Brave the cold for local winter activities

Metro | Published November 4, 2021 | Updated January 19, 2022 10:37am

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METRO DETROIT — Baby, it's cold outside. But that's not stopping people from heading out to local ice rinks or partaking in any of the other winter activities in C & G's coverage area. 

Saturday, Jan. 22
'Cold Rush' • Warren Ice Rink
The Warren Ice Rink, outside City Hall at 1 City Square, will host its “Cold Rush” festival from noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 22. The event will feature ice sculptures, a petting zoo, appearances by Elsa and Anna from "Frozen," ice skating, a gaming trailer, a bonfire, and hot chocolate and s’mores. Admission is free; skate rental costs $4. Regular skating hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit or call (586) 268-8400.

'Sugar Snow Fort Attack' • Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township
Teens are invited to build a fort using unusual materials and then attack it with sugar snow at 3 p.m. at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township. To register, call (586) 226-5030 or visit

'Winter Fest' • Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township
The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive in Shelby Township, will host "Winter Fest" from noon to 3 p.m. Partake in a snow fort building contest, roasting marhmallows and hot dogs over a fire, working on winter crafts and sipping hot chocolate. The cost is $5. To register, visit

Sunday, Jan. 30
Build a snowman • Governor Warner Mansion, Farmington
The Farmington Community Library will invite families to read stories, sing songs and build a snowman at 2 p.m. at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave. in Farmington. No registration is required. For more information, visit

Ice skating • Dodge Park, Sterling Heights
The Dodge Park Ice Rink, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights, is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, noon to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Skate rental costs $3 and sharpening costs $5. For more information, call (586) 446-2711 or visit

Ice skating • Riley Park, Farmington
The Riley Park Ice Rink, 33113 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Special dates will include glow skating — featuring dance music and disco lights — from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22, a “Star Wars” skate from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 12 and and a superhero skate from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 21. For more information, call (248) 474-5500, ext. 2221, or visit

Ice skating • The Rink at Campus Martius Park, Detroit
The Rink at Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, is open through March 6. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays. The costs are $11 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and younger and 59 and older, and $8 for military and first responders. Skate rental is $5. For more information, visit

'Morning Munchkins' • Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods, Madison Heights
The Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods, 30300 Hales St. in Madison Heights, hosts “Morning Munchkins” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month. Preschoolers can hear a seasonal story and work on a nature-based activity. The cost is $4 per child. For more information, call (248) 585-0100.

For more events, check out our Community Calendar. To submit an event, email To advertise an event online or in our print publications, call (586) 924-9139.