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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: December 14-16

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The holiday season is in full swing! Enjoy the family time together and make great memories at these fun events!

 

ALL WEEKEND

WAYNE COUNTY LIGHTFEST

Thursday, November 15 – Monday, December 31

@ Merriman Hollow Park, Westland

Join us for the LIGHTS ON CEREMONY on Thursday, November 15 as we kick off the 25th Anniversary of the Lightfest with music, refreshments and fireworks! Lightfest will be open nightly from November 15 – December 31 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Monday – Friday and 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

 

JURASSIC QUEST

Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16

@ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Jurassic Quest brings a dinosaur adventure for the entire family, returning to Novi! An all new event featuring over 80 LIFE SIZE Dinosaurs! Green screen photography and face painting are extra. All tickets are subject to sales tax. Socks are REQUIRED on all inflatable “bounce houses”.

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN

Friday, December 14 – January 12

@ The Detroit Opera House

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

 

HOLIDAY NIGHTS IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE

Saturday, December 1 – Thursday, December 27

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warm bonfires: the sounds of carolers, fiddlers and sleigh bells: and other yuletide activity during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Every lantern-lit path takes you to a new winter wonder to discover. Strap on a pair of ice skates, send a shout-out to Santa and his magnificent reindeer, find your reflection in a handcrafted ornament and nestle into a horse-drawn wagon for a sing-along through Greenfield Village.

 

WILD LIGHTS AT THE DETROIT ZOO

Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo will light up the night again this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display.  For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo.  Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages.

 

SANTA’S MAGIC FOREST

Sunday, December 1 – December 23

@ Heritage Park, Taylor

Santa’s Magic Forest — Downriver’s finest holiday display — is open weekends from Thanksgiving Weekend through Christmas in the Heritage Park Activity Building. The magical winter wonderland includes hundreds of animated characters, dozens of Christmas scenes and beautiful holiday light displays. Visitors have an opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16

@ Meadowbrook Theater, Rochester

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic captivates audiences for the 37th year with the tale of a mean-spirited miser and the ghosts that haunt him. Celebrating 37 years of holiday magic!

 

VISIT SANTA @ THE GMRENCEN

Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16

@ GM Renaissance Center, Detroit

When you think Detroit, you can’t help but think of the Renaissance Center. The iconic three tower building on the Riverfront is easy to find and hard to forget. Stop by the RENCEN to say hi to Santa and get your picture for FREE!

 

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16

@ Stagecrafters, Royal Oak

Peter and the Starcatcher is the fantastical adventure about how Peter Pan came to be. On a ship bound for the island of Rundoon, three orphan boys befriend Molly, daughter of Starcatcher Lord Aster, who is on a secret mission for the Queen of England. Their precious cargo is starstuff, powerful magical dust that must not fall into the wrong hands. When the villainous Black Stache and his band of pirates attack the ship, one orphan finds his courage and a legend is born.

 

TINKERBELL VISITS STORYLAND

Saturday, December 15 – Sunday, December 16

@ Northville Marquis Theatre, Northville

Join Tinkerbell as she visits classic storybook lands and characters, and helps save the day when friends are in need. Live on the Marquis Theatre stage! Tickets available at the door or from the Theatre Box Office

 

FISH-MAS WEEKENDS

Saturday, December 15 – Sunday, December 16

@ Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Auburn Hills

Experience an underwater winter wonderland at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium during Fish-mas, select weekends in December! Along with festive décor, little elves can write and deliver holiday cards to their favorite fishy friend and look for our Elf on the Shelf!

 

COSMIC CHRISTMAS

Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December  15

@ Sloan Museum, Flint

Enjoy a Christmas light show made right here at Longway Planetarium. This show features 16 songs to fill you with cheer, including holiday classics, some new hits, and a few fun oddities, all set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

 

SANTA VISITS & OPEN HOUSE AT MAYBURY FARM

Saturday, December 15  & Sunday, December 16

Maybury Farm, Northville

We wish you and yours all the best and to say thank you for your support of the Farm, we offer free Santa Visits at the Farm along with a  Holiday Open House for everyone of all ages to view the farm in all its winter beauty. We’ll have a bonfire, activities for the kids and a family photo booth.

 

SNACKS WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 15  & Sunday, December 16

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

A holiday season tradition at the Farm! Each visit includes a horse-drawn hayride or sleigh ride, a holiday sing-a-long, (complete with cozy blankets, song sheets, and jingle bells), snacks, (fruit, cookies, juice, hot cocoa, and coffee), and most importantly, a visit with Santa by the Christmas Tree! *Tickets are only available in advance at the Park Office, and can be purchased over the phone or in person.

