and celebrate nature’s winter sleepers, including the groundhog! On the trail, we will explore the habitat of hibernating wildlife.

 

KERRYTALES WITH MOTHER GOOSE

Sunday, February 2 / 2:00pm – 2:30pm

@ Hollander’s Book And Paper Store, Ann Arbor

Little Ones can enjoy a Mother Goose Tale read by storyteller Trudy Bulkley.

 

MICHIGAN GIRLS SHRED SESSION

Sunday, February 2 / 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. Hang out with a great group of female skaters of all ages!

 

LIVE OWL TOURS

Sunday, February 2 / 4:00pm – 5:00pm

@ 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.

 

FROG & TOAD

Sunday, February 2 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm

@ Berman Center For Performing Arts, Bloomfield Township

Join Frog and Toad as they greet spring, plant a garden, and share a basket of cookies.

 

 

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

 

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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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