Start the new year off on a high note and beat cabin fever with family fun on the town in January.
Find A Winter Festival
Celebrate the season a winter festival. From ice sculptures and artic slides to flame displays and fireworks – below is the January line-up. And if you’re ready for a road trip, head to Grand Rapids and experience the Midwest’s LARGEST winter festival – World of Winter. The FREE outdoor experience runs January 6th to March 5th and you’ll want to check it out.
- Fire & Ice Festival @ Valade Park (Detroit): January 6th to 8th
- Winter Fest @ Adams Butzel Recreation Center (Detroit): January 14th
- Fire & Ice Festival @ Downtown Rochester: January 20th & 21st
- Ice Sculpture Festival @ Downtown Tecumseh: January 21st & 22nd
- Dexter Ice Festival: January 21st
- Warren Cold Rush: January 21st
- Fire & Ice Festival @ Warren Valley Golf Course (Dearborn Heights): January 21st
See A Show
See your favorite characters come to life on stage, here are the kids shows coming to town.
- Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic @ Fox Theatre: January 20-29
- Winnie the Pooh The Musical @ Macomb Center: January 20 & 21
- Paddington Get In A Jam @ Detroit Music Hall: January 28
Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
MLK Day is Monday, January 16th and you can honor the legacy of the Civil Rights leader by learning more at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History or The Henry Ford’s Liberty and Justice for All exhibit. Contibute to the Day of Service by picking a family project. Have pizzas delivered to local hospital ER staff, bring cookies and coffee to first responders, make a charitable donation or write letters to seniors in your neighborhood.
Snow Day Activities
Adults have mixed feelings on snow days but it can make winter days more fun and the kids love it. So if we get snow – and even if we don’t – here are winter sports to keep you busy.
Take A Trip To Detroit
Experience the Monroe Street Midway’s Winter Wonderland before it ends on January 29th, go ice skating at The Rink at Campus Martius, check out the Van Gogh experience at the DIA, have outdoor fun, inside at the Belle Isle Nature Center or Outdoor Adventure Center and get tickets to a Pistons or Red Wings game.
Join The 52 Trail Challenge
This year we’re checking out a new nature trail each week and we invite you to join us. Tag @littleguidedetroit in your nature trail posts and recommendations. We kicked off the year at Wayne County Parks Lakeview Trail and will be checking out these recommendations from our LG readers. And if you’re looking to spend #1000HoursOutside in 2023, here are 100 activities to do this winter.
- Woodland Hills Nature Park (Farmington)
- For-Mar Nature Preserve (Flint)
- Seven Lakes State Park (Holly)
- Red Oaks Nature Center (Madison Heights)
- Maybury State Park (Northville)
- Polly Ann Trail (Oxford)
- Cranberry Lake Park Trail (Rochester)
- Dodge Park (Sterling Heights)
- Cherry Hill Nature Preserve (Superior Twp)
- Stage Nature Center (Troy)
- Pontiac Lake Recreation Area (Waterford)
- Holliday Nature Preserve (Westland)
Photo credit: World of Winter, Grand Rapids