Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: December 27-29 Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: December 27-29 skip to Main Content

Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: December 27-29

https://www.facebook.com/thehenryford/photos/a.113617641236/10156463911871237/?type=3&theater

Whether you have a free Saturday morning or a full weekend of festivities to plan – if you’re looking for fun things to do with your kids in Metro Detroit this weekend, LittleGuide Detroit has you covered! From FREE museum admission to Santa and holiday shows  – there’s lots to do this weekend.

 

Don’t miss the hands-on, larger-than life LEGO® exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum. The travelling exhibit is included with general admission tickets and the final day to check it out is Sunday, January 5th. Enter to win 4 tickets to visit the museum with your family – we’re selecting a winner on Friday, December 27th.

GIVEAWAY: Family 4-Pack To The Henry Ford

Enter to win 4 tickets to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

 

ALL WEEKEND

WILD LIGHTS

November 16 – January 5

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

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.

 

WAYNE COUNTY LIGHT FEST

November 21 – December 31

@ Merriman Hollow Park, Westland

The Wayne County Lightfest is a holiday tradition for families all over the Metro Detroit area! The Lightfest offers five miles of colorful displays! Don’t forget to stop at the Santa’s Shelter for refreshments and photos with Santa at the end of the Lightfest, which is Warrendale Park.

 

SANTA’S ROCKIN’ LIGHTS

November 22 – December 31

@ Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison Heights

Santa’s Rock n Lights is a drive thru Christmas light show experience. This is a totally new tradition in which the lights are animated to Christmas music instead of just your traditional still displays. We invite you to load up family and friends to watch the action of lights dancing to music all from the warmth of your car!

 

KWANZAA AT THE WRIGHT

December 26 – January 1

@ Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit

Enjoy seven days of tradition and FREE family fun as we feel the beat of the drums, experience the vivid colors and vibrations of African dance groups, revel in the messages of dynamic speakers and passionate artists, and support our various vendors!

 

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

December 26 – January 5

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

The SpongeBob Musical explodes with energy and features an original pop and rock-infused score by award winning songwriters. The production brings the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality.

 

CHRISTMAS AT CROSSROADS HOLIDAY MAGIC 

December  26 – December 27

@ Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Flint

One of Mid Michigan’s favorite holiday traditions. You’ll find costumed villagers, live entertainment, model trains and craft demonstrations, holiday music and, of course, visits with Santa himself.

 

ROBOLIGHTS

December 26 – December 27

@ Museum Of Contemporary Art, Detroit

In Robolights Detroit, visitors are invited to wander along pathways inside of a dazzling carnival filled with sculptures of towering robots, dinosaurs, alien spacecraft, and fantastical creatures from the future, all painted in a wondrous array of vivid colors and wrapped up in thousands of lights.

 

DETROIT CITY FC WINTER SKILLS CAMP

December 26 – December 28

@ Detroit City Fieldhouse, Detroit

Our three-day camp at Detroit City Fieldhouse is from December 26-28 and is open to young players of all ability levels aged 6-17.

 

TEA-TIME THEATRE @ THE DIA

December 27 – December 28

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

To celebrate the holidays the DFT Family Series at the Detroit Institute of Arts will host elegantly silly afternoon teas in the Great Hall. Guests will be treated to light entertainment, their choice of party hats and complimentary “tea”, with free screenings of animated features.

 

HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT THE MUSEUM

December 27 – December 28

@ Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit

Join us at the Detroit Historical Museum as we explore the rich traditions of the holiday season beyond the wonder of Christmas. Learn more about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day from your neighbors who celebrate these traditions.

 

ALL ABOARD! MODEL RAILROAD EXHIBIT

December 27 – December 29

@ Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosan Farm, Rochester 

The Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club has been planning this model train exhibit for one year and cannot wait to share it with the public!

 

BEAUTY & THE BEAST LIVE ON STAGE

December 27 – December 29

@ Marquis Theatre, Northville

Come watch the story of a young girl who meets a friendly Beast and their ensuing friendship brought to life in our children’s theater.

 

MERRY MECHANICAL MARVELS

December 27 – December 29

@ Cranbrook Institute Of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Join us for a celebration of all things mechanical! Explore the science behind robotics and more through a variety of hands-on activities and experiences.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: WINTER VILLAGE

December 27 – December 29

@ Detroit Insititute Of Arts Artmaking Studio, Detroit

Inspired by our director, Salvador Salort-Pons, and his vision of the DIA becoming the town square of the surrounding community, this collaborative workshop will be a reflection of our vision for Detroit and it’s neighborhoods.

