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Top Things to do with KIDS in December

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Whether you need ideas for friendly meet-ups or quality time with family, there’s plenty to keep you busy before the new year!


Can’t Miss Holiday Celebrations

Get into the spirit of the holidays with an outdoor family events. From traditional favorites like Wild Lights and Wayne County Lightfest to newer additions events including Starry Lights, Winter Wonder Lights and Glenlore Trails: Aurora – there are lots of outdoor activities to experience in metro Detroit. You can find seasonal fun every day at Blake’s Farm too!


FREE Holiday Sundays 

Enjoy free admission at the Detroit Historical Museum on Sundays in December from 1pm to 5pm. Be sure to check out the Hudson’s Holiday exhibit for vintage Christmas scenes.


Seek Out Santa 

If your littles are anxious to share their wish list with Santa we have good news – he’s easy to find! Here are of all the places you can reserve your spot to say hi to the ‘Big Guy’ at the mall. There are also LOTS of special events to find him at too.


Get Out of Town

Make the most out of your holiday break or simply escape the hustle and bustle of home, with a mini Michigan getaway. From train rides and reindeer to lighted walks through the hundreds of trees and thousands of zoo lights, here are fun day trip ideas.


Have Fun Downtown

Take a trip downtown to skate at The Rink at Campus Martius, enjoy FREE interactive art installations at 1001 Woodward and Beacon Park and stay up late for the Monroe Street Drive-In – it’s easy to find holiday magic in Detroit!


Make the drive up Woodward and check out Birmingham’s downtown too! You can get ready for the holidays, take complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, visit with Santa and don’t miss the Winter Market happening December 3rd – 5th!


Shop Local During the Holidays

Support small business this holiday and check out our toy store guide for the best places to find gifts for the littles in your life. Our FAVORITE gift to give is museum memberships! It gives families a go-to outing all year long and supports the cultural institutions that make metro Detroit great. From the Michigan Science Center to the Detroit Zoo, here’s a guide for venues and prices. We also put together a museum gift shop giving guide that has super cute finds.


Let It Snow!

Bundle up and head outside. The snow is starting early this season and there are plenty of parks and hills to explore. Here’s a guide to the best sledding hills in metro Detroit. And if you’re tracking your time outside this year be sure to download the free Outdoor Advent Calendar.


Ring In The New Year!

We survived another crazy year. End it on a high note and plan a party for the kids at home. Check out these treats and activities for easy, at-home inspiration.



Have fun on the town instead of being stuck in the kitchen. Order Hungry Howie’s and have dinner delivered to your door.



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About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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