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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: March 8-11

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

 

ALL WEEKEND

THE LIGHTNING THEIF

Tuesday, February 26 – Saturday, March 9

@ Fisher Theatre, Detroit

The Lightning Thief The Musical, based on the popular Percy Jackson series, is “electrifying! As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods.

 

ROYAL OAK RESTAURANT WEEK

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 10

@ Downtown Royal Oak

Enjoy 3 Course lunch and dinner menus from downtown Royal Oak’s top restaurants for $15-35 per person. Over 25 top Royal Oak restaurants will be participating in this 10 day event.

 

SHIPWREKED!

Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9

@ Wild Swan Theatre, Ann Arbor

Twelve year old Aaron Buchanan, sailing with his parents on their small schooner loaded with Christmas trees from Sault Ste. Marie, is tested in ways he never dreamed possible when a ferocious gale suddenly materializes in Thunder Bay’s infamous “Shipwreck Alley.” Aaron must find the sailing skills, bravery, and physical strength to help effect a daring rescue of his family.

 

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.

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Thursday, March 7 – Sunday, March 10

@ Canton Village Theatre, Canton

Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. With his new friends Bagheera and Baloo, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons including the struggle of good versus evil, the worth of friendship, and the importance of loyalty and other values required for surviving the “law of the jungle”, as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

 

JOURNEY TO THE SUGARBUSH

Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10

@ 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 9 & Sunday, March 10

@ 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 9 & Sunday, March 10

@ 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 TAPPING AND PANCAKE FEAST

Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10

@ MSU Tollgate Farm Children’s Garden

Come on out for a maple tapping and pancake feast! You’ll start out with a meal of pancakes covered in Tollgate syrup accompanied by sausage and coffee and hot chocolate! Then you’ll jump on the hay wagon out to the sugar bush to participate in a tree tapping, visit the colonial sugar camp, watch sap get turned to syrup in the sugar shack and check out Max the draft horse getting to work!

 

MOSTER JAM

Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10

@ Ford Field, Detroit

Monster Jam is a live motorsport event tour and television show operated by Feld Entertainment. Ford Field Gates open at 5:30 pm for guests with event tickets. The show begins at 7pm.

 

FRIDAY

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Friday, March 8 / 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.

 

FREE MOVIE AT THE NATURE CENTER

Friday, March 8 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Detroit Public Library-Main Branch, Detroit

Join us for a free movie at the Nature Center! March 8th at 1 pm we will be showing March of the Penguins!

 

PRINCESS AND SUPERHERO FAMILY FUN NIGHT!

Friday, March 8 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ William Costick Activities Center, Farmington Hills

Attention all Princesses, Princes, and Superheros! Spend your night at the Costick Center dancing a royal dance, making super crafts, bouncing sky high on our bouncer, and more. Busch’s Fresh Food Market provides a dinner of hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, snacks, and drinks, Keep an eye out for a real Princess and Superhero!

 

PRINCESS AND SUPERHERO FAMILY FUN NIGHT!

Friday, March 8 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Saline Recreation

Dress up as your favorite princess or superhero for this special evening for families. There will be a DJ with a dance floor, crafts, a nail & tattoo salon, bouncer and more. There will also be light snacks and a balloon drop to finish up the evening.

 

SATURDAY

FREE SPANISH CLASS AT THE Y

Saturday, March 9 / 8:30 am – 10:00 am

@ Boll Family YMCA, Detroit

Come on down to the Boll Family YMCA for FREE Spanish classes for your child! Don’t miss this great chance for some bilingual fun!

 

YOUTH WEAVING WORKSHOP

Saturday, March 9 / 10:00 am & 12:00 pm

@ Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester

Meadow Brook Hall offers special youth events to the community, aimed at enriching children’s lives with culture. This time, children can learn about weaving in a historic mansion. Workshops are $25 per child and are suggested for ages 10 and up.

 

MAPLE SURGARING AT CASS BENTON PARK

Saturday, March 9 / 10:00 am & 12:30 pm

@ Cass Benton Park, Northville

Bundle up and join our Naturalists at Cass Benton Park in Northville to learn the history of maple sugaring and take a short hike into the woods for a tree-tapping demonstration.

