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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: July 19-21

two little girls playing in the waterpark

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.

 

FARMINGTON FOUNDER’S DAY

July 18 – July 21

@ Shiawassee Park, Farmington

Festival goers can expect to see a variety of entertainment including live music, roaming entertainment for the kids,, food vendors, touch a truck, hot air balloon glow, crafters, inflatable fun, Bingo, fireworks, and Fido Fest!

 

ANN ARBOR ART FAIR

July 18 – July 21

@ Downtown, Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions and one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation.  The streets will transform into an art lover’s paradise where you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales.

 

PIG AND WHISKEY

July 19 – July 21

@ Downtown Ferndale

Pig & Whiskey, in its 10th year will feature hands-down Michigan’s BEST barbecue joints and other fun and tasty food vendors.

 

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER: NINJAGO DAYS

July 20 – September 2

@ Legoland, Auburn Hills

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan wants families to discover their radical powers at NINJAGO Event Days Saturday, July 20 to Monday, Sept. 2. Based on The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, the event days will have several activities for kids and parents to hone their skills to become a master NINJAGO warrior.

 

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

MAMA AND ME YOGA

Friday, July 19 / 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.

 

SPIDER-MAN MEET AND GREET

Friday, July 19 / 11:00am – 7:00pm

@ Oakland Mall, Troy

Spider-Man will be in center court at 11am, 1pm, 5pm and 7pm.  Each time he will be out for approximately 30 minutes depending on how many people are in line for each time slot.  Don’t forget to bring your camera!

 

FARMER JUNIOR

Friday, July 19 / 12:00pm- 3:00pm

@ 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! For ages 6-8.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS OPEN GYM

Friday, July 19 / 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!

 

FRIDAY NIGHT GLOW BOUNCE

Friday, July 19 / 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.

 

ACTING AND IMPROV WORKSHOP

Friday, July 19 / 7:00pm- 9:00pm

@ Independence Park, Canton

For ages 7 – 18 years old, kids will learn acting, improv and public speaking skills through a variety of acting and improv games, activities and skits. We offer a fun, friendly, casual, and noncompetitive environment.

 

FRIEND FRIDAYS: YOGA AND ARCHERY NIGHT

Friday, July 19 / 7:00pm- 9:00pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Enjoy an evening of stretching, relaxing and shooting arrows with this fun archery and yoga mash-up!

 

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: SMALLFOOT

Friday, July 19 / 7:00pm – 10:30pm

@ The Village of Rochester Hills

We are having winter in July! There will be lots of fun activities for the kids, FREE popcorn, giveaways, chances to win!

 

MOVIE IN THE PARK: FERDINAND

Friday, July 19 / 8:00pm – 10:00pm

@ New Center Park, Detroit

Grab your favorite picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy this fun family movie under the stars. Doors open one hour prior to film start time. Films start at dusk. Sunset scheduled for: 9:04PM.

 

MOVIES IN THE PARK: SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDERVERSE

Friday, July 19 / 8:30pm – 11:00pm

@ Downtown Dearborn

Join us this summer for Movies in the Park! All are welcome to attend a showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and settle in for a fun night at the park. Movie begins after dusk.

 

MOVIES IN THE PARK: WONDER

Friday, July 19 / 9:30pm – 11:30pm

@ Depot Park, Clarkston

Bring your family, friends, a blanket or a chair and join us for our inaugural Movies in the Park Series!

 

 

SATURDAY

SATURDAY MARKET

Saturday, July 20 / 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 20 / 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.

 

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Saturday, July 20 / 7:00am – 5:00pm

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Join the Clinton River Watershed Council as we host our annual Walk on the Wild Side Fundraiser at the Detroit Zoo!

 

ESCAPE TO BELLE ISLE RACE

Saturday, July 20 / 8:30am – 10:30am

@ Belle Isle Casino, Detroit

Come enjoy a beautiful summer morning run or walk on the new and improved Belle Isle State Park!! Enjoy the beautiful, flat courses on Detroit’s wonderful, historic gem!

