50+ Ideas for Places To Go With Kids In Southeast Michigan During Winter

After searching around to a bazillion websites last year, I grew frustrated when I couldn’t just find a list of ALL indoor places in southeast Michigan that weren’t blatant ads, so I decided to make my own list of places to go in southeast Michigan. This is my cheat sheet for when I need an adventure with the kiddos this winter. Hope it’s helpful to you as well!

This list includes all the indoor fun spots I could find in Genesee, Ingham, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. I expanded my reach this far because I am smack dab in the middle and am always looking for an adventure and don’t mind a bit of a drive for a fun spot. Make sure to scroll to the bottom, too, for spots/ideas located in multiple counties.

*I was not paid to list any of these spots. All links go directly to the place’s website or Facebook page.*


The adorable grocery store at the Flint Children’s Museum. We adore this spot!

Flint Children’s Museum (Flint)

Flint Institute of Music (Flint)

Sloan Museum/Longway Planetarium/Buick Gallery (Flint)

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad (Flint)

Frankenmuth (Lots to do in this city!)

Michigan’s Own Military & Space Museum (Frankenmuth)


Extreme Fun (Okemos – inside the Meridian Mall)

Impression 5 Hands On Museum (Lansing)

Impression 5 Mouth

My kids love the giant mouth inside Impression 5

Jumpin Jax Bounce Arena (Lansing)

Michigan Historical Museum (Lansing)

Play (Lansing)

Potter Park Zoo (Lansing) — Check out the Wonderland of Lights during the holidays! Many exhibits are indoors.


2|42 Community Church – Free play structures and indoor soccer field (Brighton)

Bounce (Hartland)

Castaway Play Cafe (Howell)

Castaway Play Structure

Castaway Play Cafe is Michigan’s largest indoor play structure

Great Escape Family Fun Center (Howell)


Extreme Fun (Roseville – Inside the Macomb Mall)

Morley Candy/Sander’s Factory Tour (Free – Clinton Township)

C.J. Barrymore’s Sports & Entertainment (Clinton Township)

Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse (Shelby Township)


Kids Checking out SEA LIFE Michigan

Checking out one of the tanks at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

Boogie Babies (Rochester Hills)

Detroit Kid City (Southfield)

Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak) – There are many wintertime activities!

Great Lakes Crossings (Auburn Hills) – Play in the kids section, take a ride on the carousel, have lunch at Rainforest Cafe and check out the big fish at Bass Pro Shops.

Jeepers (Auburn Hills) –  Roller coasters, bumper cars, and train rides for tykes aged 12 and younger. Also, more than 80 arcade games.

Just My Fit (Wolverine Lake) – Children’s fitness and fun center.

Kensington Mills Falls & Kidz Clubhouse (Milford)

Kids Gotta Play (New Hudson) – Play on the showroom play structures for $5/child!

Rochester Play (Rochester)

Tiny Town Play Lounge (Northville)

Tiny Treasures Indoor Play Cafe (Walled Lake)

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum (Farmington Hills)

Meadowbrook Hall (Rochester Hills)

Nature’s Playhouse (Ferndale)

Putting Edge Mini Golf – Glow in the dark (Novi)

Paradise Park (Novi)

Robot Garage (Birmingham)

Safari Playground (Walled Lake)

SEA LIFE Michigan (Auburn Hills)

Cranbrook Institute of Science and Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills)


Playing in the toddler area at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum (Ann Arbor)

Chelsea Treehouse (Chelsea)

Domino’s Petting Farm (Ann Arbor)

Gym America (Ann Arbor)

Tour the JIFFY Mix Plant (Chelsea)

Leslie Science & Nature Center (Ann Arbor)

Museum of Natural History (Ann Arbor)

Michigan Firehouse Museum (Ypsilanti)

My Urban Toddler (Saline and Ann Arbor)


3&Up Board Game Lounge (Plymouth)

Arts and Scraps (Detroit)

Belle Isle Aquarium (Detroit)

