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It’s June, the weather is warm and the sun is out! Here are the best ways to kick off the summer season.
@ Fisher Theatre, Detroit
Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Detroit at last!
@ Steffens Park, Fraser
Welcome to the biggest, craziest and most awesome inflatable theme park ever to exist! We’re inviting YOU to join us and spend some quality time with family and friends in our magical, candy-colored wonderland of inflatable adventure.
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.
@ Bell Creek County Park, Redford
The Redford Township Festival onsists of a wide-range of activities for residents of all ages, including carnival rides, kids games, entertainment, and of course, FIREWORKS!
@ Heritage Park, Canton
Check out an exciting lineup of carnival rides, games, and special attractions. Special sensory hours will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 1-3 p.m.
@ Marysville Municipal Park
Summerfest returns to Marysville Municipal Park for another year filled with live music, arts and crafts, monster truck rides, fireworks and much more!
@ Young Patriot’s Park, Riverview
The Summerfest will feature fireworks, carnival, midway, beer tent, bands, fishing derby, cardboard boat races, 5K Summit Run, a car show and more!
June 14 & 15
@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Relive the Wonderful Music of Oz based on the original tale in one magical concert event.
@ Downtown Belleville
The Strawberry Festival celebrates the strawberry season with free special events for the entire family, beginning with Two Midways, beer tent, music and bingo, crafters, magnificent food, strawberry treats, a children’s area and Strawberry Queen.
June 15 & 16
@ Ann Arbor Art Center
FREE hands-on workshops on the 3rd floor of the Ann Arbor Art Center! Take advantage of a unique opportunity to meet real comic book artists and learn from the pros!
June 15 & 16
@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn
From luxury vehicles to gritty muscle cars, every automobile here has been carefully chosen to guide you through a unique story of American mobility and drive.
June 15 & 16
@ Cabela’s, Dundee
Stop by Cabela’s and let your kids fish in the catch and release pond behind the store. There will also be crafts, photo-ops and giveaways!
Friday, June 14
@ Goldfish Swim School, multiple locations
Go to Goldfish Swim School for a special open swim, crafts, and snacks!
Friday, June 14 / 8:00am – midnight
@ Spirit Plaza, Detroit
Join Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation for a day-long celebration of Art & Culture! The day will feature art exhibits from local artists as well as showcase local musicians, dancers and spoken word performers. Food trucks will be on site!
Friday, June 14
@ New Baltimore Parks and Recreation Department
New Baltimore Parks and Recs will provide dinner, games, popcorn with an outdoor movie, fun around the campfire, and breakfast in the morning. You must provide your own tent and sleeping gear.
Friday, June 14 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
@ Bay Court Park, Clarkston
This traditional picnic will consist of a craft, parade, story time, grilled lunch, and visits from a very special guest!
Friday, June 14 / 12:30pm – 3:30pm
@ Clarkston Family Farm
This will be so fun for kiddos who love to create! In this afternoon workshop we will try out a number of art projects in a variety of mediums.
Friday, June 14 / 2:00pm – 3:30pm
@ Farmington Community Library
Start your summer vacation with a sweet treat sponsored by Heartland Marketplace. Shop our book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Friday, June 14 / 2:00pm – 5:00pm
@ Farwell Recreation Center, Detroit
Detroit Parks & Recreation invites residents to come out for a cookout.
Friday, June 14
@ MSU Tollgate Farm, Novi
Starry Night on the Farm combines adventure and learning for a fun family overnight.
Friday, June 14 / 8:00pm – 11:00pm
@ Troy Family Aquatic Center
Only for Troy 2018–2019 middle schoolers! FREE event, celebrate the end of the school year/beginning of summer at this safe and fun night out.
Saturday, June 15 / 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.
Saturday, June 15 / 8:30am – 11:30am
@ Corktown, Detroit
Cars in Corktown will have the start of the race on in the shop, coffee and doughnuts, as well as some great race cars, super cars, and classics on display.
Saturday, June 15 / 9:00am – 11:00am
@ Rolling Hills Park, Ypsilanti
This annual early-opening is a great opportunity for individuals with ASD and their families & friends to get acclimated to the water park and enjoy all the slides, rides and splash areas in a much less-crowded and stimulating environment before the park is open to the general public.
