FREE Family Events to do with KIDS in MayWe know…kids are expensive, so we’ve put together the top FREE events to enjoy as a family this month! LOS TROMPOSMay 5 - June 9@ Beacon Park, DetroitInternational and interactive art... FREE Family Events to do with KIDS in May skip to Main Content

FREE Family Events to do with KIDS in May

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We know…kids are expensive, so we’ve put together the top FREE events to enjoy as a family this month!

 

LOS TROMPOS
May 5 – June 9
@ Beacon Park, Detroit
International and interactive art exhibition, Los Trompos (Spanish for ‘spinning tops’), will premiere at Beacon Park during its inaugural Cinco de Mayo Celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. Direct from Mexico City, Los Trompos encourages play and enables communities to celebrate its many cultures together. Take a spin on one of eight colorful and vibrant large-scale spinning tops created by award winning artists and designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena.

BEACON PARKCADE
May 1 – May 12
@ Beacon Park, Detroit
Come on out to Beacon Park for an awesome gaming experience! Check out more than a dozen FREE arcade games including Pinball, Ms. Pacman, Giant Space Invanders Frenzy, and more!

 

MOMS ON THE MOVE-BIRMINGHAM
Wednesdays in May
@ Gazelle Sports, Birmingham
Moms on the Move is a group for moms of all ages. Whether you have kids in kindergarten or graduating college or have a little one on the way this group is for you! Our purpose is to support each other in motherhood and movement. Join weekly for a run, yoga, or full body workout with(or without) your little ones!

 

NORTHVILLE FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY
Thursday, May 2
@ Northville Downs
Opening Day of the 2019 Farmers Market is Thursday, May 2. Growers from all over Michigan provide a variety of flowers, plants and spring produce during the month of May. As the spring and summer continue, market vendors transition to produce and Michigan made products and goods. Don’t miss out on this fun event!

 

MICROSOFT’S CODE YOUR OWN VIDEO GAME WITH MAKECODE ARCADE
Thursday, May 2 & Monday, May 6
@ Microsft Store, Troy
In this free two-hour workshop, students eight and older use block coding to create a video game with MakeCode Arcade. Students learn fundamental game and coding concepts—like sprites, variables, and coordinates—and use their new skills to create and customize a playable game.

 

MICROSOFT’S HARRY POTTER WORKSHOP KANO CODING KIT WORKSHOP
Thursday, May 2 & Tuesday, May 7
@ Microsft Store, Troy
This free one-hour workshop introduces students eight and above to the foundational concepts of coding. Participants will follow simple steps with drag-and-drop code blocks and create Harry Potter spell motions, magical creatures, and artefacts, all with the coding wand and a Surface device.

 

PAJAMA CLUB STORYTIME
May 2, 9, 16
@ Huntington Woods Public Library
Families with young children of all ages will enjoy sharing books, music and early literacy activities of all kinds together. Bring the whole family and wear your pajamas if you like!

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, May 3 
@ Cranbrook Institute of Science
Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, the Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month. Join us for a free evening of science fun!

 

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN PERIOD FURNITURE MAKERS
Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5
@ Detroit Institute of Art
Acquire an appreciation for eighteenth-century American furniture as members of the Society of American Furniture Makers demonstrate traditional, hand-powered construction techniques. Enjoy a guided tour of the DIA’s eighteenth-century furniture collection or have your child participate in a tool-box building workshop.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: SANDPAPER MONOPRINTS
Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5
@ Detroit Institute of Art
Come on down to the DIA and make your very own sandpaper monoprint! A monoprint is a single impression of an image made from a reprintable block. Try your hand at this unusual form of printing using sandpaper and crayons.

 

BELLE ISLE NATURE WALK
Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 19
@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit
Join the Detroit Zoological Society for monthly hikes on Belle Isle as we explore the natural beauty of the island.

 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Saturday, May 4
@ Shelby Township Library
Comic book fans of all ages can drop in to the Library any time during the day to pick out a free comic book and draw their own comics. Those who dress up as comic book characters will be entered into a prize drawing!

 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Saturday, May 4 
@ Vault of Midnight, all locations
Come for the free comics, stay for the trivia & giveaways, live tunes from DJ RX78, local artist alley, and themed noms from Hero or Villain Deli! Arrive in cosplay for an EXTRA free comic book!

 

REDFORD MODEL RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, May 4 
@ Redford Model Railroad Club, Inkster
Come on out to the Redford Model Railroad Club for their open house! View various phases of continuous layout construction as well as a variety of locomotives, cars and advertising train and more! This is a FREE event, but donations are always welcomed!

