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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: July 12-14

Father with children having fun in a lavender field. Provence, France.

We’re full swing into July, make the most of summer vacation and hit the town!

 

ALL WEEKEND

SUMMER OF SCIENCE

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.

 

OAKLAND COUNTY FAIR

July 5 – July 14

@ Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg

The Oakland County Fair has a great lineup of events and fun activities for the whole family, including fireworks, demo derbies, Figure 8 racing, Monster Trucks and animals. Plus there are events that last the whole 10 days of Fair. And don’t forget the Carnival rides and all that awesome fair food.

 

CONCERT OF COLORS

July 10 – July 18

@ Midtown, Detroit

The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival. Global music at its finest at this colorful, festive, upbeat coveted summer event.

 

UNCLE SAM JAM WOODHAVEN

July 11 – July 14

@ Civic Center Park, Woodhaven

The Uncle Sam Jam brings family fun to Woodhaven with fireworks, carnival rides and games, interactive displays and attractions, petting farm and camel rides and FREE concerts all weekend long!

 

ORIGINAL MICHIGAN LAVENDAR FESTIVAL

July 11 – July 13

@ Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds, Imlay City

Stroll through 23 Rolling Acres of gorgeous lavandar.  Browse through upscale handmade goods, enjoy some of Metro-Detroit’s BEST Food Trucks. There will be a 5k run/walk and classes by Best-Selling Authors/Wellness Educators, Dr. Eric Z and Sabrina Zielinski, at their Natural Living Booth.

 

WYANDOTTE STREET FAIR

July 11 – July 13

@ Downtown Wyandotte

Come on out to Wyandotte for their annual Street Art Fair! Shop around for art, jewelry, and explore the waterfront where there will be live entertainment as well as plenty of activities for the kids.

 

BLAKE’S LAVANDAR FESTIVAL

July 12 – July 14

@ Blake’s Farm and Apple Orchard, Armada

Not only is this event a celebration of all the wonders of Lavender, but also an event that knits together local, talented artisans of one-of-a-kind hand-made goods!

 

ART IN THE PARK

July 12 – July 14

@ Downtown Plymouth

This three day event assembles over 400 artists from all over the country who exhibit their work to thousands of art lovers.

 

MEDIEVAL DAYS – SCA TYGER HUNT WEEKEND

July 13 – July 14

@ Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit

Fort grounds are turned into a real-life Game of Thrones as our annual Medieval Days event returns.  Whether it’s Lords, Ladies, Knights, Squires or Serfs that attract your attention, meet them all.

 

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

July 13 – July 14

@ Erie Orchards and Cider Mill, Erie

A great weekend to start the season of fresh blueberries (already picked or you pick). We will have freshly baked pies, muffins, and blueberry donuts.

 

ALL STAR MONSTER TRUCKS

July 13 – July 14

@ Springfield Oaks County Parks, Davisburg

For the first time ever, The All Star Monster Truck Tour invades The Oakland County Fair for 2 huge shows! This is an all new show with all new monster trucks, never before seen in Davisburg.

 

MAYBURY FAMILY CAMPOUT

July 13 – July 14

@ Maybury State Park, Northville

Enjoy fun activities such as a nature hike, fishing contest, crafts, campfire, s’mores, and more!

 

DSO & FIREWORKS AT FORD HOUSE

July 13 & July 14

@ Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores

Two thrilling programs of pop music on Friday and classical music on Saturday are followed by a fireworks show accompanied by your Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

 

DOOM OF THE DINOSAURS

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

STORY THYME WITH FARMINGTON LIBRARY

Friday, July 12 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Fresh Thyme Famer’s Market, Farmington

Join us for a fun and interactive Story Hour with Miss Maria from the Farmington Public Library! Story Hour will be held in the Fresh Thyme cafe.

 

MAMA AND ME YOGA

Friday, July 12 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Detroit Mama Hub, Detroit

This class is all about connection and having fun! Mamas will be lead through a restorative yoga flow while the littles look on, play, or participate.  Each class will include a 30-minute yoga practice and end with a short song/storytime for the kids.