Saturday, June 15 / 11:00am – 3:00pm
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Come on down for our character design challenge, inspired by the work of world-renowned artist KAWS. Kids tour the galleries to check out the work of KAWS, then pick a basic shape to use for designing a character of their own.
Saturday, June 15 / 11:00am – 12:30pm
@ Westview Orchards & Adventure Farm, Washington
Enjoy a KID-friendly goat yoga experience with UpDog Yoga followed by time for photos with our young goats.
Saturday, June 15 / 11:00am – 2:00pm
@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray
Dress up in your favorite princess outfit and come enjoy a royal tea! Tea and snacks will be served in the garden, weather permitting.
Saturday, June 15 / 12:00pm – 1:30pm
@ Steffens Park, Fraser
Steffens Park will have water games scheduled and water balloon stations for filling. This is a free event. Don’t forget your towel!
Saturday, June 15 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm
@ Millennium Middle School, South Lyon
Come bring the kids and check out all the amazing service vehicles, trucks, tractors and more! Free to come and enjoy!
Saturday, June 15 / 1:00pm – 6:00pm
@ Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit
Experience history, family fun, culture, food, and entertainment at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History at our Juneteenth Jubilee!
Saturday, June 8 / 10:00am – 2:00pm
@ Livonia Police Department
A day of learning about safety in a fun, family setting. The event includes, food, entertainment, and 10 safety stations geared toward kids ages 3-10
Saturday, June 8 / 10:00am – 1:00pm
@ 242 Community Center, Brighton
Whether you’re getting your pictures taken with your favorite superheroes, running around obstacle courses with friends, jumping on the bounce house, getting your face painted by a professional, or getting creative with an arts & craft project, you and your family will have a great time!
Saturday, June 8 / 11:00am – 3:00pm
@ Heritage Park, Taylor
Fish ‘n Fish Day combines education with the fishing experience for young people. Learn some great tips from experienced outdoorsmen and get a free goody bag that includes useful information about fishing.
Saturday, June 8 / 12:00pm – 3:00pm
@ Brighton State Recreation Area, Howell
FREE and open to children with all disABILITIES & their families, come out and learn about all the programs offered in the area! Participants will learn about and participate in a variety of adaptive recreation offered in the summer months. Activities include canoeing, archery, nature exploration, fishing and more.
Saturday, June 8 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm
@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter
We will cover different types of tackle, some basic knots, and casting techniques. We will provide bait and rods. If you want to try and catch your own bait, join us in the morning for Kids in the Creek.
Sunday, June 16 / 10:00am – 4:00Pm
@ Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores
Hundreds of classic and rare automobiles are showcased at the annual Father’s Day car show. The vehicles are chosen for design rather than collectability.
Sunday, June 16 / 10:00am – 2:00pm
@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield
Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages… Come one, come all to the amazing gymnastics circus! Games, Gymnastics, Inflatables, Crafts, and Snacks.
Sunday, June 16 / 12:00pm – 2:00pm
@ The Townsend, Birmingham
The Townsend Hotel and The “Academy of Russian Classical Ballet” Welcome you to Enjoy Tea and a Stellar Performance of “Peter and the Wolf.”
Sunday, June 9 / 1:00pm – 5:00pm
@ Beacon Park, Detroit
Celebrate Father’s Day with think make/take activities, lawn games, inflatables, face painting, crafts and much more!
Sunday, June 2 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm
@Jimmy John’s Field, Utica
Have a Sunday Funday full of activities with your favorite Ninja Turtles and there will be pizza!
Sunday, June 16 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm
@Joy Blvd. Park, Clinton Township
Take a train ride with the Michigan Transit Museum.
GO TO A BALL GAME
WATCH A MOVIE OUTSIDE
- Friday, June 14: The Watsons Go To Birmingham @ New Center Park (Detroit)
- Friday, June 14: Zootopia @ Booth Park (Birmingham)
- Friday, June 14: Bumblebee @ Wagner Park (Dearborn)
- Sunday, June 16: Frozen @ Rackham Auditorium (Ann Arbor)
Find Summer Favorites HERE! Check out these ideas for more fun:
- Top Things To Do With Kids In June
- Guide To Metro Detroit Splash Parks
- Metro Detroit Firework Festival Guide
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs.