Before we start with gifts for littles, here’s an idea for the ENTIRE family – a membership to The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. For less than $3 a day your family can gain access to 7 locations (with indoor pools), drop-in classes, special events, youth sports and (for mom and dad) child care services!
‘Staycation’ Day at Great Lakes Crossing
Your kids will feel like you’ve travelled a million miles and have memories for a lifetime after an afternoon at Legoland Discovery Center, Peppa Pig World of Play and SEALIFE Michigan!
Swim Lessons at Aqua-Tots
Important life skill + 90 degree pool water in winter = perfect gift. You and your kids will love the experience at Aqua-Tots Swim School.
Support a local favorite and have a go-to activity for no additional cost all year long #winning. Museums that are part of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) grants complimentary access to fellow museum members. That means if you have a membership to one of these museums you can enjoy free admission to the other locations too! Sloan Museum of Discovery, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Impressions 5 (Lansing), Imagination Station (Toledo), and Michigan Science Center Please confirm the reciprocity is in place prior to planning your visit. A few other places we visit often:
Hit The Ice
Bundle up and enjoy some rounds on an ice rink. For the best ambiance go downtown to Campus Martius or head north to Blake Farms. Afterwards sip hot cocoa and your favorite memories.
Sign your future sports star up for a clinic/camp or get tickets to a game –
Give them a piggy bank full of change and plan a trip to an arcade for an afternoon of vintage gaming:
Get tickets to a show
Let your littles see their favorites live on stage (and be prepared for the souvenir stand asks too).
- Sesame Street Live @ Fox Theatre: January 20-29
- Disney On Ice presents Frozen & Encanto @ Little Caesars Arena: February 16–19
- Paw Patrol Live! Heroes Unite @ Fox Theatre: March 3-5
- Blippi The Wonderful World Tour @ Eastern Michigan: March 5
- Bluey’s Big Play @ Fox Theatre: April 21 -23
- Madagascar The Musical @ Fox Theatre: May 13
Sign up for a class
Learning is FUN for littles and giving them a chance to regularly engage in their interest is a gift that keeps on giving.
Capture the moment
Invite their best friends and head to a selfie shop for a BFF photoshoot session.
Sign up for a class
Give the gift that keeps on giving – new friends, new skills and something to look forward to each week. Try Ninja training, coding/robotics, art classes or circus school.