Indoor Cold Weather Ideas for Kids In + Around Detroit

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If you feel stuck coming up with new ideas on where to take your littles when you just cannot think of another “at home” indoor cold weather activity . . . let our team at Detroit Mom help fill up your calendar with a variety of indoor activities for kids of all ages to help get your family out of the house!

Indoor Cold Weather Ideas for Kids in + around Detroit, by type:

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Belle Isle Nature Center | Detroit

Check out the new Belle Isle Nature Center where the children can check out frogs, turtles, and a living bee habitat.

GP Zoology and Lou’s Pet Shop | Grosse Pointe

Need to fill some time during the day? Head into Lou’s Pet Shop and say “Hi” to their tortoise that roams the store. Their sister company, GP Zoology, also hosts animal events throughout the year.

Sea Life Aquarium | Auburn Hills

Take a break from shopping at Great Lakes Crossing and explore the sea animals. They have a touch tank and offer many close up viewing areas for kids. Detroit Zoo members also get 50% off tickets.

The Creature Conservancy | Ann Arbor

This nonprofit organization offers open hours Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and offers programs throughout the day to learn about the featured animal that day.

The Reptarium | Utica

Let your kids get up close and personal to several reptiles during general open admission on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00-9:00 p.m., and Sundays from 3:00-8:00 p.m.

ART LESSONS

Abrakadoodle | Canton

Abrakadoodle offers a variety of classes and specialty workshops in a variety of mediums.

Creative Arts Studio | Royal Oak

Walk-in projects include pottery, mosaics, and glass fusing. They also offer art camps and classes.

Mini Picassos | St. Clair Shores

With drop-in art days and class series, Mini Picassos has something for kids of all ages and abilities.

The Art Shack | St. Clair Shores

The Art Shack offers classes, camps, and events throughout the week.

The Bees Knees Pottery | Northville

The Bees Knees offers everything from canvas painting to jewelry making and every art medium in between.

INDOOR PLAY PLACES

Boogie Babies | Rochester Hills

Boogie Babies is for young children and offers different play stations such as a kitchen area, art center, climbing area, and much more.

Chelsea Tree House | Chelsea

The tree house-themed indoor play place offers many slides and play features as well as a gated area for little ones.

Dinoland | Dearborn Heights

A play place for the true dino lovers in your life!

Kidcadia | Dearborn

Possibly one of the cleanest play places I have ever visited, Kidcadia offers a safe and calming play environment.

Rochester Play | Rochester

The outdoor-themed play place offers a two-story climbing playscape as well as a smaller area for toddlers.

INDOOR WATERPARKS

Canton Aquatic Center | Canton

The Canton Aquatic Center offers Parent/Tot times on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is more for children under age five. Family open swim is offered Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Farmington Hills Hawk Aquatics Center | Farmington Hills

Open swim is offered Monday through Friday from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday from 12:00-6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Livonia Recreation Center | Livonia

Full open swim is offered Monday through Friday from 4:00-9:30 p.m., Saturday from 12:00-6:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00-4:30 p.m. They also offer a modified open swim throughout the week during the day.

Macomb Township Aquatics Center | Macomb

Open swim is offered Monday through Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Troy Aquatics Center | Troy

Kiddie swim for ages six and under is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:15-10:45 a.m. Open swim is available on Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:45-4:45 p.m.

LIBRARIES

Clinton-Macomb Public Library | Clinton Township

This library offers many interactive features for kids such as a train, puppet show theater, and many toy bins.

Farmington Hills Community Library | Farmington Hills

This library is full of bright primary colors and is sure to brighten a gloomy winter day. The kids will love playing up on the stage that is set up as a little house and kitchen stage set.

Southfield Public Library | Southfield

Your children will be transported into a library fantasy land when they step into the Southfield Youth Library. With life-size trees, larger than life books, and a sleeping dragon in a nook . . . your kids will surely find a cozy spot to read a good book.

