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

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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! 

 

ALL WEEKEND

SESAME STREET LIVE

January 22 – February 2

@ Fox theatre, Detroit

Learn new songs and sing along to familiar favorites with Oscar and Cookie Monster; build a snowman with Elmo; flap your wings with Big Bird; marvel at Abby’s magic; be amazed when Super Grover flies, and move to the rhythm with Rosita.

 

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

January 24 – January 26

@ Copeland Auditorium, Dexter

Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises.

 

ROBOLIGHTS

January 24  – January 26

@ 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.

 

A CHORUS LINE

January 24 – January 26

@ Starlight Theater, Waterford

A classic Broadway musical that touches on the experiences of the unsung heroes of musical theater: the chorus line.

 

NATURE TOTS

January 24 – January 26

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

In this nature session toddlers enjoy crafts, stories, and activities as they use their sense to explore nature!

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: PRINTMAKING/CRAYON RUBBINGS

January 24 – January 26

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Use wax crayons and found objects to create one-of-a-kind prints on paper.

 

BIRMINGHAM VILLAGE PLAYERS PRESENTS “THE MIRACLE WORKER”

January 24 – January 26

@ The Village Players, Birmingham

“The Miracle Worker” is the powerful yet poignant story of Annie Sullivan, the idealistic and headstrong woman who would become the mentor and teacher to a young Helen Keller, a child struck deaf and blind by an illness in her infancy.

 

FROG AND TOAD

January 24 – January 25

@ Wild Swan Theater, Ann Arbor

Join Frog and Toad as they greet spring, plant a garden, and share a basket of cookies.

 

HAYRIDE/SLEIGH RIDES

January 25 – January 26

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride or sleigh ride (weather permitting) through the wooded trails around the Farm Center.

 

GREAT LAKES DAYS

January 25 – January 26

@ U-M Museum Of Natural History. Ann Arbor

Visitors will have to opportunity to see Michael at work at his loom, ask him questions about the process, and some visitors may even be able to weave a few threads.

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LIVE ON STAGE

January 25 – January 26

@ Northville Marquis Theatre, Northville

The story of a young girl who meets a friendly Beast and their ensuing friendship.

 

SCIENCEFEST: SCIENCE IS EVERYTHING

January 25 – January 26

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Ann Arbor

Join the museum in exploring how science can be universal in a series of fun and accessible activities focusing on inclusion and diversity in science and the science of our everyday lives.

 

WINTER PARK

January 25 – January 26

@ Charles L. Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills

Celebrate winter as a community and enjoy sledding, skating, and concessions. Hang out in our heated Farm Activity Building or ice skate under the lights.

 

LUNCH WITH ELSA AND FRIENDS

January 25 – January 26

@ Taylor Parks And Rec, Taylor

Join Elsa and her Frozen Friends for a pizza lunch, activities with the characters, Frozen crafts and more!

 

 

FRIDAY

ABRAKADOODLE: DOODLERS

Friday, January 24 / 9:30am – 11:30am

@  Community House, Birmingham

Touch it, Smell it, Hear it, See it, Taste it!  Make art through sensory exploration to experience the world through not only what you see but what you feel, taste, and hear too!

 

TRICERATOTS PUPPET THEATER-STORY OF THE MAGIC BALLOON

Friday,  January 24 / 10:00am – 11:00am

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

This 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!

 

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (3-6YRS)

Friday, January 24  / 10:30am – 12:00pm

@ Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Detroit

Join us at our main branch for storytime every Friday with our theme, “Once Upon A Time”. Snack and playtime to follow story.

 

PRESCHOOL PLAY

Friday, January 24 / 10:30am – 12:00pm

@ BounceU, Troy

Bouncing for the little ones, ages 6 and under! Children under 2 are Free with paid admission.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, January 24  / 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!

 

NATURE ROOM RIBBON CUTTING

Friday, January 24  / 3:00pm – 6:00pm

@ West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center, West Bloomfield

Please join us as we celebrate the re-opening of our Nature Room! We’ve transformed the space by adding a custom mural, new animal tanks and more.

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, January 124 / 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.

 

PETS & PAJAMAS

Friday, January 24 / 5:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Huron Valley Humane Society, Ann Arbor

This paw-tastic event is appropriate for ages 5 to 11 and will include adoptable animal interactions, a cheese pizza dinner and an animal themed movie with popcorn!

 

THE ARTIST’S APPRENTICE-CLARKSTON FAMILY FARM ART DAYS

Friday, January 24 / 5:30pm -7:00pm

@  Clarkston Family Farm, Clarkston

Bring your young artist to the Green Room at the farm for a wild experience where we will explore a new art project each week!

 

FAMILY FUN SWIM NIGHT-LUAU NIGHT

Friday, January 24 / 6:15pm – 8:15pm

@ South Lyon High School, South Lyon

Bring your lei and come hula the night away at this FREE Family Fun Swim at the South Lyon High School Pool! This fun night of swimming with your family includes equipment, games and toys for everyone to use.

 

MINECRAFT NIGHT-ROCHESTER HILLS

Friday, January 24 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm

@ The Robot Garage, Rochester Hills

Come hang out and play Minecraft on our custom server. Play at your own level and explore all the aspects of a multi-player MineCraft experience within the safe controlled environment of The Robot Garage.

 

OWL PROWL

Friday, January 24 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Howell Nature Center, Howell

This program includes a live presentation featuring owls from Wild Wonders Wildlife Park and a walk in the woods to call to Great Horned Owls and Screech Owls and listen for their replies. The program finishes with hot chocolate and cookies for all participants.

 

FREE PUBLIC PLANETARIUM SHOW

Friday, January 24 / 7:00pm – 9:30pm

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

The Wayne State Planetarium presents public planetarium shows on a regular basis. Our public shows are presented at 7 PM and 8:30 pm on most Friday evenings throughout the semester.

 

DETROIT PISTONS HOME GAME

Friday, January 24 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Grab the family and grab some tickets to cheer on the Detroit Pistons basketball team as they play another exciting game!

 

FLIPPED OUT FRIDAY

Friday, January 24 / 8:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Extreme Gymnastics USA, Warren

Need a couple hours free of the kids? Drop them off for a Friday night open gym like no other!

 

 

SATURDAY

ROLLER AND STROLLER SKATE WITH ELSA AND OLAF

Saturday, January 25 / 9:00am – 12:00pm

@ The New Rink, Shelby Charter Township

Get on the Rink with your frozen favorites. $10 admission includes skate rental, drink, snack and access to Bounce Zone.

 

INDOOR PLAYGROUND AT THE Y

Saturday, January 25 / 9:30am – 12:30pm

@ Lakeshore Family YMCA, St. Clair Shores

Come and let your child get their wiggles out. The whole gym is set up with indoor active play equipment, bounce house, ball play, craft, etc.

 

PRE-BALLET DROP-IN

Saturday, January 25 / 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.

 

YOUNG OUTDOOR EXPLORERS: ANIMAL SIGNS

Saturday, January 25 / 10:00am – 11:00am

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

Through hands-on exploration, your child will discover what animals do in winter, what they eat and signs they leave behind. This outdoor program is designed to give your child a sensory-exploration of nature.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, January 25 / 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.

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS

Saturday, January 25 / 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 SATURDAYS

Saturday, January 25 / 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.

 

FAMILY STORYTIME

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

@ Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills

Cranbrook Art Museum and Bloomfield Township Public Library have teamed up to present Storytime in the Art Lab! Join us for stories with themes related to art, making, and creative thinking.

 

AMERICAN GIRL TEA PARTY

Saturday, January 25 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Blair Memorial Library, Clawson

You and your favorite doll are invited to an afternoon “tea” at the library. Enjoy refreshments, a craft, and fun activities inspired by American Girl.

 

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY

Saturday, January 25 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Auburn Hills Public Library, Auburn Hills

This program is for children age 3-10. Join us to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year! We will have games, crafts, snacks, and end with a countdown to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rat.

 

PERFECTLY PENGUINS STORYTIME AND CRAFTS WITH COWBOY ALEX

Saturday, January 25 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Royal Oak Senior Activity Center, Royal Oak

Listen to Cowboy Alex read penguin stories, joke around with his puppet pals and do silly magic tricks. Plus, kids & their grown-ups will make an awesome penguin craft project using recycled material.

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: IMAGINARY PLACES

Saturday, January 25 / 11:00am – 1:00pm

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Families with children ages six and up are invited to look, learn, and create together in this hands-on workshop.

 

FREE SOCCER CLINIC

Saturday, January 25 / 11:00am – 1:00pm

@ Tindal Activity Center, Detroit

Learn techniques and skills to become a great soccer player at a FREE soccer clinic! Ages 4-14

 

FAMILY DAY: TEXTURES AND TEXTILES

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

@ Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills

Learn to design your own colorful textiles in the style of Ruth Adler Schnee. Check out her patterns in our current exhibition before printing your own.

 

2020 GROSSE POINTE WOODS WINTERFEST

Saturday, January 25 / 11:00am – 3:00pm

@ Ghesquire Park, Grosse Pointe Woods

This year’s event will feature many family friendly activities including a petting farm, ice skating (bring own skates), fire pits, games, dance party, crafts, heated tent, hot cocoa and more!

 

TEA WITH A PRINCESS

Saturday, January 25 / 11:30am – 1:00pm

@ Fort Clarkston, Clarkston

Calling all little princesses! Hang out with real princesses at Fort Clarkston! Drink tea (or lemonade) out of REAL tiny teacups, enjoy tearoom fare, take photos with princesses and have a dance party!

 

SNOW MUCH FUN

Saturday, January 25 / 12:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Rolling Hills Park, Ypsilanti

The annula event festivities include a reindeer toss, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, hot chocolate, sledding hill, and activities! (sledding is weather dependent).

 

WINTERFEST & COOKOUT

Saturday, January 125/ 12:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township

Join us for a fun-filled day of snow-related games and activities. Weather permitting, take part in the snow fort contest, warm up next to our fire ring. Enjoy a hot dog and roast a marshmallow. We’ll also have winter crafts and hot chocolate inside.

 

DROP-IN NINJA 

Saturday, January 25 / 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, January 25 / 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.

 

FROZEN FUN

Saturday, January 25 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Greenmead Historic Village, Livonia

Join us for some FROZEN FUN at the Alexander Blue House! This children’s event will have crafts, snacks, songs, and photos with your favorite Snow Queen! Princess and prince attire encouraged! Advance tickets required.

 

POLAR PARTY

Saturday, January 25 / 1:00pm – 5:00pm

@ West Bloomfield Parks, West Bloomfield

Our Polar Party features winter-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a live animal show, snowman building contest, s’more roasting, crafts station, ice sculptures, games, snowshoeing, and the Monkey Business Food Truck will be on site.

 

HABITAT HEROES

Saturday, January 25 / 2:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Howell Nature Center, Howell

Create a nest box to help your local wildlife in this unique building workshop. Enjoy an encounter with our very own American Kestrel, Eastern Screech Owl, and Wood Duck. Take a guided hike through the habitats at the HNC and then warm up afterwards with Cocoa and Refreshments.

 

MOTHER-SON DANCE

Saturday, January 25 / 4:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Berkley Community Center, Berkley

Mothers and sons are invited to share a night of superheros, dancing, hot dogs and chips, and the chance to take on the inflatable obstacle course!

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, January 25 / 5:00pm – 7:45pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

An inexpensive and fun night out for families! Spend an evening together and enjoy basketball, swimming, inflatable castle, and more!

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, January 25 / 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!

 

CUPCAKE BATTLES KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, January 25 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center, Clarkston

Participants will be divided into teams to compete in the ultimate baking experience. They will have the opportunity to design, bake, create, and decorate their very own cupcakes.

 

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT

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

@ BounceU, Troy

Looking for a night out? BounceU knows that sometimes parents deserve a little time by themselves so we have created a night just for you!

 

FREE OPEN SKATE

Saturday, January 25 / 6:15pm – 7:35pm

@ Farmington Hills Ice Arena, Famington Hills

Come enjoy a FREE night of open skate at Farmington Hills Ice Arena! We will have light refreshments, and prizes too!

 

GLOW SKATE AT RILEY ICE RINK

Saturday, January 25 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Riley Skate Park, Farmington Hills

Get your cosmic groove gliding and join us for a family-friendly night out!  Enjoy a warm cozy fire, and make a s’more.  There will even be prizes!

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, January 25 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

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

 

DETROIT PISTONS HOME GAME

Saturday, January 25 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Grab the family and grab some tickets to cheer on the Detroit Pistons basketball team as they play another exciting game!

 

SUNDAY

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, January 26 / 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!

 

CHICKADEE CHOW DOWN

Sunday, January 26 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Kensington Metropark Nature Center, Milford

At Kensington Metropark, Nature Center, a variety of winter songbirds will eagerly fly to your hand for seeds. During this one-hour program, learn about why this happens and how to recognize the birds you’ll see. Then take a short guided walk along the nature trails to meet your new feathered friends.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHIGAN

Sunday, January 26 / 2:00pm – 3:30pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

It’s Michigan’s 183rd birthday! Come celebrate at the Outdoor Adventure Center. Stop by our featured Michigan exhibit table to learn a little about our great state, observe our state symbols up close and grab a tasty birthday treat!

 

DISNEY’S “MOANA” MOVIE AND KIDS DAY

Sunday, January 26 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Berman Center For The Performing Arts,Bloomfield Township

Join us at The Berman for a family-friendly workshop and film!

 

WINTERFEST 2020

Sunday, January 26 / 2:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Oak Park Community Center, Oak Park

Come to the Oak Park Community Center for some winter fun! We’ll have plenty of activities for kids, good food to eat, a s’mores station, horse-drawn carriage rides, free ice skating at the Oak Park Ice Arena, and more!

 

LITTLE MERMAID SING-A-LONG

Sunday, January 26 / 3:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Introduce your child to the performing arts with this classic Disney favorite! Sing along with Disney’s beguiling animated romp, about a rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) who is fascinated with life on land.

 

PUPPETART PRESENTS: BANANA FOR TURTLE

Sunday, January 26 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm

@ Music Hall Center, Detroit

“Banana for Turtle” is a set of vignettes that involve five animal friends—Monkey, Python, Parrot, Elephant and Turtle. Created in the style of classical marionette, performance speaks humorously to issues of early childhood.

 

PJ MASKS LIVE

Sunday, January 26 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Eastern Michigan Convocation Center, Ypsilanti

Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they try to save the day from the sneaky villains – Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl!

 

SUNDAY FUNDAY

Sunday, January 26 / 6:00pm – 9:30pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

It’s Sunday Funday at USA Hockey Arena! Join us on select Sunday nights for extra ice time and mini-games.

 

 

 

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

 

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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.

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