Free Family-Friendly January Events

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Free Family-Friendly January Events

Happy New Year! The beginning of the new year brings new adventures. Start 2020 with a bang by attending some FREE family-friendly events in our area.

Free Family-Friendly January Events

Jan. 2: Mommy & Me Hike (West Bloomfield) – Join the West Bloomfield Park Naturalist on a nature discovery and exercise walk. The trail is unpaved so all-terrain strollers are recommended. Indoor activities will be added if it’s too cold. These events are free but pre-registration is required.

Jan. 3: Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills) – Visit for FREE after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of the month courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation.

Jan. 4: Kindermusik with Grandfriends (Livonia) – Kindermusik with Grandfriends is an innovative concept for bringing generations together through music and play. The same beloved Kindermusik curricula used in the classroom are brought into a residential care facility and creatively adapted to include the residents. The residents are invited to participate in meaningful ways as parents and their little ones enjoy this lively class in their presence. Some children will “adopt” a special grandma or grandpa here as the same seniors tend to watch the children grow and play with music. Parents are encouraged to facilitate this special bond between the seniors and their child that may continue to blossom outside of class time.

Educators from Evola Music of Canton present this monthly intergenerational program the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 am at Angel Gardens of Livonia. We’ll sing, play, dance, and more together as we create new friendships and strengthen brain development in all participants. The event is free, but registration is recommended. Call 734.455.4677. All families receive a small gift to take home.

Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25: FREE Day at the Flint Institute of Art (Flint) – This museum is FREE to visit every Saturday thanks to Huntington.

Jan. 11: Free Day at the Michigan Science Center (Detroit)Free general admission includes access to 220+ hands-on exhibits, live shows, Smithsonian Spark!Lab, Kids Town, STEM Playground and more. Planetarium and Toyota 4D Engineering Theater tickets will be available for purchase at the box office.

Jan. 10-12: 2020 Plymouth Ice Festival (Plymouth) – The Plymouth Ice Festival will feature over 100 ice sculptures, amazing food, live carving demonstrations, outdoor shopping, winter sports activities and much more

Jan. 17-19: 2020 Fire & 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.

Jan. 23: Nature at Night (Detroit)Nature at Night is a celebration of animals who call Belle Isle home and become more active after dark. These free, family-friendly events feature guided walks and activities to learn about Belle Isle’s nightlife. Our winter walks will include candle-lit trails, listening for owls and coyotes, and celebrating the seasonal changes that winter brings to our Michigan backyards.

Jan. 24: Family Night Out (Farmington) – Celebrate the the New Year with Goldfish Swim School. There will be crafts, snacks, and fun in the pool! In honor of Member Appreciation Week this event is FREE! *Pre-registration is required for this event. To register, please call us at 248.596.1914 or email

Jan. 25: Free Open Skate / Skate Rental (Livonia) – Free Open Skate from 6:15pm to 7:35 pm. There will light refreshments and prizes.

Jan. 25: Great Lakes Day (U of M, Ann Arbor) – Come celebrate the amazing natural history of Michigan and the Great Lakes as you participate in a stream table demonstration, hands-on activities, a special presentation by Jeremy Guc from St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow and an author reading (and signing) of Deb Pilutti’s new children’s book Old Rock (is not boring). This event is part of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Jan. 25: 2020 Grosse Pointe Woods Winterfest (Grosse Pointe Woods) – This year’s event will feature many FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES, including: FOOD TRUCKS • PETTING ZOO • PONY RIDES • PHOTO BOOTH • ICE SKATING* • KIDS DANCE PARTY • OUTDOOR GAMES • HEATED TENTS • FIRE PITS • TAKE HOME CRAFTS • FACE PAINTING • HOT CHOCOLATE. See Facebook page for detailed event times.

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