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FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in November

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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 November.

 

MAMAS CIRCLE

Mondays in November

@ Detroit Mamas Hub, Detroit

Detroit Mamas Circle is a Mama-hosted, mellow meet-up for parents and their kiddos, prenatal to preschool. We bring the toys and some tasty treats, you bring yourself and your babe(s)!

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Fridays in November

@ 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.

 

SATURDAY MARKET

Saturdays in November

@ Eastern Market, Detroit

Bustling with as many as 45,000 visitors in a day, the Saturday Market at Eastern Market is one of America’s most original destinations for fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers and local art.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturdays in November

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

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

 

HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY BACK

November 1 – November 15

@ North Oaks Dental, Royal Oak

Too much Halloween candy? Bring in your unopened candies for a chance to win a prize! All candies will be sent to our troops overseas.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: SUGAR SKULLS

November 1 – November 3

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Learn how sugar skulls are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities while you decorate one of your own.

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, November 1

@ 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.

 

RUMBLIN’ TUMBLIN’ PUMPKIN ROLLDOWN

Friday, November 1

@ Huron Park, Roseville

Have you ever seen a pumpkin roll down a sledding hill?  Join us the for crazy, fun event and see how gravity works on your carved pumpkin!

 

COMMUNITY MAKER ART

Saturday, November 2

@ Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex, Plymouth

Maker Days community members can come tinker, experiment, and create alongside local makers of all ages during a fun day of exploring creativity through art and design!

 

KERRY TALES WITH MOTHER GOOSE

Sunday, November 3

@ Hollander’s Book And Paper Store, Ann Arbor

Bring your little one(s) to enjoy some classic stories!  Featuring Storyteller Trudy Bulkley. She will read Mother Goose tales.

 

DETROIT LIONS WATCH PARTY

November 3 & 10

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Sports are coming back to Beacon Park Detroit! Sports tailgates at Beacon Park welcome Detroit Football fans of all ages to cheer on the Lions for their away games. Watch the game on the big screen (10’x20’) and enjoy music, lawn games, signature drinks from Lumen, and tailgate fare.

 

MOMMY & ME HIKES

Thursday, November 7

@ Marshbank Park, West Bloomfield

We invite you and your child to join our Naturalist on a nature discovery and exercise walk. The trail is unpaved so all-terrain strollers are recommended. Indoor activities will be added if it’s too cold.

 

WEE STROLL

Friday, November 8

@ 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.

 

YOUNG ASTRONOMER PLANETARIUM SHOW

Saturday, November 9

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

The Wayne State Planetarium welcomes astronomers of all ages! Our Saturday morning shows last about one hour and are geared towards a younger audience.

 

THE NUTCRACKER WITH THE ACADEMY OF RUSSIAN CLASSICAL BALLET

Saturday, November 9

@ Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor

Join us as the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet performs a shortened version of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker, followed by a meet and greet with the dancers.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: ASSEMBLAGE

Saturday, November 9

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts Artmaking Studio, Detroit

Spend some time in the galleries admiring work by Betye Saar, Mickalene Thomas or Benny Andrews and then come to the studio to create your own mixed media piece of art.

 

DEARBORN YOUTH THEATER PRESENTS: FROZEN JR., REHEARSALS BEGIN

Saturday, November 9

@ Ford Community And Performing Arts Center, Dearborn

Actors, singers and dancers, ages 11-18, are invited to take part in Dearborn Youth Theatre’s upcoming program, which prepares for and culminates in a full-scale performance of the musical, “Frozen, Jr.”

 

MUSEUM OPENING: PART 2

Sunday, November 10

@ U of M Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor

The reveal you’ve been waiting for! Be among the first to see the rest of the U-M Museum of Natural History with the grand opening of three new major exhibits and two public labs.

 

FAMILY STORYTIMES: CHOMP, STOMP, GROWL, & ROAR! DINOSAURS!

Saturday, November 11

@ Birmingham Museum, Birmingham

Join us for stories, songs, and activities hosted offsite at the Birmingham Museum. Hosted by the Baldwin Public library.

 

STAR PARTIES

Tuesday, November 12

@ Heritage Park, Farmington Hills

Join the Farmington Community Stargazers at the sledding hill in Heritage Park to observe stars, planets and other celestial objects in the night sky through telescopes.

 

 

BOULEVARD TREE LIGHTING/SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE KICK-OFF

Friday, November 15

@ Downtown Plymouth

Watch the Downtown Plymouth area lit aglow as the city prepares for the upcoming holiday season.

 

TREE LIGHTING

Friday, November 15

@ Downtown Wyandotte

Visitors are welcomed to the Tree Lighting where they are given jingle bells to join in with the Roosevelt High School Choir. Festive decorations surround the guests along with live reindeer and other cheerful booths full of fun. The cookie walk will also be taking place that night as well!

 

SHELTER MAKING

Saturday, November 16

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

This Free event is for ages 5-12 yrs.  Learn how to build two different types of wilderness shelters –an A-frame and a Lean-to, and the best places to build in an emergency.

 

STAR WARS SNAPOLOGY WORKSHOP

Saturday, November 16

@ Shelby Township Library, Shelby Township

If you love Star Wars, this is the adventure for you! You’ll work together on Star Wars themed activities using Legos and other interactive learning tools to build creations such as star ships and lightsabers.

