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Detroit hosts the annual Motown Winter Blast

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Detroit, Michigan is offering visitors a chance to experience a wide range of fun, hip, family-friendly winter activities that are sure to delight all ages and help you embrace the winter season when the city hosts the annual Motown Winter Blast celebration being held February 7-9. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.

Motown Winter Blast Centered around Detroit's Campus Martius Park, Motown Winter Blast features a multitude of various unique activities that will appeal to visitors of all interests.

Here are some of the highlights of activities being offered by Motown Winter Blast. Participatory sports and activities include free snowshoeing (Snowshoes are available for both adults and children), and free ice skating in the Park. Ice skate rental is $3. Be sure you don't miss a ride down the Buick Snow Slide towering 30 feet in the air and featuring three lanes that allow you to travel down 200 feet in 7 seconds. Cost of the Snow Slide rides is $3.

There will also be marshmallow roasting and visitors can use the brazarios located just outside the Atrium of the Compuware World Headquarters to roast away.

And make sure you check out the free professional and amateur ice skating demonstrations and exhibitions throughout the weekend.

The Flagstar Bank Ice Garden (located in Cadillac Square) will feature carved and lighted ice sculptures that include intricately carved ice chairs, an ice bench and a carving of an Eskimo family with open faces where visitors can pose for photos. There will also be ice carving demonstrations on Friday, February 7.

Another highlight of the event will be the dog sledding exhibitions presented by dog sledder Bob Shanahan and his sled dog team. Shanahan's team has participated in races all over the United States and Canada.

For children there will be a Kids Zone which will feature performances from magicians, singers, musical groups, a ventriloquist and a clown, There will also be a meet and greet with characters from the Lego Movie. Radio Disney will be on hand with interactive performances and games relating to their hit TV Series "Doc McStuffins." And don't miss the Winter Kiddie Carnival complete with rides ($2 a ride).

Motown Winter Blast is also playing host to the Greektown Casino Hotel - Taste of Detroit. The Taste of Detroit will feature local cuisine and culinary delights along with free musical entertainment.

Visitors will find Comfort Zones all over the event (every 150 feet on the Winter Blast site) with heated tents and warming stations in local buildings.

The Red Wings Experience sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment is offering interactive hockey games where fans will get the chance to win prizes (Cadillac Square).

For those visitors wishing to stay overnight, the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Detroit (located just 2 blocks from most Winter Blast activities) is offering a special Winter Blast Weekend rate of $139 that includes overnight accommodations and overnight valet parking for one car. Call 313-442-1600 to make reservations or get online at www.bookcadillacwestin.com.

Hours for the Motown Winter Blast are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday. There is no official monetary charge for admission to the event but you are required to donate 3 canned food items or one children's book (or a $2 donation that will go directly to Matrix Human Services) to gain entrance to Winter Blast.

For more information about Motown Winter Blast call 313-943-8418 or get online at www.winterblast.com.

Campus Martius Park is located at 800 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, Michigan. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland to Detroit.

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