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Top Things to do with KIDS in May

As the April showers disappear, the flowers of May are beginning to bloom! With spring in full effect, make sure you check out these fun events.

 

DOOM OF THE DINOSAURS EXHIBIT

March 15 – September 1

@ Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills

The temporary Doom of the Dinosaurs exhibition allows visitors to view the impressive fossil casts of the last known dinosaurs to roam Earth, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Edmontosaurus. The dinosaur scene includes a dozen dinosaur casts that will leave your littles in awe, while offering hands-on activities to help them learn too.

 

LOS TROMPOS

May 5 – June 9

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Direct from Mexico City, Los Trompos encourages play and enables communities to celebrate its many cultures together. Take a spin on one of eight colorful and vibrant large-scale spinning tops created by award winning artists and designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena.

 

BEL AIR SPRING CARNIVAL

Thursday, April  25 – Sunday, May 5

@ Bel Air Shopping Center, Detroit

From the happy tunes of the Merry Go Round, the twists and turns of the Cortina Bobs, to the tummy tickles of the Sea Ray, our attractions will please the smallest of patrons to thrill seekers of any age.

 

MOMS ON THE MOVE-BIRMINGHAM

Wednesdays in May

@ Gazelle Sports, Birmingham

Moms on the Move is a group for moms of all ages. Whether you have kids in kindergarten or graduating college or have a little one on the way this group is for you! Our purpose is to support each other in motherhood and movement. Join weekly for a run, yoga, or full body workout with(or without) your little ones!

 

DCFC YOUTH TRAINING SESSIONS

Wednesdays in May

@ Detroit City Fieldhouse, Detroit

Training sessions give players of all skill levels aged 6-17 the opportunity to train alongside Cyrus Saydee, Bakie Goodman and other City players. DCFC players will host this unique opportunity for your young players to improve their skills in a fun environment.

 

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Wednesday, May 1- Sunday, May 5

@ Wild Swan Theatre, Ann Arbor

“Charlotte’s Web”, possibly the best loved of all American stories for children, is coming to Wild Swan Theatre. Set in the rural Midwest, it tells the touching story of a rare friendship between a little pig, Wilbur, and Charlotte, a most uncommon spider.

 

HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOP: CELL STRUCTURE

Wednesday, May 1

@ Michigan Science Center

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity – Life Science: All living things are composed of cells, but what are cells made of? Students will learn cell anatomy, the structure and function of the organelles as they build their understanding through the construction of an edible model cell.

 

DRIVEN BY FLAVOR- CULINARY SHOWCASE

Wednesday, May 1

@ The Packard Proving Grounds Historical Site, Shelby Township

This monthly culinary event features the food from 4-5 of Metro Detroit’s best restaurants, caterers & food trucks, a bounty of shopping vendors, live musical entertainment, children’s entertainers & more!

 

NATURE TALES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Thursday, May 2 & Thursday, May 16

@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

Kids are delighted as they listen to an assortment of seasonal stories sure to please the littlest of listeners. This is an entertaining 1-hour nature adventure with a story, snack and craft/outing.

 

MICROSOFT’S CODE YOUR OWN VIDEO GAME WITH MAKECODE ARCADE

Thursday, May 2 & Monday, May 6

@ Microsft Store, Troy

In this free two-hour workshop, students eight and older use block coding to create a video game with MakeCode Arcade. Students learn fundamental game and coding concepts—like sprites, variables, and coordinates—and use their new skills to create and customize a playable game.

 

MICROSOFT’S HARRY POTTER WORKSHOP KANO CODING KIT WORKSHOP

Thursday, May 2 & Tuesday, May 7

@ Microsft Store, Troy

This free one-hour workshop introduces students eight and above to the foundational concepts of coding. Participants will follow simple steps with drag-and-drop code blocks and create Harry Potter spell motions, magical creatures, and artefacts, all with the coding wand and a Surface device.

 

MOTHER SON DANCE

Friday, May 3 &  Saturday, May 4

@ Summit Canton

Celebrate Mother’s Day in a special way. Moms, Aunts, Grandmothers and more are welcome for an evening of dancing and memory-making. There will be light refreshments and a popular balloon-drop finale!