 

FROZEN INTERACTIVE MOVIE

Saturday, November 16

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

Get ready for the next Frozen movie by watching the original Frozen movie. Because the movie is interactive, you can sing along to your favorite songs and participate along with the movie! We’ll have plenty of popcorn and maybe even a frozen treat.

 

COUNT ME IN! SPECIAL NEEDS STORYTIME

Saturday, November 16

@ Canton Public Library, Canton

This is a sensory-friendly story-time filled with picture books, preschool songs and simple sign language especially designed for patrons of all ages with special needs and their families and/or caregivers.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: ACCORDIAN BOOKS

November 16 & 17

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts Artmaking studio, Detroit

The accordion book is one of the most versatile and easiest books to make. Create your own, then decorate it using markers, ribbon and beads. Free with admission!

 

SENSORY STORY TIME

Monday, November 18

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Join us for a more laid-back, inclusive story time that explores the sights, sounds, touch, and smells.

 

HOORAY FOR LEGO DAY

Wednesday, November 20

@ 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. Different design themes featured for each program.

 

DETROIT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 22

@ Campus Martius, Detroit

The tree lighting ceremony will feature a Michigan-grown, 60-foot Norwegian Spruce wrapped in more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments. For the second time in history, the celebration and entertainment expands to two different Downtown Parks!

 

LIGHT THE VILLAGE

Friday, November 22

@ The Village Of Rochester Hills

It’s an evening for families and friends to come together and experience a tradition; the tradition of music and entertainment, the tradition of a festive light display, the tradition of Santa’s arrival and the tradition of family and friends gathered for a community purpose.

 

TREE LIGHTING & LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE

Friday, November 22

@ Downtown Allen Park

An exciting way to kick off the holiday season! We will start by lighting the town holiday tree, followed by the annual Christmas parade down Park Avenue.

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE & TREE LIGHTING

Friday, November 22

@ Downtown Northville

Hometown Holiday is a community celebration that kicks off the holiday season. The celebration begins with the parade and the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree in Town Square.

 

TURKEY VISIT FROM BOWERS FARM

Saturday, November 23

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Bowers Farm is visiting the Baldwin Library! Meet a real live turkey and other small feathered friends.

 

ELSA AND ANNA MEET AND GREET

Saturday, November 23

@ Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc., St. Clair Shores

Let’s celebrate with Elsa and Anna on the new release of Frozen 2! Elsa and Anna will be here at Whistle Stop to sing you a song or two and pose for pictures! We are so excited for this magical day!

 

HOLIDAY GLOW

Saturday, November 23

@ Downtown Brighton

Each year, the Chamber’s annual Holiday Glow officially launches the holiday season in Livingston County. There will be holiday music, a petting farm, horse drawn hay rides and of course a visit from Santa himself!

 

DFT ANIMATION CLUB: TIA & PIUJUQ

November 23 & 24

@ Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit

Tia, a young Syrian girl new to Montreal, longs for friends when she accidentally discovers a magic portal. Through this portal she meets Piujuq, an equally bored and lonely Inuk girl who introduces Tia to her world. Tia and Piujuq spend their time together connecting through games and Inuit stories when their blossoming friendship is threatened by a mysterious figure.

 

CHRISTMAS IN MILL RACE VILLAGE

Sunday, November 24

@ Mill Race Village, Northville

Come and see the Village decorated for Christmas. Christmas Tea in the Cady Inn, The Caroling Belles, Father Christmas, Christmas Music and Crafts.

 

CHRISTMAS TREE-LIGHTING & SING-ALONG

Sunday, November 24

@ Ford Community And Performing Arts Center, Dearborn

Join us as we mark the beginning of the end-of-the-year holidays at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center! Enjoy live music before the lighting of the tree! Take part in the annual Sing-Along with the Mayor in the Theater, followed by light refreshments.

 

ROYAL OAK TREE LIGHTING

Thursday. November 28

@ Downtown Royal Oak

Come gather in Downtown Royal Oak to celebrate the open of the Holiday Season at Washington Ave & Fifth Street as the Mayor turns on the holiday lights and the city tree. Enjoy the Handbell Choir, Salvation Army Band, Refreshments and Holiday Magic at the Farmers Market.

 

FAMILY TOURS-THANKSGIVING BREAK

Friday, November 29

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Your guide for family tours awaits in the Great Hall. Weather permitting, your adventure may include outdoor objects.

 

SANTA’S ARRIVAL

Friday, November 29

@ Downtown Plymouth

Santa’s House will be open for children to meet Santa. The Historical Museum will also be open that night at the same time with their Special Christmas Exhibit.

 

SANTA WALK/SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Saturday, November 30

@ Downtown Birmingham

This event will welcome Santa to town during a celebration complete with ringing sleigh bells, stops at various stores with giveaways, and concluding at Santa’s quaint home in Shain Park. Children who participate in the Santa Walk will be among the first to visit Santa at the Santa House!

 

MILFORD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, November 30

@ Downtown Milford

Watch the beautiful floats, listen to the holiday music, and get a chance to see Santa himself as he starts off the holiday season for spectators!

 

25TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Saturday, November 30

@ Downtown Auburn Hills

Join us for an evening of holiday celebration as Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Mayor light our Christmas tree! Stop by the den for pictures with Santa, take a carriage ride through Downtown, enjoy s’mores around the fire pit, and see an amazing performance by the Avondale High School Choir.

 

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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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