TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: APRIL 27-29Take advantage of your weekends and plan something fun for the whole family to enjoy! Explore somewhere different, take a class or enjoy a local festival. Here’s our top picks... TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: APRIL 27-29 skip to Main Content

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: APRIL 27-29

The Henry Ford

Take advantage of your weekends and plan something fun for the whole family to enjoy! Explore somewhere different, take a class or enjoy a local festival. Here’s our top picks for what to do and where to go this weekend!

 

SHOWS
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 – come see it all live!

 

THE ILLUSIONISTS- LIVE FROM BROADWAY
Friday, April 27 – Saturday, April 28
@ Fox Theatre
Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists thills audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

 

FARMINGTON HILLS YOUTH THEATRE- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Thursday, April 26 – Sunday, April 29
@ William Costick Activities Center
The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre invites you to enjoy an evening of music as you listen to eight songs from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

 

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?

 

H.M.S PINAFORE
Saturday, April 28 / 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
@ The Detroit Opera House
Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s first smash hit full of their notorious satire and legendary tunesmithing. The Captain’s daughter is in love with a common sailor, but alas, betrothed to the First Lord of the Admiralty. Happily for them, “things are seldom what they seem.”

 

STARS ON ICE
Saturday, April 28 / 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
@ Little Caesars Arena
Come out and see your favorite Olympic skaters as they take the ice on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena!

 

FRIDAY
FIRST @ CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, April 27 – Saturday, April 28
@ Cobo Center
With all the heart-pounding thrills and team spirit of a professional sporting event, FIRST uses robotics for an exciting week of competition.

 

NATURE TOTS
Friday, April 27 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Belle Isle Nature Center
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!

 

MINECRAFT NIGHT
Friday, April 27 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
@ The Robot Garage – Birmingham
Come hang out and play MineCraft at your own level and explore all the aspects of a multi-player experience within the safe controlled environment of The Robot Garage.

 

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT- “THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS”
Friday, April 27 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Sports and Social
Join Sports & Social Detroit for a Family Movie Night when they screen THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS on over 10 screens throughout the restaurant. The movie starts at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free!

 

FAMILY MEW-VIE NIGHT
Friday, April 27 / 7:50 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Cuddle up to TINY LIONS (a.k.a., cats) and snack on popcorn while you watch an animal friendly movie! All ages welcome.

 

Saturday
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.

 

RAILROADER’S BREAKFAST
Saturday, April 28 / 8:00 am – 9:00 am
@ Greenfield Village
Buttermilk pancakes with a choice of toppings, fresh fruit salad, sausage links and more. It’s a scrumptious early-morning way to prepare for a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™. There’s music by the Picks & Sticks Stringband, too, along with railroad-themed storytelling and a visit with our very own Village Hobo and Sir Topham Hatt™!

 

GIDDYUP 5K FUN RUN/WALK
Saturday, April 28 / 9:00 am – 11:00 am
@ Maybury State Park
Giddy up for a good cause! Come run/walk the beautiful trails of Maybury State Park to benefit Camp Casey. This fun run is suited for all ages and abilities.

 

CHOW TIME JR
Saturday, April 28 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am
@ Kensington Metro Park Farm Center
Join the Farm at Kensington to feed the pigs, goats, cows, and more! Young farmers will learn what different animals eat and why. Ages 8 to 15.

 

SCIENCEFEST: MATH MAYHEM
Saturday, April 28 / 10 am – 4:00 pm
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Discover the playful side of math! We’ll have 3-D puzzles that are taller than you are (yes, even taller than your parents), teach you how to walk THROUGH a single piece of paper, and more!

 

NATURE TOTS
Saturday, April 28 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Belle Isle Nature Center
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!

 

GRANDPARENT & GRANDCHILD COOKING CLASS
Saturday, April 28 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am
@ Eastern Market Shed 5
Come have a memorable experience with your grandparents as you learn how to cook in the kitchen with Eastern Market’s top chef!

