Patch has family-friendly picks for you — from the Detroit Boat Show to cooking competitions to a walk for warmth — we've got your week covered.
FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK
Where/When: Cobo Center. Monday-Thursday, 3-9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 am-9 pm, and Sunday, 11 am-6 pm, through Feb. 20.
Why Go: Boating is a big deal for Michiganians, and this event is great entertainment for the whole family, whether it's browsing boats, enjoying free hula lessons Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm or checking out the Shark Encounter exhibit — everyone can enjoy the fun and dream a bit of summer.
Pricing: $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free with an adult; seniors 62 and older get in free Feb. 14.
Where/When: Shelby Township Library, Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 3:30-5 pm.
Why Go: This is extreme cooking, with an Iron Chef-inspired challenge that will have kids and teens whipping up dishes with a secret ingredient, perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day. Judges will vote on the best dessert, and all competitors will get to sample these creations as well. All food and supplies provided.
Where/When: Shelby Township Library, Thursday, Feb. 17, from 6:30-7 pm.
Why Go: Kids can drop in at the library for songs, stories and activities. And they can wear their pajamas if they would like.
Where/When: Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Thursday, Feb. 17, at 10 am or 1:30 pm.
Why Go: Kids will have a blast at these storytimes at the park. Today’s theme is “The Mitten,” and includes a craft project as well. Best for kids ages 3-5; must be accompanied by adult.
Pricing: $2. Call 586-323-2478.
Where/When: St. Therese of Lisieux, Saturday, Feb. 19, register at 9 am, walk at 10 am.
Why Go: It’s for a great cause: The Macomb County Community Services Agency is raising funds for low-income families, individuals and senior citizens and will be used to keep people out of the cold — literally.
Pricing: A minimum pledge of $20 per walker.