 

DETROIT OUT LOUD

Saturday, July 20 / 8:30am- 6:00pm

@ Rouge Park, Detroit

Detroit Out Loud is a free-entry, one-of-a-kind festival that brings Detroiters together to share their passion for their community loudly and proudly with the world. Featuring events centered around art, music, and food, the one-day festival will highlight the best that the city has to offer.

 

PATH PAWS: PROHIBITION HISTORY HIKE

Saturday, July 20 / 10:00am

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Bring your four-legged friends as we hike along the Detroit riverfront and learn about the rich Prohibition and rum-running era history.

 

INTRODUCTION TO GEOCACHING

Saturday, July 20 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@Maybury State Park, Northville

Go on a high tech outdoor “treasure hunt”!! There are presently about a dozen geocaches hidden in Maybury Park — bring your GPS or smart phone and join us in finding a few of them.

 

BUILD A BUG BOX

Saturday, July 20 / 10:00am & 2:00pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

Discover some interesting bug basics and then build a bug house to take home. There is no better way to study these critters than by up-close observation.

 

APOLLO CELEBRATION

Saturday, July 20 / 10:00am – 5:00pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

The Michigan Science Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a full day of space activities! From planetarium shows and solar viewing to special guest speakers and a crater drop.

 

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY OAC/HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY STATE PARKS

Saturday, July 20 / 11:00am – 3:00pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Discover the origins of our building’s history and the transformation that took place to bring the Outdoor Adventure Center to Detroit’s riverfront. See before and after pictures of the building’s construction and partake in our birthday party offering complimentary treats and activities!

 

COMMUNITY DAY SWIM

Saturday, July 20 / 11:00am – 7:00pm

@ Wayne County Aquatic Center, Detroit

In honor of Wayne County Parks 100th anniversary enjoy a FREE day of swimming and refreshments at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center.

 

KIDS YOGA ON THE ROOFTOP

Saturday, July 20 / 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.

 

FRASER WATER FUN

Saturday, July 20 /12:00pm – 1:30pm

@ Steffens Park, Fraser

Grab your super soaker and some water balloons and come out to Steffens Park to join in the fun! We will have water games scheduled and water balloon stations for filling.

 

DETROIT MAMAS CIRCLE: PALMER PARK

Saturday, July 20 /1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Palmer Park Waterpark, Detroit

Join us for a special summertime edition of our Detroit Mamas Circle at the Palmer Park Splashpad. Bring the kids and meet other families while enjoying one of the city’s not-so-hidden gems.

 

RHYTHM & RHYMES MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 20 /1:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Southfield Town Center Atrium, Southfield

Bring the whole family to this outdoor music festival on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Complex.  There will be vendors, music, and food trucks!

 

CRASH DETROIT – FESTIVAL OF STREET BANDS

Saturday, July 20 /2:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Clark Park, Detroit

The Crash Festival offers a family-friendly day of live street bands, DIY instrument creation station with pop up parades for kids and more.

 

TOLLGATE SUNSET CELEBRATION

Saturday, July 20 /4:00pm – 7:00pm

@ MSU Tollgate Farm/Children’s Farm, Novi

Enjoy an evening of music, gardens, tours and more at the MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm.  Come see the historic farm and learn about the more than twenty ornamental gardens from Tollgate’s dedicated team of garden docents.

 

FAMILY NIGHT AT TROY AQUATIC CENTER

Saturday, July 20 / 5:00pm – 7:30pm

@ Troy Family Aquatic Center, Troy

Bring the whole family to this outdoor music festival on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Complex.  There will be vendors, music, and food trucks!

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT: MOVIE UNDER THE STARS

Saturday, July 20 / 5:30pm – 10:30pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Join us for a night of fun in the sun! Enjoy a night of swimming, pizza, and water games as we celebrate the summer. We will end the night with a movie and snack.

 

GLOW BIKE PARADE

Saturday, July 20 / 6:00pm

@ Steffens Park, Fraser

Bring your bike out to decorate and parade around the city! Craft Supplies and some glow sticks will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own supplies. Sign up for more information including location and route.

