TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: APRIL 6 – 8Take 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 6 – 8 skip to Main Content

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: APRIL 6 – 8

Children Having Fun And Balancing On Tree In Fall Woodland

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!

 

It’s a LOOONG week for the kids so here are some extra ideas!
5 FUN THINGS TO DO ON SPRING BREAK

 

FESTIVALS & SHOWS
FAMILY DAY: PUPPET THEATRE
Saturday, April 7 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Kevin Kammeraad hosts an interactive, musical, improvisational, all-ages show at MOCAD. This show has audiences laughing, singing, dancing, thinking, creating, and directing the flow of the show! There will be puppet-making activities, musical performances, snacks, and FUN!

 

VELVETEEN RABBIT MUSICAL
April 7 & 8
@ Northville Marquis Theatre
Hop on in to the Marquis Theatre and enjoy the musical version of Velveteen Rabbit, a classic tale of how toys become real.

 

GOODNIGHT MOON & RUNAWAY BUNNY
Sunday, April 8 / 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
@ Music Hall Center, Detroit
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny features host endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects, and evocative original music. Providing young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading, these stage adaption will bring a new appreciation to stories that have delighted for generations.

 

DARCI LYNNE AND FRIENDS LIVE
Sunday, April 8 / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
@ Fox Theatre, Detroit
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.

 

FRIDAY
OPEN PLAY: BIRTH-5YRS
Friday, April 6 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Royal Oak Public Library
Make a playdate for the library! The Youth Activity room will be open and filled with toys for little ones to play with. Parents’ groups are welcome. Drop in any time during Open Play hours. Parents or caregivers must remain in the room and are responsible for their children.

 

 

ROYAL OAK SPRING ART FAIR
Friday, April 6 / 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ 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.

 

MUNCHIES & A MOVIE: MOANA
Friday, April 6 / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
@ Northville District Library
Bring your lunch to the library and enjoy a movie! Snacks and bottled water provided. No registration required, just drop-in! Children ages 4 and younger must attend with caregiver. Caregivers of children attending independently must remain in the library during movie.

 

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.

 

NATURE ROOM OPEN HOURS
Friday, April 6 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center
Our Nature Room features a variety of educational, hands-on action stations that will have you and your family learning about all the wonderful aspects of nature right here in West Bloomfield.

 

FAMILY MOVIE FRIDAYS: MADAGASCAR
Friday, April 6 / 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
@ Baldwin Public Library
Inclusive screening. Feel free to wear pajamas, bring blankets and pillows, and sit on the floor or in a chair. Madagascar is rated PG and is 86 minutes.

 

 

FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, April 6/ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Cranbrook Institute of Science
Courtesy of the MASCO Foundation, the Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month. Join us for a free evening of science fun! The Café and Observatory are open.

 

SATURDAY
JUNIOR JAM
Saturday, April 7 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am
@ Air Time Trampoline- Troy
Little Air Timers ages 6 and under get to jump before we open to the public! For $10, one adult and one child can jump for that entire hour! If you have additional parents, adults or children, they’re just an extra $7 per person!

 

WINDOW BIRDHOUSE
Saturday, April 7 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Home Depot- Troy
Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in a hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a window birdhouse. Once your birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

 

BREAKFAST WITH THE TROLLS & PAW PATROL
Saturday, April 7 / 9:30 am – 11:00 am
@ Lincoln Park Skating Center
Come Have Breakfast with Poppy, Branch, Chase & Skye! Breakfast will include eggs, bacon, pancakes, cereal, muffins, dancing and FUN! Feel free to stay for the 12-2:30pm skating session, complimentary admission.

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS
Saturday, April 7 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Henry Ford Museum
Inspired by the stories of past and present day change makers, this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will motivate your kids to be the next great innovator or entrepreneur. 

 

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.

 

HIKE IT BABY!
Saturday, April 7 / 10:00 am – 10:00 am
@ Belle Isle Nature Center
Come join us as we hike Belle Isle and explore a different part of this amazing island every month. Hike It Baby is a parents’ group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. Hikes are free and open to anyone.

