Family Events for the Week of February 10, 2020

We have some fun ideas for your winter fun this week.  Our top picks for Metro Detroit family events.  Looking for some great places to visit this February?  Check out our indoor play place suggestions in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Gearing up for winter? Check out sledding hills in Metro Detroit, or outdoor ice skating pages.

Kids Night Out 2019 – Birmingham
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 6-8:30pm

  • Address: The Robot Garage Birmingham – 637 South Eton Street
  • Description: Register to bring your kids to The Robot Garage for a Kids-Night-Out and they will LOVE that you’re leaving them behind for a night to yourself. Our amazing staff will oversee informal LEGO and robotic activities .
  • Cost: $14 per child Grades K-8 / $6 pizza or BYOD

Young Explorers: Detroit River Fish and Introduction to Ice Fishing – Detroit
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 11-12:30pm

  • Address: Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Description: Calling all kids, ages 7-10, who want to get outdoors and explore our local nature and wildlife! For each bi-monthly program, we will add entries to a nature journal, which participants can make here and bring back each time. February’s program will focus on local fish species, and an opportunity to try some ice fishing at Milliken State Park, dependent on ice conditions.
  • Included with the price of Outdoor Adventure Center admission. Preregistration required.

Great Backyard Bird Count – Detroit
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 2-3pm

  • Address: Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Description: The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It allows the general public worldwide to gather and contribute data about their local birds that will assist scientists and natural resource managers in their research and management of these bird species. Join us for a hike along the riverfront and Milliken State Park to help count and identify our local birds and send our findings to this great citizen science project.
  • All skill levels are welcome – this is a great program for anyone looking for an introduction to birding. A small number of binoculars will be available for loan.
  • Included with the price of Outdoor Adventure Center admission.

OAC Outdoors: Michigan Free Fishing Weekend – Detroit
February 15 and 16, 2020 from 2-3:30pm

Archery: Try-It! – Detroit
Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 12:15-1:15pm

  • Address: Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Description: Two sessions: 12:15-12:45 p.m. and 12:45-1:15 p.m. This is your opportunity to give archery a try. This 30-minute program is designed as a brief introduction to archery. Participants will learn to safely handle a bow and shoot several arrows. Participants must be 8 years of age or older. All equipment is provided. Preregistration is not available for this program. Limited to 12 participants per half-hour session. Participants must sign up onsite at the Outdoor Adventure Center on the day the program is offered. Sign-up will begin at noon and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Minors must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver before they participate.
  • Included with the price of Outdoor Adventure Center admission.

Tiny Twigs – Clarkston
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 10-11am

  • Address: Wint Nature Center: 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
  • Description: Looking for a fun way to spend an hour with your preschooler? Head to the nature center for Tiny Twigs Hour. We will engage your child with a story, story-related craft and activity. Each session will focus on a different theme, so attend as many sessions as you like as you increase your knowledge and love of nature. $4/child. Preregistration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center (248-625-6473) on Saturdays.

The Dating Game – Clarkston
Friday, February 14, 2020 from 6:30-8pm

  • Address: Wint Nature Center: 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
  • Description: Count the ways animals show their affection during this Valentine’s Day-themed event. Go on a mini owl prowl to look for love birds, create a nature gift for your own loved one and learn a few dance moves that only nature can teach. Bring your significant ‘otter’ for a date to remember. Program is suitable for ages 16 and up. $10/person. Preregistration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center (248-625-6473) on Saturdays.

Discover Michigan Fresh – Waterford
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 9-Noon

  • Address: Oakland County Farmers Market: 2350 Pontiac Lake Rd Waterford, MI 48328
  • Description: Discover Michigan Fresh provides growing, handling and preserving tips as well as healthy recipes to help you take advantage of delicious Michigan-grown bounty from your backyard or local farmers market. The kids program is 9-10 a.m., and the adult program is 11 a.m.-noon. Topics at the free presentations include: fruits; vegetables; gardening; food preservation and safety; meat; fish; eggs; nuts; and more. Attend all six sessions (Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Feb. 29, March 7, March 21) of this educational series. Call 248-858-5495 or email for more information.

Youth Abilities – Saturday Sports Special – Royal Oak
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 9:30-11am

  • Address: Jack & Patti Salter Club: 1545 East Lincoln, Royal Oak, MI 48067
  • Description: Join us for Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special! For youth with disabilities ages 6-18. Activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, basketball and more. Registration is required, but there are no registration fees. Questions? Contact Sandy Dorey at or 248-424-7077.