Bounce It Up (Livonia)

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit)

GM Renaissance Center (Detroit) — Free tours daily

Detroit Historical Museum (Detroit)

Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit)

Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit)

Dossin Great Lakes Museum (Detroit)

Ice skating in Campus Martius Park (Detroit)

Michigan Science Center (Detroit)

Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center in Detroit offers fun for all ages

Motown Museum (Detroit)

PuppetArt Detroit Puppet Theater (Detroit)

Bouncing Off The Walls (Wyandotte)

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn)

Selfridge Military Air Museum (Mt. Clemens)

Sky Zone (Canton)

Eleanor & Edsel Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores)

Inside The Henry Ford Museum


Bowling alleys

Community theatres — Check for kid-friendly productions!

Community pools {Places like Aqua Tots and Goldfish Swim School periodically have open swim times too!}

Libraries — Check for free programming

Roller rinks — Check for “Rollers and strollers” events for young kids; open skates for big kids

Ice skating rinks

Nature Centers — Check for winter programming

Sledding (Links to a website full of spots to sled in Michigan)

Airtime Trampoline (Sterling Heights, Troy, Westland)

Chuck E. Cheese’s (Ann Arbor, Canton, Novi, Dearborn, Troy, Rochester Hills, Lansing, Flint)

Huron-Clinton Metroparks (Various locations) – Tons of wintertime programming for kids of all ages.

Jungle Java (Locations in Ann Arbor, Clinton Township, Canton, Farmington Hills)

Planet Rock Climbing Gym (Ann Arbor, Pontiac)

Pump It Up! (Auburn Hills, Canton, Shelby Township, Taylor, Wixom)

Where did I miss? What are your favorite places for kids big and small during winter around southeast Michigan?



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  1. says

    I LOVE that you did this. Thank you now and in advance for the numerous times I’ll be checking it this winter. I’m going to send it to the calendar person in my MOMS Club for ideas, too :)

    (One place is the former Detroit Science Center is reopening as the Michigan Science Center. Hopefully my kids will still love it there; I don’t know what they’ve changed. They’re having a press conference on the 4th to announce the official date but are definitely having Planetarium showings during Noel Nights downtown.)
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    • Mrs. Weber says

      Thanks so much, Angela and thanks for the tip on Michigan Science Center…Not sure how I missed the reopening news, but that’s SO exciting. I loved that place before and am glad to see it’s reopening 😀

      • says

        Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Canton is a great place for an excursion with the kids. It’s a fun self-serve yogurt bar and they offer dairy-free options, too. Froyo is a better-for-you treat, and along with the candy mix-ins, there’s fresh-cut fruit, granola, and nuts you can add as toppings. There’s a chalkboard for guests to color on and an upbeat, family-friendly environment. They hand out stickers and tattoos, to the little ones. Locations in Shelby Twp, Warren, Northville, Livonia, and Novi, too.

    • Mrs. Weber says

      Too funny, I’ve been to all the places except for those in Genesse and Ingham 😉 I really want to check out the Longway Planetarium one of these days!

  2. Dionne says

    This is my kind of site – I always pick up family fun events and put them in my calendar just in case. We enjoy trying new things and places – this will be added to my favorites! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Jill says

    People need to note even though this says “All the places found” this is not an entire list of places as there are many many more. FYI

    • Mrs. Weber says

      Absolutely, Jill. If you have any suggestions of places to add, please feel free to let me know and I’ll pop them in :)

  4. Kristine says

    Just an FYI: Northville is in Wayne County, not Oakland (Tiny Town Lounge). Just wanted to correct that in case someone was looking for anything in Northville.

    • Mrs. Weber says

      Thanks for the heads up! I didn’t realize Northville is technically divided between Wayne and Oakland Counties. Looks like most is in O.C. but parts of Northville are in Wayne. How crazy!

