TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: July 13-15Take advantage of your weekends and plan something fun for the whole family to enjoy! Explore somewhere different, take a class or enjoy a local festival. Here’s our top picks... TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: July 13-15 skip to Main Content

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: July 13-15

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Take advantage of your weekends and plan something fun for the whole family to enjoy! Explore somewhere different, take a class or enjoy a local festival. Here’s our top picks for what to do and where to go this weekend!

 

ALL WEEKEND

UNCLE SAM JAM

Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15

@ 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! There is NO ADMISSION CHARGE to the event.

 

THE OAKLAND COUNTY FAIR

Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 15

@ Springfield Oaks County Park, Davisburg

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

 

MICHIGAN LAVENDER FESTIVAL

Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

With just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Lavender Festival is a perfect mid-summer getaway. 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

Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15

@ Downtown Plymouth

The streets surrounding Kellogg Park in the heart of Downtown Plymouth will transform into a vibrant canvas as Art in The Park returns for its 39th year. This three-day event assembles over 400 artists from all over the country who exhibit their work to thousands of art lovers.

 

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill, Erie

This is a great weekend to start our season with fresh blueberries (already picked or you pick). We will have freshly baked pies, muffins, and blueberry donuts.

 

FRIDAY

HAZEN BLUEBERRY FARM – OPENING DAY

Friday, July 13 / 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

@ Hazen Blueberry Farm, Howell

It’s blueberry season…let’s get to picking!

 

GAMES ON THE GREEN

Friday, July 13 / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Troy Historic Village, Troy

Try your hand at a few old time and vintage pastimes. Find challenge in Corn Toss, two kinds of Hoops, and knock-the-pins. Many of these diversions move indoors (or to a tent) in rainy weather, so come rain or shine!

 

KIDS DAY ON THE COMMONS

Friday, July 13 / 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ West Village Commons Plaza, Dearborn

Come enjoy family friendly music, an inflatable obstacle course and bounce house, balloon sculptures, face painting or airbrush tattoos, comedy, magicians, jugglers, clowns and more.

 

READING AND RHYTHM ON THE RIVERFRONT

Friday, July 13 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Detroit Riverfront, Detroit

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront (R3) is the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s unique, interactive early literacy program that 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.

 

FARM JR.

Friday, July 13 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Kensington MetroPark Farm Center, Milford

Farmer Jr. has kids work alongside Kensington Farmers to learn about life on the farm: meeting and feeding animals, hauling straw, doing chores and having fun! They will also get a chance to make a tasty farm food such as butter, bread or cider.  Space is limited and days fill up fast!

 

FAMILY MOVIE CAMP OUT – MOANA

Friday, July 13 / 6:00 pm – Saturday, July 14 / 11:00 am

@ Heritage Park, Canton

Featuring a Movie Under the Stars, families are invited to set up tents around North Heritage Park and enjoy a movie at dusk. There will be plenty to do before the movie, including games, activities and entertainment for the entire family beginning at 6pm.

 

BIG3 BASKETBALL

Friday, July 13 / 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Little Caesars Arena

BIG3 has unveiled the 2018 season schedule, giving fans a glimpse at where they can catch the three-on-three league that lit up last year’s summer basketball scene.

 

SPLISH SPLASH! POP-UP WATERPARK

Friday, July 13 / 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ Fuerst Park, Novi

We’ll have water slides, water balloon launchers, and fire hose fun with the Novi Fire Department! There will be lots of free fun for kids and families from 7-9pm. Be prepared to get wet and bring a change because we’ll be showing Kubo and the Two Strings on the big screen at dusk.

 

DSO AT FORD HOUSE – HOLLYWOOD NIGHT

Friday, July 13 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe

Join us for the Grosse Pointe tradition that celebrates summer. Two thrilling programs of Pops music on Friday and Classical music on Saturday are followed by a fireworks show accompanied by your Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

 

MOVIE IN THE PARK: THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

Friday, July 13 / 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ New Center Park, Detroit

Grab a park chair or spread your blanket on the lawn and enjoy this mix of old and new films in the open-air. Lego Ninjago Movie. Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas.

 

SUMMER SUNSET FAMILY SILENT DISCO PARTY

Friday, July 13 / 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ Bell Creek County Park, Redford

You’re invited to the ultimate family friendly party! Get your dance on while choosing between three channels of music! Each participant will receive a glow necklace but feel free to bring your own to light up the night! Food and drinks will be available to purchase throughout the event.

 

MOVIES IN THE PARK: CARS 3

Friday, July 13 / 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ Adams Park, Tecumseh

Adams Park is the place to be on 2nd Friday June through September for FREE movies. Bring a blanket and come join the fun! Popcorn, candy and pop will be available for purchase.

 

SATURDAY

DAY ON THE TOWN

Saturday, July 14 / 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

@ Shain Park, Birmingham

Day On The Town is the biggest shopping day of the year in downtown Birmingham, and it draws thousands from near and far. The streets are packed with people on the hunt for a good deal, and there are many deals to be found.

 

KID’S SUMMER OLYMPICS

Saturday, July 14 / 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

@ Whispering Woods Kiwanis Park, Shelby Township

Shelby Township’s 23rd Annual Kid’s Summer Olympics. Boys and girls ages 3-12 may compete in any or all events of their choosing. Events include 40 yard dash, hurdles, baseball toss, disc toss, broad jump, long jump, and obstacle courses.

 

PEDAL PITTSFIELD

Saturday, July 14 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Lillie Park, Ann Arbor

Get ready to let the good times roll with a new cycling event! There will be safety demonstrations, a bike rodeo for the kids to practice bike safety, and local bike vendors will be doing bike safety checks and great giveaways for cyclists of all ages!

 

GOAH! NOAH! – KID FUN RUN

Saturday, July 14 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Belle Isle State Park, Detroit

Escape to Belle Isle and GOah! NOAH! is a day of fun family and dog-friendly races. All of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Detroit. Choose from a 5k, 10k, or 2-mile distance. Sign your little ones up for the kid’s fun run!

 

SUMMER ON THE BANK

Saturday, July 14 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Marshbank Park, West Bloomfield

Help kick off a new annual summer tradition! Join at Marshbank Park for some fun in the sun. Be sure to bring swimsuits and towels. There will be inflatables available for kids to play on so don’t forget to bring socks!

 

YOUNG ASTRONOMER PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Saturday, July 14 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Wayne State University – Planetarium, Detroit

Join us for a free one-hour public planetarium show geared towards children under 10. Tickets may be reserved on the Sunday before the show at noon and are claimed quickly.

 

MAYBURY FAMILY CAMP OUT

Saturday, July 14 / 12:00 pm – Sunday, July 15 / 12:00 pm

@ Maybury State Park, Northville

Grab the family and enjoy a 24-hour camping trip at Maybury State Park. Enjoy fun activities such as a nature hike, fishing contest, crafts, campfire, s’mores and more! Camp Outs are held Rain or Shine.

 

GAME DAY

Saturday, July 14 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

July is National Parks and Recreation Month – so let’s get outside and play! Today at the OAC, join us on the lawn for outdoor games, activities, and information about local parks and recreation opportunities.

 

PUPPET PERFORMANCE: 5P1N0K10

Saturday, July 14 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

5P1N0K10 is a puppet theatre Hip Hop-era about a robot boy who wants to become human. In the distant future, when robots are used for war, engineer Jeghetto built 5P1N0K10 – an android who fights for humanity through b-boying and hip hop.

 

MOVIES IN THE MOONLIGHT – JUMANJI

Saturday, July 14 / 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Downtown Rochester

Movies in the Moonlight takes place in the parking lot at E. Third & Water St, one block east of Main. Featured movies begin at dusk (approximately 9:15 pm) and pre-shows start at 8:30 pm.

 

SUNDAY

DETROIT KITE FESTIVAL

Sunday, July 15 / 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

@ Belle Isle State Park

The Detroit Kite Festival will take place July 15th, 2018 on Belle Isle. It’s completely free, and no tickets are necessary. It will feature on-site kite making and kite-related activities, professional kite flyers, with participation from local businesses and organizations.

 

LOST LAKE NATURE PARK – OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, July 15 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Lost Lake Nature Park

You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities. You are also welcome to make an afternoon of it and bring along a picnic to enjoy with a scenic view of the huge pine trees and beautifully secluded Lost Lake.

 

PRENATAL YOGA

Sunday, July 15 / 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

@ Nature’s Playhouse

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.

 

CRITTERS UP CLOSE

Sunday, July 15 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Every month, our visitors get up close and personal with some of our favorite critters from the natural world! Join us for hands-on activities and a meet and greet with critters. This month the featured critters are snakes, and they are ready for their close up!

 

FAMILY FUN DAY @ BEACON PARK

Sunday, July 15 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Sundays equal Family Fun Days at Beacon Park! This wildly popular program offers four hours of free, themed activities for all ages. From putt putt golf and face painting, to inflatables and crafts, the options are endless.

 

BASE BALL 1867 STYLE

Sunday, July 15 / 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn

Take your peanuts and Cracker Jack to 1867 as the Greenfield Village Lah-De-Dahs play by early base ball rules. No gloves and no Major League contracts. Live music on select days.

 

KIDS’ LAB: PLAYFUL POLYMERS

Sunday, July 15 / 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Slippery, ooey and gooey… Oh My! Visit our Centennial Lab to explore how polymers behave using some common household ingredients. Your slimey creation is yours to keep.

 

PUPPET PERFORMANCE: 5P1N0K10

Sunday, July 15 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

5P1N0K10 is a puppet theatre Hip Hop-era about a robot boy who wants to become human. In the distant future, when robots are used for war, engineer Jeghetto built 5P1N0K10 – an android who fights for humanity through b-boying and hip hop.

 

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

 

Summer is HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy the long days and warm nights.

 

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About Chrissy Hartig

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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