Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: August 31 – September 2Take 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 31 – September 2 skip to Main Content

Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: August 31 – September 2

Family at fair

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

WICKED: THE MUSICAL

Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, September 2

@ The Detroit Opera House

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Don’t miss your chance to see WICKED in its last weekend in Detroit.

 

SALINE COMMUNITY FAIR

Wednesday, August 29 – Monday, September 3

@ Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, Ann Arbor

Get ready for carnival rides and family fun! Wednesday is Agriculture Day, Thursday is Children’s Day with a Touch-A-Truck from 10am to noon, Sunday is Family Day with a free Foam Dance Party from 6pm to 1pm and Monday there’s no charge to enter the fair.

 

ROMEO PEACH FESTIVAL

Thursday, August 30 – Monday, September 3

@ Downtown Romeo

Every Labor Day weekend, Romeo hosts many events based around its prized crop: the peach. Say so long to summer with parades, games, music, food, runs and races, and the coronation of 2018’s Peach Queen. The fest is designed with family in mind, and it’s all centered on the city’s prized crop: the peach!

 

HAMTRAMCK LABOR DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 1 – Monday, September 3

@ Downtown Hamtramck

Welcome to the city of Hamtramck. This year’s celebration features the yacht races down Jos. Campau (a Hamtramck tradition), and an assortment of crowd-pleasing events for kids and adults of all ages. As always, there will be plenty of music, food and fun. With two separate stages, booths from a number of restaurants and a full line-up of carnival rides, there’s never a dull moment at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival.

 

MICHIGAN STATE FAIR

August 30 – September 3

@ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Over LABOR DAY WEEKEND! The Michigan State Fair has found a new home at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi! The Fair features family friendly activities, eating contests, equestrian shows, petting farms, carnival rides, Shrine Circus, pig racing and so much more!

 

ARTS, BEATS & EATS

Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3

@ Downtown Royal Oak

The 21st Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats offers more than 200 performances on nine stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, and local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in Metro-Detroit. For four days the Kids Stage will feature puppet shows, magic tricks, music and more. Kids can try the Detroit Red Wings Hockey Skills Challenge, hop in moonwalks, go for a rides at the carnival and MORE!

 

MICHIGAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

August 18 – September 30

@ Michigan Renaissance Festival Grounds, Holly

Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more!

 

FRIDAY

FARMER JR.

Friday, August 31 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center

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.

 

KIDS’ LAB: THE PHUN FACTOR

Friday, August 31 / 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?

 

MOVIE IN THE PARK: SING

Friday, August 31 / 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. Sing. In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same. (PG)

 

FAREWELL SUMMER BONFIRE

Friday, August 31 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Pier Park, Grosse Pointe Farms

Summer has come and gone again, to say goodbye, the fire pit will be ablaze on the beach with music playing and fun activities for the kids (and adults). Bring your own s’mores, drinks, snacks, etc. The first 200 kids will receive a glow bracelet. Registration is not required.

 

SATURDAY

CHOW TIME AT THE FARM

Saturday, September 1 / 8:30 am – 9:30 am

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center

Ever wanted to feed the pigs? Help farm staff to feed the pigs, goats, cows, and more. Young farmers will learn what each animal eats and why. Ages 6 – 15.

 

DIY – FIELD GOAL GAME

Saturday, September 1 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Home Depot, multiple locations

In this workshop, you and your child can build a game to test your aim. Once the game is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers. Recommended for ages 5 through 12. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

 

KIDS SUMMER COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, September 1 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit

Classes are $15 each – reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly! Tuesday Market’s classes have their own summer-long curriculum associated with them while Saturday is a bit more a la carte style

 

FAMILY NATURE CLUB DISCOVERY BACKPACK HIKE

Saturday, September 1 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake

Lace up your walking shoes.  Each family will get to use an EDC Discovery Backpack, full of fun ways to explore the outdoors, as we head out on a guided nature hike.  We plan to head out to the prairie and may visit a wetland.

 

LITTLE SCIENTISTS CLUB

Saturday, September 1 / 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.

 

KIDS’ LAB: THE RAINBOW CONNECTION

Saturday, September 1 / 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Is black ink really just made of black dye? Can you create a rainbow just by adding water? Visitors will grab some markers and filter paper and explore the magic behind a colorful chemical process in our Centennial Lab.

 

SUNDAY

SENSORY SENSITIVE SUNDAYS AT CHUCK E. CHEESE’S

Sunday, September 2 / 8:00 am – 10:00 am

@ Chuck E Cheese, Canton

Chuck E. Cheese’s now offers a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure families who have children with autism and special needs have a fun filled visit.

 

KIDS OPEN STUDIO

Sunday, September 2 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ BohoModer Studio, Detroit

Kids and parents will have access to paper, scraps, markers, crayons, glue, and other art supplies to freely create! Kids of all ages welcome.

 

MICHIGAN FIREHOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, September 2 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Michigan Firehouse Museum, Ypsilanti

The Michigan Firehouse Museum and Education Center’s mission is to enhance the appreciation of firefighting history through engaging and informative exhibits, as well as teaching and promoting fire safety and prevention.

 

PRENATAL YOGA

Sunday, September 2 / 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

@ Nature’s Playhouse, Ferndale

Prenatal yoga helps mamas stay present in their changing bodies and helps improve the nervous system by calming the mind, which helps to facilitate pain management during labor. It helps to build stamina and strengthen the body, while also balancing the changing hormones and helping to reduce stress.

 

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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