 

TOURS AFTER DARK

Saturday, July 20 / 6:30pm – 11:30pm

@ Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit

Expert paranormal storytellers reveal the legends and tales you won’t hear on our regular tours. It’s not a “ghost hunt,” although you are welcome to bring cameras and recording devices.  You can even conduct your own investigation!

 

MOVIES IN THE COURTYARD: HOOK

Saturday, July 20 / 8:00pm – 10:30pm

@ Trumbell & Porter Hotel, Detroit

Enjoy happy hour specials at Red Dunn Kitchen before the films. And during the movie, the Pump Room outdoor bar will serve popcorn and cocktails. The 15,000-square-foot courtyard has a bonfire, plus chairs, picnic table seating and ground seating (bring a blanket).

 

DIVE-IN MOVIES: THE LITTLE MERMAID

Saturday, July 20 / 8:30pm – 10:30pm

@ Fuller Park Pool, Ann Arbor

Bring your own inner tube and float in the pool as you enjoy a family friendly movie. Tonight’s feature film is The Little Mermaid.

 

FIREFLY 5K FUN RUN

Saturday, July 20 / 8:30pm – 10:30pm

@ Washtenaw County Parks and Rec, Ann Arbor

We’ll go on a 5K run through the park trails and enjoy a balmy summer night! Bring yourself, and a friend and join us for a fun run!

 

SUNDAY

YOUTH SURVIVAL DAY CAMP

Sunday, July 21 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Send your youth adventurer for a day of recreation and survival fun at the Outdoor Adventure Center! Campers will get to partake in animal tracking, archery and fishing, and will even get to make s’mores over a campfire.

 

3RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Sunday, July 21 / 10:00am – 4:00pm

@ Eastern Market Shed 3, Detroit

The Detroit Festival of Books is the first used & rare books festival in the City of Detroit. Find games, vintage games, and more! It is a goodwill effort to help generate a deeper love and appreciation of books in the Greater Detroit community.

 

MICHIGAN FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS

Sunday, July 21 / 11:00am – 6:00pm

@ Novi Civic Center, Novi

ISKCON Detroit will present their 34th annual Festival of Chariots (RathYatra) parade down the major streets of Novi. The procession begins promptly at 11:00 am from the Novi Civic Center. Following the 3 mile parade, a grand celebration awaits the crowd, including an exhibition showcasing India´s spirituality and culture at Fuerst Park, Novi.

 

FRASER CITY PARADE

Sunday, July 21 / 12:00pm 

@ Fraser High School, Fraser

Come watch the annual Fraser City Parade! Parade route goes from Fraser High School on Garfield to City Hall.  This year’s theme is “Future’s so bright we gotta wear shades” 80’s Theme.

 

DETROIT TIGERS FAMILY DAY

Sunday, July 21 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Comerica Park, Detroit

Sunday is Family Day at Comerica Park! Kids 14 and under can ride the carousel and ferris wheel for free! And, after most games, kids are also able get in on the action and run the bases.

 

UNICORNS AND DINOSAURS OH MY!

Sunday, July 21 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Carousal Acres, South Lyon

Come ride a Unicorn and dig for Dinosaur bones. Visit the farm and enjoy a treat. No reservation required, don’t forget the camera!!

 

SUNDAY TRAIN RIDES

Sunday, July 21 / 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 21 / 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!

 

LOG CABIN DAY

Sunday, July 21 / 1:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Palmer Park, Detroit

Take a peek! Once a year, for Michigan Log Cabin Day, People for Palmer Park opens the doors of Palmer Park’s 1880’s Log Cabin — Detroit’s only authentic log cabin — for a rare tour.

 

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE

Sunday, July 21 / 2:00pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Bring your camera and celebrate nature with a nature photography hike through Milliken State Park and its wetland area. End the event with a nature photography exhibit dedicated to the pictures that capture the nature around us.

 

SUNDAY SHORT ‘N’ SWEET FAMILY RIDE

Sunday, July 21 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Grand Street/ Broad Street, Dexter

Beginning at the parking lots of Grand Street and Broad Street, we will have a Sunday Sweet and Easy Family Ride. Distance will vary from 5-10 miles depending on weather and group. This ride has easy parking & rest stops, as well as a variety of options for “post ride treats” for all riders.

 

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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