 

KIDS DAY AT THE MARKET

Friday, July 12 / 2:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Wagner Park, Dearborn

A great line up of activities planned for the kids including face painters, bounce houses, majicians, jugglers, and even a slot car racing game! Be sure to stop by the Dearborn Farmers & Artisans Market POP (Power of Produce) Tent.

 

SUMMER CELEBRATION

Friday, July 12 / 4:00pm- 7:00pm

@ GRDC Offices, Detroit

Celebrating 30 years of Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation. Enjoy live music, food trucks, face painting and other kids’ activities, and Free cake for all!

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Friday, July 12 / 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.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT GLOW BOUNCE

Friday, July 12 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Civic Arena

The rink will be decked out from end-to-end in bounce-houses, inflatables, games and more! Open to children ages 12 years and under.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM

Friday, July 12 / 6:00pm – 7:30pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Come on out to Troy Gymnastics for open gym! Kids 5 years through 23 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours. If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

FAMILY MOVIE CAMPOUT

Friday, July 12 / 6:00pm- 11:00pm

@ Independence Park, Canton

Families are invited to set up tents and enjoy “Lego Movie 2 (Rated PG)” at dusk. There will be plenty to do before the movie, including games, activities and entertainment for the entire family. Overnight camping is available as well!

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT THE ZOO – AMAZING INSECTS

Friday, July 12 / 6:30pm- 9:00pm

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Each Family Fun Night will include a hike through the Zoo, hands-on-activities, a snack, and an opportunity to meet Zoo staff. These experiences will be suitable for all those older than 5 years of age.

 

SPLISH SPLASH! POP UP WATER PARK

Friday, July 12 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Fuerst Park, Novi

Enjoy 3 water slides, water balloon wars, fire hose target practice with Novi Fire Dept, and a special Big Splash game from Wonder Jump Inc.

 

OVER THE HEDGE MOVIE AT THE DNR

Friday, July 12 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Join the OAC for our first outdoor movie “adventure!” Bring your family for a night of cinematic wonder with a presentation of Over the Hedge. Remember to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks!

 

THE SANDLOT MOVIE NIGHT

Friday, July 12 / 7:30pm – 9:30pm

@ Booth Park, Birmingham

Families are invited to find a cozy spot at Booth Park and enjoy a movie under the stars. Children will see and explore police vehicles, plus enjoy photo opportunities with the officers!

 

MOVIE IN THE PARK: PETER RABBIT

Friday, July 12 / 8:00pm – 11:00pm

@ New Center Park, Detroit

The stubborn and naughty Peter Rabbit causes chaos in the home and garden of an irritable human named Mr. McGregor. However, their rivalry grows even more heated when they both fall in love with a new neighbor who adores animals. Come enjoy this family film under the stars.

 

FIREFLY FUN

Friday, July 12 / 8:30pm

@ Stoney Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

Get ready for some firefly fun! We’ll do a craft, learn more about fireflies, and enjoy observing them as they light up the night!

 

SATURDAY

SATURDAY MARKET

Saturday, July 13 / 6:00am – 4:00pm

@ Eastern Market, Detroit

Bustling with as many as 45,000 visitors in a day, the Saturday Market at Eastern Market is one of America’s most original destinations for fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers and local art.

 

SATURDAY IN THE PARK

Saturday, July 13 / 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.

 

DETROIT PISTONS 3-ON-3 TOURNAMENT

Saturday, July 13 / 9:00am – 6:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

This 3 on 3 tournament is open to boys and girls, men and women, ages 8 and up

 

PEDAL PITTSFIELD

Saturday, July 13 / 9:30am- 11:00am

@ Lillie Park, Ann Arbor

Enjoy a morning ride through Lillie Park. Try out the youth safety course,  learn about bike maintenance and get a safety check from Common Cycle, pick-up giveaways and more.

 

KID’S SUMMER OLYMPICS

Saturday, July 13 / 9:45am – 12:45am

@ Whispering Woods Kiwanis Park, Shelby Township

The 2019 Kid’s Summer Olympics is open to boys and girls age 3-12. Ribbons will be presented to all participants, and there will be fun activities for families.

 

DARING  DAY FOR KIDS CAMP

Saturday, July 13 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

Build a survival hut, get lost (and un-lost) in a swamp, make natural noise-makers, learn how to survive a bear attack, learn how to identify poisonous plants and snakes, and more!

