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Frozen Family Fun, Eric Carle and More

Pony rides, a petting farm, world-class live ice carving, a dueling chainsaw speed-carving show, an ice throne photo op plus more than 100 glistening ice sculptures scattered throughout Kellogg Park are just a few of the free, family-friendly activities at the Plymouth Ice Festival, the oldest and largest ice-carving event in North America, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Don’t forget to visit the warming area and sample hot chocolate, elephant ears, cider and more. 3-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20-22.

Kellogg Park, across from the Penn Theatre,
760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. (248) 960-0700;

Want more heart-warming frigid fun? Head to the Lyon Township Winterfest for sled-dog rides, ice fishing, outdoor ice skating, an igloo-building contest, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, a GPS treasure hunt, a kids’ game zone and more, in between warming up in heated tents and sampling the entries in the chili/soup/stew cook-off. The free day of family fun takes place 11 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

James Atchison Park, located behind the Lyon Township Municipal Center, 58000 Grand River Ave., New Hudson. (248) 437-2240;

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Grover! And he’s landing at the Fox with everyone’s favorite red monster, along with Abby Cadabby, Telly Monster and more in Sesame Street Live’s Elmo’s Super Heroes. Thursday, Jan. 26-Sunday, Feb. 12. $12-$65.

Fox Theatre, Detroit. (313) 471-6611 or (800) 745-3000; or

Fans of children’s writer and illustrator Eric Carle will adore Treasured Stories of Eric Carle. The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings its elegant stage adaptation of some of his most beloved works, including the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and Papa Please Get the Moon For Me, to town. For ages 3 and up. 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. $7-$17.

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8500;

Share a trip down Memory Lane with your own kids and their grandparents: More than 7,000 vintage games, dollhouses, hula hoops, pedal cars, toy soldiers and more from the Detroit Historical Society’s collection, plus videos of historic wind-up toys and classic toy commercials, will be on display at the Detroit Historical Museum through May 27. Play stations invite visitors to play games that have stood the test of time, like Slinky, Etch-A-Sketch, Operation and checkers, while personal stories and photos from Metro Detroiters reminiscing about the toys that made their childhood special are scattered throughout the exhibit.

Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit. (313) 833-7935;



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