Have a Winter Blast with Outdoor Activities!

Take advantage of winter days when the mercury falls (or rises) to just the right temperature and head outside for some winter fun! There’s so much to enjoy about the cold season in Oakland County. Take a look at our interactive map or check out our Play Outside this Winter page for lists of sledding, ice skating, skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling locations.

Staying active in the winter is good idea for everyone! Exercise increases endorphins, relieves stress, provides energy, and brightens a bad mood – all great reasons to check out our map and plan your winter adventure.

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Chanukah Wonderland

Chanukah Wonderland logo.
Celebrate this holiday season by attending the 2017 Chanukah Wonderland!

Each year, the Sara & Morris Tugman Bais Chabad Torah Center celebrates the eight days and nights of Chanukah with four magical days of fun known as Chanukah Wonderland. The event takes place at Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield Township, and runs during the Chanukah holiday.

The event is both celebratory and charitable in spirit. This year Chanukah will be lighting a “Coin-orah,” which will be composed of donated coins from event-goers. Proceeds will then be donated to local charities. Other event highlights include activities that are fun for young and old alike. Satisfy your sweet tooth by baking and decorating a fresh donut, or let your little ones express their Chanukah energy at the Dreidel Bounce House.

Here are some memorable moments from last year’s celebration:

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Find the Perfect Gift at an Independent Toy Store in Oakland County

Are you looking for a unique and special toy? Oakland County is home to several independent toy shops that offer a variety of specialty toys and events that will fill you and your little ones with childlike wonder. You’ll find all kinds of extraordinary items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more this holiday season and throughout the year. When you shop small, you can support local businesses and find the perfect gift all at the same time. Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure.

Did you know Oakland County’s Shop Small Business Saturday to Saturday contest is going on now through Saturday, December 2nd? You can enter for a chance to win prizes by submitting uploads of your shopping receipts from small businesses in Oakland County. There’s really no better time to shop small at an Independent Toy Store! Continue reading

Share the Bounty with Forgotten Harvest

Volunteers pack food at the Forgotten Harvest Warehouse

You can help to ensure that every family has food on the table this holiday season by donating surplus prepared and perishable food to Forgotten Harvest. Founded 27 years ago in Metro Detroit, Forgotten Harvest has grown to become the largest and most efficient food rescue organization in the United States.

Forgotten Harvest’s charitable footprint is massive in scale. The organization covers 2,000 square miles, distributing millions of pounds of food to 250 emergency food providers in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Last year, Forgotten Harvest rescued 45 million pounds of food that would have been otherwise wasted. Each pound represents a meal enjoyed by community members in need.

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The Wonderful World of Winter Woodpeckers

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The feeder frenzy of November is about to begin. Shortly after the crimson and gold colors of autumn disappear, and the first snowflakes swirl about beneath a panoramic sky of gray, an ever-changing menagerie of Eastern Bluebirds, Blue Jays, House Finches, Nuthatches, Tufted Titmice, Cardinals and Black-capped Chickadees will appear at feeders, almost as if by magic. Hang some suet and add extra sunflower seeds to the mix and the woodpeckers of winter may quickly join the feast. The one-ounce Downy Woodpecker, North America’s smallest woodpecker, and our red-crested forest giant, the Pileated Woodpecker, the largest woodpecker of North America, are among the mix of local species that frequent the feeders on the wilder side of Oakland County. Continue reading