Bring the kids to downtown Detroit for family fun this fall. From free festivals, can’t-miss kid shows and plenty of Halloween activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The DSO 2019/2020 family concert series kicks-off on Saturday, November 2nd. Bring your tiny tots to Shake, Rattle and Roll with Miss. Paula and the Candy Bandits at 10am. Kids 6 and older will enjoy celebrating Orchestra Hall’s 100th anniversary with the DSO’s friendly resident ghost! The Ghost of Orchestra Hall begins at 11am and all families are invited to participate in crafts and visit the instrument petting zoo. Bonus: Another excuse to use those Halloween costumes!
National S.T.E.A.M Day is Friday, November 8th. Plan a visit to the Michigan Science Center and get tickets to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 at the Fox.
Bundle up and head downtown for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 22. There will be family-friendly activities at Beacon Park and Campus Martius, live entertainment, holiday shopping and The Rink opens for the season and a 60ft Norwegian spruce to light up the sky.
Thanksgiving Day In The D
Thanksgiving is extra special in Detroit. Warm up on a chilly morning with the annual Turkey Trot, find prime seats on Woodward to watch America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and cheer on the Lions as they take on the Chicago Bears at Ford Field
Visit The DIA
We love FREE – especially during the holiday season! Plan a visit to the DIA during Thanksgiving Break and experience a one-of-a-kind marionette performance of Pinocchio by the National Marionette Theatre. While you’re there stop by the Art-Studio and create art to take home with you. Admission to the Detroit Institute of Arts is free to residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
See A Show
From dinosaurs to Disney favorites and a notable Grinch there are plenty of shows to see downtown.
- Jurassic World Live Tour @ Little Caesars Arena: November 14-17
- Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas Musical @Fox Theatre, Detroit: November 20-23
- Disney Jr. Holiday Party @ Fox Theatre, Detroit: Wednesday, November 27
- The Illusionists: Magic of The Holidays @ Fox Theatre: November 29 & 30
- The Nutcracker @ Detroit Opera House: Saturday, November 30
Have Family Dinner Downtown
Eating out with kids can be stressful – especially when you don’t know where to go. Ann Arbor original, Frita Batidos, opened in Colombia Street next to the Fox Theatre this fall and we love it! Plenty of space, picnic table seating, dominos at every table for kids and adults to play with, reasonable prices and the most amazing food everyone will love. A few other family favorites downtown:
- The Brakeman: Spacious beer hall with southern friend chicken from Penny Red’s
- Foundation Hotel: Be like Lulu & Rocky and have brunch at a former firehouse
- Pop + Offworld: Pizza bar diner and arcade
- Fort Street Galley: Find what you like best in the downtown food hall
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..