Family Events for the Week of February 24, 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.

Wonderful Winter Outdoor Activity – Detroit
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 1-2:30pm

  • Address: Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Description: Join us outside at the OAC for a fun winter activity. From ice fishing and snowshoeing to snow Pictionary and sledding, these are all activities that can be enjoyed right outside our front door, and across the state. Our activities will be weather and condition-dependent. Check the OAC Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. Throw your winter gear in the car, just in case!
  • This is a free outdoor event. Regular admission fees apply for building access.

Thrilling Thursdays: Outdoor Winter Fun – Detroit
Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6-8pm

  • Address: Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Description: Part of the Outdoor Adventure Center’s Thrilling Thursdays program. The last Thursday of each month, we offer free admission from 6 to 8 p.m. for all of our visitors and special programs, fun and games around a specific topic each month, plus enjoy all the exhibits at the Outdoor Adventure Center!  This month, join us for some winter fun outside. Winter activities are always dependent on the weather, and you have to learn to be adaptable. Will there be enough snow for sledding and snowmen, or will we be having fun with snow paint and outdoor games? Either way we are sure to have a fun time and learn ways to enjoy the rest of winter!

Meet Michigan’s Great Lakes Invaders – Detroit
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 1-4pm

  • Address: Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Description: Have you ever thought about what you can do to help protect our local environment? Learning about the invasive species that threaten our natural areas is a great place to start. Stop by the OAC today to find out who these invaders are, and what you can do to prevent their spread, through hands-on displays and activities. We will be joined by special guests from a variety of natural resource management agencies that are actively working to rid our ecosystems of these damaging pests!
  • Included with the price of Outdoor Adventure Center admission.

Home Energy Efficiency – Novi
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7pm

  • Address: Novi Civic Center – 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375
  • Description: The City of Novi is hosting a workshop offering information and tips for homeowners to learn the best practices for maintaining energy efficient homes. During the workshops, people will learn:
    • The benefits of energy efficiency existing homes
    • Ways to improve energy performance in your home
    • Healthy material choices for new and retrofit projects
    • Pre-registration required by calling 248-347-0414.
  • Age: Any
  • Price: Free  

Life-Sized Candy Land Game – Roseville
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 4:30-5:30pm

  • Address: Macomb Mall – 32233 Gratiot Ave.Roseville, MI 48066, Dick’s Sporting Goods Court
  • Description: Same rules as the colorful board game, just a lot bigger! Join us for the life-size fun of Candy Land and everyone will win candy! 
  • Free event for kids 10 and under

30th Annual Walk For Warmth Event – Roseville
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8-11am

  • Address: Macomb Mall – 32233 Gratiot Ave.Roseville, MI 48066
  • Description: The event is an indoor family fun 5k walk at Macomb Mall. You can individually register for the event or create a team! Proceeds from Walk for Warmth will be used to help Macomb County residents who might otherwise fall through the cracks because other assistance is not available to them.
  • Cost: $25, register here.

Tiny Twigs – Clarkston
Tuesday, February 25, 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.

Discover Michigan Fresh – Waterford
Saturday, February 29, 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 29, 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.

Leap Day – Madison Heights
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 2-4pm

  • Address: Red Oaks Nature Center: 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071
  • Description: Get up close and personal with our resident nature center amphibians. Do toads really cause warts? How far can a frog really jump? Are salamanders lizards? All these questions and more will be answered. Have fun making an amphibian-themed craft. Suitable for ages 6 and up. $5/person. Preregistration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturdays.

Bluebird Nest Box Season Kick-off – Clarkston
Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 1-3pm

  • Address: Wint Nature Center: 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348
  • Description: Be a Citizen Scientist. Oakland County Parks and Recreation manages nest boxes at seven parks for the Eastern Bluebird and other cavity-nesting native birds. Nest boxes are monitored by trained volunteers. Information about the birds, monitoring techniques and other volunteer requirements will be presented. Volunteers are asked to check nest boxes routinely from March-August. Nests are tracked in NestWatch through Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Training is free and open to the public. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center (248-625-6473) on Saturdays with questions.

Lantern Hikes at Island Lake – Brighton
Saturday, February 29, 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.

Free Winter Term Planetarium Shows – Detroit
Friday, February 28, 2020 from 7-8:15 or 8:30-9:45pm

  • 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.

Crop for Paws 2020 – Madison Heights
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9am-9pm

  • Address: United Food and Commercial Workers – 876 Horace Brown DR., Madison Heights, Michigan 48071
  • Description: Craft the day away while helping a great cause! Proceeds from this 12 hour crop will go towards donating essential equipment like bullet-proof vests to K9 officers. Crafts of all kinds welcome!
  • Your $55 admission includes: 8′ crop space, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Goody Bag
  • Other amenities include: Crafting and Scrapbooking vendors, K9 Entertainment from local Police departments, Massages, Hair Styling, Manis/Pedis, awesome raffle prizes and more!
  • Electricity is limited.

International Polar Bear Day – Detroit
Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 11-3pm

  • Address: Detroit Zoo – 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
  • Description: Celebrate this iconic species at the award-winning Arctic Ring of Life and learn fun facts about polar bears Nuka, Suka and newcomer Anana as well as about conservation concerns facing their wild counterparts. The trio will receive special treats in their habitat at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Glow in the Dark Storytime – South Lyon
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 6-6:45pm

  • Address: Salem-South Lyon District Library – 9800 Pontiac Trl, South Lyon, Michigan 48178
  • Description: Flashlights, glow sticks and stories in dark. Wear your glow-in-the-dark clothes or pjs and join us for a special family storytime. Intended for ages 2 – 5 year olds with caregiver.

Cinderella (Broadway) – Brighton
February 28-March 1, 2020

Meet the Scientist – Detroit
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 12:30-4pm

  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
  • Description: So you want to be an Engineer? What kind, and what does it take? Find out from Michelle Larsosa, an engineer, from the National Society of Black Engineers. Designed for children ages 7-17, this is a free, hands on event! Light refreshments will be served. Engineer Cassandra Whitlow will do hands-on demos with kids ages 5 – 10 in the Inspiring Minds Gallery, from 12:30 -1:30 PM.

Car Seat Safety Check – Kohl’s Safe 4 Kids – Detroit
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10-Noon

  • Address: 6250 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-3521, United States
  • Description: Make sure your child is riding as safely as possible! Please come to the Service Department entrance located half way down Endicott Avenue. Child and vehicle must be present. No appointments, first come – first served. Replacement car seats, while supplies last. Please note, entrance to the event may end before noon based on car seat supply.
  • This event is made possible by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

Detroit Polar Plunge – Detroit
Friday, February 28, 2020 from 2:30-9pm

  • Address: Atwater Brewery – 237 Joseph Campau, Detroit, Michigan 48207
  • Description: The Detroit Riverfront Polar Plunge takes place at Atwater Brewery with two plunge opportunities on February 28. Check-In for 4pm Plunge runs from 2:30 pm-4:00 pm. Check-In for 7 pm Plunge runs from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. Register to Plunge for free by visiting the tickets link in this event or by going to

Parent Hub And Community Baby Shower – Detroit
Friday, February 28, 2020 from Noon-2pm

  • Address: Brilliant Detroit – 7425 Fielding St, Detroit, Michigan 48228
  • Description: Get help finding a preschool, Healthy Kids Dental, free Lunch and Childcare. RSVP: or text 313-483-8991

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