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FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in March

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Kids can be expensive, but doing fun things with them doesn’t always have to be. Here are the top FREE things to do with kids in Metro Detroit in March.

 

KIDS YOGA

Mondays In March

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Help your child bring awareness into their lives through breath and movement while enjoying exercise. This activity is FREE for FAC members and only $12 a class for non-members!

 

ROCK N’ RHYME

Thursdays In March

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Babies up to 18 months and a caregiver will enjoy about 20 minutes of nursery rhymes, songs, stories, and bubbles followed by free play for those who wish to stay.

 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Fridays In March

@ Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Detroit

Join us at our main branch for storytime every Friday and stay for play and snack time.

 

FREE PUBLIC PLANETARIUM SHOW

Fridays In March

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

The Wayne State Planetarium presents public planetarium shows on a regular basis. Our public shows are presented at 7 PM and 8:30 pm on most Friday evenings throughout the semester.

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB

Fridays In March

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Join the Detroit City Chess Club in their regular Friday meet-ups in Prentis Court. Watch as these young players hone their craft or even sit down to test your own skills.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturdays In March

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

Huntington celebrates the Flint Institute of Arts by providing everyone access free of charge every Saturday.

 

BABY & ME STORYTIME

Saturdays In March

@ Barnes & Noble, Troy

Every Week join stop in for a special storytime for babies 0-4, and do a small project.

 

TROY SPORTS DAY

Saturday, February 1

@ Troy High School, Troy

Get to know your local youth sports organizations! Reps will answer your questions and provide detailed information about their leagues.

 

KERRYTALES WITH MOTHER GOOSE

Sunday, March 1

@ Hollander’s Book And Paper Store, Ann Arbor

Little Ones can enjoy a Mother Goose Tale read by storyteller Trudy Bulkley.

 

ARCHERY: TRY IT!

Sunday, March 1 & 15

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

This is your opportunity to give archery a try. This 30-minute program is designed as a brief introduction to archery. Participants will learn to safely handle a bow and shoot several arrows. Free with Admission.

 

CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS’S BIRTHDAY

Monday. March 2

@ Farmington Community Library, Farmington

Come hear guest reader, Jeff Pavlik, read a Dr. Seuss story, share in some birthday cake and other fun activities.

 

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

Tuesday, March 3

@ Summit, Canton

Join us to celebrate World Wildlife Day with a Super Hero theme! We will be welcoming Howell Nature Center as they present their program called “Wild Super Powers”.

 

LITTLE HIKERS (AGES 0-6)

Friday, March 6

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

This program is designed for parents to take a guided walk with their child, learn about the outdoors and learn ways to introduce children to the natural world around them.

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, March 6

@ Cranbrook Institute Of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to the Cranbrook Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: IT’S A ZOO IN HERE

March 6 – 8

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Come to the DIA Studio and create a project called, “It’s a Zoo in Here!” Free with Admission.

 

CRACK ‘O DAWN COFFEE CLUB

Saturday, March 7

@ Lake Erie Marshland’s Museum, Brownstown

Begin the day with some coffee and treats before participants head outside for a guided stroll while discussing the seasonal happenings within the park.

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: COMMUNITY CREATIONS

Saturday, March 7

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Families with children ages six and up are invited to look, learn, and create together in this hands-on workshop inspired by the UMMA exhibition Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square.

 

PLAY DAY WITH THE ANN ARBOR HANDS ON MUSEUM

Saturday, March 7

@ Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Township

Presented by the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, this event provides children opportunities to do multiple activities that focus on the fun of learning.

 

MAC KID PLAY DATE AT GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL

Saturday, March 7

@ Goldfish Swim School, Clarkston

Macaroni Kid Huron Valley and Macaroni Kid Fenton have teamed up with our friends at Goldfish Clarkston to offer our readers the chance to discover what makes Goldfish Swim School the best choice for swim lessons.

 

BELLE ISLE NATURE WALKS

March 7 – 8

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Belle Isle is a fantastic place to observe the changing seasons, encounter wildlife and admire unique flora. Enjoy a guided hike then stay and see some other the other attractions around the island.

 

BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS

Sunday, March 8

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Come join us to build your birding confidence and enjoyment!

 

FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, March 8 / 12:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Thanks to Ford Motor Company Fund, the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is providing complimentary general admission on Sunday, March 8, from noon to 5 p.m. to celebrate women in science and their groundbreaking work in STEM over the years.

 

TOY STORY

Wednesday, March 11

@ Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Township

Join us for a showing of this fan favorite!  This 1995 Pixar animated film tells the story of toys that come to life when humans are not looking, and their rivalry for the affections of Andy.

 

NOVI NATURE AT NIGHT: ALL ABOUT BATS

Thursday, March 12

@ Novi Civic Center, Novi

Learn about Michigan’s nine species of bats, the threats they’re facing, how their populations are being managed throughout the Great Lakes region, and how you can participate in bat-related citizen science projects.

 

NATURE MAKERSPACE EXPERIENCE

Friday, March 13

@ Farmington Nature Center, Farmington Hills

Design, create and make using nature as inspiration to solve real world challenges.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: TONGUE DEPRESSION PUPPETS

March 13- 15

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Use fabric, yarn and felt to turn a tongue depressor into a character worthy of its own puppet show!

 

ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Saturday, March 14

@ Village Of Pickney

Line up Main Street and watch the parade to put you in the St. Patrick’s holiday spirit!

 

ROYAL OAK ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2020

Saturday, March 14

@ Downtown Royal Oak

It’s that time again to gear up and get your green on and watch the annual parade!

