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5 Wild Detroit Winter Activities for the Family to Skate into 2022

Detroit Winter Lights Up an Inner Warmth. Take the Kids and Enjoy the Parks, Hills, and Zoo

PHOTO STEVEN VAN ELK / UNSPLASH

Detroit winter in January is just the right time to get into the swing of family fun activities. The illumination of the city’s best qualities burns through the season’s chill. Didn’t get in much relaxing? Maybe you spent too much time indoors and not enough stress-free time outside. The shopping sprees are over, so it’s time to layer up and see why the winter months aren’t so bad! From sledding to ice skating, the city provides attractions that encourage visitors to return multiple times.

Remind yourself and your family why Detroit winter activities are the best to take part in! These are the times to make memories and annual traditions. See if you can check off all 5 of these family-friendly activities on your winter in Detroit It List.

 

ZOO WILD LIGHTS

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Take advantage of the zoo being open 362 days a year. The animals may be hiding, but you can brace the cold! Was your holiday week too packed? Now’s your last chance to walk through the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo. Get the gang together for a night of millions of LED lights illuminating trees, buildings, and more than 280 sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo Appreciate the time that went into each extravagant design. Take all of your kids for an original Detroit winter experience. Open until Sunday on January 9, 2022.  Click HERE for more ticket information.

 

SLED IN THE CITY ON A SNOW DAY

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Who wants to stay indoors all day on a snow day? Technology makes this a little more of a rebuttal. However, the house will feel extra cozy after a laughter-filled on a bearable Detroit winter day. Grab a sled and catch some speed at the spots you know best. You don’t even have to venture far from downtown Detroit. Bundle up and head to Balduck Park or the Detroit Riverfront for prime sledding hills. Balduck Park is an ideal spot for thrilling rides because it’s forested well, so you won’t be distracted by a bunch of car noises. The Detroit Riverfront is popular year-round, but it creates a special wonderland atmosphere in the winter.

 

VENTURE OUT TO VALADE PARK

Valade Park is the perfect place to enjoy the riverfront this winter.  Each weekend since December has been loaded with oversized outdoor fires,  hot seasonal alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Make s’mores on their custom marshmallow roasters, grab a sled from the Sled Shed (featuring free sleds when it snows), and play synthetic ice curling. Stay warm on Jan. 14- Jan. 16 for Fire and Ice, an ice carving competition, an ice throne, techno dance party, and renaissance fair demos. Weekly activities should give you enough reason to check out their cool agenda.

 

VALADE PARK’S “WINTER AROUND THE WORLD”

Had a blast being taken back to past at the Fire and Ice special? Head back for more thrills during winter at Valade Park. Thank The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and its commitment to helping visitors embrace winter. Their fun riverfront programming runs year-round. From Jan. 28 – Jan 30, they’ll provide international food trucks, curling demos, and a kid’s parade of nations. Detroit winter activities are diverse, to say the least. Their holiday hours run every Friday 4-9 PM, Saturday 12-9 PM, Sunday 12-7 PM December 10th – February 27th.  Click HERE for more information on this lively event suitable for all ages.

 

ICE SKATING AT CAMPUS MARTIUS

ice skating with kids

PHOTO MAXIM SHKYAEV / UNSPLASH

Detroit winter shines brightest in Downtown Detroit. The holiday season jingles all the way through January. Cold weather is the best time to ice skate! Detroit parks are your go-to for festive activities, delightful lighting, and an array of attractions. The Rink at Campus Martius Park is the premier family-friendly outdoor skating rink in Michigan and the region. Let the night sweep you and your family away at one of the most beautiful skating experiences in the country. The outdoor rink on Woodward Avenue is a wonderful place to celebrate family traditions. Click HERE for ticket info and hours. Purchase tickets onsite at the park.

 

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