 

MOTHER’S DAY TEA PARTY

Friday, May 3 

@ RARA Recreation Center, Rochester

Come to RARA on your child’s half day off school to enjoy a tea party with mom, a female family member, or female role model! At this tea party, we will enjoy delicious tea along with cookies, along with a spring themed craft will be completed at the beginning of the party to take home to remember this great experience together. Come dressed in your best tea party attire – we will provide artist smocks that will help in protecting your clothing from getting messy from the craft.

 

MASCO FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, May 3 

@ Cranbrook Institute of Science

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, the Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month. Join us for a free evening of science fun!

 

TOUCH-A-TRUCK

Friday, May 3

@ Drake Sports Park, West Bloomfield

Put your imagination “in gear” and join us for our third annual “Touch-A-Truck”! Kids of all ages will get a firsthand look at police, fire, construction, trash and all the really cool work vehicles we see every day, but don’t get the chance to touch. We will have inflatables available for kids to play on!

 

MOTHER SON DANCE: A NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD

Friday, May 3 

@ Troy Community Center

Come dressed for the red carpet and spend an evening celebrating Mother’s Day with your son, grandson, or nephew. Enjoy dancing, enjoying treats, and making memories! Keepsake photo and gift included!

 

RAILROADER’S BREAKFEST

May 4, 5, 11, 12

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

 

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

May 4, 5, 11, 12

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

Let the legendary, larger-than-life train take your children for a ride they’ll never forget! 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, a railroad turntable feat of strength, and more!

 

BELLE ISLE NATURE WALK

Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 19

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Join the Detroit Zoological Society for monthly hikes on Belle Isle as we explore the natural beauty of the island.

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS

Saturdays in April

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Motivate your kids to be the next great inventors or entrepreneurs with stories of past and present-day change makers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Explore the innovations — big and small — that make the world what it is today, and learn by doing with hands-on, minds-on activities designed for youth ages 8 – 12.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturdays in May

@ Troy Gymnastics

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!

 

FISHING DERBY

Saturday, May 4 

@ Heritage Park, Canton

The Heritage Park ponds will once again be stocked with rainbow trout and hybrid blue gill for this great annual event. No fishing license is required. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy quality leisure time with family, friends and neighbors. Don’t miss out on one of Canton’s family traditions! A limited quantity of worms/bait will be available for purchase. Make sure to bring your own fishing pole!

 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Saturday, May 4

@ Shelby Township Library

Comic book fans of all ages can drop in to the Library any time during the day to pick out a free comic book and draw their own comics. Those who dress up as comic book characters will be entered into a prize drawing!

 

TINY TOTS: EARTH DAY IS EVERY DAY

Saturday, May 4 

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Can you hop like a frog, flap your wings like a turkey vulture, or make a face like a dinosaur? Celebrate spring with Joe Reilly and friends in a program of environmental songs for kids of all ages.

 

JEDI TRAINING

Saturday, May 4

@ William Costick Activities Center, Farmington Hills

Bring your little Jedi to William Costick Activities Center for some formal training from the masters. This awesome event includes a light sabre favor, a sweet treat, and a drink. Don’t miss out!

 

WINTER/SPRING COOKING CLASS

Saturday, May 4 & Saturday, May 11

@ Eastern Market, Detroit

Classes are $15 each, so reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly! Recommended ages for the kids classes are 8-12 years old. Attendees will get to eat a sample of what they make. For a safe working kitchen environment, we ask that all cooking class participants wear proper attire including: closed toed shoes (no flip-flops), pants (no shorts) and hair pulled back into a pony tail.

 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Saturday, May 4 

@ Vault of Midnight, all locations

Come for the free comics, stay for the trivia & giveaways, live tunes from DJ RX78, local artist alley, and themed noms from Hero or Villain Deli! Arrive in cosplay for an EXTRA free comic book!

 

“MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU”

Saturday, May 4 

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Travel to a galaxy far, far away with the DSO! This family-friendly program highlights the music behind favorite characters from the beloved Star Wars film series.

 

KOI FESTIVAL

Saturday, May 4 

@ Belle Isle Aquarium

Join us at the Belle Isle Aquarium to celebrate the Japanese heritage of our beloved Koi fish with an homage to Japanese culture. The day will include elements of Japan’s Children’s Day (celebrated on May 5th) with a selection of traditional Japanese games, music, martial arts and more!  This is a FREE, family friendly event.