 

FREE YOUNG ASTONOMER’S SHOW

Saturday, March 14

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

Our Saturday morning shows last about one hour and are geared towards a younger audience (ages 10 years and younger).

 

LUCKY LEPRECHAUN DAY

Saturday, March 14

@ Canterbury Village, Orion Charter Township

The leprechauns have scattered coins all around the village and it’s your job to find them!

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY

Saturday, March 14

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Beacon Park will be transformed into an Irish pub complete with live entertainment throughout the afternoon, lawn games and free activities for kids.

 

STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER

Saturday, March 14

@ Livonia Civic Center Library, Livonia

Leave your stuffed animal at the library for a sleepover, and see what mischief they get into overnight when you pick them up on Sunday morning.

 

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT

Sunday, March 15

@ U-M Museum Of Natural History, Ann Arbor

Only for the curious!  Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in activities to learn about their cutting-edge research during Forsythe Middle School’s Young Scientists’ Expo.

 

CORKTOWN ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Sunday, March 15

@ Corktown, Detroit

Find your seat on the original brick road of Michigan Avenue (between 6th and 14th street) to watch the color guard units, floats, novelty groups and marching bands for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

 

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Monday, March 16

@ Clarkston Independence District Library, Clarkston

Local Preschools will be here to answer all of your burning questions about their schools! Everything from what their curriculum is, to their potty training policy, to fees!

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY BOGO OPEN JUMP

Tuesday, March 17

@ Pump It Up, Westland

It’s your lucky Day! Bring in a friend and wear GREEN on March 17th to any scheduled Open Jump session and receive a Buy One Get One FREE Open Jump Admission.

 

THRILLING THURSDAYS: FIRST DAY OF SPRING COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, March 19

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

he last Thursday of each month, we offer free admission from 6 to 8 p.m. for all of our visitors and special programs, fun and games around a specific topic each month, plus enjoy all the exhibits at the Outdoor Adventure Center!

 

NATURE TOTS

 March 20 -22

@ 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!

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: PRINTMAKING

March 20 -22

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Use foam printing plates, water-based inks and a wooden stylus to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind hand-pulled prints on paper.

 

YO-YO TRICKS

Saturday, March 21

@ Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Township

Yoyotricks.com will give an overview and demonstration of yo-yo tricks, from popular to complex. Bring your yo-yo (or purchase one when you get here) and join in the fun!

 

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUM: CANADA

Saturday, March 21

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Join us as we travel around the world and look at art from different countries. We will read a story in the galleries and include a fun, age-appropriate, hands-on activity related to it.

 

ASH BASKETS AND ASH BORERS

Saturday, March 21

@ U-M Museum Of Natural History, Ann Arbor

Learn about Native American basketry traditions, the trees that make them possible, and the invasive bugs that are changing Michigan’s forests.

 

MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE

Sunday, March 22

@ Midtown, Detroit

All are invited to join in the Annual Marche du Nain Rouge, a parade made up of the citizens of Detroit. At the Marche, our krewes build human-powered floats, perform music, coordinate themed costumes and represent their Detroit neighborhoods together.

 

WOMEN IN SCIENCE DAY

Sunday, March 22

@ U-M Museum Of Natural History, Ann Arbor

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this whole day will highlight women in science.

 

HOORAY FOR LEGO DAY

Wednesday, March 25

@ Northville District Library, Northville

Kids in 1st – 5th grade make a fun hand-sized LEGO creation to be displayed in the youth area of the library.

 

PARKS AND CRAFTS

Saturday, March 28

@ Gallup Park, Ann Arbor

Join the Ecology Center to make a craft, learn about recycling and sustainability, and participate in a park activity provided by GIVE 365.

 

OAC LUMBERJACK DAY

Saturday, March 28

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

We will be celebrating all things related to the forests of Michigan – maple syrup treats, two-man saw competition, products of the forest, chainsaw artists in action and more! Free with Admission.

 

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Saturday, March 28

@ Trinity, Utica

oin us and our special guest from “The Amazing Chemistry Show.” Kids and adults alike will enjoy this entertaining production filled with fireballs, colored foam, liquid nitrogen, and glow-in-the-dark solutions. As we share Christ’s story with love through our annual Eggstravaganza, it will end with an “eggcellent” Easter egg hunt!

 

CMPL COMIC CON 2020

Saturday, March 28

@ Clinton-Macomb Main Library, Clinton Township

Join us for our 4th year of offering a full day of FREE pop culture for all ages! Panels, fandoms, workshops, games, crafts, comics, costumes, contests, D&D, art, food trucks, and more!

 

SENSORY PLAY SATURDAYS, AGES BIRTH  – THREE YEARS

Saturday, March 28

@ Royal Oak Public Library, Royal Oak

Babies and toddlers are invited to drop-in and play and explore with various sensory activities, toys, and textures in and around the room.

 

FREE OPEN HOUSE: THE UNDERRATED TREE

Sunday, March 29

@ Lost Lake Nature Park, Oakland Township

Join us at the nature center for this up-close look at everything tree related! We will be learning how to tell a trees age from the rings (as well as what those rings actually represent), press our own leaves to take home, learn the benefit of trees in nature (and our cities), and demonstrate what is actually happening when a tree loses its leaves.

 

2020 DETROIT GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

Sunday, March 29

@ Greektown, Detroit

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate Greek history and culture — past, present and future — and support the families and businesses of the historic Greektown neighborhood!

 

 

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About Mary Furgason

Mary Furgason is a fitness instructor and writer on LittleGuide Detroit. She lives in western Oakland County with her husband and four kids. Mom of kids in pre-school through high school she knows the ins and outs of motherhood and the best things to do with kids of all ages.

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