Grosse Pointe Park plans week of play for kids on winter break

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 13, 2019

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GROSSE POINTE PARK — Having a week off from school in the dead of winter sounds fantastic — until you realize that Michigan’s cold and unpredictable weather limits activity options.

Recognizing that it might be too cold for kids to play outside, or too warm for sledding and ice skating, the Grosse Pointe Park Parks and Recreation Department has put together several days’ worth of indoor fun to keep youngsters busy the week of Feb. 18, when schools will be closed for winter break.

The second annual Flurries-n-Fun week is open to children in any of the five Grosse Pointes; attendees just need to present a valid park pass from their city of residence to participate. All activities will take place in the Lavins Activity Center at Windmill Pointe Park.

Parks and Recreation Department Supervisor Chad Craig said they started Flurries-n-Fun, as well as a week of special activities during spring break, because parents were asking for programs in light of the fact that not all families leave town during these school breaks. He said they coordinated with the other Grosse Pointe parks first.

“Nobody else around here is doing something like this,” Craig said. “We make the community happy. We get to open up our parks a little bit (to nonresidents)” by doing this.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18, kids ages 6-12 are invited to take part in Nerf Mobile Games, where, as an event flyer states, they will be able to “run, dodge, dive and blast the competition.” The cost is $10 per child, but inappropriate behavior could result in expulsion.

From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Ring of Steel will conduct Jedi training for children and parents at a cost of $20 per participant. Enrollment is limited to 30, so advance registration is a must.

“It’s not quite (Disney) level … but it is close to that,” Craig said.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22, children ages 10 and younger are invited for an afternoon of fun with inflatables and crafts. The cost is $10 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be two sections of activities, divided for older and younger children.

Craig said the program fees are designed to pay for the programs themselves and the vendors putting on these events.

Although exact figures weren’t available, Craig estimated that well over 200 kids attended at least one of these programs last year, and they’re hoping to draw capacity crowds again this year. One of the reasons they’re urging parents to register early is so that they can make sure they have enough equipment and supplies to accommodate participants.

“It’s just so well-attended,” said Chris Delmege, the parks and recreation assistant and marina supervisor in the Park. “It was just amazing how many kids came (last year), and how many happy parents came. It was a lot of fun. My favorite thing about our events is watching the kids smiling and having a good time.”

Because the programs are physically active, kids have a chance to get some exercise and burn off their excess youthful energy, something they can’t do by texting or playing games on their phones. Delmege said these programs are also a great way for kids to meet and interact with their peers and possibly make some new friends.

Participants need to bring cash to pay for these programs, as credit cards cannot be accepted.

Windmill Pointe Park is located at 14920 Windmill Pointe Drive in Grosse Pointe Park. To register or for more information, call (313) 822-2812 or visit www.grossepointepark.org.

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