 

SPRING COLOR FLING

Saturday, May 4

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

After a long grey winter, springtime is here and the colors are blooming. What better way to celebrate than with a blast of the colors of spring in Hudson Mills Metropark! Your color walk will take you along a beautiful one-mile route along the nature trail. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season as you find five stations to be doused with color!

 

NATURE MAKERSPACE EVENT

May 4 & May 24 

@ Farmington Nature Center

Design, create, and make using nature as an inspiration to solve real-world challenges. Makerspace learning is driven by children’s natural curiosity and desire to make things. The Nature Center is becoming a unique hub for young scientists and engineers to dream, plan, invent, and test.

 

UNICORN UTOPIA PARTY

Saturday, May 4

@ Hess-Hathaway Park, Waterford

Dress up in your favorite special gown or outfit for the magical chance to meet a unicorn! Each child will have a unique photo opportunity on top a unicorn and a ride around. There will be a craft, hayride, Hess-Hathaway animal tour and special treat and drink.

 

CHASING EL CHAVO 5K RUN/WALK

Saturday, May 4

@ Blake Farms Orchard, Armada

Back for the 3rd year, Chasing El Chavo is a 5k run on gravel trails around the family-owned 500-acre orchard. This is a fiesta themed race that will include a commemorative pint can glass, t-shirt, can of hard cider and donut! After race Mexican inspired food will be available for purchase in our El Chavo taqueria.

 

DETROIT ROLLER DERBY HOME GAME

Saturday, May 4

@ Masonic Temple, Detroit

Head on over to the Masonic Temple to see Michigan’s premier roller derby league! Don’t miss the chance to see Detroit Men’s Roller Derby team in action as well as the Motor City Disassembly Line!

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT RACE TO THE FINISH

Saturday, May 4 

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Pit stops, challenges, and clues to find…prizes and snacks waiting at the finish line! It’s sure to be a grand night full of swimming, races, challenges and so much more.

 

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU

Saturday, May 4 

@ Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center, Livonia

This Star Wars themed evening will include dinner, a battle between the light and dark side and training from a Jedi Master.  Star Wars characters will demonstrate some of the skills seen in the movies and train family members in Jedi maneuvers and techniques.  Once guests complete their training, they will be treated to a screening of the first movie in the Star Wars original trilogy, Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace!

 

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTAGANZA

Sunday, May 5 

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

Not sure what to buy for Mother’s Day? Forget the mall and bring the kids out to Kensington Metropark. Each child will get to craft a one-of-a-kind nature-themed gift moms are sure to love. No preregistration needed, just drop in to the Nature Center to get ready for mom’s special day. Fun for kids of all ages.

 

CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA & PARADE

Sunday, May 5 

@ Clark Park, Detroit

The Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade will begin promptly at noon on Sunday May 5th. The fiesta at Clark Park following the parade will have bouncy houses, horse rides, petting zoo, face-painting, clown, train rides, food, community and selling vendors, Mariachi Band, DJ and other entertainment.

 

DETROIT TIGERS FAMILY DAY

May 5 & May 19

@ Comerica Park, Detroit

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. Head downtown for a home game and watch as your Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics.

 

ST. FLORIAN PARISH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Sunday, May 5 

@ St. Florian Church, Hamtramck

Everyone is invited to join Polish Pride of Michigan as we ring in Spring with non-stop entertainment, polkas, Polish folk dance performances, homemade Polish food, raffles, games and EVERYTHING Strawberry.

 

FOUR FEET DEEP DOWN THE TRAIL: GROWING A RAINBOW

Monday, May 6

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

It’s time to start thinking about what we should be putting in our gardens this year! Come on out to Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve and look at the colors and varieties of vegetables and play sorting, matching and other secretly educational activities with veggies!

 

PLAY DATE WITH MS. LORI

Monday, May 6

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Where will you play today? Get ready to move as we jump in the moon walk, play parachute games, move to some silly music, and have some free play.

 

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY: BIKE RODEO

Wednesday, May 8

@ Livonia Community Recreation Center

Join us for a Bike Rodeo at John Stymelski Veteran’s Park! All are welcome to attend this free event celebrating National Bike to School Day. Activities include safety demos, on-road bike tour, skills competition, rules of the road and bike gear giveaways!

 

WILD KRAFTS LIVE 2.o

Wednesday, May 8 & Thursday, May 9

@ Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor

WILD KRATTS – LIVE! is a theatrical stage show based on the #1 animated television series Wild Kratts. Experience, live-on-stage, the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families.