 

KIDS COOKING CLASS
Saturday, April 7 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am
@ Eastern Market Shed 5
April 7 – Kids (Ages 8-12) – Pancakes from Scratch – Chef Aaron Egan, Eastern Market. Classes are $15 each – reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly! Attendees will get to eat a sample of what they make.

 

LITTLE SCIENTISTS CLUB
Saturday, April 7 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am
@ Ann Arbor Hands on Museum
Encourage your child’s natural drive for discovery through our Little Scientist Club. Our youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, and much more. Older siblings are welcome, too. No registration necessary.

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: MIXED MEDIA
Saturday, April 7 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
@ University of Michigan Museum of Art
Create your own project inspired by the variety of materials employed in the collection of twentieth and twenty-first century paintings, works on paper, and sculptures on display in Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection.

 

PROFESSOR RAY’S EVERYDAY SCIENCE: CHEMMYSTERY
Saturday, April 7 / 1:00 pm & 3:00pm
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
What’s a chemical? Do you think you’ve ever seen one before? Guess what?! You have! Today we’ll explore how items in your salad produce real chemical reactions and discover whether water really can explode. 

 

OAC BEAVER DAY
Saturday, April 7 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center
Did you know that beavers played a major role developing this area into a thriving metropolis? Join us in celebrating the return of the original developers of the city of Detroit, the beaver! There will be interactive educational displays, crafts and a beaver movie!

 

DROP-IN NINJA TRAINING
Saturday, April 7 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
@ Troy Gymnastics
NWTG is specifically designed for kids. The focus is developing motor skills through mobility, balance, power, strength and endurance. We want to create a strong mind and body through fitness in a fun and safe manner. 

 

THE VANISHING PONDS OF SPRING
Saturday, April 7 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Wint Nature Center
Did you know that some ponds contain water only during certain times of the year? Vernal ponds create a unique home for many amazing creatures. Join us in the classroom and woods as we explore myriad macroinvertebrates and others that call this temporary water “home.”

 

PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Saturday, April 7 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ 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!

 

SUNDAY
ALL AGES OPEN GYM
Sunday, April 8 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Troy Gymnastics
Ages 12 months and up can come and enjoy the open gym at Troy Gymnastics! Parents must accompany children 5 years and younger.

 

NATURE STORYTIME: AGES 1-5
Sunday, April 8 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am
@ Leslie Science & Nature Center
Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Storytime includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!

 

DROP-IN PLAY
Sunday, April 8 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Nature’s Playhouse
At Nature’s Playhouse we take pride in hosting only hand-crafted toys and play elements made exclusively from natural wood or cloth products.

 

POTTERY WORKSHOP: MINI SUCCULENT GARDEN
Sunday, April 8 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am
@ Wint Nature Center
Using oven-bake clay, create two mini pots with step-by-step instructions. Choose from the provided succulents, and bake the pots at home, then create your own mini succulent garden. All materials, tools and plants provided.

 

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.

 

FREE SECOND SUNDAY
Sunday, April 8 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Charles H Wright Museum
Bring your family and friends to experience the wonder of The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of the DTE Energy Foundation! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.

 

PROFESSOR RAY’S EVERYDAY SCIENCE: CHEMMYSTERY
Sunday, April 8 / 1:00 pm & 3:00pm
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
What’s a chemical? Do you think you’ve ever seen one before? Guess what?! You have! Today we’ll explore how items in your salad produce real chemical reactions and discover whether water really can explode. 

 

EGG-CELLENT ADVENTURE
Sunday, April 8 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center
To celebrate the coming of spring, we will be taking a look at some bird nests and wild bird eggs. Come find out how these eggs are unique and different from the familiar chicken egg. We will have an egg-themed story time for young learners, other egg activities and a chance to design your own wild bird egg craft to take home.

 

FRAME CRAFT
Sunday, April 8 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Michaels Stores (various locations)
Kids 3 to 8 can enjoy making a decorated frame. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

 

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

 

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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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