Free Family-Friendly January Events in Metro Detroit

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Free Family-Friendly January Events in Metro Detroit

Free Family-Friendly January Events in Metro Detroit

Winter is here which means cold temperatures are here too! In Michigan, there are so many snow/cold centered activities taking place in our area – many of which are FREE! Beat the winter blues this month by enjoying some of the following events: 

January 4 – Cranbrook Institute of Arts (Bloomfield Hills) – Visit for FREE after 5 p.m. Courtesy of MASCO Corporation Foundation.

January 4 – Winter Wonderland Family Craft Day (Dearborn) at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Dearborn. FREE make and take holiday crafts from 11 am – 1 pm.

January 5, 12, 19, 26 – Flint Institute of Arts (Flint) – Huntington Bank celebrates the Flint Institute of Arts by providing everyone access free of charge every Saturday.

January 11-13 – Plymouth Ice Festival – Outdoor event features ice sculptures, live carving demonstrations, activities, shopping, and food.

January 12 – Warren Cold Rush (Warren) – Free ice skating, ice carving show, learn to skate clinic, petting zoo, live music and more.

January 19-21 – Fire and Ice Festival (Rochester) – Free admission. Some activities require a fee. Activities include Taste Fest Tent, food truck rally, marshmallow roasting, zip line rides, dog sled races, carriage rides, ice sculpture show, face painting, fireworks, live music, and more.

January 19-21, 25-27 – Winter Blast (Detroit) – Free admission sponsored by Quicken loans. Ice sculpture garden, marshmallow roasting, live entertainment, and family fun activities.

January 21 – The Henry Ford – Celebrate MLK Day with free admission, parking, activities and dramatic presentations. Event is held from 9:30 am – 5 pm

January 21 – MLK, Jr. “Bring the Dream to Life” (Detroit) – Free admission into the Detroit Historical Museum to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This program hosted by the Black Historic Sites Committee will feature children’s activities including making your own Martin Luther King Jr. coloring and activity book, performances, as well as cupcakes to celebrate to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. 

January 27 – Winter Fest (Oak Park) – Free admission, parking, and activities. Horse and carriage rides, smores, ice skating, vendors, and more. 

I hope you’ll have a chance to visit one or more of these events. If you know of others, please comment below. Have a great January and Happy New Year! 






  • Sounds like a lot of fun events, the Plymouth Ice Festival especially. I went to an ice festival in Frankenmuth with friends a few years ago – super cold day but a lot of fun too.

  • Tim

    Oak Park is a client of mine and I’ve been meaning to take the family down to the Winter Fest that last few years and haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for the reminder will try to make it this year. The free admission to those art museums also caught my attention. Thanks for the heads up about all these free events!

  • Becki Smith Bayley

    So much to do, and several with free admission! I love it 🙂 I’m sure I’ll be checking back on this post as the next couple months go by!

  • Now that my kid love ice skating we will take advantage of these fun and free events. Yay!

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