 

NORTHVILLE CARNIVAL

Thursday, May 9 – Sunday, May 12

@ Northville Downs

For over a decade, Elliott’s Amusements has served the state of Michigan at many varied events. They specialize in providing family entertainment in a safe, clean and exciting atmosphere.

 

KINDERCONCERTS

Friday, May 10

@ Ann Arbor District Library

Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Friday, May 10

@ The Robot Garage, Bormingham

DROP YOUR CHILD OFF AND ENJOY A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN! Register to bring your kids to The Robot Garage for a Kid’s Night Out and they will LOVE that you’re leaving them behind for a night to yourself. Our amazing staff will lead LEGO and robotic activities for ages K-8.

 

MOTHER AND SON OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Friday, May 10

@ Sterling Heights Nature Center

This jam-packed event will begin with a dinner and end with a “dirt” dessert specially prepared by the boys for their Mom. In between is where the adventure begins as participants will explore a variety of activities put on by Nature Center Staff and L.L. Bean including archery, outdoor games, a chance to launch items from a giant slingshot , and more!

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT: CELEBRATE WATER SAFETY

Friday, May 10

@ Goldfish Swim School, various locations

Join us for Family Night Out from 6:30-8:00 pm! We will have crafts, food, open swim and, raffles! Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family.

 

UNITED SHORES HOME GAME

Multiple dates in May

@ Jimmy John’s Field, Utica

Come on out to Jimmy John’s field and watch some great baseball with the United Shore Professional Baseball League! Watch as the Eastside Diamond Hoppers, the Westside Woolly Mammoths, the Utica Unicorns, and the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers play all summer long!

 

CAMPFIRE-REINING MONARCHS

Friday, May 10

@ Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

With spring officially sprung it’s time to welcome back some of our favorite butterflies to the state by spending some time around the fire discussing where they’ve been.

 

WAYNE COUNTY PARKS SATURDAY IN THE PARK

Saturdays in May

@ Nankin Mills Park, Westland

Six miles of Hines Drive (from Outer Drive to Ann Arbor Trail) will be closed to traffic every Saturday for the public of all ages to run, walk, skate, or cycle safely. Parking is available at the Helms Haven and Nankin Mills picnic areas.

 

JUNIOR NATIONALIST CLUB

Saturday, May 11

@ Farmington Nature Center

Enrich your child’s natural curiosity and encourage outdoor exploration through this hands-on nature discovery program. Children explore a different nature theme each month. They will touch, smell, hear, and see many aspects of the natural world!

 

BIRMINGHAM ART FAIR

Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12

@ Shain Park

This exquisite fine art fair showcases 150 juried artists, free admission, art activities and a food court creating a great tradition to enjoy for Mother’s Day weekend.

 

DETROIT TOUCH-A-TRUCK

Saturday, May 11

@ West Riverfront Park, Detroit

Touch-a-Truck is a FREE hands-on family event that will provide children with the opportunity to explore large vehicles of all types, including those used by professionals in construction, public safety, transportation, landscaping and other industries.

 

LITTLE CRITTERS NATURE HOUR: SPRINGTIME SEEDS

Saturday, May 11

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

Celebrate springtime with your little ones by enjoying a flower-themed program at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. We’ll play dress-up to look at how seeds grow into plants and read the story “The Tiny Seed”. Enjoy a game of plant bingo and make a seed necklace to take home. As they say: April showers bring May flowers!

 

CAMP OKONOKA OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, May 11

@ Camp Okonoka, Belle Isle

Head to Belle Isle and learn about Boll Family YMCA’s Summer Camp – Camp Okonoka. YMCA Camp Okonoka is help at the Athletic Field House on Belle Isle. Camp Okonoka incorporates traditional day camp activities in a open outdoor setting. They have fun while they develop friendships, better their health, enhance literacy, develop skills, gain independence, and appreciate teamwork.

 

STORYTIME

Saturday, May 11

@ Cranbrook Art Museum

Join Bloomfield Township librarians and Cranbrook’s museum educators for storytime and self-guided observation activities in our current exhibitions! Content will be geared toward children ages 4–7, but all ages are welcome with an adult! As always, children 12 and under are free! Please pre-register at visitart@cranbrook.edu.

 

AFTERNOON TEA AT TOWNSEND HOTEL-MOTHER’S DAY

Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12

@ The Townsend, Birmington

This children inspired tea events offer interactive entertainment with singing, dancing, glitter tattoos, food and fun for all! All events begin at 12:00pm and conclude at 1:30pm.

