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25+ Amazing Winter Activities to Keep you Active 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 also spend more time outside with my family.  Here are some winter activities to help you and your family stay active this winter.

winter activities to keep your family active.

Metro Detroit Outdoor Winter Activities

If you are looking for an amazing website, then 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 also 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 Activities

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, as well as Jungle Java are some of our favorites.

Get Sporty

Committing to a weekly activity gets you out of the house and also breaks up those long winter days that seem to drag.  Additionally, the physical activity will give you and your family the opportunity to burn off some extra energy on a regular basis.  For this reason, 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 such as 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 Winter Activities

 Have a dance party at home.

You can use Amazon Prime (try it for free here) in order to create the perfect kids dance party channel.  Kids can use scarfs, balloons, ribbons, and other props during their dancing.  Parents can join in also, 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 instead, see if they can beat their own quickest time.  Children can do the course in many different ways. For instance, they can move forward, backward, on one foot, they can tiptoe, or crawl. So long as you are creative and have fun.

Build a fort.

I remember spending hours upon hours in my blanket fort under the kitchen table. In fact, it was on of my most favorite childhood memories.  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, then invite the children to put on socks and pretend to skate.  If you only have carpet, then you can place plastic bags around their feet and skate.

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.  Also, you may find tons of great games here: http://www.gameskidsplay.net/