 

CHICKADEE CHOW DOWN

December 28 – December 29

@ Kensington Metropark Nature Center, Milford

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience you can have no place else. At Kensington Metropark Nature Center, a variety of winter songbirds will eagerly fly to your hand for seeds.

 

INDOOR SNOWBALL FIGHTS AND ICE FISHING

December 28 – December 29

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Michigan is famous for its snowy, frigid winter season. Come experience some exciting winter activities at the Outdoor Adventure Center, but in the comfort of a heated building! We will have indoor “snowball fights” and “ice fishing,” with prizes included!

 

 

 

FRIDAY

SCHOOL AGE BREAK CAMP

Friday, December 27 / 7:00am – 6:00pm

@  Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

When school is out, students in grades K-8 can join the YMCA for a full day of fun and excitement. Join us for crafts, games, nature education, swimming, character development and more!

 

HOLIDAY BREAK CAMP

Friday, December 27 / 9:00am – 4:00pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

When your kids don’t have school but you still have work let them spend the day with friends at Franklin! Kids can swim, bounce, and play all day.

 

MEET THE NATURE CENTER ANIMALS

Friday, December 27 / 10:00am

@ Lake St. Clair Nature Center, Harrison Township

Meet, greet, and watch them eat! Get an up-close and hands-on experience with the Nature Center animals. Expand your knowledge of the turtles, snakes, and frogs of Michigan.

 

NOON YEAR’S EVE PARTY

Friday, December 27 / 10:00am – 1:00pm

@  Flint Children’s Museum, Flint

Join us as we count down to noon and celebrate the “Noon” Year with a balloon drop, hot cocoa bar with cookies, and a glitter science activity.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, December 27  / 12:00pm – 4:00pm / 4:30pm – 7:30pm

@ Troy Gymnastics Center, Troy

Kids 12 months through 5 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours.  If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

HOLIDAY LEGO AND COLORING TIME

Friday, December 27 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@  John F. Kennedy Jr. Library, Dearborn Heights

Youth ages 4-17 are invited to create structures using Legos. Coloring sheets will also be available.

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, December 27  / 4:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Join the Detroit City Chess Club in their regular Friday meet-ups in Prentis Court. Watch as these young players hone their craft or even sit down to test your own skills.

 

FAMILY PAJAMA MOVIE NIGHT: KLAUS

Friday, December 27 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

Bundle the kids up in their PJs and join us in our theatre for ‘Klaus’! From the creator of ‘Despicable Me’ comes a new animated movie sure to be a Christmas classic!

 

 

 

SATURDAY

TRACKING FOR BEGINNERS

Saturday, December 28 / 9:30am – 11:30am

@ Indian Springs Environmental Discovery Center, White Lake

Winter snows not only create a beautiful backdrop, but also the perfect palette for animal tracks!  Bundle up with hats and scarves and lace up your winter boots to see who’s been prowling in the winter wonderland of Indian Springs Metropark.

 

PRE-BALLET DROP-IN

Saturday, December 28 / 9:45am – 10:45am

@ Lil Dumplins, Detroit

3.5 – 5 year old’s “Pre-Ballet” class introduces basic vocabulary, positions, concepts and rhythms of ballet.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, December 28 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym, Detroit

Every Saturday adults and kids alike can learn how to leap, jump, and fly through our obstacle course and training apparatus.

 

WINTER WALK-N-TALK

Saturday, December 28 / 10:00am – 4:00pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

Take a guided hike through our Oak-woods to discover the beauty of Winter. Discover which critters are out-and-about through tracks and other signs.

 

WINTER WALK IN THE WOODS

Saturday, December 28 / 10:00am – 4:00pm

@ Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown

We are going to hit the trail in search of what’s going on in the woods this winter. Tracks and signs of our winter critters will be the focus of this cold-weather stroll..

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS

Saturday, December 28 / 10:00am – 4:00pm

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Motivate your kids to be the next great inventors or entrepreneurs with stories of past and present-day changemakers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Explore the innovations — big and small — that make the world what it is today, and learn by doing with hands-on, minds-on activities designed for youth ages 8-12.

 

FREE ADMISSION @ MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER

Saturday, December 28  / 10:00am – 5:00pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Free general admission includes access to 220+ hands-on exhibits, live shows, Smithsonian Spark!Lab, Kids Town, STEM Playground and more.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturday, December 28 / 10:00am – 5:00pm

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

Huntington celebrates the Flint Institute of Arts by providing everyone access free of charge every Saturday.