 

SELFIES WITH SANTA AND FAMILY FUN

Saturday, December 15 – Sunday, December 16

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Put on your best holiday outfit and head to Beacon Park Detroit to see Saint Nick. Don’t forget to snap a few photos with the larger-than-life holiday light installations that transform the park into a winter wonderland!In addition to selfies with Santa, come enjoy activities for the whole family to enjoy, including make and takes.

 

FRIDAY

BELLE ISLE HOLIDAY STROLL

Friday, December 14 / 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Belle Isle State Park, Detroit

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is pleased to partner with the Belle Isle Aquarium and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory for the 5th annual Belle Isle Stroll. Families are invited to visit all three attractions for good holiday fun. At the Dossin, families can enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, holiday music and free winter-themed crafts.

 

HOLIDAY FUNTASTIC NIGHT

Friday, December 14 / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

@ Northville Community Center

Tis the season to enjoy a night of cookies, hot chocolate, and a classic holiday movie. Kids will also make crafts and write letters to the North Pole. You never know who may stop by and visit… a guest appearance by Santa!

 

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT – ART STUDIO

Friday, December 14 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Heritage Park, Farmington

Who says parents get to have all the fun? Take a well-deserved break and know your kids are safe and having a blast at the art studio. Themed art activities will keep them entertained for the evening. Bring a snack and dress for a mess! Drop off is promptly at 6, but kiddos may be picked up at any point within the class’s time frame.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Friday, December 14 / 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

@ Goldfish Swim School, Macomb

Join us for Family Night Out from 6:30-8:00pm! We will have crafts, food, open swim and raffles! Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family Pre-registration is required for this event.

 

A NIGHT IN WONDERLAND: DADDY / DAUGHTER DANCE

Friday, December 14 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

@ Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe

Our themed evening will transport you and your “special date” to a time of wonder and enchantment!  Registration will include a buffet dinner, dancing, group photo and a special gift for each girl at the end of the magical night.

 

HOLIDAY POPS

Friday, December 14 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

Start your weekend with a festive mix of orchestra and voice, classical and pops at this annual A2SO tradition. It is the perfect way to welcome in this holiday season. Bring your family and friends for an evening of good music-making with some of our area’s most beloved choruses. It will be ear-to-ear grinning merriment concluding a surround of singers harmonizing Let There be Peace on Earth.

 

SATURDAY

BREAKFAST WITH MINIFIGURE SANTA

Saturday, December 15 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am

@ Legoland, Auburn Hills

Join us for Breakfast with Minifigure Santa at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center for food, fun & photo ops! This special HO-HO-HO-liday event will have limited tickets, so book yours today to guarantee entry!

 

DONUTS WITH DINOSAURS

Saturday, December 15 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am

@ Sloan Museum, Flint

Visit with a friendly T. Rex, enjoy donuts and milk, and explore the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit!

 

YOGA/PLAY

Saturday, December 15 / 9:00 am – 9:45 am

@ Nature’s Playhouse, Ferndale

Parents are invited to practice yoga in a nurturing space while their child enjoys playing with our beautiful toys or practicing yoga by your side. A teacher is available to supervise children playing during class. This class is open to parents/caregivers with children of all ages who wish to practice yoga without worrying about childcare.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 15 / 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Enjoy breakfast with your favorite holiday friends at the 15th annual Breakfast with Santa at the Detroit Zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. The buffet-style waffle breakfast also includes a special gift for each child, arts and crafts, photo opportunities and a visit from Santa.

 

PJS & PANCAKES WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 15 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Come spend your morning with us at Franklin! Celebrate the Holiday season with a visit from Santa during story time, games pancakes, crafts, and more!

 

WINTERFEST MARKET, SANTA PICS, AND MORE!

Saturday, December 15 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Downtown Dearborn

We are very excited to bring Dearborn’s first Winterfest Market to both East and West Downtown Dearborn! There will be over 20 vendors at each location with lots of great holiday gift items to finish off your shopping list. We’ve got gobs of great activities happening at both Winterfest locations.

 

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE

Saturday, December 15 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

This touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

 

ISLAND PRINCESS CELEBRATION

Saturday, December 15 / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills

This princess will sing, lead the audience in a hula dance, and pose for a group photo.

 

HOLIDAY STORYTIME WITH MRS CLAUS

Saturday, December 15 / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Shelby Township Library, Shelby Twp

Visit with Mrs. Claus to hear favorite holiday stories and join in singing classic holiday songs. Children will also make a holiday craft to take home. Be sure to have a picture taken with Mrs. Claus by the glow of the library’s Christmas tree!

