Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: March 22-24Start making plans for the weekend! There are LOTS of fun things to do around town! ALL WEEKENDDISNEY ON ICE: MICKEY'S SEARCH PARTYThurday, March 21 - Sunday, March 24@ Little Caesar's... Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: March 22-24 skip to Main Content

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Start making plans for the weekend! There are LOTS of fun things to do around town!

 

ALL WEEKEND

DISNEY ON ICE: MICKEY’S SEARCH PARTY

Thurday, March 21 – Sunday, March 24

@ Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit

Disney On Ice Brings the Magic Closer to You Than Ever Before! Join Mickey Mouse and his friends as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Get ready to see Miguel from Coco, Moana, Belle, Anna & Elsa, and more!

 

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Wednesday, March 20 – Saturday, March 23

@ Wild Swan Theatre, Ann Arbor

Come on out to Wild Swan Theatre and watch this classic tale come to life, but with a twist! Jack’s journey up the fantastical beanstalk not only leads to his encounter with a very silly giant but to the rescue of his long lost father as well.

 

THE BEACH DETROIT

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, April 14

@ Downtown Detroit

The Beach Detroit reimagines the familiar natural and cultural elements of a day at the beach to create an unexpected and memorable experience for people of all ages. Visitors ascend a ramp before entering an all-white enclosure, where the floor descends towards the highlight of the experience – an ocean of recyclable, antimicrobial plastic balls.

 

RIGHT TIME FOR MURDER: A DINNER THEATER MURDER MYSTERY

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24

@ Kirk in the Hills, Bloomfield Hills

The famous mystery novel Right Time for Murder is being presented for the first time onstage! Set in the 1920s, author Evan Carmichael finds himself entangled in a chaotic, yet elegant event where actors quit before the show, the stage manager is having a nervous breakdown, and the publicist is just plain cruel! This show unfolds into a tight-knit murder mystery where you’ll see what truth really means or if it’s really all just fiction.

 

JUNIE B. JONES LIVE!

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24

@ City Theatre, Detroit

Come on out to City Theatre and watch Junie B. Jones experience first grade in this amazing musical! Get ready for a show you kiddo will never forget.

 

JOURNEY TO THE SUGARBUSH

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24

@ Husdon Mills Metropark, Dexter

Take a journey to the sugarbush and experience how maple syrup has been made over the years. Tap a tree, and then see the sap being boiled into syrup. There is no better way to finish out the cold days of winter and get ready for spring. After the program, stay and enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast for an additional charge.

 

MAPLE’S SWEET STORY

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24

@ Kensington Metropark, Milford

Take a guided walk through the farm’s sugar bush. Learn how to pick the right tree, then watch how maple trees are tapped and sap is collected. Stop by the French and Native camp to hear and see how these techniques have changed through the years. Then visit the sugar shack to see and smell the sap being boiled down into maple sugar.

 

MAKING MAPLE SYRUP TOUR

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24

@ Maybury Farm, Northville

Come on out to Maybury Farm and spend the day learning how maple syrup is made! Your tour begins with a wagon ride out to the Sugar Bush where you will learn about the maple tree, how to tap it, and then collect the sap. You can even taste the sap straight from the tree! Don’t miss out!

 

MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24

@ Wolcott Mills Metropark, Ray

Come on out to Wolcott Mills Metropark and learn the process of turning maple sap into syrup as you visit different stations throughout the park. Make a craft, taste test syrup and warm up by the bonfire. The blacksmith shop will be open and working. Enjoy French toast, sausage and real maple syrup throughout the day for an additional charge.

 

DOOM OF THE DINOSAURS EXHIBIT

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. The dinosaur scene includes a dozen dinosaur casts that will leave your littles in awe, while offering hands-on activities to help them learn too.

 

FRIDAY

JUMPEROO

Friday, March 22 / 10:00 pm – 12:00 pm

@ Urban Air Adventure Park, Oxford

Jumperoo is a special time where the park is open only for children 5 & under! We open up the entire Park just for the little ones and their parents. They can jump, bounce and crawl around safely.

