Warm weather is coming, but spring weather could be weeks away with sun but of course the occasional rainy day. Fear not! Ann Arbor Family Press has found seven great places to visit when cabin fever strikes. Pack up the littles, load up the car, and head to one of these family fun destinations.
100 Whitetail Dr., Dundee
Winter Hours: Fridays 4PM-9PM, Saturdays 10AM-9PM, Sundays 10AM-6PM
This indoor water park offers slides, splash buckets, a lazy river, and gallons of water-soaked fun, all at a perfectly climate-controlled 84 degree temperature. Day passes can be purchased online. Full Day: $31.99, Half Day: $24.99, Twilight (6PM-9PM): $12.99
5340 Centennial Rd., Sylvania, OH
Open Wednesdays 5:30-8:30PM, Thursdays 5:30-8:30PM, Fridays 6-11PM, Saturdays Noon-11PM, Sundays Noon-9PM
This destination offers activities to entertain all ages, including laser tag, paintball, roller skating, playground, and arcade. Wednesday and Thursday nights feature an unlimited pizza buffet. Fridays $15 extreme fun package (includes skating, rental, unlimited laser tag, playground), Saturdays $10 skating and rental, or $20 extreme fun package, Sundays $10 skating and rental, or $20 extreme fun package.
18639 Omira St., Detroit
Goat Yoga? What could be more fun? Certified yoga instructors will guide you and your family through gentle movements, side by side with the playful goats. Bring your mats, water bottles, and a sense of adventure. Space is limited, registration is required. Children age 10 and up can enroll unsupervised. On Family Day, children ages 6 and up can enroll with an adult (21 and over), with one adult to up to three kids enrolling. $27.50/person. See website for dates and times.
6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Township
Climb and zip through the trees! Junior parks available for children ages 4-7, with a mix of zip lines and climbing obstacles. All tickets are 90 minutes, with a fifteen minute harness and safety briefing included. Junior Park tickets, ages 4-7 (must be accompanied by a non-climbing adult): $20. Aerial Forest ticket ages 8-adult: $48. Park opens in late April. Call ahead for hours of operation or book online.
52454 Jackson Rd., Suite A1
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-7PM, Sundays 10AM-5PM
Hang out with the cool cats in this cat cafe! Check the schedule for fun events like Coloring With Cats, Yoga with Cats, Movie Night with Cats, and Pajama Party with Cats, just to name a few. Grab a free hot chocolate, tea or coffee, enjoy the free wifi, and cuddle with the kitties (with no obligations to adopt!). Children ages 4 and up are welcome with an adult. Toddlers three and under admitted for half-hour increments. Babies not walking are free. Maximum of two kids 10 and under with adult. Individuals $7/hour, or $4/half hour. Groups of five or more: $5/hour.
1801 Atwater St., Detroit
Open Wednesday-Friday 10AM-3PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sunday Noon-5PM
When the weather outside is frightful, head to the place that brings the outdoors in! DNR Outdoor Adventure Center is filled with interactive exhibits to give families hands-on experiences. Hop on simulators and get a feel for riding a snowmobile, mountain bike, or off-road vehicle. Learn about Michigan’s rivers and lakes while paddling in a kayak or fishing. Climb the 35-foot tall burr oak tree and learn about Michigan’s wildlife and the timber industry. Kids can also climb into tents and huddle around the “fire” as they explore a campsite. Adults (ages 13-61): $5, Children ages 2-12: $3, Children under 2: free, Seniors 62 and older: $3
206 S. Main St., Suite 201
This downtown Ann Arbor art studio features weekday classes as well as weekend events. TGIF Friday Date While We Make allows parents to drop off their child at the studio while they enjoy one of the many Main Street restaurants. Saturday Make and Take is offered as a drop in for ages 5 and up from 11AM-1PM. Call ahead to sign up for classes (prices vary), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.