TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: June 15-17Take 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: June 15-17 skip to Main Content

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: June 15-17

Father and son on a water slide in the water park.

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

LIBERTY FEST

Thursday, June 14 – Saturday, June 16

@ Heritage Park, Canton

These three fun-filled days will feature plenty of family fun, live entertainment, festival food, adult beverages, a carnival, midway games, an International Festival, a spectacular fireworks display and much more. Canton’s largest community celebration will continue its tradition of offering plenty of fabulous fun for all ages, so don’t miss the festivities!

 

THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

@ St. Anthony Catholic Church, 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.

 

MOTOR CITY IRISH FEST

Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

@ Greenmead Historic Village, Livonia

The Motor City Irish Fest will feature over twenty Irish bands, five Irish dance groups, pipe & drum bands, and wonderful cultural tent, Ring of Steel (stunt group from Ann Arbor – comedy, fire acts, swords, & audience participation) and an area especially for children of all ages.

 

SUMMERFEST IN MARYSVILLE

Thursday, June 14 – Sunday, June 17 

@ 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! Admission is free all weekend long. There is something for the whole family and a great way to experience the start of summer!

 

FRIDAY

ANN ARBOR RESTAURANT WEEK

Sunday, June 10 / 11:30 am – Friday, June 15 / 9:00 pm

@ Downtown Ann Arbor

Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great Ann Arbor restaurants as your schedule allows for one incredibly low fixed price. $15 for lunch and $28 for a three-course dinner with many restaurants offering 2 for 1 pricing!

 

NATURE TOTS

Friday, June 15 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Join us for a FREE program for children ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together!

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT – LIVONIA

Friday, June 15 / 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Livonia Community Recreation Center

Send your kids off to have fun while you relax and take a much-deserved break. Your kids will have a blast in the leisure pool, eating pizza & pop, rock climbing, playing board and video games and watching a movie. Pre-registration required.

 

FATHER’S DAY FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Friday, June 15 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Goldfish Swim School – Birmingham

Goldfish Swim School – Birmingham is having a Father’s Day Family Night Out event on Friday, June 15, 2018! On top of all the fun, there’s a drawing at the end of the night for Goldfish merchandise! Pizza arrives at 7:30 PM and the drawing winners will be announced at 7:45 PM.

 

AMC KIDS PARTY AT NEW CENTER PARK & MOVIE IN THE PARK: RATCHET & CLANK

Friday, June 15 / 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

@ New Center Park, Detroit

This dazzling event for kids, caregivers and community of all ages will feature DJ Mother Cyborg and Kristy La rAt, face painting, coloring stations and more. The film “Ratchet & Clank” will also be shown at sunset. Based on the popular video game, a spunky Lombax and a defective robot join forces to try and save the world. This event is FREE!

 

MUSIC IN THE AIR

Friday, June 15 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Kellogg Park, Plymouth

Enjoy FREE Friday night concerts in Plymouth’s beautiful Kellogg Park! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy one of metro Detroit’s premier local concert series.

 

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – MOANA

Friday, June 15 / 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

@ The Village of Rochester Hills

Kick off the summer by attending a luau with the movie Moana. There will be lots of fun activities for the kids, FREE popcorn, giveaways, chances to win!

 

SATURDAY

CHOW TIME AT THE FARM

Saturday, June 16 / 9:00 am – 11:00 am

@ Kensington Metro Park Farm Center, Milford

Join us to feed our pigs, goats, cows, and more! Young farmers will learn what different animals eat and why.

 

JUNETEETH FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 16 / 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

@ Brush Park, Detroit

The Juneteenth Festival LLC is founded by Detroit natives to celebrate June 19, 1865 when the last of the slaves were freed in the state of Texas. This is the day that all slaves of African descent became free in the United States. We want to honor this day by celebrating and paying homage to how far we have come as a people as well as acknowledging how much work we still have to do. The festival features an opening parade, live music, poetry, children’s fair, food, beverage and product vendors.

 

FREEDOM SCHOOL

Saturday, June 16 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit

The Wright way to spend your Saturday mornings is at Freedom School! Boost your child’s competence in basic subjects and watch them grow strong in self-esteem as they learn African American history and cultural heritage.

 

NATURE TOTS

Saturday, June 16 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Join us for a FREE program for children ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together!

 

CONNECTING CHILDREN WITH NATURE CAMP

Saturday, June 16 / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Oakwoods MetroPark, New Boston

Join us for a day of exploring ways of introducing children to or furthering their curiosity of nature through hands-on activities. We will be sharing tips, tricks, and techniques for making the outdoors a magical place for you and your kids.

