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!
FESTIVALS & SHOWS
PAW PATROL LIVE!
Thursday, March 1 – Sunday, March 4
@ Fox Theatre
The new live stage show, which follows the heroic pups as they embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure, will visit Fox Theatre for seven performances in Detroit.
JUNIE B JONES, THE MUSICAL
Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4
@ City Theatre, Detroit
Awaken a young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.
MADAGASCAR – ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
Saturday, March 3 / Show Times: 2:00pm & 7:00pm
@ Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.
THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER
Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4
@ Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor
Journey through all the movie adventures of Harry Potter with these musical themes and more with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!
MOTOR CITY MADNESS
Friday, March 2 – Tuesday, March 6
@ Little Caesars Arena
Motor City Madness, which will take place March 2-6, begin at $15 per day and will feature all 20 Horizon League teams competing in 18 games over a five-day span.
Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4
@ Cobo Center
Autorama, the undisputed leader in indoor custom car show production, produces the largest show series in the business.
ROYAL OAK RESTAURANT WEEK (GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY)
Friday, February 23 – Sunday, March 4
@ 28 Participating Restaurants
Over 20 of downtown Royal Oak’s top restaurants and venues will feature 3-course lunch and dinner menus at $15, $25, and $35 a person. Enter to win your chance to dine on us!
CHILDREN’S SERIES: HISTORY’S ALIVE (THEATRE)
Friday, March 2 / 10:00am – 11:30am
@ Meadowbrook Theatre
Witness historic events, hair’s breadth escapes, chance reunions, ferocious animals, comic mishaps, and scenic splendor in one of America’s greatest real-life adventures!
MEET DANIEL TIGER
Friday, March 2 / 4:00pm – 7:00pm
@ Oakland Mall
Help Daniel Tiger celebrate Mr. Rogers 50th Anniversary at Oakland Mall’s Center Court. Bring a new or gently used sweater to donate to a neighbor who doesn’t have one.
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, March 2 / 5:00pm – 10:00pm
@ Cranbrook Institute of Science
Courtesy of the MASCO Foundation, the Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month. Join us for a free evening of science fun!
Friday, March 2 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm
@ The Robot Garage, Grosse Pointe
Come hang out and play MineCraft on our custom server. There will be both survival and creative areas to enjoy either with individual play or with friends.
MOTHER SON GYM JAM
Friday, March 2 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm
@ Troy Community Center
Spend a fun-filled evening with your son, grandson or nephew! This action-packed evening will be full of music, games, and treats. Pizza, beverages and keepsake photo included. Ages 3+
MAPLE SYRUP DAYS
Saturday, March 3 / 9:00am – 3:00pm
@ Stage Nature Center, Troy
See how maple syrup is made in modern times with a stop at the sugar shed to see the wood-stoked sap evaporator in action. Sample maple treats and make a craft to take home.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE SERIES: OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SHEILA THE GREAT
Saturday, March 3 / Show Times: 10:00am & 1:00pm
@ Meadowbrook Theatre
Being a 10 year old kid is kind of a pain. Sheila Tubman, otherwise known as Sheila the Great, comes of age in ArtsPower’s lively and poignant musical, based on Judy Blume’s popular novel, about discovering the person within. Great for Grades 2 and Up!
HIKE IT BABY
Saturday, March 3 / 10:00am – 11:00am
@ Belle Isle Nature Center
Hike It Baby is a parents’ group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. Hikes are free and open to anyone.
OAC CUB CLUB
Saturday, March 3 / 10:30am – 12:30pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit
A special set of opportunities for our youngest guests. Children ages 3-5 will enjoy story time, sing-alongs, crafts and hands-on nature experiences, both inside and out (weather permitting).
ART & MOVEMENT: DROP IN CLASS
Saturday, March 3 / 11:00am – 12:00pm
@ N’Namdi Movement Center, Midtown
“Art & Movement” is a combo creative movement and art class, introducing lil dumplins to movement and music dynamics, improvisation and visual art methods. Ages 1.5 – 3.