 

KOI FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 4 
@ Belle Isle Aquarium
Join us at the Belle Isle Aquarium to celebrate the Japanese heritage of our beloved Koi fish with an homage to Japanese culture. The day will include elements of Japan’s Children’s Day (celebrated on May 5th) with a selection of traditional Japanese games, music, martial arts and more!

 

FARMINGTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY COMIC CON
Saturday, May 4 
@ Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills
Come geek out with us at our first annual FCL Comic Con. In honor of National Free Comic Book Day, we will be celebrating comics and all things pop culture with games, giveaways, activities, crafts, costume contests, and more!

 

NATURE MAKERSPACE EVENT
May 4 & May 24 
@ Farmington Nature Center
Design, create, and make using nature as an inspiration to solve real-world challenges. Makerspace learning is driven by children’s natural curiosity and desire to make things. The Nature Center is becoming a unique hub for young scientists and engineers to dream, plan, invent, and test.

 

CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA & PARADE
Sunday, May 5 
@ Clark Park, Detroit
The Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade will begin promptly at noon on Sunday May 5th. The fiesta at Clark Park following the parade will have bouncy houses, horse rides, petting zoo, face-painting, clown, train rides, food, community and selling vendors, Mariachi Band, DJ and other entertainment.

 

ST. FLORIAN PARISH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Sunday, May 5 
@ St. Florian Church, Hamtramck
Everyone is invited to join Polish Pride of Michigan as we ring in Spring with non-stop entertainment, polkas, Polish folk dance performances, homemade Polish food, raffles, games and EVERYTHING Strawberry.

 

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY: BIKE RODEO
Wednesday, May 8
@ Livonia Community Recreation Center
Join us for a Bike Rodeo at John Stymelski Veteran’s Park! All are welcome to attend this free event celebrating National Bike to School Day. Activities include safety demos, on-road bike tour, skills competition, rules of the road and bike gear giveaways!

 

KINDERCONCERTS
Friday, May 10
@ Ann Arbor District Library
Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP AT FLOWER AND ART FAIR
Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11
@ Downtown Lake Orion
Join DIA at the Flower and Art Fair and make a Paper Flower. Make your own paper versions of the flowers you find in our collection that inspire you.

 

WAYNE COUNTY PARKS SATURDAY IN THE PARK
Saturdays in May
@ Nankin Mills Park, Westland
Six miles of Hines Drive (from Outer Drive to Ann Arbor Trail) will be closed to traffic every Saturday for the public of all ages to run, walk, skate, or cycle safely.

 

BIRMINGHAM ART FAIR
Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12
@ Shain Park
Art Birmingham, originally known as the Birmingham Fine Art Festival, celebrates its 38th annual return to Shain Park, downtown Birmingham’s beautiful City Park. This exquisite fine art fair showcases 150 juried artists, free admission, art activities and a food court creating a great tradition to enjoy for Mother’s Day weekend.

 

DETROIT TOUCH-A-TRUCK
Saturday, May 11
@ West Riverfront Park, Detroit
Touch-a-Truck is a FREE hands-on family event that will provide children with the opportunity to explore large vehicles of all types, including those used by professionals in construction, public safety, transportation, landscaping and other industries.

 

KINDERCONCERTS
Saturday, May 11
@ Dexter District Library
Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianistKathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.

 

PAINT PARTY AT HUNTINGTON WOODS LIBRARY
Saturday, May 11
@ Huntington Woods Library
Plan to get messy – we’ll be painting with our fingers, hands and feet!

 

CAMP OKONOKA OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, May 11
@ Camp Okonoka, Belle Isle
Head to Belle Isle and learn about Boll Family YMCA’s Summer Camp – Camp Okonoka. YMCA Camp Okonoka is help at the Athletic Field House on Belle Isle. Camp Okonoka incorporates traditional day camp activities in a open outdoor setting. They have fun while they develop friendships, better their health, enhance literacy, develop skills, gain independence, and appreciate teamwork.

 

STORYTIME
Saturday, May 11
@ Cranbrook Art Museum
Join Bloomfield Township librarians and Cranbrook’s museum educators for storytime and self-guided observation activities in our current exhibitions! Content will be geared toward children ages 4–7, but all ages are welcome with an adult!

 

ARTIST DEMOSTRATION: LIVE SCREEN PAINTING WITH ONE CUSTOM CITY
Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12
@ Detroit Institute of Art
Join the artists of One Custom City for a live screen-printing demo! Bring your own blank t-Shirt and give screen-printing a shot. Founded in 2008, One Custom City offers screen-printed products that merge craft, creativity, and a deep connection to community.

KINDERCONCERTS
Saturday, May 11
@ Chelsea District Library
Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianistKathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.