 

MAD HATTER TEA PARTY

Saturday, May 11

@ Auburn Hills Parks and Recreation

Join us for a team time brunch at the 2nd annual Mad Hatter Tea Party. Proceeds benefit the Senior Lawn Program and the Teen Council Community Garden.

 

CYE FAMILY EXPERIENCE

Saturday, May 11

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit

The Civic Youth Ensembles provides world-class training to young musicians from all over Michigan interested in developing skills to move on to the next level. Orchestra Hall comes to life when you come experience and support these young orchestral, choral and jazz musicians for an afternoon of music.

 

GUY LOUIS

Saturday, May 11

@ Meadowbrook Theatre, Rochester

Come on out to Meadowbrook and watch Guy Louis perform his latest presentation “Introducing Children to Relaxation”, which represents a synthesis of his interactive musical performance style and his passion for helping young people learn the art and science of relaxation.

 

WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL

Saturday, May 11

@ Lake St. Claire Metropark

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, May 11

@ Troy Community Center

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

 

MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER WALK & BRUNCH

Sunday, May 12

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

Celebrate Mom with a Hudson Mills Metropark tradition!  Enjoy a fabulous brunch and then go for a guided stroll along our nature trail to discover all the wild spring blooms.

 

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH AT THE DETROIT ZOO

Sunday, May 12

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Detroit Zoo! This year’s Mother’s Day Brunch will be held in the Main Picnic Grove and features a delicious brunch buffet and a gift for mom.

 

MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER WALK

Sunday, May 12

@ Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

What mother doesn’t love flowers? Treat your mom to a guided hike at Lake Erie Metropark as we learn the stories, myths and strange facts behind some of our most beautiful spring wildflowers. This program is free for moms!

 

MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER WALK

Sunday, May 12

@ Oakwoods Metropark, New Boston

What mother doesn’t love flowers? Treat your mom to a guided hike at Lake Erie Metropark as we learn the stories, myths and strange facts behind some of our most beautiful spring wildflowers. This program is free for moms!

 

TRICERATOPS PUPPET THEATRE-THE STORY OF MOTHER’S DAY

Sunday, May 12

@ Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

Nothing says relaxing mother’s day like a high end tea party so we’ve called in the classiest puppet, Autumn the Owl, to lead us through a delectable tea and cookie time with mom to celebrate her special day. We will even make her a special gift!

 

MOTHER’S DAY 

Sunday, May 12

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

It’s time to celebrate the moms in your life! Take mom to Lumen Detroit for a nice brunch and stop through Beacon Park Detroit before or after for live music, lawn games and some fun inside the Beacon Parkcade. Bring mom to the park where The Woodhouse Day Spa – Detroit will be offering chair massages, gift cards, gift baskets and more!

 

MOTHER’S DAY TEA-FARM CENTER

Sunday, May 12

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Come to the farm greenhouse and surround yourself with springtime flowers.  This will be the perfect setting to enjoy tea with your favorite mom. Light refreshments and various teas will be served.

 

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday, May 12

@ Kings Court Castle Restaurant & Banquet Center

Take the Queen in your life to a proper castle thins Mother’s Day and enjoy a delicious brunch buffet!

 

MOM’S FREE HAYRIDES

Sunday, May 12

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center

Moms get a free ride today when they take their children on the hayride , as a thank you to those that work very hard and still have time to come with their kids for a fun afternoon at the farm.

 

MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER WALK-HISTORIC CENTER

Sunday, May 12

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray

Take a walk along the beautiful Mother Earth Trail and learn about local wildflowers in bloom. We will make a floral themed aft and enjoy a snack and drink.

 

MOTHER’S DAY LEMONADE WALK

Sunday, May 12

@ Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake

This guided hike will introduce you to some of the wildflowers and birds found along the Indian Springs Metropark nature trails. Wear sturdy walking shoes and plan to be outdoors for about an hour on a gravel trail. Once we return, families can enjoy a nice glass of lemonade and a cookie together!

 

MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER HIKE

Sunday, May 12

@ Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor

Treat the mothers and mother figures in your life to a guided wildflower hike through Black Pond Woods and the LSNC grounds, or take the hike yourself in their honor! We’ll find lovely blooms popping up through the grass or sprouting on the forest floor.