Warren Public Library | Warren

Such a fun community library for children with play kitchens, train sets, checkers, and many other interactive areas to explore!

West Bloomfield Township Public Library | West Bloomfield

The youth library is definitely for children. With magnetic walls to practice letters and vocabulary, to the reading house where children can create their own puppet shows, and the activity center and LearningScape filled with many educational toys . . . this library is sure to keep your little one busy on those long winter days.

MUSEUMS

Cranbrook Institute of Science | Bloomfield Hills

Planetariums, dinosaurs, and mastodons . . . OH MY! The museum also host many events and programs for families to enjoy.

Flint Children’s Museum | Flint

This museum is more for children under ten. The museum is filled with many stations for kids to learn and explore for hours.

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum | Farmington Hills

With over 5,000 sq ft, your children will be in awe looking at and interacting with all the mechanical features in this museum. From coin-operated pinball to neon signs, this museum has a little bit of everything.

Museum of Natural History | Ann Arbor

Be sure to check out this FREE museum this winter. Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., visitors can head to the investigate labs where children can use scientific equipment to explore the natural world.

Outdoor Adventure Center | Detroit

Bring the outdoors inside and explore all Michigan has to offer without having to brave the cold temps!

OPEN GYMNASTICS

Downriver Gymnastics | Southgate + Monroe

Toddler Time is offered on Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. for $20 per child.

Extreme Gymnastics | Warren

Preschool open play is offered on Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Tuesday from 12:00-1:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for $10 per child.

Hunts Gymnastics | Clinton Township

Open play is on Monday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for $10 per child; cash only.

Mills Gymnastics | Southgate

Preschool open gym is Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for $10 per child.  School Age Open Gym is on Friday from 7:15-9:15 p.m. for $12 per child.

Troy Gym | Troy

With four locations, Troy Gym offers open play and gym seven days a week at a variety of times.

STEM LOCATIONS

Ann Arbor Children Museum | Ann Arbor

This museum offers four levels of fun and interactive exhibits. The bottom floor is for little ones preschool-age and under.

Legoland | Auburn Hills

Practice those engineering skills and start building at Legoland inside Great Lakes Crossing. Build and test your own race cars, test your building stability on the earthquake tables, and take a peek behind the scenes and see how Legos are made. Be sure to check their calendar for toddler times and homeschool day discounts throughout the week!

Michigan Science Center | Detroit

The science center has galleries for your little scientist to explore. It also has five theaters to further explore science concepts. Your family can also continue your learning at home by Zooming in to EchoLive every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., where their educators will present live science experiments!

Stemville | Northville

Stemville offers open play Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. to allow children to imagine, design, explore, and create.

The Robot Garage | Birmingham + Rochester Hills

The Robot Garage offers classes and workshops for children ages four and up. They also offer subscriptions to bring that learning into the home! Projects can also be mailed to your children to do alongside 24/7 video classes.

TRAMPOLINE PARKS + BOUNCE CENTERS

Airtime Trampoline | Various Locations

Burn off that winter built-up energy at Airtime with over 10,000 sq ft of trampolines, foam pits, Ninja courses, and so much more.

Bounce It Up | Livonia

For $15, your child gets open play for the whole day which includes bounce houses, arcade games, and a tri-level playground adventure. There is also a designated area for children under three.

Pump It Up | Various Locations

With three locations in metro Detroit, Pump It Up offers a variety of open jump times as well as times set aside for toddler-only jumps.

Sky Zone | Shelby + Canton

Both locations offer Little Leapers times for the smallest of jumpers as well as glow nights for older kids.

Urban Air Adventure Park | Various Locations

With four locations in metro Detroit, Urban Air offers a variety of activities such as Jumparoo time for little ones, Parents Night Out, Teen Night, and Family Nights.

After your indoor play day, you might be hungry. Check out Katie’s list of restaurants offering igloo dining in + around Detroit!

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