Staying Active in the Winter in Metro Detroit

It’s a New Year.  Have you made a New Year’s Resolution this year?  Was it health related?  My goal is to be more active and spend more time outside with my family.  Here are some ideas to help you and your family stay active this winter.

Metro Detroit Outdoor Winter Activities

Check out 1000 Hours Outside, a local website that encourages families to spend more time together outdoors.  Writer, Ginny Yurich shares her experiences and challenges you to spend 1000 Hours Outside this year.

Go Sledding or Ice Skating

Civic Center Park in Madison Heights
Kensington Metropark in Milford
Skating at Campus Martius Park in Detroit

Go Skiing

Check out the MSIA Cold is Cool program that allows Fourth and Fifth Graders to Ski Free in Michigan.

Visit a Metro Detroit Nature Center

Sterling Heights Nature Center
E.L. Johnson Nature Center
Farmington Hills Nature Center

Other Outdoor Winter Ideas

Go Winter Camping
Build a snowman
Have a snowball fight
Go ice fishing
Build a snow fort
Go stargazing
Make a snow angel
Visit a local playground or park
Visit an outdoor fair or festival.
Go snowshoeing
Go Cross Country Skiing

Metro Detroit Indoor Winter Activities

Visit and Indoor Play Space or Fun Center

Bounce Houses
Gymnastic Centers Open Gym
Trampoline Parks like Airtime
Amusement Centers like Legoland or Rev’d Up Fun

There is so much out there now compared to ten years ago.  Detroit Kid CityDNR Outdoor Adventure Center, and Jungle Java are some of our favorites.

 

Get Sporty

Committing to a weekly activity gets you out of the house and breaks up those long winter days that seem to drag.  Plus the physical activity will give you and your family the opportunity to burn off some extra energy on a regular basis.  Participating in weekly or bi-weekly classes is a great way to achieve this goal.  You can also sign up for karate, swimming, martial arts, indoor soccer, basketball, dance or yoga classes.

Maybe a weekly commitment isn’t your thing.  There are plenty of programs that allow you to drop in and participate in activities during a set weekly time.  Here are some other indoor places that will keep your children moving:

Bowling
Swimming at an indoor pool like at the Warren Community Pool
Basketball, soccer at Total Sports
Rock Climbing at Planet Rock
Laser Tag at Zap Zone
Miniature Golf at Putting Edge
Cirque Amongus or Agora Arts

At Home Indoor Activities

 Have a dance party at home.

You can use Amazon Prime (try it for free here) and create the perfect kids dance party channel.  Kids can use scarfs, balloons, ribbons, and other props during their dancing.  Parents can join in too, it is the perfect time to strut your stuff and bond.

 Build an obstacle course in your living room.

Use cushions, step stools, laundry baskets, whatever you can find, to create an indoor obstacle course for your children.  You can also use masking tape or washi tape on the floor as part of the course (either as a tightrope, hopscotch, shapes to jump into or avoid).  You can have the children take turns and time them to see who is the fastest or see if they can beat their own quickest time.  Children can do the course forward, backward, on one foot, they can tiptoe, crawl, be creative and have fun.

Build a fort.

I remember spending hours upon hours in my blanket for under the kitchen table.  It was the coolest thing ever to me.  But, the best memories were when my mom or dad joined in the fun and climbed inside with me.

 Pretend to Ice Skate.

If you have hard floors, invite the children to put on socks and pretend to skate.  If you only have carpet, you can place plastic bags around their feet.

Play a game that requires movement.

There are so many fun games to play, Simon Says, Duck Duck Goose, Mother May I, Follow the Leader, Hopscotch, Don’t Let the Balloon Touch the Floor, Hide and Seek, Hot Potato and so many more.  Find tons of great games here: http://www.gameskidsplay.net/

Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (9), Carlyn (6), Naomi (3) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes three cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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