  5. Kristine says

    Actually probably 90-95% of Northville is in Wayne County. Anything south of 8 Mile Road is Wayne. I actually live in the Oakland County part of Northville & all the time forget that it’s mostly Wayne. :-)

    • Mrs. Weber says

      Thanks so much! They are on my list under Washtenaw County. I’ve heard awesome things, so you should definitely check it out 😀

  6. Amanda says

    Wow this is just amazing. Thank you so much for all of the great ideas. I didn’t know about most of these great activities and places for kids it just blew my mind. I never would have found some of these places without your help. Thank you

  7. Dave says

    Good and helpful list..
    FYI.. Selfridge in Mount Clemens is actually in Macomb County.
    Some other things to consider for Macomb County

    Lake Saint Clair Metro Beach (formerly known as Metro Beach)

    Plenty of Cider Mills and “pick your own” farms
    My favorite being Blakes (Armada, MI.)

    Jungle Java

    and of course the seemingly countless Chucky Cheeses.

  8. rose says

    Wayne County light fest. You can drive your car through hines park and see millions of lights. Starting at merriman and hines and going to outer drive and hines. Super fun foe the whole family

  9. Samantha says

    My son loved making christmas gifts at pottery creations for his friends and family! It’s located in the city ofWyandotte in Wayne county. :)

    • Mrs. Weber says

      Yes! LOVE that program. I’ve used it several times and written about it on here a few times. Great tip to include here too!

  10. Mary says

    Ann Arbor has so much to see and do however as far as “kids” activities you can NEVER go wrong with Pin Ball Pete’s. Kids of all ages enjoy it and it’s walking distance to parking and restaurants so you can take the family out for dinner and some games. I hope this helps anyone who is looking to cure some winter or rainy day boredom! :-)

  11. Teresa says

    In Genesee County (Flint) right across the street from Sloan Museum and next to the Longway Planetarium is the Flint Institute of Art. Permanently installed galleries are free everyday (ancient meso-American art, to renaissance furniture and tapestry, to Impressionism, a glass paperweight collection to modern art.) The changing gallery (which in the past has included exhibits from Warhol and Chihuly) is free on Saturday.

  12. Joe Verbeke says

    This is a great list!

    While I was on my lunch break in Troy getting some frozen yogurt at Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt (an excellent place for kids with lots of healthy options, and even non-dairy options), a couple of moms came in with 5-6 kids that had an off day at their school saying that they had just come from swimming at Aqua Tots, which is right across Big Beaver in Troy. Both sounded like great options for my son in wintertime.

  13. Jason says

    One place I’d say you missed is the Detroit Film Theatre which is directly attached/connected to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Here you’ll find many independent and critically-acclaimed films throughout the year. As it’s a part of the DIA the interior is gorgeous and breath taking and a work of art itself just like the rest of the DIA. The concession stand on the second floor features pastries and wine in addition to non-alcoholic options for kids. As if that wasn’t enough to belong on this list, the highlight of the year comes in the winter where they feature all of the animated and live action shorts that have been nominated for an academy award. Last year they actually had to host this on 11 different nights to accommodate everyone. It’s an entertaining night and a fantastic place for a date or to hang with friends.

  14. says

    Great list! Sad to say the the Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory moved out of state and closed its Chelsea location in December 2014. On the bright side, I have a few more suggestions in Chelsea that you can add to your list. Eddy Discovery Center at Waterloo Recreation in Chelsea offers wonderful programming both indoors and outdoors all year long. The Arctic Coliseum is a fun place for kids as well, offering both open skate and skating lessons, with a full restaurant upstairs to refuel. You can find bowling alleys in most areas, but I’m particularly fond of the one in my own town, Chelsea Lanes. Same goes for libraries — I know our Chelsea District Library has tons of events and programs for babies, children, and teens all year long. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

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  16. Christina S. says

    Just so you know..Rochester Play has reopened in Rochester Hills (Oakland County) and there is now a Robot Garage in Rochester Hills as well. Great List!

  17. Kyle P. says

    Gymboree is a developmental program for kids under 5 in Rochester and Birmingham. They offer gym, music, & art classes as well as open play times.