 

FOUR FEET DEEP DOWN THE TRAIL: MOTHER’S DAY PARTY

Monday, May 13

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

Come on out to Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve where we will be putting together our own bouquets to take home, playing a matching game with baby and adult animals, and perfecting our bear hugs.

 

WILD WEDNESDAYS-BUGGING OUT

Wednesday, May 15

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

With the woods beginning to thaw out we’re noticing a lot of insects waking up. Join us as we get up close and personal with some big creepy ones and even have some edible critters to sample.

 

DOUBLE DAR LIVE

Wednesday, May 15

@ Fox Theatre, DetroiT

Inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare, Double Dare Live features two teams comprised of selected audience members competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle course.

 

BERKLEY DAYS CARNIVAL

Thursday, May 16 – Sunday, May 19

@ Berkley Community Center

There is so much fun to be had at Berkley days!

 

2019 LIVONIA AM ROTARY CARNIVAL

Thursday, May 16 – Monday, May 27

@ Lovinia AM Rotary Carnival

Join us for fun, food, entertainment, and exciting carnival rides! Wade Shows will be providing the Livonia AM Rotary Carnival with some of the most popular thrill rides for thrill seekers and kiddy rides for the little ones.

 

NATURE TOTS

Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18

@ 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!

 

MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE ZOO

Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is one of the nation’s largest off-site pet adoption events. The Detroit Zoological Society hosts this semiannual event in partnership with the Michigan Humane Society.

 

MOTOR CITY COMIC CON

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19

@ Surbuban Collective Showplace, Novi

Motor City Comic Con is truly where great minds gather.  Over 250 comic book creators, writers, and artists, as well as more than 50 actors from the television and movie industry, will highlight the attraction. Over a million comics will be for sale, along with collectible toys, anime, movies, pop culture crafts, and gaming merchandise.

 

PARENTS’ SURVIVAL NIGHT

Friday, May 17

@ The Little Gym, Plymouth

Our Parents’ Survival Nights out let you enjoy some adult time while, your children get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games, and fun LEGO® DUPLO® and LEGO® Juniors building activities.

 

GREATER ROCHESTER HERITAGE DAYS

Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19

@ Rochester Municipal Park

Over 42 years of bringing a fun free event to the Greater Rochester area! Come visit the car and craft shows. See the civil war re-enactors and displays, eat some yummy food and listen to some great performances too.

 

WILD WEEKEND

Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19

@ Heritage Park, Taylor

Hang out with exotic animals for the afternoon. Spend time with exotic animals, enjoy crafts, pace paint and more!

 

TAYLOR BOUNCE FEST

Saturday, May 18

@ Taylor High School

Come on out to Taylor High School for Taylor Bounce Fest, a fundraiser for the Taylor High School Band! This event is open to the public and will have a large selection of bounce houses and slides to play on. Vendors will be on site for the families enjoyment.

 

WATER SAFETY DAY

Saturday, May 18

@ Goldfish Swim School; multiple locations

Join us at our FREE Safety Day event on May 18th! Children and families will receive information about ways to stay safer in and around the water this summer! Goldfish aims to educate families by calling attention to steps we can all take to prevent accidents from occurring.

 

MILAN WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL

Saturday, May 18

@ Milan Beach

Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of the lanterns as they light up the water.

 

A FAMILY FIELD DAY CLASSIC

Saturday, May 18

@ The Corner Ballpark, Detroit

An all-star celebration not to be missed, the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons will come together and take over The Corner Ballpark for an evening of family-friendly fun with on-field games. Classic field day games such as sack races, tug-of-war, and inflatable obstacle courses will also fill the field.

 

NOVI’S SPRING PALOOZA

Saturday, May 18

@ Novi Civic Center

Jump into spring with Novi’s Spring Palooza on Friday, May 18! Get ready for a wide variety of games, live entertainment, inflatable obstacle courses, free food, hands-on demonstrations from the Novi Police and Fire Departments, and so much more!

 

FAMILY DANCE PARTY

Saturday, May 18

@ Waterford Recreation Center

Come on down to the Waterford Recreation Center for a evening of fun and dancing! Each family will take a professional 4×6 photograph to take home with them.

 

MINECRAFT NIGHT

Saturday, May 18

@ The Robot Garage, Birmingham

Come hang out and play MineCraft on our custom server. There will be both survival and creative areas to enjoy either with individual play or with friends. Get your own space on our server so your work will be saved for the future or play on our group server with other kids who attend this event.

