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TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN APRIL

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April showers won’t stop us – it’s going to be a fun month with longer and warmer days that will finally allow us to escape the house without winter gear in tow! While enjoying the spring, we’ll also celebrate Earth Day this month. Check out our top picks for what to do with your kids in the month of April.

 

FESTIVALS & SHOWS

TALE AS OLD AS TIME – DISNEY IN CONCERT
Tuesday, April 3 / 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Brought to life by the talents of four Broadway caliber singers and featuring high resolution Animated Feature Film sequences, DISNEY IN CONCERT: Tale as Old as Time explores iconic moments, plot twists, and feats of daring heroics from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Lion King, and many more.

 

ROYAL OAK SPRING ART FAIR
Thursday, April 5 – Friday, April 6
@ Royal Oak Farmers Market
Royal Oak Market: Spring Art Fair (April 5-6) will feature 75 juried artists and kicks off the fair season. This indoor event will include delicious food trucks, entertainment, Ann Arbor Brewing Company Craft beer and wine and is open until 10PM each evening, making this a perfect date night experience.

 

DARCI LYNNE AND FRIENDS LIVE – TICKET GIVEAWAY
Sunday, April 8 / 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
@ Fox Theatre
Coming off her record-breaking finale performance on season 12 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, 13-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne brings her jaw-dropping talent, hilarious puppets and vibrant personality as part of her tour titled “Darci Lynne and Friends Live” to the Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

 

SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL – TICKET GIVEAWAY
Tuesday, April 10 – Sunday, April 22
@ Fisher Theatre
Based on the cult film and with a rocking new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock follows slacker Dewey Finn as he turns a class of straight–A  students into an ear-popping, riff-scorching, all-conquering rock band! As they prepare for the Battle of the Bands, can Dewey make them embrace the empowering message of rock?

 

GREENFIELD VILLAGE OPENING DAY
Saturday, April 14 / 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
@ Greenfield Village
Experience firsthand the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s fascinating formation, where over 80 acres brim with resourcefulness and ingenuity. Here, 300 years of American perseverance serve as a living reminder that anything is possible.

 

GREEN DAY @ BELLE ISLE
Saturday, April 21 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Belle Isle Nature Center
In observance of the global holiday celebrating life on our planet, this annual celebration includes earth-friendly crafts, games, storytelling, keeper talks and exhibits by local conservation groups.

 

DETROIT FAIRYTALE BALL
Sunday, April 22 / 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
@ Cobo Center
Meet all the Princesses at The Fairytale Ball. This 2 Hour event is full of magical moments you won’t want to miss! Dance with Cinderella. Read with Rapunzel. Share Sweet Treats with Tinkerbell. Create a Tiara with Elena! All of our princesses are excited to sing, dance, and play with your little ones! Our event focuses on making sure your little one feels royal throughout all of our activities.

 

ANN ARBOR EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Sunday, April 22 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Leslie Science & Nature Center
The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival is an annual celebration coordinated by the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee, a coalition of local environmental nonprofits and agencies, and held at Leslie Science & Nature Center. This free, family-friendly event features displays from 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; hands-on activities; live entertainment; green building & commuting technologies; energy topics; water awareness; sustainable agriculture; and more.

 

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Sunday, April 22 / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
@ Heritage Park
Celebrate the Earth with FREE family-fun activities, live music, face painting, earth friendly crafts, informational booths, giveaways and more! Local food trucks will have food for purchase and the tractor will provide low-cost hayrides during the event!

 

LIVE! SHREK THE MUSICAL
Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29
@ Redford Theatre
And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

 

CHILDREN’S SERIES: CAT IN THE HAT
Saturday, April 28 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
@ Meadowbrook Theatre
Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met, and he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she comes home?

 

EVENTS

AFTERNOON TEA: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Sunday, April 1 / 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
@ The Townsend
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.

 

ANTLER AMBLE
Friday, April 6 / 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
@ Bloomer Park
Each winter, white-tailed deer shed their antlers only to grow new ones in the spring. Learn about this amazing cycle then search the trails and wooded areas in Bloomer Park for dropped antlers. Dress for the weather and walking in the woods, rain or shine! You can take home any antlers you may find.

 

MOTHER DAUGHTER PRINCESS TEA
Saturday, April 7 / 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
@ The Longacre House
Dress up like a princess and join in on a fancy tea party! Activities will include a princess craft to take home, a tea complete with the fanciest cookies in town. You’ll have a chance to get your picture taken with famous princesses.

 

MUDPUPPY PALOOZA
Sunday, April 8 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Belle Isle Nature Center
This annual celebration of the aquatic salamander that inhabits the Detroit River features fun and educational activities such as mask making, games and mudpuppy cookie decorating. The event also includes keeper talks and the opportunity to view mudpuppies up close while learning about the species and conservation efforts on its behalf.

