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The countdown is on! Make the most of summer vacation and hit the town this weekend!
Every day (except Monday)
@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit
Enjoy Summer of Science & DEPTH with FREE general admission to the Michigan Science Center June 8th – August 17th.
@ Downtown Milford
Come on out to Milford for their 3 day art festival! Explore Downtown Milford while looking as amazing art done by local artists, as well as artists around the state. There will be plenty of fun activities for kids including basketball, volleyball and fishing tournaments, drop-in art workshops hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts, a rock wall and more!
August 9 & 10
@ Monument Park, Dexter
Dexter Daze has occurred annually for 48 years. This annual event is a community celebration and festival includes music, artisans, crafters, businesses, and free entertainment for all ages! There will also be children-focused entertainment and performers.
@ Sweetest Heart of Mary, Detroit
Delicious Polish Food, Bands, Dancing, Traditional Polish Dancers, the famous Olde School Resale Shoppe, Children’s Activities and Games, Raffles, Unique Vendors, and more!
August 9 & 11
@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, in cooperation with the Motown Museum, returns to the DIA with Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 in celebration of Motown’s 60th anniversary. Mosaic takes it back to where it all started for this hit musical about Motown’s early days, when most of its future stars were teenagers.
August 10 & 11
@ Detroit Outdoors
The Detroit Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Camping Leadership Immersion Course (CLIC) Training is designed to provide leaders with the skills and resources to plan and lead a youth camping trip in Scout Hollow. During the 28-hour Leadership Training, teachers and leaders practice front country camping skills and familiarize themselves with Rouge Park’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.
August 10 & 11
@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill
Come on out to the orchard for some end of summer fun! Enjoy our most famous peaches, Red Haven. Indulge in our sweet peach pie and cobblers. Sure to be a tasty treat!
August 10 & 11
@ Kensington Metropark, Milford
Visit with historically-dressed reenactors portraying civilian and military life of the Colonial era. Be entertained with music and dramatizations, witness the firing of muskets and canons, and shop the booths of merchants where you may purchase hand crafted items made like they were in the 18th century. The annual Saturday afternoon battle is a must-see!
July 20 – September 2
@ Legoland, Auburn Hills
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan wants families to discover their radical powers at NINJAGO Event Days Saturday, July 20 to Monday, Sept. 2. Based on The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, the event days will have several activities for kids and parents to hone their skills to become a master NINJAGO warrior.
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.
Friday, August 9
@ Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown
Summer Discovery Cruises offer anyone interested in exploring Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair the opportunity to get out on the water for an educational experience. Cruisers can learn about many aspects of the lakes, from lighthouses, shipwrecks, bootleggers and history and culture of the region to fish, ecology, restoration and wind, waves and water — and much more, depending on the cruise theme.
Friday, August 9 / 11:00am – 2:00pm
@ Detroit Riverfront
Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront provides children from southeast Michigan an opportunity to see live children’s entertainment, hear a story read by a local community leader and receive a free book, as well as a ride on the lovely Cullen Family Carousel. The 2019 program will run with sessions taking place on Thursdays and Fridays at 11 AM, 12:00 PM, and 1:15 PM.
Friday, August 9 / 2:00pm – 7:00pm
@ Wagner Park, Dearborn
We’ve got a great line up of acivities planned for the kids including face painters, bounce houses, majicians, jugglers, and even a slot car racing game! This is a FREE event to all Dearborn and surrounding community residents.
Friday, August 9 / 3:00pm – 6:00pm
@ Kensington Metro Park, Milford
As the historical encampment sets up, stop in to do your early bird shopping with the sutlers and skip the admission fee. Items available for purchase vary based on merchants, but typically include iron and tin ware, candles, clothing, trinkets, toys, woodcrafts, and leather goods of historical style.
Friday, August 9 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm
@ Community House, Birmingham
Surprise! We’re excited to announce a fun pop-up event at The Dance Academy this Summer, a Prince & Princess Pajama Party! Drop off your little ones at The Dance Academy for a night of ROYAL FUN! We will dance, eat pizza, make a Prince and Princess-themed craft and play games! Children can wear pajamas, royal or dance attire, or comfortable clothing they can move in.
Friday, August 9 / 6:00pm – 10:30pm
@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Come out and join us for a night of pet and family fun all capped off with a feature presentation of Space Jam. Additionally, the Michigan Humane Society will be on site offering attendees the opportunity to interact with multiple homeless pets that are currently available for adoption.
Friday, August 9 / 6:30pm – 7:30pm
@ Farmington Nature Center
Celebrate the Nature Center Children’s Garden with sample tastes of veggies and herbs, nature art projects, tours of the various gardens around the Nature Center, and a cup of herbal tea.
Friday, August 9 / 7:00pm – 11:00pm
@ Fuerst Park, Novi
Bring the family out and have a blast with a variety of fun games and activities. Activities run from 7pm to 9pm and Ralph Breaks the Internet starts at dusk.
Friday, August 9 / 7:00pm – 11:00pm
@ Heritage Park, Canton
Everyone can participate in our Canton Field Day events, such as our old favorites of potato sack races and shoe kicks. Following the Family Field Day we will be playing a movie in the park on the big screen. Food, snacks, and popcorn will be sold on site
Friday, August 9 / 7:30pm – 10:30pm
@ Macomb Corners Park
This free community event is a great way for families to enjoy a summer night outside watching a newly released family favorite movie on the big screen. Free glow bracelets along with a family friendly bug spray station will be provided at dusk. In addition to the movie, our kidzone play-area will be in full swing with inflatables, organized games, toys and other equipment.