 

SUPER BRUNCH

Saturday, March 9 / 10:00 am – 1:00pm

@ Gerry Kulick Community Center, Ferndale

Learn the ins and outs of superhero work at our Superhero Academy at this year’s Super Brunch! You’ll craft your superhero name and abilities, go through some super training, test your cerebral fortitude and top it all off by creating your own comic book! Refuel with our Super Brunch menu so you’ll be ready to learn some parkour moves from one of our professional heroes!

 

MAPLE SUGARING THROUGH THE AGES

Saturday, March 9 / 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.

 

LUMBERJACK DAY

Saturday, March 9 / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

Grab your favorite flannel and join the Michigan DNR Forest Resources Division and the U.S. Forest Service. We will be celebrating all things related to the forests of Michigan – maple syrup, lumberjack skills, products of the forest, chainsaw artists in action and more! A maple taffy station will be available post run allowing guests to roll up maple taffy onto popsicle sticks.

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS

Saturday, March 9 / 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!

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT AUTISM

Saturday, March 9 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Northville District Library

Let’s talk about AUTISM with Kelly Beins, seasoned therapist with over twenty years experience and author of the picture books about a lovable sheep with sensory challenges, Ovis Has Trouble with School and Ovis Has Trouble Eating.

 

MAPLE SUGAR TOURS

Saturday, March 9 / 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!

 

A CELTIC CELEBRATION

Saturday, March 9 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Pewabic Pottery, Detroit

Peruse Pewabic Pottery’s Celtic Collection as local musician Brady Flannery fills the National Historic Landmark with his Irish tunes for this free family event complete with coloring pages and refreshments, including Irish-themed libations for the adults.

 

DROP-IN NINJA TRAINING

Saturday, March 9 / 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. 

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, March 9 / 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.

 

DETROIT ROLER DERBY HOME GAME

Saturday, March 9 / 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Masonic Temple, Detroit

Head on over to the Masonic Temple to see Michigan’s premier roller derby league! Don’t miss the Detroit Men’s Roller Derby team take on the Cleveland Guardians and the Home Team Champions! Doors open at 5:00 p.m and the first whistle will blow at 6:00 p.m.!

 

FAMILY DATE NIGHT

Saturday, March 9 / 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

@ Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor

Come on out to the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center for Family Date Night on Saturday, March 9 from 6:15 pm-8:30 pm! Get ready for a fun night filled with arts and crafts, drinks, and the playing of the Incredibles 2!

 

TROY GYMNASTICS KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, March 9 / 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!

 

SUNDAY

TROY RESTAURANT WEEK

Sunday, March 10 – Friday, March 15

@ Downtown Troy

It’s that time of year again- Troy Restaurant Week is back! Enjoy savory seasonal menus crafted just for Troy Restaurant Week from Sunday, March 10 through Friday 15.

 

SPRING FORWARD AT BELLE ISLE NATURE CENTER

Sunday, March 10 / 11:00 am – 3:o0 pm

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Spring Forward into Daylight Saving Time while learning about amphibians and amphibian conservation at this annual celebration. The event features the opportunity to hear from keepers who care for the amphibians and learn about amphibian conservation, and includes frog mask making, leapfrog games and storytelling.

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Sunday, March 10 / 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

@ Corktown, Detroit

This family-friendly event is sure to entertain all who attend with the various floats. The parade route is on Michigan Avenue in historic Corktown. The parade kicks off at 1:00 pm!

 

MAPLE SUGARING BRUNCH

Sunday, March 10 / 12:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Orchard Lake Schools

​Celebrate the start of spring with a maple syrup pancake brunch! The event will be hosted by the Polish Mission of Orchard Lake Schools and West Bloomfield Parks. Guests will see a historical sap to syrup demonstration, learn about the other benefits of maple trees and enjoy warm pancakes topped with local maple syrup.

 

DETROIT PISTONS KID’S DAY

Sunday, March 10 / 12:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

It’s Kids Day at the LCA on March 10th! Bring the family to watch Blake and the Pistons take on the Chicago Bulls. The first 7,500 fans get a Pencil Casey.

 

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

 

Find Winter Favorites HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy these chilly winter days.

 

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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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