 

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Friday, March 22 / 10:30 am – 12:o0 pm

@ Detroit Public Library Main Branch

Come to Detroit Public Library Main Branch for preschool story time from 10:30am-11:00am. After the story, enjoy play time and a snack from 11:00am-12:00pm.

 

NERF WARS

Friday, March 22 / 5:00 am – 8:30 pm

@ Saline Recreation

Bring your Nerf guns and friends to this epic night of Nerf Wars! Nerf bullets, team bandanna and protective eye wear included.

 

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: ART STUDIO

Friday, March 22 / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Heritage Park, Farmington

Who says parents get to have all the fun? Take a well-deserved break and know your kids are safe and having a blast at the art studio. Themed art activities will keep them entertained for the evening. Bring a snack and dress for a mess!

 

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Friday, March 22 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center

Come share in some quality family time, screen free! Come and enjoy a variety of board games including Apples to Apples Junior, Guess Who, Sorry, Spot it, and more.

 

PRETEEN FRIDAY FUN NIGHT

Friday, March 22 / 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Bring your preteen to Franklin Athletic Club for an awesome Friday night! Along with dinner, there will be tons in store for your preteen, such as dancing, open swim, sports, and more!

 

SATURDAY

SUMMER CAMP SNEAK PEAK

Saturday, March 23 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center

Com on out to the Recreation Activities Center for a Camp Preview and Registration Day. Bring your kids to enjoy games, crafts, face painting, tattoos and more! All attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a FREE week of Camp. Don’t miss out!

 

FAERIE DOORS WORKSHOP

Saturday, March 23 / 9:30 am & 1:00 pm

@ Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

Faeries are nature’s guardians, keeping a watchful eye on the natural world. Invite them to your garden or home by creating beautiful faeries doors decorated with natural materials and other decorations. After the program, visit the conservatory to look for beautiful faerie gardens.

 

TINY TOTS: FOX & BRANCH

Saturday, March 23 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Dave Fox and Will Branch invite your entire family to join them for music-filled fun with dancing and sing-a-longs. Anchored in American roots music, this duo’s show is as much a celebration of being together as it is a musical experience.

 

MAPLE SUGARING THROUGH THE AGES

Saturday, March 23 / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark, New Boston

Come see the methods used to collect maple sap and learn how the maple tree helped sustain early Americans. Hear the Native American legend of how our First Nations discovered maple sugaring, how early Europeans collected sap to make syrup, and see a more modern method for developing the sweet stuff. We will tap a tree to finish off this fun, family program.

 

SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT

Saturday, March 23 / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

Looking for signs of spring? Come on out to Lake Erie Metropark where you can hit the trails and see what clues can be discovered that prove spring has sprung.

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS

Saturday, March 23 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Motivate your kids to be the next great inventors or entrepreneurs with stories of past and present-day change makers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Explore the innovations — big and small — that make the world what it is today, and learn by doing with hands-on, minds-on activities!

 

BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS

Saturday, March 23 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit

Come on out to the DSO and see the story of classical composer Beethoven live in this interactive theatrical concert! Don’t miss out!

 

TEA WITH REX

Saturday, March 23 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Come on out to the Baldwin Public Library for a Tea with Rex, which includes story time featuring the book Tea Rex by Molly Idle, followed by a fancy dress tea party. Don’t miss out!

 

MAPLE SUGAR TOURS

Saturday, March 23 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

March is sugaring month! Learn the history of sugaring and how to identify maple trees. We will hike into the spring woods to tap a maple. Afterwards, return to the campfire and learn the process of boiling the sap into rich maple syrup and enjoy a treat!

 

FAMILY GAME DAY: MINUTE TO WIN IT

Saturday, March 23 / 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Are you ready to put your skills to the test? Come on out to the OAC for a family game day Minute to Win It-style. Using household items competitors will have to work together or cheer each other on to complete challenges.

 

DROP-IN NINJA TRAINING

Saturday, March 23 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

NWTG is specifically designed for kids. The focus is developing motor skills through mobility, balance, power, strength and endurance. We want to create a strong mind and body through fitness in a fun and safe manner.

