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6 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever

Posted on Wednesday, February 08 2017 in Events

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If your household is anything like mine, this is the time of year when cabin fever officially sets in. Thankfully, spring isn't too far off (although you never know in Michigan!), but there are still a few weeks to fill with indoor activities for the kiddos. Here are a few to check out:

  1. The Detroit Institute of Arts: Drop-in Workshops
    Various dates
    Friday 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

    Bring out your child's inner artist at one of the DIA's drop-in workshops, which are free with museum admission. On Feb. 17-19, try your hand at Senufo painting, the West African form of painting on fabric. You'll create a simple version of this art form using cotton muslin and markers. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

  2. Pewabic Pottery: Hands-on Workshops
    Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Sunday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

    Tour the pottery and then head to Pewabic's Education Studio, where you'll learn the basics of tile making — and create one of your own to take home! Hands-on workshops are for designed for groups of 10 or more, so find a few friends or family members to join you. They're $20 per person and last about two hours. Call 313-626-2000 to schedule a workshop.

  3. The Henry Ford: Tinker. Hack. Invent.
    Every Saturday, every month
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Setting your alarm on a Saturday may not sound appealing, but the Henry Ford Museum's "Tinker. Hack. Invent." events are totally worth it. Free with museum admission or membership, these workshops let kids explore their own ingenuity and try their hand at something different and new. Themes and activities change month to month. This month, explore the evolution of power for vehicles, tinker with battery-powered model cars and make piston action characters.

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  4. Michigan Science Center: BASF Kid's Lab
    Feb. 4, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26
    2 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

    Visit the museum's Centennial Lab for hands-on chemistry. Kids will grab some markers and filter paper, then explore the magic behind a colorful chemical process. The workshop is included with paid general admission. Space, however, is limited, so get there early to secure a spot.

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     Photo courtesy of Michigan Science Center. 
  5. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: Meet the Scientist Saturday
    Feb. 25
    2 p.m.-4 p.m.

    Do you have a curious child who is always thinking of the next big thing? If so, head to the Wright Museum to discover and explore science. Activities and discussions will be led by scientists and technologists who support the museum's Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology exhibit.

  6. The Robot Garage: Lego Build Camp
    Feb. 21 (Birmingham location)
    Feb. 23 (Grosse Pointe location)
    9 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    If your kids have extended time off school for mid-winter break, sign them up for a one-day camp at The Robot Garage, where they'll work collaboratively with the staff to design and build an original Lego winter village. The day will be divided into age-appropriate sessions, which include building, architecture and an engineering project.

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By: Lori Bremerkamp

Photo credit: The Henry Ford