Don’t get cabin fever over the holiday break if you’re home alone with kids — enjoy it a little. Get some fresh air with these affordable winter activities.


Ice Skating At Campus Martius Park

800 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-9393

You can find it open every day during the winter months with pretty good hours. It usually opens up around 11 a.m. and closes down between 9 p.m. and midnight. Check the website for current hours of operation. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for kids and $3 skate rental.

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Toboggan Runs At Area Metroparks

Willow Metro Park

17845 Savage Road
Belleville, MI 48111

Three Huron Clinton Metroparks offer toboggan runs, just be sure to call ahead for snow conditions. The parks are: Kensington (Milford); Stony Creek (Shelby Township) and Willow (Belleville). The parks also offer cross country skiing.

Check out our Best Sledding Hills list if you don’t have a regulation toboggan.

If you’ve got a little extra dough to spend, check out the Best Ski Hills In Detroit.


Ice Fishing

Beginners can go to Kensington Metropark where they have classes occasionally. Call ahead for details and pre-registration for a class. (248) 685-0603 or (800) 477-3178

More advanced ice anglers can try Lake St. Clair. Michigan DNR is reporting lots of perch but many are small. They recommend that you try the access sites near the Clinton River Cut-off, Selfridge and Fairhaven.

Don’t freeze your butt off sitting on a bucket! Rent an ice fishing shanty and a heater at the nearby Anglers Point Marina for $40 a day. They’ll transport it to a spot and drill the hole. Get a complete package including poles for an additional $12.

Anglers Point Marina

28955 Wm P Rosso Highway
Chesterfield, MI 48047
(586) 949-9223‎

Another good way to get on some fish is to join the forum over at Your best bet is to direct message somone who is actively posting to the fishing reports forum. Be nice and they might tell you where the fish are biting.

If all else fails just go out in the backyard or the neighborhood park and make a snowman or a few snow angels. Make some memories with your kids today!