 

COUNT ME IN! SPECIAL NEEDS STORYTIME

Saturday, December 15 / 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

@ Canton Public Library

Please join us for Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In! This is a sensory-friendly story-time filled with picture books, preschool songs and simple sign language especially designed for patrons of all ages with special needs and their families and/or caregivers. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

 

CANVAS KIDS: PAINTING PARTY

Saturday, December 15 / 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

@ RaRa Recreation Complex, Rochester

Parents, are you in need of a Saturday evening dinner date? Then drop your young artist off with Miss Amy for a fun night of their own! We will start off the evening by creating a canvas keepsake to take home. Afterwards, we will have a yummy snack and spend some time in the new playscape. Please wear/bring socks and a paint smock if desired. Sign up soon, space is limited. Ages 5-9

 

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT / LSNC: WILD WINTER WOODS

Saturday, December 15 / 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor

It’s a night out for grown-ups while the kids enjoy an exciting evening at LSNC. Explore how animals survive in winter and test your own survival skills through games and challenges. Meet an expert hibernator up close and personal. Activities will be outside as much as possible, so please come dressed for the weather!

 

HERITAGE HOLIDAY AT THE HISTORIC CENTER

Saturday December 15

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray

Create or continue a wonderful family tradition. Stroll through the park and enjoy the holiday decorations and spectacular lights, visit with Santa and make holiday crafts. Enjoy a cup of hot cider or cocoa as you watch the blacksmith working in his shop. Cut a log cookie with a two man saw to make an ornament. Photo vignettes will help you create memories. Visit the Clydesdale horses in their show stalls and enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride. Vote for your favorite decorated tree at the Festival of Trees. Dress for the weather.

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, December 15 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 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!

 

DETROIT PISTONS HOME GAME

Saturday, December 15 / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Get ready for some DEEEETROIT Basketball! Cheer on Griffin, Drummond and the rest of the Pistons at Little Ceasars arena.

 

SUNDAY

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 16 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester

Children of all ages will enjoy this wonderfully festive event. Don’t forget to bring your appetite, your Christmas wish list, and your holiday spirit, because Santa would love to have breakfast with you.

 

THE STORY OF SNOW

Sunday, December 16 / 10:00 am – 11:30 pm

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

Join us select Sunday’s this fall for our popular puppet parade. Each class will feature a short puppet tale introducing a topic, a hands-on craft and a game to assist with the puppet’s needs and an outdoor walk guided by, you guessed it, puppets! These wacky adventures and hi-jinks are sure to be a monthly staple for your family.

 

SANTA BRUNCH

Sunday, December 16 / 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

@ The Foundation Hotel, Detroit

You better not pout, you better not cry, you better watch out I’m tellin’ you why — Santa Claus is comin’ to town!!! We will be hosting a very special Santa Brunch on Sunday , December 16th from 10:30a-2p, featuring our normal brunch menu. Our VERY special guest, Santa Claus himself, will be on site, as well as a a special pop up shopping experience with our friends from LEGO!!

 

AFTERNOON TEA WITH PRINCESS & SANTA

Sunday, December 16 / 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. Drinks are Available Upon Request. Enjoy Our Chilled Champagne or Mimosas

 

MICHIGAN FIREHOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, December 16 / 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.

 

SANTA VISITS THE NATURE CENTER

Sunday, December 16 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

Our animals are excited for Santa’s yearly visit to the nature center. Have you sent Santa your wish list yet? Give it to him in person right here. He may even bring Mrs. Claus with him to help give out treats.

 

PRENATAL YOGA

Sunday, December 16 / 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.

 

THE NUTCRACKER

Sunday, December 16 / 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ The Community House, Birmingham

Spend the Holidays with The Community House Dance Academy for this time-honored classic! The Nutcracker is a beloved tradition that is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Join Clara on her magical journey through the Land of Sweets, featuring an eternal score from Tchaikovsky.

 

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Sunday, December 16 / 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Director Frank Capra’s classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart) who wishes he had never been born. When an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to Earth to make George’s wish come true, George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

 

FAMILY YOGA

Sunday, December 16 / 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Detroit Mama Hub, Detroit

Family yoga invites the whole family – moms, dads, caregivers, babies and toddlers to join us for family fun on the mat. We’ll laugh, play, and stretch our way through a silly flow all together.

 

COOKIES WITH SANTA

Sunday, December 16 / 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

@ Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores

Listen in as your little ones share their Christmas wishes with the elf himself. Santa will make his annual stop in Josephine Ford’s Playhouse to visit with your children. You can snap your own family photos to cherish this holiday moment. Santa will send each child home with one of his favorite sweet treats!

 

CAROLING IN THE CITY

Sunday, December 16 / 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Downtown Rochester

Join us for more holiday spirit than you can shake a candy cane at! Christmas Around The World Choirs, Christmas Cookie Station and the debut of the Rochester Community Carolers and so much more! You won’t want to miss it when we transform Downtown Rochester into Whoville with the grand finale of the community caroling around the Christmas tree in the middle of Main Street.

 

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS

Sunday, December 16 / 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. The group will perform live only in Detroit at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. This year marks the 34th Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

 

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

 

Find Fall Favorites HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy these cool autumn days.

 

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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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