 

KIDS FIT 4 FUN

Saturday, March 23 / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Sterling Heights Library

Head to the library for an afternoon of exciting movement activities! Enjoy party dances, games, and Zumba Kids that’ll have you moving and grooving!

 

HANDS-ON STEAM

Saturday, March 23 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Farmington Community Library

Come on out to Farmington Community Library for some fun STEAM related activities! Build with Playstix, Engineering and Design sets, Magnetic Creation Station and more; test your skills with the Gravity Maze; design with Roominate and GoldieBlox and develop logic with RushHour, Three Little Piggies, or Keva Brain Builders Junior.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, March 23 / 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Troy Community Center

An inexpensive and fun night out for families! Spend quality time together and enjoy basketball, swimming, inflatable castle and more.

 

MINECRAFT NIGHT

Saturday, March 23 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

@ The Robot Garage, Birmingham

Come hang out and play some MineCraft! You can play individually or bring some friends along with you! Play at your own level and explore all the aspects of a multi-player MineCraft experience within the safe controlled environment of The Robot Garage.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, March 23 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Kids can tumble, jump & play while their parents are away! Shop, dine, or catch a movie while your child is supervised in a safe environment and meeting new friends!

 

CHINESE SPRING FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 23 / 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

@ Canton Village Theatre

Come on out to Canton Village Theatre for an evening of Folk & Classical dances performed by Metro Detroit area Chinese Schools. Experience beautiful vocal performances featuring soloist, Shuping Ma, Peking Opera, Duets, and the Canton Philharmonic Choir, Michigan Chinese Choir & March Wind Choir. The show will also feature instrumentalists on Pipa and Guzheng.

 

THE SECRET WORLD OF OG

Saturday, March 23 / 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Detroit Opera House, Detroit

Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus presents the operatic adaptation of this well known children’s book by Canadian icon Pierre Beron. Discover the classic story of a group of siblings who venture into the dark subterranean world of the Ogs to rescue their baby brother and cat.

 

SUNDAY

DROP-IN PLAY

Sunday, March 24 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Nature’s Playhouse, Ferndale

Drop on in to Nature’s Playhouse for a non-toxic yesteryear open playtime experience with their all-natural play environment. Enjoy spending time with other families at a relaxed unstructured pace.

 

ARCHERY: TRY IT!

Sunday, March 24 / 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Have you ever though about getting into archery? Well this is your opportunity to give it a shot! This 30-minute session will cover the basic steps of shooting, allowing participants to learn how to stand, handle a bow and shoot several arrows.

 

MARCHE DU MAIN ROUGE

Sunday, March 24 / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Midtown Detroit

Come on out for the 10th Annual Marche du Nain Rouge, a parade made up of the citizens of Detroit. All are invited, just show up!

 

ULTIMATE PIONEER CHALLENGE

Sunday, March 24 / 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

Does your family have what it takes to survive like the first settlers of the Rochester area? Come on out to Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve and see! Your family will earn points by participating in a variety of pioneer activities, such as pioneer games in the woods, collecting water with a yolk and even cooking up a forgotten recipe on the campfire.

 

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID FILM AND WORKSHOP

Sunday, March 24 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Berman Center for Performing Arts, Bloomfield Township

Spend an afternoon with your favorite kids at The Berman! Back by popular demand are the kids films complete with arts & crafts for families.

 

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPING BEAR AT OAC

Sunday, March 24 / 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

In honor of Reading Month, OAC is celebrating the classic Michigan story, “The Legend of Sleeping Bear.” Come by to participate in a “Sleeping Bear”–themed scavenger hunt throughout the building, and earn a chance to win your own copy of this Michigan classic to take home with you.

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL

Sunday, March 24 – Saturday, April 6

@ Pierce Auditorium, Grosse Pointe Park

Shrek the Musical is a tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

 

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

 

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Katie Cramton is a recent graduate of University of Michigan-Dearborn and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. Born in Flat Rock, she is no stranger to the Metro=Detroit area.  She loves spending her time with her friends and family, as well as exploring Downtown Detroit.

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