 

MORSE ELEMENTARY BOOK BAZAAR
Saturday, May 11
@ Morse Elementary School, Troy

The Morse Elementary Book Bazaar will feature children’s books by authors from across the Metro Detroit area, Ohio, and Indiana. We’re inviting young readers in Kindergarten through fifth grade and their families who are looking to find their new favorite children’s book.

 

MOTHER’S DAY 
Sunday, May 12
@ Beacon Park, Detroit
It’s time to celebrate the moms in your life! Take mom to Lumen Detroit for a nice brunch and stop through Beacon Park Detroit before or after for live music, lawn games and some fun inside the Beacon Parkcade. Bring mom to the park where The Woodhouse Day Spa – Detroit will be offering chair massages, gift cards, gift baskets and more!

 

MOM’S FREE HAYRIDES
Sunday, May 12
@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center
Moms get a free ride today when they take their children on the hayride , as a thank you to those that work very hard and still have time to come with their kids for a fun afternoon at the farm.

 

KINDERCONCERTS
Monday, May 13
@ Chelsea District Library
Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianistKathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.

 

NATURE TOTS
Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18
@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit
Join us for a FREE program for children ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together! Programs will be held on the third Friday and Saturday of each month at the Belle Isle Nature Center.

 

MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE ZOO

Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is one of the nation’s largest off-site pet adoption events. The Detroit Zoological Society hosts this semiannual event in partnership with the Michigan Humane Society. Meet Your Best Friend is a free event and takes place in the parking lot beneath the Zoo’s landmark water tower.

 

MAKER GIRL MANIA: PAMPHLET STITCH BOOK

Saturday, May 18

@ Clarkston High School

Join the DIA at Maker Girl Mania in Clarkston and create a pamphlet stitch book. Use an assortment of decorative papers to make a book bound with a traditional form of stitching .

 

GREATER ROCHESTER HERITAGE DAYS

Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19

@ Rochester Municipal Park

Over 42 years of bringing a fun free event to the Greater Rochester area! Come visit the car and craft shows. See the civil war re-enactors and displays, eat some yummy food and listen to some great performances too.

 

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19

@ Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit

Join us for an afternoon celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month through a blend of traditional and contemporary performances. A collaboration of the diverse community cultural groups found across Southeast Michigan, these performances showcase the arts of several Asian cultures and promise an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

 

WATER SAFETY DAY

Saturday, May 18

@ Goldfish Swim School; multiple locations

Join us at our FREE Safety Day event on May 18th! Children and families will receive information about ways to stay safer in and around the water this summer! Goldfish aims to educate families by calling attention to steps we can all take to prevent accidents from occurring. Other activities include:

 

NOVI’S SPRING PALOOZA

Saturday, May 18

@ Novi Civic Center

Jump into spring with Novi’s Spring Palooza on Friday, May 18! Get ready for a wide variety of games, live entertainment, inflatable obstacle courses, free food, hands-on demonstrations from the Novi Police and Fire Departments, and so much more!

 

FLOWER DAY

Sunday, May 19

@ Eastern Market, Detroit

It’s almost that time of year again! Flower Day takes place every year on the Sunday after Mother’s Day and has been a time-honored tradition of Eastern Market since 1967. Growers offer a wide variety of flowers at a great value so we recommend you come early for the best selection!

 

ROYAL OAK KIDS DAY

Sunday, May 19

@ Van Every Family Chiropractic Center

This event will provide essential information to all attendees on crime prevention and child safety. Along with this, your kiddo can enjoy a bouncy house, obstacle course, game, prizes, and more! There will even be an awesome DJ to add to the fun! Don’t miss out on this great event!

 

LOST LAKE OPEN HOUSE-ALL THE WATER ON EARTH

Sunday, May 19

@ Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

We will be taking samples of Lost Lake beneath the microscope to look at the tiniest life we can see, we will be sampling the water to determine quality of both the lake and the surrounding marshes, and even play some water games and experiments inside!

 

FAMILY DAY AT CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Sunday, May 19

@ Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Enjoy FREE general museum admission from 1:00 – 4:00pm, courtesy of the supporters of Women Rock Science. Planetarium programs and our exhibit, Doom of the Dinosaurs: Are We Next? will be open for an additional fee.

 

HOWELL NATURE CENTER’S ANIMAL ACOUSTICS
Monday, May 20
@ Northville District Library
Nature is full of music, thanks to animal vocalizations! Join as we explore the various sounds that your animal friends can make, and how they use them to survive.  We will also talk about how animals have special adaptations for hearing nature’s music in this interactive, one-of-a-kind program!

