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
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
Other Outdoor Winter Ideas
Go Winter Camping
Build a snowman
Have a snowball fight
Go ice fishing
Build a snow fort
Make a snow angel
Visit a local playground or park
Visit an outdoor fair or festival.
Go Cross Country Skiing
Metro Detroit Indoor Winter Activities
Visit and Indoor Play Space or Fun Center
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:
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.
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/