Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 23-25The holiday season is in full swing! Enjoy the family time together and make great memories at these fun events! ALL WEEKENDWAYNE COUNTY LIGHTFEST Thursday, November 15 - Monday, December 31@... Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 23-25 skip to Main Content

Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 23-25

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The holiday season is in full swing! Enjoy the family time together and make great memories at these fun events!

 

ALL WEEKEND

WAYNE COUNTY LIGHTFEST

Thursday, November 15 – Monday, December 31

@ Merriman Hollow Park, Westland

Join us for the LIGHTS ON CEREMONY on Thursday, November 15 as we kick off the 25th Anniversary of the Lightfest with music, refreshments and fireworks! Lightfest will be open nightly from November 15 – December 31 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Monday – Friday and 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

 

CRY IT OUT – GIVEAWAY 

Thursday, November 15 – Sunday, December 9

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared new mom experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. Cry it Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.

 

ELF THE MUSICAL

Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 25

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

 

WILD LIGHTS AT THE DETROIT ZOO

Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo will light up the night again this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display.  For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo.  Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages.

 

HOLLY DICKENS FESTIVAL

Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25

@ Downtown Holly

The official oldest, Longest-Running Dickens’ Themed Event in the United States is back.  The Festival spans THREE weekends, beginning with a LIGHTED PARADE! The parade will be followed immediately with the arrival of Santa Claus in Historic Downtown Holly for the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony

 

VISIT WITH SANTA AT HENRY FORD MUSEUM

Friday, November 23 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Christmas Time is Here, so come visit The Man with All the Toys in a mid-century modern photo-op inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames. While visiting Santa, discover a typical Christmas morning scene from the 1960s, complete with the latest toys and a sparkling aluminum Christmas tree. Bring your own camera to capture memories. Free with museum admission.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25

@ Meadowbrook Theater, Rochester

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic captivates audiences for the 37th year with the tale of a mean-spirited miser and the ghosts that haunt him. Celebrating 37 years of holiday magic!

 

TINKERBELL VISITS STORYLAND

Saturday, November 24 – Sunday, November 25

@ Northville Marquis Theatre, Northville

Join Tinkerbell as she visits classic storybook lands and characters, and helps save the day when friends are in need. Live on the Marquis Theatre stage! Tickets available at the door or from the Theatre Box Office

 

 

FRIDAY

GROSSE POINTE SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Friday, November 23 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Downtown Grosse Pointe

Join us along the parade route on Kercheval from Lewiston to Cadieux . Presented by Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce and Grosse Pointe Chamber Foundation.

 

MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER FREE DAYS

Friday, November 23 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Enjoy free general admission at the Michigan Science Center! General admission includes 250+ hands-on exhibits, live stage shows, Spark!Lab from the Smithsonian, Kids Town gallery, STEM Playground space and more. Planetarium theater tickets will be available for purchase online and at the box office during your visit. Visit Mi-Sci.org for showtimes.

 

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN TREE

Friday, November 23 / 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

@ Friendship Factory, Rochester

Crafters will have all of the supplies they need to create their “Countdown to Christmas Tree”! A fun way for kids to build up excitement for Christmas Day by adding an ornament to their tree.

 

DETROIT INSTITUTE OF AWESOME: THANKSGIVING BREAK

Friday, November 23 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Families can visit the DIA for free fun on Friday, Nov. 23. Gallery Adventures will take place in the Dutch galleries on the third floor, or pick up Gallery Games in Prentis Court.

 

FAMILY MOVIE TIME – WONDER

Friday, November 23 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Bloomfield Public Library, Bloomfield Hills

Bring the whole family to enjoy a family friendly movie in the Story Room. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring these family movies. Wonder is the story of Auggie Pullman, who was born with facial abnormalities and has been home-schooled until his fifth-grade year. Follow him as he navigates insecurities and challenges with the help of family and friends. This film, rated PG, is based on the bestselling novel by R.J. Palacio. Running time is 113 minutes

 

THANKSGIVING FOR NATURE

Friday, November 23 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Farmington Nature Center, Farmington Hills

Get outside after the Thanksgiving Holiday! Drop in for a self-guided scavenger hunt to find out why we can be thankful for all of nature’s gifts! Drop off your completed scavenger hunt to earn a prize. Be sure to make a thanksgiving craft to take home too!

 

PUPPET PERFORMANCE: THE JOSHUA SHOW

Friday, November 23 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Spend your afternoon with award-winning puppeteer, Joshua Holden(opens in new window). His new show, The Joshua Show: Episode 2, will cheer up even the grumpiest grump, like Joshua’s right-hand man, Mr. Nicholas, who is planning an escape to outer space. With singing, tap dancing, and a cast of zany puppets, Joshua sets out to convince Mr. Nicholas to stay, and in doing so, he brings glee to the masses. Great for families of all ages!