Scout Badge Day – Brownies – Madison Heights
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10-4pm

  • Address: Red Oaks Nature Center: 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071
  • Description: Choice of two time slots: 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. This interactive session is designed specifically for Brownies, during which they’ll complete their Space Science Adventurer badge. All snacks and materials are provided. (Badges are not supplied by the nature center.) Programs take place rain or shine. Dress for the weather, as portions of the program may be outdoors. One adult is required for every five scouts. Cost: $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required. Call the registration line at 248-858-0916 during regular business hours to register and pay by phone. VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Or you may mail check and registration form at least one week prior to event.

Ice Fishing – Clarkston
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 3-5pm

  • Address: Wint Nature Center: 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
  • Description: Enjoy Michigan’s free winter fishing weekend by trying the exciting sport of ice fishing. Begin by learning how to operate ice fishing equipment, make a jig lure, practice fishing knots, observe an auger demonstration and try to reel in some fish. Because this program takes place on a free fishing weekend, no fishing license is necessary to participate. Program is suitable for school-aged children and adults. $10/person. Preregistration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center (248-625-6473) on Saturdays.

Lantern Hikes at Island Lake – Brighton
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 6-9pm

  • Address: Island Lake Recreation Area – 6301 Kensington Rd, Brighton, Michigan 48116
  • Description: Island Lake Recreation Area will be hosting another year of lantern-lit hikes along part of the Hickory Ridge hiking trail, beginning in the first parking lot of the Kent Lake unit. 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.
  • A Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park. For more information, contact us here or call park headquarters at (810) 229-7067.

Free Winter Term Planetarium Shows – Detroit
Friday, February 14, 2020 from 7-8:15pm

  • Address: Wayne State University Planetarium – 4841 Cass Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
  • Description: Come join us under the dome for a planetarium show at Wayne State University! Located in room 0209 Old Main, we’ll do some hands on demonstrations, give you a live star talk about the current night sky and our favorite astronomical objects, and follow up with ‘Phantom of the Universe: The Search for Dark Matter’ – a full dome film about the search for this material that physicists believe makes up 27% of the universe, narrated by Tilda Swinton.

Be My Valentine Paint a Canvas Class – South Lyon
Friday, February 14, 2020 from 5-7pm

  • Address: South Lyon Area Recreation Authority – 23333 Griswold Road, Suite 100, South Lyon, Michigan 48178
  • Description: While Mom & Dad go out on a date, join us for a fun evening of canvas painting! Each student will paint a Valentine canvas to take home to that special someone or keep for yourself to decorate your room! Class includes all supplies, paint and instructions needed for each guest to custom make their own painting that will be ready to hang on the wall! No painting experience necessary!
  • AGES: 5-10
  • FEE: $35(R) $48(NR) Register online at! If you don’t have an account with us, please call 248-437-8105 to set one up.

Self-Defense Class For Women – South Lyon
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10-Noon

  • Address: South Lyon VFW Post 1224 – 125 E McHattie St, South Lyon, Michigan 48178
  • Description: Join the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office at the VFW Hall for a FREE self-defense course for women. Please dress for movement and bring a bottle of water. Teens ages 14 and up must have waivers signed by a parent at the event to participate. Women only please per the Sheriff Office. Registration Required.

Basics of Natural Beekeeping – Ann Arbor
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 9-4pm

  • Address: Mi Folk School – 7734 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
  • Description: This daylong workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those who have kept bees for some time. The workshop will largely follow the methodology of natural beekeeping. We will cover: bee species and anatomy; planting a bee garden; the inner workings of a hive; scouting a location; colony management and swarming; installation and maintenance; biodynamics; herbs and tinctures; beekeeper supplies; methods of harvest; winterizing the hive; solar wax melters; legalities of selling and distributing and the beekeeper’s yearly calendar. Additionally, you will have the chance to look inside an active hive (weather permitting) and sample the many different varieties of local Michigan honey.

Cupids Sweetheart Party – Detroit
Friday, February 14, 2020 from 6-8pm

  • Address: 7900 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48214-1766, United States
  • Description: The Detroit Police Department’s Seventh Precinct Neighborhood Police Officers along with Burns, Seneca, Fischer Block Club & Pingree Park Association will host their First Annual Cupids Sweetheart Party.
  • Children between the ages of 2 to 10 years old are invited to participate in games, arts, and crafts while enjoying music, food and fun.
  • For more information feel free to contact the 7th Precinct NPO Unit or email Burns, Seneca, Fisher Block Club @

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures – Detroit
February 13-16, 2020 at 7pm

  • Address: Little Caesars Arena – 2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201
  • Description: Hit the road with Mickey and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy — and you — embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Join us for a fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions – right in your hometown! *Note: Costumes not permitted for guests 14 years & older.

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