DETROIT MAMAS CIRCLE
Saturday, March 3 / 11:00am – 12:30pm
@ Fort Street Presbyterian Church
Detroit Mamas Circle is a Mama-hosted, mellow meet-up for parents and their kiddos, prenatal to preschool. The Circle brings moms together to foster a sense of community so they all feel connected and less alone in their unique-but-shared experiences.
LISTEN, LOOK, LEARN: STORY TIME @ CAM
Saturday, March 3 / 12:00pm – 1:00pm
@ Cranbrook Art Museum
Museum Educators will be reading Meet Me at the Art Museum, by David Goldin. Goldin combines artworks by famous artists, found pieces, and digital art to tell Stub (the museum ticket’s) story.
LINKS TO SCIENCE
Saturday, March 3 / 12:00pm – 2:00pm
@ Charles H Wright Museum
Inspiring Minds explores achievements in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas.
PROFESSOR RAYS’ EVERDAY SCIENCE: LUMINOSITY
Saturday, March 3 / Demos at 1:00pm & 3:00pm
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
How will energy and electricity be transformed into light? Let’s learn about mechanical, chemical and heat energy while we see a soda fluoresce and a pickle light up!
ALL AGES OPEN GYM
Sunday, March 4 / 9:00am – 12:00pm
@ Troy Gymnastics
Ages 12 months and up can come and enjoy the open gym at Troy Gymnastics! Parents must accompany children 5 years and younger.
EXOTIC ANIMAL DAY
Sunday, March 4 / 11:00am – 4:00pm
@ Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township
Animal programs will begin at 11:30am with smaller animals that fit for smaller audience members: small lizards, snakes, and other friendly critters.
AFTERNOON TEA WITH PRINCESS AURORA
Sunday, March 4 / 12:00pm – 1:30pm
@ The Townsend, Birmingham
Our Children’s Princess Teas are Interactive for the First 45 Minutes with Singing and Dancing. We Will Have Food Stations and Fun for All Throughout. And Yes, Boys and Men love to Attend.
SUPER SPARKS: ALL ACCESS FAMILY DAY
Sunday, March 4 / 12:00pm – 6:00pm
@ Michigan Science Center
MiSci will offer special programming for special needs families the first Sunday of every month. This opportunity is included in the price of general admission and will feature adaptive shows, demonstrations and more.
DROP-IN WORKSHOP: CONTAINER RATTLES
Sunday, March 4 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm
@ Detroit Institute of Arts
Small containers and boxes morph into fantastic percussion instruments when dried beans, rice, feathers and fun papers are added.
MEET LOCAL AUTHOR JAMIE RUTHENBERG
Sunday, March 4 / 12:30pm – 2:30pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center
It is finally spring! Miles is walking in the cool morning breeze when he sees something in the wren house, and it isn’t a wren. It isn’t even a bird! It’s a toad! This is a tender story of empathy, thinking before acting, peaceful conflict resolution, and forgiveness, as Miles’ thoughtful acts of kindness change a challenging circumstance into a heartwarming conclusion.
JAPANESE GIRL’S DAY
Sunday, March 4 / 1:15pm – 4:45pm
@ Detroit Institute of Arts
Celebrate Japanese Girls’ Day with demonstrations of a tea ceremony, ikebana flower arranging, and calligraphy in Rivera Court. See the beautiful Hina Dolls on display in the Great Hall or participate in a workshop featuring traditional Japanese crafts.
FAMILY FUNDAY FILMS: TROLLS
Sunday, March 4 / 1:30pm – 3:00pm
@ Detroit Public Library
The Detroit Public Library’s Main Library Popular & Film Department is now offering free family friendly films! They will have a new film each week for the entire family to enjoy.
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About Kerry Doman
Kerry Doman is the founder and CEO of LittleGuide Detroit and After 5 Detroit. She has lived downtown Detroit for 10+ years and still calls the city home with her husband and son. As a relatively new mom, she’s excited to explore downtown with her family and hopes you’ll enjoy doing the same!