Friday, August 9 / 7:30pm – 9:30pm
@ Flat Rock Speedway
Kids up to age 12 FREE and will receive FREE hot dog! Watch Street Stock races plus Enduro 250 and Figure 8 races.
Friday, August 9 / 8:00pm – 10:00pm
@ New Center Park, Detroit
Grab your favorite picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy this fun family movie under the stars. Doors open one hour prior to film start time. Films start at dusk. Sunset scheduled for: 9:06pm.
Saturday, August 10 / 9:00am – 3:30pm
@ Nankin Mills, 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.
Saturday, August 10 / 9:00am – 1:00pm
@ Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve, New Boston
Whether you’re a diehard hobby enthusiast or someone who just wants to try fishing, geocaching or painting for the first time, this program is for you. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and help you get started in an exciting new hobby. Other activities include: chess, astronomy, beekeeping, metal detecting and more.
Saturday, August 10 / 11:00am – 4:00pm
@ Skull Island, White Lake
Come on out to Skull Island for a day filled with family fun! We start the day with morning roundup at the pirate ship, go over the rules and blow the whistle for camp to start. From that point on the day is yours to explore the island pirate trails, venture thru the woods, try your hand at fishing, paddle boats, kayaks or the floating water park. Play with the bunnies, basketball, baseball or zip lining thru the trees! We will break for a full buffet lunch at 1 followed by a treasure hunt for all! Don’t miss out on this awesome day!
Saturday, August 10 / 11:00am – 12:00pm
@ Wayne State University, Detroit
The Wayne State Planetarium welcomes astronomers of all ages! Our Saturday morning shows last about one hour and are geared towards a younger audience.
Saturday, August 10 / 11:00am – 2:00pm
@ Littlefield Playfield, Detroit
Detroit Parks and Recreation is bring fun, games and lunch to Detroit parks for afternoon activity.
Saturday, August 10 / 11:00am – 6:30pm
@Oak Park Community Center
View over 30 BBQ competitors as they vie for the coveted “Pitmaster of Oak Park” title! Have the family enjoy the FREE Kids Zone! Oakland County will be here with inflatables, Red Oaks Nature Center will delight people of all ages, and more!
Saturday, August 10 / 5:00pm – 10:00pm
@ Blue Sky, Romulus
The Michigan Division of the Jurassic Park Motor Pool is once again hosting a fun day of Jeep rides and family dino fun with our friends at Blue Sky Ice Cream and Hamburgers. As always they will be serving delicious food and ice cream. There will be bounce houses, a coloring station, a showing of the Jurassic Park movie Drive-In style, dino photo ops, and more! This event is still free so bring the kids and your camera phone and make some memories!
Saturday, August 10 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm
@ The Robot Garage, Birmingham
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.
Saturday, August 10 / 7:30pm – 10:00pm
@ Campus Martius, Detroit
Come prepared with a chair or blanket and camp out on the lawn for a relaxing summer evening in the heart of the city. Don’t forget to pack some snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy while watching the movies.
Sunday, August 11 / 7:30am – 11:00Am
@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
The Arc of Macomb County’s Roar for More Disability Awareness Walk & Advocacy day at the Detroit Zoo features a family-friendly awareness walk, as well as vendors and sponsors providing information and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sunday, August 11 / 9:00am – 2:00pm
@ Brimingham Farmers Market
Come celebrate one of Michigan’s sweetest events with corny games, special kids crafts, corn eating contest at noon, corn demonstrations, and old-fashioned corn shelling. The winner of the market’s Chef Clash competition will be cooking up corn dishes at the market for you to taste as well. Enjoy fresh prepared corn recipes including roasted corn, kettle popcorn, corn bread and other homemade recipes. And of course there will be plenty of fresh roasted Michigan sweet corn for sale!
Sunday, August 11 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield
Stomp, Chomp, Growl, and Roar! Do gymnastics like a dinosaur! Games, Gymnastics, Inflatables, Crafts and Snacks!
Sunday, August 11 / 10:00pm – 4:00pm
@ Oakland County International Airport, Waterford
This year’s Open House and Air Show features a full spectrum of aviation entertainment and exhibits such as championship aerobatic teams, individual performers, World War II aircraft, and a variety of military, commercial and civilian aircraft and vehicles on display. A day of fun for the entire family.
Sunday, August 11 / 10:00am – 4:00pm
@ Historic Ford Wayne, Detroit
Visitors have the opportunity to experience collector vehicles of all types from around the region.
Sunday, August 11 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm
@Joy Blvd. Park, Clinton Township
Take a train ride with the Michigan Transit Museum.
Sunday, August 11 / 1:00pm – 5:00pm
@ Beacon Park, Detroit
Think make/take activities, lawn games, inflatables, face painting, crafts and much more! There will be food trucks available and Lumen Detroit will be open during the event for food and drink too!
Sunday, August 11 / 1:30pm – 4:30pm
@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is not just a chance to see the classic movie on the big screen in magnificent Technicolor and glorious cinemascope, it’s a major audience participation event with subtitles for all the songs. Sing along with Julie!
Sunday, August 11 / 5:00pm – 7:00pm
@ Goldfish Swim School, Macomb
Join us for Family Night Out! We will have crafts, food, open swim and, raffles!
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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..