 

DOWN ON THE FARM IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT
Saturday, April 14 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center
Agriculture is an important part of Michigan’s past, present and future. Meet some of our farm animal favorites right here at the Outdoor Adventure Center. Our archery range will be transformed into a barn, and you will be able to get up close to cows, pigs, chickens and more!

 

GREENFEST AT THE DETROIT ZOO
Saturday, April 14 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Detroit Zoo
This pre-Earth Day celebration will feature a sustainability tour to learn more about our anaerobic digester, educational rain gardens, farm-to-table food options, composting program and other initiatives as part of our Green Journey. Activities will include chemistry demonstrations, zookeeper talks and more. Additionally, a 16-foot ground-mounted solar system called the smartflower™ will be featured blooming in the garden just east of the Carousel. The system is expected to generate more than 4,000 kilowatts of electricity annually, which will power the 36-foot ride as well as other areas of the Zoo.

 

DETROIT TIGERS KID’S OPENING DAY
Sunday, April 15 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Comerica Park
Celebrate the start of Tigers baseball season with the family and show your littles how to root for the home team! Sunday is Family Day at Comerica Park! Kids 14 and under can ride the carousel and ferris wheel for free! And, after most games, kids are also able get in on the action and run the bases. There’s no additional cost, all you have to do is line up under the scoreboard in left field.

 

HELP OUR POLLINATORS
Sunday, April 15 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center
Everyone loves flowers – they make our backyards look beautiful and play a major role in Michigan’s ecosystem. However, have you ever wondered about the animals that help them grow and multiply? Come learn about the different pollinators that help sustain the lush and beautiful plant life in Michigan as well as how to better assist pollinators by becoming a “smart gardener.” The presentation will focus on creating a garden for native Michigan pollinators. Kids’ activities will include pollinator games, a seed giveaway and the opportunity to decorate a flower pot to take home.

 

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Friday, April 20 / 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
@ West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by spending time enjoying nature!  Come explore the Nature Room and Outdoor Natural Play Area.

 

TUMMY TO TODDLER EXPO
Saturday, April 21 / 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Macomb Community College
Now offering an All Natural Market and Shabby Chic/Vintage Baby section. Vendors are mostly local to Michigan, offering everything you need for babies, toddlers, moms and your home. You will see everything from Products and Services to Health and Entertainment and Recreation.

 

YOUNG EXPLORERS: OUR FAVORITE STAR
Saturday, April 21 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am
@ Michigan Science Center
Join us for a monthly play date in Kids Town just for children ages 2 – 5 and their caregivers. The Young Explorers program is held the first Wednesday of the month at 11 A.M. and the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 A.M. with stories, science-themed activities and socialization time.

 

SPRING IS SPRINGING!
Saturday, April 21 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
@ Burgess- Shadbush Nature Center
Wildflowers are beginning to bloom, early insects and critters are starting to stir, trees are blossoming; it must be spring! Bring your boots and come walk and wander the trails in search of the signs of spring at the Nature Center and learn about how some of the coolest animals celebrate the spring.

 

OAC SENSORY-FRIENDLY DAY
Sunday, April 22 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am
@ Outdoor Adventure Center
Join us for a quieter, more serene visit. This opportunity is especially for our guests who are on the autism spectrum. We will have all of our usual exhibits operating, but our outdoor sounds and waterfall will be turned off.

 

MOSAIC YOUTH THEATRE OF DETROIT
Sunday, April 22 / 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
@ Michigan Theatre
One of Southeast Michigan’s most highly regarded cultural treasures returns with a fun-filled, empowering musical revue. (Suitable for all ages.)

 

FAMILY NATURE EXPLORERS
Sunday, April 22 / 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Stage Nature Center
Enjoy some screen-free quality time for the whole family while exploring the natural world. Families will participate in hands-on, outdoor experiences that will inspire curiosity and a connection to nature. Get outside and celebrate Earth Day as you discover different ways everyone can help the environment. Each family will get to take home a potted native wildflower!

 

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 29
@ Greenfield Village
Witness the full-steam delight when your little engineer sees a real Thomas the Tank Engine™ chug into our station! Your day will be packed with roundhouse tours of steam locomotives, railroad hobo songs and a railroad turntable feat of strength. Thomas storytelling, photos with Sir Topham Hatt™ and rides on the beloved cars immerse tiny conductors in the beloved world of Thomas.

 

MOM AND ME TEA
Saturday, April 28 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Novi Civic Center
Moms (grandma, aunt, etc.) and daughter will learn different techniques of cake decorating, the different types of chocolate, history and health benefits of dark chocolate from Chef George Rapitis, a Continuing Education and Professional Development Instructor for Culinary Arts at Schoolcraft College. Participants will also have time to enjoy tea, punch, sweets and of course, each other.

 

Need to get out of the house for a date night? CLICK HERE FOR 25 REASONS TO GET A BABY-SITTER IN APRIL

 

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