8 Fun Things to Do This Week

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This week many school are closed for winter break and while some families use the opportunity to get away, we’ve found there’s still lots to locally. Here are eight fun things to do around metro Detroit, some offering free family events this week:

1. The Michigan Science Center. Formerly known as the Detroit Science Center, it’s back open by an entirely new non-profit organization. They’re celebrating Black History Month through the end of February. There are also special engineering workshops plus a boys overnight camp-in. Check out all the events, most free with paid admission.

2. The DIA. This great art museum is open every day except Mondays. Friday nights are open late with live music, drawing for school age children in the galleries and themed take home art projects in the craft room. Sundays usually offer day time performances. While you’re there, be sure and check out Van Gogh’s Bank of the Oise at Auvers.

3. Detroit Historical Museum. Right across the street from the DIA, this quaint museum is open daily (except Mondays) and free! For those with an interest in making music, inventions and cool history involving Detroit, this is a must-see.

4. Detroit Opera House. Get a ticket to see Disney’s The Lion King, a Tony Award-wining musical through March 10. There are evening and weekend matinee shows.

5. Meet Martha of Martha Speaks. Head to Oakland Mall on Wednesday and shake paws with the famed canine of the PBS show Martha Speaks. Get there early for tickets or get them ahead of time at the mall Information Center.

6. Cranbrook Institute of Science. Help in the conservation of an 18th century cannon during Winter Break, February 18-22. You’ll get to gently remove the grime of two centuries that is slowly being loosened using a special electrolysis bath at the Institute of Science. Kids also have the opportunity to make and take home a souvenir of their experience.

7. The Detroit Zoo. Typically thought of a warmer weather destination, the Detroit Zoo is open year-round and offers exhibits both indoors and out. President’s Week offers $2 discount on full-price admissions with this web coupon.

8. Go roller skating. There are a number of skating rinks around metro Detroit, including the largest in Michigan. Kids ages 10 an younger can even sign up for free admission at Skate World of Troy.

What are you doing for fun this week?

—Sarah Jo Sautter, Beaumont Parenting Program Blog Publisher and Editor

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