 

ENGLISH-ARABIC STORYTIME
Saturday, April 28 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am
@ Arab American National Museum
Children ages 2-6 and their parents are invited to attend story time 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.

 

KIDS COOKING CLASS – VEGAN
Saturday, April 28 / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
@ Brightmoor Artisans Collective
You don’t have to be vegan to love a good vegan meal. We’ll be making a delicious risotto, a crispy vegetable side dish and of course a salad that’s far from boring.

 

MEET THE SCIENTIST SATURDAY
Saturday, April 28 / 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Charles H Wright Museum
Do you know a curious student, a young George Washington Carver, or a future tech wizard who is always thinking of the next big thing? Bring them to discover and explore science with activities led by scientists and technologists with the hands-on exhibit, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology!

 

MOM AND ME TEA
Saturday, April 28 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Novi Civic Center
Moms (grandma, aunt, etc.) and daughters will learn different techniques of cake decorating, the different types of chocolate, history and health benefits of dark chocolate. Participants will also have time to enjoy tea, punch, sweets and of course, each other.

 

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT- STORIES OF THE SKY
Saturday, April 28 / 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Leslie Science & Nature Center
It’s a night out for grown-ups while the kids enjoy an exciting evening at LSNC. Turn your eyes skyward to study constellations and planets. Learn about the science behind telescopes and dream up your own star-related myths and legends.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT
Saturday, April 28 / 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm
@ Troy Community Center
An inexpensive and fun night out for families! Spend quality time together and enjoy basketball, swimming, parachutes, inflatable castle and more.

 

PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Saturday, April 28 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Troy Gymnastics
Shop, dine, or catch a movie while your child is supervised in a safe environment and meeting new friends!

 

DETROIT CITY FC VS CHATTANOOGA FC
Saturday, April 28 / 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Keyworth Stadium
Come out and support Detroit’s own semi-pro soccer team at their family friendly and very lively games!

 

LIVE! SHREK THE MUSICAL
Saturday, April 28 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Redford Theatre
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” 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.

SUNDAY
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
Saturday, April 28 / 8:00 AM – Sunday, April 29 / 5:00 PM
@ 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.

 

SCIENCEFEST: MATH MAYHEM
Sunday, April 29 / 12:00 am – 4:00 pm
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Discover the playful side of math! We’ll have 3-D puzzles that are taller than you are (yes, even taller than your parents), teach you how to walk THROUGH a single piece of paper, and more! From patterns to Pi, there is something for all ages in this fun weekend!

 

FREE DAY AT FLINT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Sunday, April 29 / 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Flint Children’s Museum
Sunday, April 29th is a FREE DAY! Join us from 12-5pm for a day full of FREE fun for EVERYONE!

 

SPRING FAMILY DAY
Sunday, April 29 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Cranbrook Art Museum
In conjunction with OPEN(STUDIOS), Museum Educators will host a Spring Family Day with kid friendly tours and hands-on art projects at Cranbrook Art Museum.

 

PROJECTART: AGES 4-7
Sunday, April 29 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
@ Detroit Public Library- Main
ProjectArt- free art programs! Learn some art techniques that build your creative side each week! Create a work of art each session.

 

PUPPETART: KOLOBOK
Sunday, April 29 / 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
@ Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
The Gingerbread Man’s Russian cousin, a little butterball, is brought to life in this story set in PuppetART’s favorite magic forest. Two forest spirits—played by our live actors—help Butterball along his journey as he encounters Bear, Fox, and more.

 

FAMILY YOGA
Sunday, April 29 / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
@ Citizen Yoga – Bloomfield
Join Sara for an interactive and playful way to practice yoga with the entire family.

 

 

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

 

Photo credit: The Henry Ford

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About Kerry Doman

Kerry Doman is the founder and CEO of LittleGuide Detroit and After 5 Detroit. She has lived downtown Detroit for 10+ years and still calls the city home with her husband and son. As a relatively new mom, she’s excited to explore downtown with her family and hopes you’ll enjoy doing the same!

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