 

VOLLEYBALL DROP-IN

Saturday, May 18 & Monday, May 20

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Drop in for a night of pick up volleyball, whether just you or a group of friends!

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT THE ZOO-BIRD BONANZA!

May 18 & May 31

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Each Family Fun Night will include a hike through the Zoo, hands-on-activities, a snack, and an opportunity to meet Zoo staff. These experiences will be suitable for all those older than 5 years of age..

 

FLOWER DAY

Sunday, May 19

@ Eastern Market, Detroit

It’s almost that time of year again! Flower Day takes place every year on the Sunday after Mother’s Day and has been a time-honored tradition of Eastern Market since 1967. Growers offer a wide variety of flowers at a great value so we recommend you come early for the best selection!

 

ROYAL OAK KIDS DAY

Sunday, May 19

@ Van Every Family Chiropractic Center

This event will provide essential information to all attendees on crime prevention and child safety. Along with this, your kiddo can enjoy a bouncy house, obstacle course, game, prizes, and more! There will even be an awesome DJ to add to the fun!

 

WILD WEST GYMNASTICS ADVENTURE

Sunday, May 19

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Yeeeeeee-haw! Grab Your Partner and Come on in dressed up as a Cowboy or Cowgirl and Get ready for our Wild West Gymnastics Celebration. Help us Catch the bad guys, Find some Gold, Even Saddle up and Race to the Watering Hole! (Gymnastics, Games, Inflatables, Craft and Snack) Get Ready for a Rootin Tootin Good Time!

 

FLOWER POT MAKE & TAKE WORKSHOP

Saturday, May 19

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Bring out your inner designer at this fun workshop. We will meet in the greenhouse to create a unique fabric covered terra cotta flower pot. All materials will be provided in including your choice of an annual plant for your finished pot.

 

LOST LAKE OPEN HOUSE-ALL THE WATER ON EARTH

Sunday, May 19

@ Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

We will be taking samples of Lost Lake beneath the microscope to look at the tiniest life we can see, we will be sampling the water to determine quality of both the lake and the surrounding marshes, and even play some water games and experiments inside!

 

SUPER DREW FAMILY EXTRAVAGANZA

Sunday, May 19

@ St. Lawrence K of C Park, Shelby Township

Join us for the 1st Annual Super Drew Family Extravaganza. A day filled with fun, laughter, entertainment, food, and activities for the whole family.

 

FAMILY DAY AT CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Sunday, May 19

@ Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Join us for Family Day at the Institute of Science on Sunday, May 19 and enjoy FREE general museum admission from 1:00 – 4:00pm, courtesy of the supporters of Women Rock Science.

 

SWAN LAKE

Sunday, May 19

@ Berman Center For Performing Arts, Bloomfield Township

Come see the classic show at the Berman Center for Performing Arts!

 

DETROIT CITY FOOTBALL HOME GAME

May 19 & May 24

@ Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck

Our boys play soccer for DCFC and we can’t wait for them to see the grown-ups play at the Keyworth Stadium this spring! Catching a game in the open air stadium is a great family-friendly sporting event.

 

PONTIAC SPRING CARNIVAL

Thursday, May 23 – Sunday, May 26

@ Downtown Pontiac

The Pontiac Regional Chamber Annual Spring Carnival is back! Games, rides, prizes, and more!

 

SUMPTER TOWNSHIP COUNRTY FEST

Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27

@ Sumpter Fairgrounds

The Country Fest is held every Memorial Day Weekend! Free children’s entertainment, bingo/beer tent, casino, pony rides, petting zoo, silent auction, crafts, car show, princess pageant, live music, car racing, carnival rides and more!

 

ST. MARY’S POLISH COUNTY FAIR

Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27

@ Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Campus

Michigan’s largest Country Fair annually plays host to 110,000 “Stay-cationers” who avoid the traffic, frustration and outrageous gas prices to enjoy weekend bliss of carnival rides, food, dancing, Vegas tent, sports tent, bingo, raffles, kids area, and more!

 

CIVIL WAR REMEMBRANCE

Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

 

WAYNE COUNTY FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER OPENING DAY

Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27

@ Wayne County Family Aquatic Center, Detroit

The WC Family Aquatic Center opens Memorial weekend!

