TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: July 27-29Take 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 27-29 skip to Main Content

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: July 27-29

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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

WANDA AND WINKY GO TO CALIFORNIA

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

@ New Center Park, Detroit

Adapted from the children’s book Wanda and Winky, this show will use spectacular, life-sized elephant puppets to narrate the poetic journey of these Asian elephants, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of this endangered and beautiful animal.

 

MAKER FAIRE: DETROIT

Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

A wild two-day spectacle of maker inventions and creations at the home of American innovation. Inside and outside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, explore 24 acres of imagination meeting determination. The maker movement will leave you reeling and ruminating long after the two-day festival ends.

 

FRIDAY

HORSE CAMP JR

Friday, July 27 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford

Attention all junior horse lovers! Come join us for a horse themed Farmer for a Day program. Get the full behind the scenes experience with the Farm Center’s six draft horses and our driving program. Come ready for an action-packed day of learning and fun.

 

READING AND RHYTHM ON THE RIVERFRONT

Friday, July 27 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Detroit Riverfront

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront (R3) is the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s unique, interactive early literacy program where kids can enjoy live children’s entertainment, hear a story and receive a free book, as well as a ride on the lovely Cullen Family Carousel.

 

FRIDAY NITES MUSIC & FOODIE RALLIES

Friday, July 27 / 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ West Village Commons Plaza, Dearborn

Guests can enjoy the cuisine of local restaurants and food trucks, a beer garden, corn hole games, kids’ activities and more each Friday Nite. The event is open to the public, and free parking is available in public lots and decks.

 

ACTING, IMPROV, AND BROADWAY BASICS WORKSHOP

Friday, July 27 / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Acting Out Kids Community Theatre, Clawson

Kids (ages 7-18) will learn acting and improv through a variety of games, activities and skits. Kids will also learn a song and dance from a popular Broadway show. They offer a fun, friendly, casual, and noncompetitive environment.

 

BRING IT! LIVE

Friday, July 27 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

Bring It! Live” will give fans the chance to become part of the action as they see Miss D and her Dancing Dolls perform their never-before-seen routines live onstage.  Audience members will take part in live voting, engage in Q+A with the cast, and get the exclusive “behind the scenes” lowdown on the hit Lifetime series.

 

MOVIE IN THE PARK: THE JUNGLE BOOK

Friday, July 27 / 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ New Center Park, Detroit

Grab a park chair or spread your blanket on the lawn for a viewing of The Jungle Book. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo. (PG)

 

FULL MOON FRIDAYS

Friday, July 27 / 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Farmington Hills Nature Center

Enjoy the evening air as we head out on the trails for a night hike. We’ll use our senses to explore some amazing nocturnal features!

 

Saturday

OPTIMIST’S KIDS’ FISHING DAY

Saturday, July 28 / 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve, Southfield

Kids (and parents) will practice proper fishing techniques and enjoy catch and release fishing. Kids will receive their own rod and reel, tackle box and snacks, plus spend quality time outdoors. Parent supervision required. Kids ages 4-17.

 

KID’S DAY AT THE FARM

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

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Activities include Hayrides, Clowns, Face Painting, Craft tables, Trout Fishing, Pond Fishing, Ray Township Fire Engine, Horseback Riding, Farm Animals, Bounce House, Games and Prizes.

 

TOUCH-A-TRUCK, FLYING PANCAKE BREAKFAST, & TOURS

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

@ Greenmead Historic Village, Livonia

This FREE hands-on family event provides a unique opportunity for children and adults alike to explore vehicles of all types including public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery, and just plain awesome – all in one place.

 

GRANDPARENT & GRANDCHILD SUMMER COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, July 28 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit

Come learn from the cooks of Eastern Market, where grandparents and grandchildren can learn the tricks of the kitchen together!

 

GYMNASTICS PRINCESS EXTRAVAGANZA

Saturday, July 28 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Come dress up with us as your favorite princess and help us on a gymnastics adventure! Features: Gymnastics, Bounce House, and Crafts! For kids ages 2-12. Free for members and $10 for non-members.

 

GAME DAY

Saturday, July 28 / 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

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

 

XMAS IN JULY AT THE PETTING FARM

Saturday, July 28 / 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Heritage Park Petting Farm, Taylor

Santa Claus, animals and much more! From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Heritage Park Petting Farm. $5 per person

 

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUM

Saturday, July 28 / 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

@ University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

As always, we include a fun, age-appropriate hands-on activity related to the story. Children ages three to six are invited to join Storytime. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group.

 

SCIENCEFEST: SONIC WORKSHOP

Saturday, July 28 / 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Explore and discover the many ways we shape, create and play with sound this summer, in our new Sonic Workshop. This exciting new space will feature the Digital Musicians’ Toolbox, a trio of large, interactive touch screen displays that will allow visitors to explore music making in all its forms and play with the tools and ideas that musicians use to create.

 

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE D – COCO

Saturday, July 28 / 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ Campus Martius Park, Detroit

Enjoy award-winning films on the big screen at Campus Martius Park during our outdoor movie series. Come prepared with a chair or blanket and join us on the lawn for a relaxing summer evening set in the heart of the city.

 

MOVIES IN THE MOONLIGHT – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Saturday, July 28 / 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Downtown Rochester

Featured movies begin at dusk and pre-shows start at 8:30 pm. Admission is free, so arrive early for the best seating. Movies in the Moonlight is BYOC (Bring Your Own Chairs)!

 

SUNDAY

AUTISM HERO WALK

Sunday, July 29 / 7:30 am – 11:30 am

@ Detroit Zoo

The 4th annual Autism Hero Walk will take place on Sunday, July 29th at the Detroit Zoo. The Walk begins with an energetic opening ceremony followed by a 1-mile walk through the Detroit Zoo. Immediately following the walk, attendees are encouraged to enjoy a day at the Zoo and post-walk activities at the events pavilion.

 

AFTERNOON TEA WITH ARIEL

Sunday, July 29 / 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

@ The Townsend, Birmingham

These Children’s Princess Teas are Interactive for the First 45 Minutes with Singing and Dancing. They will have food and fun for all to enjoy….And Yes, Boys and Men love to Attend.

 

WE REMAIN, DETROIT – MOVE IN THE CUBE

Sunday, July 29 / 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

@ Detroit Institute of Arts

Inspired by ArtLab J’s latest contemporary work, this large, walk-in installation provides a unique, immersive space for kids to discover and craft a future Detroit guided by events both present and past.

 

DETROIT TIGERS V CLEVELAND INDIANS

Sunday, July 29 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Comerica Park

Sunday is Family Day at Comerica Park! Kids 14 and under can ride the carousel and Ferris wheel for free! Kids are also able get in on the action and run the bases. There’s no additional cost, all you have to do is line up under the scoreboard in left field.

 

FAMILY FUN DAY @ BEACON PARK

Sunday, July 29 / 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 29 / 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 29 / 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.

 

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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