 

SANTA ARRIVES IN KELLOGG PARK

Friday, November 23 / 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Kellogg Park, Plymouth

Santa is in town to hear what good little boys and girls want for Christmas.

 

FANTASY OF LIGHTS PARADE

Friday, November 23 / 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ Downtown Howell

Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Fantasy of Lights Parade begins at 7 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Don’t miss this traditional start of the Holiday Season in the Howell area! This spectacular nighttime parade includes dozens of illuminated floats, marching bands and Santa Claus.

 

SATURDAY

SANTALAND PARADE

Saturday, November 24 / 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Garden City High School, Garden City

The 58th Annual Garden City Downtown Development Authority Santaland Parade, Saturday at 10am. This year’s parade will feature three Grand Marshals including Miss Michigan USA Alyse Madej, American Legion Teacher of the Year Carla Young and Actor/Model Michael Pack. This yerar’s parade will again include the Great Lakes Garrison Star Wars costuming group, classic cars, three marching bands, the Crampton Brothers Band, the American Legion Riders, the Redford Unicylce Club, the Shriner Tin Lizzies, Stan the Magical Fireman, scout groups, dignitaries, floats and more!

 

GRANDPARENT & GRANDCHILD COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, November 24 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit

Classes are $15 each – reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly! One ticket to the grandparent/grandchild class is good for two people.

 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY WITH SANTA

Saturday, November 24 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Downtown Royal Oak

The event will feature pictures with Santa, arts and crafts, outdoor games, holiday music and food and beverage samples. Free Santa hats will be available while supplies last.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, November 24 / 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

An inexpensive and fun night out for families! Spend quality time together and enjoy basketball, swimming, parachutes, inflatable castle, and more.

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, November 24 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Kids can tumble, jump & play while their parents are away! Shop, dine, or catch a movie while your child is supervised in a safe environment and meeting new friends!

 

DIVE IN MOVIES / FAMILY FUN DAYS – THE LITTLE MERMAID

Saturday, November 24 / 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

@ Mack Indoor Pool, Ann Arbor

GIVE 365 will be providing themed games and activities from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for children during the dive-in movies! Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. Games will be announced and intermixed throughout the viewing. Admission is discounted to $15 per family (up to two adults, three kids) and $4 individual admission. Bring an inner tube, join in a game and have fun.

 

 

SUNDAY

STROLLER WORKOUT

Sunday, November 25 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am

@ Nature’s Playhouse, Ferndale

Stroller workouts are weather permitting – classes may be held indoors as mommy and me workouts.

 

DONUTS WITH SANTA

Sunday, November 25 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Livonia Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit, Livonia

The 2nd Annual Donuts With Santa with appearances by the Snow Queen and Frozen Princess Anna.

 

GINGERBREAD BARN

Sunday, November 25 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Join us for family fun, we will furnish all the goodies for you to create your own, holiday themed Gingerbread Barn. Please preregister.

 

MOMMY/DADDY AND ME – MENORAH HANDPRINT PLATE

Sunday, November 25 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Creative Arts Studios, Royal Oak

Celebrate the festival of lights with a little creativity! Stop by with the kiddo(s) and make an adorable Menorah plate. We’ll read a story, do some painting, and then our custom artists will add the details and your child’s name to their creation!

 

AFTERNOON TEA WITH ELSA & ANNA

Sunday, November 25 / 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

@ The Townsend, Birmingham

Our Children’s Princess Teas are Interactive for the First 45 Minutes with Singing and Dancing. We Will Have Food Stations and Fun for All Throughout….And Yes, Boys and Men love to Attend. Drinks are Available Upon Request. Enjoy Our Chilled Champagne or Mimosas/$12.00++

 

MICHIGAN FIREHOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, November 25 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Michigan Firehouse Museum, Ypsilanti

Walking through the restored firehouse, visitors can view a fire engine steamer replete with horses, ready to go on their way to a fire. The large, modern addition offers 25 changing exhibits of antique fire trucks and early fire rigs, multiple displays of historic artifacts including tools, equipment, memorabilia and the largest collection of fire truck bells in the country.

 

A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS

Sunday, November 25 / 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Music Hall Center, Detroit

In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. Poor Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, and he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King. This delightful holiday production will make children wide-eyed with delight and warm even the smallest of hearts.

 

KERRYTOWN TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL

Sunday, November 25 / 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Kerrytown Market, Detroit

Join Santa to light our holiday tree in the Kerrytown courtyard. It’s a wonderful way to ring in the season with caroling and candle luminaries!

 

For MORE EVENTS happening this weekend, please check out our full EVENT CALENDAR!

 

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Chrissy Hartig is a recent graduate of Wayne State University and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. Born in the Metro Detroit suburbs, she moved to Midtown to be closer to the excitement of the city. She loves spending her time outdoors and enjoying nature in places like Belle Isle and the Riverwalk.

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