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
Flint Children’s Museum (Flint)
Flint Institute of Music (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)
Jumpin Jax Bounce Arena (Lansing)
Potter Park Zoo (Lansing) — Check out the Wonderland of Lights during the holidays!
The tigers of Potter Park Zoo, where many exhibits are indoors
2|42 Community Church – Free play structures and indoor soccer field (Brighton)
Castaway Play Cafe (Howell)
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)
Checking out the enormous fish tank at Bass Pro Shops inside Great Lakes Crossings
Airtime Trampoline (Troy)
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)
Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum (Farmington Hills)
Meadowbrook Hall (Rochester Hills)
Putting Edge Mini Golf – Glow in the dark (Novi)
Paradise Park (Novi)
Robot Garage (Birmingham)
Safari Playground (Walled Lake)
Playing in the toddler area at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Ann Arbor Hands On Museum (Ann Arbor)
Chelsea Teddy Bear Company (Chelsea)
Chelsea Treehouse (Chelsea)
Domino’s Petting Farm (Ann Arbor)
Great Lakes Zoological Society (Ann Arbor)
Tour the JIFFY Mix Plant (Chelsea)
Leslie Science & Nature Center (Ann Arbor)
Museum of Natural History (Ann Arbor)
Michigan Firehouse Museum (Ypsilanti)
Arts and Scraps (Detroit)
Belle Isle Aquarium (Detroit)
Bounce It Up (Livonia)
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)
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
OTHER PLACES TO CONSIDER
Community theatres — Check for kid-friendly productions!
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)
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?