Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: August 24-26Take 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: August 24-26 skip to Main Content

Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: August 24-26

Young mother and father with their daughter in inflatable ring in swimming pool in aqua park. Summer heat and water.

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!

 

ALL WEEKEND

DETROIT HYDROFEST

Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26

@ Detroit Riverfront

If you like fast boats, this event is for you! A fleet of eight H1 Unlimited teams will be competing for the Gold Cup, the oldest active motorsports trophy, on the Detroit River at speeds over 150 miles per hour.

 

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26

@ Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Flint

Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country.

 

YPSI FEST  

Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26

@ Riverside Park, Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s premiere festival features live music, crafts and food. Children’s entertainment includes a “Light Parade”, movie night, touch-a-truck, a rubber ducky race and more. New addition this year – hot air balloons!

 

THE BIG BOUNCE AMERICA

Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26

@ Camp Dearborn

Drop the cellphones, step away from the TV and spend some quality time with FAMILY & FRIENDS at THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCE HOUSE! This magical, candy-colored inflatable castle is 10,000 square feet of fun, games and laughter that can be enjoyed by all ages.

 

THUNDER OVER MICHIGAN AIRSHOW

Saturday, August 25 – Sunday, August 26

@ Yankee Air Museum, Belleville

Commemorative airplanes will take to the skies once again and perform a show for Michigan families to enjoy! Kids 15 and under are free.

 

DRAGON ON THE LAKE

Saturday, August 25 – Sunday, August 26

@ Downtown Lake Orion

FREE for families to enjoy! Live entertainment, local magicians, dance studios, martial arts and local music acts. The Kidz Zone will feature the DIA both Saturday and Sunday, providing FREE kids crafts.

 

CIDER DAYZE FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 25 – Sunday, August 26

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

The largest cider festival in the Midwest featuring craft beer, yard games, live music, all on a family owned farm! Our 4th year means more cider, beer, food, and games. Come out to Armada, MI and see what partying on a farm is really like.

 

MICHIGAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 25 – Sunday, August 26

@ Michigan Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds, Holly

Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Inside the turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle.

 

FRIDAY

NATURE TOTS

Friday, August 24 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ 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!

 

GLOW NIGHT

Friday, August 24 / 11:00 am – 9:00 m

@ Troy Family Aquatic Center

Come celebrate one of the last weekends of the year before going back to school with special rates and neon gear! There will also be student created sonic exhibits that are sure to amaze and inspire.

 

FARMER JR.

Friday, August 24 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

Farmer Jr. has kids work alongside Kensington Farmers to learn about life on the farm: meeting and feeding animals, hauling straw, doing chores and having fun! They will also get a chance to make a tasty farm food such as butter, bread or cider. For ages 6-8.

 

FRIDAY NITES MUSIC & FOODIE RALLIES

Friday, August 24 / 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ West Village Commons Area, Dearborn

Guests can enjoy the cuisine of local restaurants and food trucks, a beer garden, corn hole games, kids’ activities and more each Friday Nite. The event is open to the public, and free parking is available in public lots and decks.

 

BIRMINGHAM MOVIE NIGHT – THE INCREDIBLES

Friday, August 24 / 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Booth Park, Birmingham

Join us for another season of family-friendly films under the stars! Pre-Show Entertainment at 7:30 p.m.; Movie at Dusk

 

NIGHT UNDER THE STARS: COCO

Friday, August 24 / 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Lillie Park, Ann Arbor

Bring your blankets and chairs for a screening of Pixar’s Coco! Enjoy food trucks and pre-movie craft and game stations for the kids.

 

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES: WONDER WOMAN

Friday, August 24 / 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Hope Playfield, Detroit

Detroit Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Free Friday Night Movie @ Hope Playfield – playing Wonder Woman! Bring your lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket.

 

MOVIE IN THE PARK: METROPOLIS

Friday, August 24 / 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ New Center Park, Detroit

Grab a park chair or spread your blanket on the lawn and enjoy this mix of old and new films in the open-air. Doors at 8:00pm. Movies at 9:00pm or later. Metropolis. Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima. (PG-13)

 

FULL MOON FRIDAYS

Friday, August 24 / 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Farmington Hills Nature Center

Enjoy the evening air as we head out on the trails for a night hike. We’ll use our senses to explore some amazing nocturnal features!

 

SATURDAY

NATURE TOTS

Saturday, August 25 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ 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!

 

GRANDPARENT & GRANDCHILD SUMMER COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, August 25 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit

Classes are $15 each – reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly! One ticket to the grandparent/grandchild class is good for two people.

 

GET HOOKED ON FISHING!

Saturday, August 25 / 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Join us for some morning fishing on the Detroit River! We’ll provide equipment, bait and instruction, including information about Michigan fish and where to catch them. Catch and release only.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

Saturday, August 25 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Heritage Park, Canton

Enjoy student performances and showcases while visiting with local school and community groups, clubs, and resources. Enjoy giveaways, food, games and activities for the kids, and some great deals & Early Bird pricing for Fall classes and programs.

 

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUM

Saturday, August 25 / 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

@ University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

Storytime at the Museum promotes art enjoyment for our youngest patrons. As always, we include a fun, age-appropriate hands-on activity related to the story. Children ages three to six are invited to join Storytime.

 

MARVELOUS MONARCHS

Saturday, August 25 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center

Join West Bloomfield Parks’ Naturalist for a brief lesson on how to identify Monarch Butterflies, learn about their life cycle (with live caterpillar examples), discover what they eat and find out how you can make a difference for them right in your own backyard.

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS

Saturday, August 25 / 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Detroit Zoo

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. Programs run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required.

 

SUNDAY

SCIENCEFEST: SONIC WORKSHOP

Sunday, August 26 / 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

@ Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

Explore and discover the many ways we shape, create and play with sound this summer, in our new Sonic Workshop. This exciting new space will feature the Digital Musicians’ Toolbox, a trio of large, interactive touch screen displays that will allow visitors to explore music making in all its forms, and play with the tools and ideas that musicians use to create.

 

AFTERNOON TEA WITH CINDERELLA

Sunday, August 26 / 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

@ The Townsend, Birmingham

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.

 

FAMILY FUN DAY @ BEACON PARK

Sunday, August 26 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Sundays equal Family Fun Days at Beacon Park! This wildly popular program offers four hours of free, themed activities for all ages. From putt putt golf and face painting, to inflatables and crafts, the options are endless.

 

KIDS’ LAB: THE PHUN FACTOR

Sunday, August 26 / 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Lemons and vinegar …. bananas and baking soda … what do these seemingly weird pairings have in common? Come explore the pH scale using two very different methods in our Centennial Lab. Do you have a nose for chemistry?

 

EID AL-ADHA FAMILY PARTY

Sunday, August 26 / 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

@ Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

Celebrate Eid Al-Adha with the Arab American National Museum! FREE and open to the public, there will be fun activities for the whole family: cookie decorating, special Eid crafts, henna, and much more! Please join AANM for this joyous and special holiday.

 

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

 

Summer is HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy the long days and warm nights.

 

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About Chrissy Hartig

Chrissy Hartig is a recent graduate of Wayne State University and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. Born in the Metro Detroit suburbs, she moved to Midtown to be closer to the excitement of the city. She loves spending her time outdoors and enjoying nature in places like Belle Isle and the Riverwalk.

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