Bring the kids to downtown Detroit this winter fun and FREE activities for everyone to enjoy.
Winter @ Valade
Bundle up and head to the Detroit Riverfront for Winter at Valade Park! Each weekend, visitors can warm up by oversized outdoor fires, enjoy hot seasonal alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, make s’mores on the custom marshmallow roasters, grab a sled from the Sled Shed (featuring free sleds when it snows), play synthetic ice curling and more. Themed weekends include the Fire & Ice Fest, Winter Around The World, Motown Love and Mardi Gras at Valade.
Ice Skate @ The Rink
Strap on your skates and take laps on The Rink surrounded by the downtown skyline. Open daily, admission is $11 for adults and $9 for kids. Skate rental is available for $5 per person.
Spend A Day At The Museum
Avoid cabin fever and get out the house and in from the cold at a museum. Learn something new at the Michigan Science Center, explore the great works of art and create your own at the Detroit Institute of Arts (admission is FREE for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties), travel back in time thru the city’s past at the Detroit Historical Museum, sing in the same studio as the Temptations at the Motown Museum, and take a trip to Belle Isle to visit the Great Lakes Museum and Nature Center.
Visit The ‘Stick Fort’ @ Eliza Howell Park
Sidewalkdetroit has brought this incredible art installation to Eliza Howell Park – featuring a hand-woven sculpture that’s perfect for a game of hide and seek, outdoor time, or creative selfies. Located at the entrance of the park, it’s easy to find and there’s plenty of parking. Soak up the sun and have fun outside in nature. And it’s FREE!
Stroll/Skate/Bike The Lexus Velodrome
Did you know there is a velodrome in Detroit? The Lexus Velodrome offers an indoor track that allows families to get in a walk, practice bike riding or skating from the comfort of inside during the winter season. Open hours cost $5 per adult and kids under 17 are FREE!
Cheer for DEEETROIT Basketball
Plan a family night out at Little Caesars Arena to watch the Pistons take the court. With the Sprite Family 4-Pack you you get a $10 credit for concessions with each ticket! Join the Jr. Pistons Kid Club for even more special offers and exclusive experiences.
Test Out The Sledding Hills
Make the most of snowy days and hit the best sledding hills in the city.
- Milliken State Park: 1900 Atwater Street, Detroit, 48207
- Robert C. Valade Park: 2670 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207
- Balduck Park: 5271 Canyon Street, Detroit, 48236
Go Bowling @ The Garden Bowl
Have some old-school family fun at the 100 year old Garden Bowl in Midtown. The 16 lane bowling alley offers bumper bowling, ball ramps and some of the best pizza in town!
Aim High @ DYNO Detroit
Challenge yourself and your kids to reach new heights. DYNO Detroit will offer a 18,400 sf of indoor rock climbing, 75 rope routes and classes for all levels of climbers at 3500 Orleans Street in the Eastern Market District. The new construction building brings a new horizon of fun to Detroit. Best of all it’s open to kids as young as 5 years old!
Monroe Street Drive-In
Cozy up in the car for a drive-in movie experience downtown at the Monroe Street Drive-In. The cost is $20 per vehicle and the weekend movie schedule is released every Tuesday.
Get Tickets To A Show
Let your littles see their favorites live on stage.
- Sesame Street Live @ Fox Theatre: January 20 – 30
- Disney’s The Lion King @ Detroit Opera House: January 27 – February 20
- Disney On Ice @ Little Caesars Arena: February 17 – 20
- Blippi The Musical @ Fisher Theatre: Saturday, February 26
- Trolls Live! @ Fox Theatre: March 4 – 6
- L.O.L. Surprise LIVE: Tuesday, March 29