 

3RD ANNUAL KENSIGTON METROPARK ART AFIR

Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27

@ Kensington Metropark

Join DIA at the 3rd Annual Kensington Metropark Art Fair and make a mosaic. A mosaic is a picture or decoration made of small pieces of stone, glass or other substance. Make a simple mosaic using a variety of art-making materials.

 

PRESCHOOL IMAGINATION SPECTACULAR: PNG’S GROW UP FAST

Saturday, May 25

@ Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Imagine your future by dressing up at a photo station or doing activities together at PNC Bank’s “Grow Up Great” Mobile Learning Adventure. Play, splash, and build in our special gallery for Preschoolers only. Try your hand at interactive activities and crafts throughout the museum as you explore the galleries, and practice observation skills with a one-of-a kind scavenger hunt.

 

CANOE TOURS

Saturday, May 25

@ Oakwoods Metropark, New Boston

Join us for our opening weekend of canoe tours!  Aboard our 34-foot replica of a historic Voyageur canoe we will explore the Huron River.  As we paddle through marshes we will look for muskrats, deer and other animals the live along the river!

 

ENGLISH-ARABIC STORYTIME

Saturday, May 25

@ Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

Children ages 2-6 and their parents are invited to attend storytime in the Library at AANM. A storyteller will read picture books in both English and Arabic, teaching a few Arabic words and phrases. Following the story, there will be time for free play, crafts or games in the Library.

 

FAMILY CAMPING 101

Saturday, May 25

@ Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake

In this program, we’ll cover some different styles of camping and what basics you’ll need for a successful trip for each one.  To finish off, we’ll practice setting up a tent as a group and enjoy some s’mores together.

 

SENSORY FRIENDLY SATURDAY WITH ANN ARBOR SYMPHONY

Saturday, May 25

@ Frederic H. Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti

“Sensory Friendly Saturday” offers accessible programming opportunities to patrons and their families needing special accommodations. The event starts at 1:30 pm and features a hands-on experience with brass instruments through our Instrument Petting Zoo program. Following the zoo there will be a 30 minute performance by our Brass Quintet!

 

WOLCOTT GRIST MILL TOUR- HISTORIC CENTER

Sunday, May 26

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray

Take a behind the scenes tour of the Historic Wolcott grist mill and explore this nearly 200-year-old building. You’ll hear the fascinating history of this iconic mill and the Wolcott family who lived here and maybe, even a ghost story or two!

 

STERLING HEIGHTS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Monday, May 27

@ Sterling Heights City Hall

Sterling Heights’ 39th Annual Memorial Day activities begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 28 in the City Center Courtyard between City Hall and the Police Department as hundreds gather for a solemn tribute to all veterans who died in the line of duty.

 

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE IN WATERFORD

Monday, May 27

@ Skull Island

Join us for our 9th annual Memorial Day Parade. We have a pirate ship float and will be passing out candy, treasure maps, flags and other island goodies to the parade watchers.

 

MUSIC AND ME “EXERCISE”

Wednesday, May 29

@ The Village of Rochester Hills

Join us in Festival Park for music and dancing with Ms Jenna! Start with MUSIC (there is always an activity or craft for those that are antsy) and end with friendships being made (both children and parents!).

 

MILAN FAIR

Thursday, May 30 – Saturday, June 1

@ Wilson Park

70th Annual Milan Fair and Fireworks! Live music and entertainment tent! Unique handmade creations for your shopping pleasure. With over 20 vendors our artisan’s market stands to be the best market in recent years!

 

SHELBY TOWNSHIP SUMMER KICKOFF

Thursday, May 30

@ Charter of Shelby Township

Come on out for Shelby Township’s Summer Kickoff! There will be food trucks, live music, plenty of activities for the kids, and a showing of Ralph Breaks the Internet.

 

ST. MARY’S MICHIGAN FUN FEST

Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2

@ Basilica of St. Mary’s Antiochian Church

The Festival will feature exciting entertainment that includes multiple carnival rides, a casino, lots of live music, and many vendors featuring food booths with fresh exotic offerings. It will be a great time for the entire family!

 

KICK OFF TO SUMMER 2019!

Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2

@ Wayne County Fairgrounds

Come on down to Wayne County Fairgrounds and kick off summer of 2019! From a Fun Run to a Cornhole Tournament to Motorsports races, there is something for everyone!

 

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Check out these FREE Family-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit in May.

 

Carrie

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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