 

ZINGERMAN’S CREAMERY 18th BIRTHDAY + FREE GELATO
Wednesday, May 22
@ Zingerman’s Creamery, Ann Arbor
May 22nd marks Zingerman’s Creamery 18th Birthday! As a thank you to our incredible customer’s continuous support, we will be serving free scoops of our sorbet and gelato! Join us, from 12pm- 6pm at our Cream Top Shop for this exciting giveaway!

 

PONTIAC SPRING CARNIVAL
Thursday, May 23 – Sunday, May 26
@ Downtown Pontiac
The Pontiac Regional Chamber Annual Spring Carnival is back! Games, rides, prizes, and more!

 

DEARBORN HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT NO.7’S FAMILY FUN FINE ARTS FAIR
Thursday, May 23
@ Pardee Elementary School
The DIA will be at Dearborn Heights School District No. 7’s Family Fun Fine Arts Fair at Pardee Elementary School making watercolor postcards. Participants can create postcards of their own design to send to friends and family.

SUMPTER TOWNSHIP COUNRTY FEST
Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27
@ Sumpter Fairgrounds
The Country Fest is held every Memorial Day Weekend! Free children’s entertainment, bingo/beer tent, casino, pony rides, petting zoo, silent auction, crafts, car show, princess pageant, live music, car racing, carnival rides and more!

 

3RD ANNUAL KENSIGTON METROPARK ART AFIR
Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27
@ Kensington Metropark
Join DIA at the 3rd Annual Kensington Metropark Art Fair and make a mosaic. A mosaic is a picture or decoration made of small pieces of stone, glass or other substance. Make a simple mosaic using a variety of art-making materials.

 

ENGLISH-ARABIC STORYTIME
Saturday, May 25
@ Arab American National Museum, Dearborn
Children ages 2-6 and their parents are invited to attend storytime in the Library at AANM. A storyteller will read picture books in both English and Arabic, teaching a few Arabic words and phrases. Following the story, there will be time for free play, crafts or games in the Library.

 

SENSORY FRIENDLY SATURDAY WITH ANN ARBOR SYMPHONY
Saturday, May 25
@ Frederic H. Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti
Sensory Friendly Saturday offers accessible programming opportunities to patrons and their families needing special accommodations. The event starts at 1:30 pm and features a hands-on experience with brass instruments through our Instrument Petting Zoo program. Following the zoo there will be a 30 minute performance by our Brass Quintet!

 

MOVIE IN THE COURTYARD: THE MIGHTY DUCKS
Saturday, May 25
@ Trumbull & Porter Hotel, Detroit

The popular free movie series returns to Trumbull & Porter’s outdoor courtyard this spring and Saturday nights are all about the 90s! Enjoy happy hour specials at Red Dunn Kitchen before the films. And during the movie, the Pump Room outdoor bar will serve popcorn and drinks. The 15,000-square-foot courtyard has a bonfire, plus chairs, picnic table seating and ground seating (bring a blanket)

 

STERLING HEIGHTS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Monday, May 27
@ Sterling Heights City Hall
Sterling Heights’ 39th Annual Memorial Day activities begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 28 in the City Center Courtyard between City Hall and the Police Department as hundreds gather for a solemn tribute to all veterans who died in the line of duty.

 

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE IN WATERFORD
Monday, May 27
@ Skull Island
Join us for our 9th annual Memorial Day Parade. We have a pirate ship float and will be passing out candy, treasure maps, flags and other island goodies to the parade watchers.

 

MUSIC AND ME “EXERCISE”
Wednesday, May 29
@ The Village of Rochester Hills
Join us in Festival Park for music and dancing with Ms Jenna! Start with MUSIC (there is always an activity or craft for those that are antsy) and end with friendships being made (both children and parents!).

 

HOORAY FOR LEGO DAY!
Wednesday, May 29
@ Northville District Library
Kids in 1st – 5th grade make a fun hand-sized LEGO creation to be displayed in the youth area of the library! Limit 30 attendees.

 

MILAN FAIR
Thursday, May 30 – Saturday, June 1
@ Wilson Park
70th Annual Milan Fair and Fireworks! Live music and entertainment tent! Unique handmade creations for your shopping pleasure. With over 20 vendors our artisan’s market stands to be the best market in recent years!

 

SHELBY TOWNSHIP SUMMER KICKOFF
Thursday, May 30
@ Charter of Shelby Township
Come on out for Shelby Township’s Summer Kickoff! There will be food trucks, live music, plenty of activities for the kids, and a showing of Ralph Breaks the Internet. Don’t miss out on this fun night!

 

ST. MARY’S MICHIGAN FUN FEST
Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2
@ Basilica of St. Mary’s Antiochian Church
The Festival will feature exciting entertainment that includes multiple carnival rides, a casino, lots of live music, and many vendors featuring food booths with fresh exotic offerings.

 

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