 

LITTLE SCIENTISTS CLUB

Saturday, June 16 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Encourage your child’s natural drive for discovery through our Little Scientist Club. Our youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, and much more.

 

ART & MOVEMENT: DROP-IN

Saturday, June 16 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ N’Namdi Movement Center, Detroit

“Art & Movement” is a combo creative movement and art class, introducing lil dumplins to movement and music dynamics, improvisation and visual art methods, encouraging self-confidence, body awareness and focus.

 

PRINCESS TEA GARDEN PARTY

Saturday, June 16 / 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

It’s a princess garden party! Dress up in your favorite princess outfit and come enjoy a royal tea! Tea and snacks will be served in the garden. Weather permitting.

 

ROCKIN’ THE LIBRARY: FAMILY FUN CONCERT WITH GUY LOUIS

Saturday, June 16 / 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Troy Public Library

Come rock out with the Troy Public Library to the music of Guy Louis. Guy Louis will sing and play acoustic and electric instruments to get you hyped for this year’s Summer Library Program!

 

FATHER’S DAY ARCHERY

Saturday, June 16 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

This family-friendly archery opportunity will be a fun experience that will include great games, prizes, and a take-home photo to capture this Father’s Day activity!

 

BASE BALL 1867 STYLE

Saturday, June 16 / 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 baseball rules. No gloves and no Major League contracts. Live music on select days.

 

KIDS’ LAB: THE GREAT CHEMISTRY CAPER

Saturday, June 16 / 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Calling all science sleuths! We’ve gathered the evidence. Now, we need your help! Grab some markers and filter paper and explore how chromatography can be used to solve some silly mysteries in our Centennial Lab.

 

FOR DAD: NATURE SHIRTS

Saturday, June 16 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Stony Creek Nature Center, Shelby Township

Decorate a shirt for your Dad or Grandfather this Father’s Day! Nature–themed stamps will be available to create the perfect shirt. Bring a light color, plain tee shirt that will fit your dad, and one for you too.

 

DADS AND DONUTS

Saturday, June 16 / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Ferndale Public Library

Join us for a special Dad’s and Donuts story time to celebrate the Dads in our lives! The story time is from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Saturday, June 16 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ The Robot Garage – Rochester Hills

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.

 

SUNDAY

FAMILY CLASS – PIZZA

Sunday, June 17 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Zingerman’s, Ann Arbor

You’ll never call for delivery again when the family can work together to make great New York and Chicago style pizza from scratch. The family makes the recipes together and you’ll take home what you made in class!

 

FOUR FEET DOWN THE TRAIL

Sunday, June 17 / 9:30 am – 11:00 am

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration.

 

NATURE STORYTIME: AGES 1-5

Sunday, June 17 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am

@ Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor

Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Storytime includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!

 

EYESON DESIGN CAR SHOW

Sunday, June 17 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ 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.

 

KIDS OPEN STUDIO

Sunday, June 17 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ BohoModern Studio, Detroit

Join for Kids Open Studio, every Sunday from 11am to 2pm. Kids and parents will have access to paper, scraps, markers, crayons, glue, and other art supplies to freely create! Kids of all ages welcome.

 

FATHER’S DAY INCREDIBRUNCH BASH

Sunday, June 17 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

Calling all superheroes to the Boll Family YMCA Father’s Day Incredibrunch Bash! Dress up as your favorite superhero while you enjoy a free and fun event. Every incredible family is welcome to join us for some heroic activites: light brunch, hero training obstacle course, bouncy house, and superhero mask making. Registration is encouraged! Pre-registered families will receive a small gift upon arrival (while supplies last).

 

HOTDOGS & WAGON RIDES WITH DAD

Sunday, June 17 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Spend time with dad at the farm!  Enjoy a wagon ride through the farm and field and afterwards a hot dog.

 

FATHER’S DAY FISHING

Sunday, June 17 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray

Spend the day relaxing by the Clinton River with dad. Take advantage of Michigan’s free fishing weekend cast a line or two at Wolcott. We will provide fishing poles and bait for you and your family, along with a snack and a drink.

 

FATHER’S DAY FEST @ BEACON PARK

Sunday, June 17 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Bring the whole family to Beacon Park to enjoy themed Family Fun Days, including interactive and hands-on presentations, make and take activities along with inflatables, face painting, games, crafts and more. Don’t miss the Animal Safari Show, a one-hour educational show that incorporates fun facts and hands-on experience for children and adults with a variety of animals including an Australian Tree Frog, Tarantula, Blue Tongued Lizard, and more.

 

BASE BALL 1867 STYLE

Sunday, June 17 / 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.

 

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

 

Summer is around the corner! Start making plans for the long days and warm nights.

 

Photo credit: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

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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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