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: INUIT INSPIRATIONS

Saturday, July 13 / 11:00am – 2:00pm

@ University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

Families with children ages six and up are invited to look, learn, and create together during UMMA’s Family Art Studio sessions.

 

WAYNE COUNTY PARKS FUNFEST

Saturday, July 13 / 11:00am – 11:00pm

@ Nankin Mills Park, Westland

Celebrate 100 years of Wayne County Parks with live music, food trucks, games, rides for kids and a silent disco party!

 

KIDS YOGA ON THE ROOFTOP

Saturday, July 13 / 11:15am – 12:15pm

@ Citizen Yoga, Bloomfield

Kids Yoga will be fun and interactive! In doing yoga, kids get to exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and of course HAVE FUN! All on the rooftop.

 

DETROIT YOUTH POETRY SLAM

Saturday, July 13 / 3:00pm – 5:00pm 

@ Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit

The 2019 Detroit Youth Poetry team says thank you to Detroit with a showcase of the competition ready performances they will present at the National Brave New Voices Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

SHREK AT THE HENRY FORD GIANT SCREEN

Saturday, July 13 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm 

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Join us for a member-exclusive viewing of Shrek. Journey through the kingdom with an Ogre as he tries to restore his home, which has been invaded by fairy-tale creatures. 

 

FAMILY NIGHT AT TROY AQUATIC CENTER

Saturday, July 13 / 5:00pm – 7:30pm

@ Troy Aquatic Center, Troy

An inexpensive and fun night out for families. Spend quality time together and enjoy the slides, sprays, pool, and more.

 

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE D: SPIDERMAN INTO THE SPIDERVERSE

Saturday, July 13 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Campus Martius Park, Detroit

Gather your friends and family and come enjoy award-winning films on the big screen right here in Campus Martius Park.

 

 

SUNDAY

RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT

Sunday, July 14 / 10:00am – 10:45am

@ Detroit Mama’s Hub, Detroit

Rhythm & Movement combines creative movement and basic music education to encourage self-confidence, creativity, body awareness and focus. For ages 1.5- 3 years.

 

DETROIT KITE FESTIVAL

Sunday, July 14 / 10:00am – 5:00pm

@ Belle Isle Cricket Field, Detroit

The 3rd Annual Detroit Kite Festival! Bring, borrow, or buy a kite on site, or let the kiddos make their own with our friends from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

 

SNOW CONE HIKE

Sunday, July 14 / 11:00am

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Join us for a hike through Milliken State Park to discover the rich history, wildlife sightings and river views the park has to offer. Snow cones will be given out midway through the hike.

 

5TH ANNUAL FAMILY SAFETY DAY

Sunday, July 14 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Oakland County Fair, Davisburg

A fun filled, educational day at the Oakland County Fair. Police, Fire, EMS, and other organizations will be on hand with displays and demonstrations.

 

ARCHERY: TRY IT!

Sunday, July 14 / 12:15pm – 1:15pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

This is your opportunity to give archery a try. This 30-minute session will cover the basic steps of shooting, allowing participants to learn how to stand, handle a bow and shoot several arrows.

 

SUNDAY TRAIN RIDES

Sunday, July 14 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@Joy Blvd. Park, Clinton Township

Take a train ride with the Michigan Transit Museum.

 

BEACON PARK FAMILY FUN DAYS

Sunday, July 14 / 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!

 

AMERICAN GIRL DOLL – DOLL OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION

Sunday, July 14 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ The Summit, Canton

Let’s celebrate the 2019 Doll of the year and who better to celebrate with than mom or grandma or auntie. Our day will be inspired by the 2019 Doll of the Year – Blaire Wilson.

 

BOOGIE WOOGIE KIDS AT THE FARMINGTON LIBRARY

Sunday, July 14 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Farmington Library, Farmington Hills

Join the piano and song man of 4.5 million YouTube views for an afternoon of family-friendly music fun event at the Farmington Community Library!

 

#IMOMSOHARD

Sunday, July 14 / 5:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak

AEG Presents: Mom’s Night Out Round 2 with Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley.

 

GO TO A BALL GAME

 

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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