 

WII GAME DAY

Saturday, December 28 / 12:00pm – 1:00pm

@ Detroit Public Library, Bowen Branch, Detroit

Join us for an afternoon on the Wii! Wii Game days will happen on the fourth Saturday of every month.

 

DROP-IN NINJA 

Saturday, December 28 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday Troy Gymnastics offers ninja classes for ages 5 years – 23 years!

 

DROP-IN TUMBLING

Saturday, December 28 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Every Saturday Troy Gymnastics offers Drop-In tumbling for ages 5 years and up. Participants do not need to be enrolled in a tumbling class to participate.

 

POTTERY’S WHEEL & CLAY TIME

Saturday, December 28 / 1:30pm – 2:30pm

@ Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

Children and adults ages 5 and up are welcome to try their hand at clay projects using a potter’s wheel with our experienced teacher!

 

THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE COLLECTION – OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, December 28 / 5:00pm – 7:30pm

@ Gordon Hall, Dexter

Visitors will tour the Christmas Village Collection, a magical display of Milt Campbell’s huge collection of Department 56 villages. This collection was traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season, and was a favorite destination for families.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, December 28 / 5:00pm – 7:45pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

Spend an inexpensive evening together and enjoy basketball, swimming, inflatable castle, and more!

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, December 28 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Gymtactics, Highland

Saturday Night Open Gym (Ages 6+) is an open play time for our older athletes. Come explore, flip, jump, and play!

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, December 28 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

Glow skate is offered every Saturday night! Admission includes a complimentary glow necklace.

 

USA HOCKEY HOME GAME – STAY & SKATE TEAM U18

Saturday, December 28 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

Want to watch the next Dylan Larkin or Jack Hughes? Take the family to a USA Hockey game and watch Olympians and NHL stars in the making.

 

 

SUNDAY

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, December 29 / 9:00am – 12:00pm / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Come on out to Troy Gymnastics for open gym! Kids 12 months through 23 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours. If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

THE MUSIC LADY AT THE MUSEUM

Sunday, December 29 / 12:00pm – 1:00pm

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Ann Arbor

Join Beverly, The Music Lady, as she plays and fills the museum with joyful music. She will bring her hands on instruments for all to play. Stay for a song, discover more fun, come on back for more music.

 

PRINCESS BALL INSPIRED TEA

Sunday, December 29 / 12:00pm – 1:30pm

@ Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

Come have tea with your favorite Disney Princess with this interactive children’s event with singing, activities, food and fun for all.

 

SKATE THE RINK AT CAMPUS MARTIUS

Sunday, December 29 / 12:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Campus Martius Skate Rink, Detroit

Situated in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue, the Frankenmuth Rink at Campus Martius offers one of the most beautiful skating experiences in the country.

 

DETROIT LIONS FOOTBALL TEAM

Sunday, December 29 / 1:00pm

@ Ford Field, Detroit

Come watch the Detroit Lions take on the Green Bay Packers!

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZAA

Sunday, December 29 / 2:00pm

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

An adaptation of Dickens’ classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. A surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals, customs and holiday songs are woven into the familiar story.

 

POPCORN, PAJAMAS, AND A MOVIE

Sunday, December 29 / 2:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Ferndale Public Library, Ferndale

Get in your comfy clothes and join us for fresh, theater-style popcorn and a recently released family film, rated (G).

 

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Sunday, December 29 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm

@ Music Hall Center, Detroit

We all know Sleeping Beauty was cursed by a wicked fairy and awakened by true love’s kiss, but how did the Prince find the sleeping Princess? And why does he feel so compelled to rescue her? Find the answers to these questions and more as the classic fairy tale comes to life as a marionette ballet. Happy ending guaranteed!

 

 

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

 

Find Fall Favorites HERE! Check out these ideas for more fun:

 

Photo credit: Facebook

SHARE THIS:

24852405_658301847893011_181319035770714811_n-3-768×512

About Mary Furgason

Mary Furgason is a fitness instructor and writer on LittleGuide Detroit. She lives in western Oakland County with her husband and four kids. Mom of kids in pre-school through high school she knows the ins and outs of motherhood and the best things to do with kids of all ages.

MORE ARTICLES

Back To Top
Close search
|| http://www.littleguidedetroit.com/top-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend-december-27-29/