TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: May 11-13Take 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: May 11-13 skip to Main Content

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: May 11-13

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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
THE KING AND I

May 8 – 13

@ Fox Theatre

The King and I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.  Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine), this show is one not to miss.

 

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13

@ Greenfield Village

Your day will be packed with roundhouse tours of steam locomotives, railroad hobo songs and a railroad turntable feat of strength. Thomas storytelling, photos with Sir Topham Hatt™ and rides on the beloved cars immerse tiny conductors in the beloved world of Thomas the Tank Engine.

 

RAILROADER’S BREAKFAST

Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13

@ Greenfield Village

It’s a scrumptious early-morning way to prepare for a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™. There’s music by the Picks & Sticks Stringband, too, along with railroad-themed storytelling and a visit with our very own Village Hobo and Sir Topham Hatt™!

 

CRITTERS UP CLOSE

Saturday, May 12 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) & Sunday, May 13 (1:00pm – 4:00pm)

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Every month, our visitors get up close and personal with some of our favorite critters from the natural world, thanks to our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center! This month the featured critters are lizards, and they are ready for their close up.

 

ART BIRMINGHAM

Saturday, May 12 (10:00am – 6:00pm) & Sunday, May 13 (10:00am – 5:00pm)

@ Birmingham

Celebrate Mother’s Day & enjoy the work of more than 150 artists at Art Birmingham with family friendly art activities!

 

Friday
KINDERCONCERTS: CLEVER CLARINET

Friday, May 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Ann Arbor District Library

Music comes alive in KinderConcerts – free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert – they’ll dance and move while listening to the music.

 

 

MOM & ME MOTHER’S DAY COOKIE CLASS

Friday, May 11 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Friendship Factory – Rochester

Learn to decorate lovely spring themed sugar cookies on a special mother and daughter bonding night! Everyone will receive the yummy favorite recipe, dough to bake at home, and a cookie cutter, along with a personal box to take their decorated cookies home!

 

MOTHER’S DAY FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Friday, May 11 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Goldfish Swim School – Birmingham

Goldfish Swim School – Birmingham is having a Mother’s Day Family Night Out event on Friday, May 11, 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.

 

MOTHER DAUGHTER YOGA

Friday, May 11 / 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

@ Northville Yoga Room

It’s girl time on your mat in this specially designed class that combines yoga flow with partner yoga. Nurture and strengthen the special bond between mothers and daughters with yoga, laughter and fun! Ages 8+, $20/per person.

 

TEEN MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK: JUMANJI

Friday, May 11 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Heritage Park – Canton

The Canton Youth Advisory Council and the BLOCK Youth and Teen Center Present Teen Movie Night in the Park “Jumanji; Welcome to the Jungle” PG13

 

Saturday
DETROIT TOUCH-A-TRUCK

Saturday, May 12 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ West Riverfront Park

Touch-a-Truck is a FREE hands-on family event that will provide children with the opportunity to explore large vehicles of all types, including those used by professionals in construction, public safety, transportation, landscaping and other industries.

 

JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB

Saturday, May 12 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Farmington Hills Nature Center

Enrich your child’s natural curiosity with our fun and hands-on, as we explore a different topic each month and gain an understanding of nature and their important role in helping to protect it. Kids will get to touch, smell, hear, taste and see many aspects of the natural world.

 

LITTLE SCIENTISTS CLUB

Saturday, May 12 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am

@ Ann Arbor Hand 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.

 

KIDS YOGA

Saturday, May 12 / 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

@ Citizen Yoga – Royal Oak

Poses will be introduced in a fun and playful environment. Through games and weekly themes, your little yogis will learn strength, flexibility and positive thinking!

 

LOVE, MIDTOWN

Saturday, May 12 / 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Midtown Detroit

Midtown Detroit is opening their doors for a fun new Spring event, Love, Midtown! With cookie decorating and art crafts for kids, this is a fun way to explore the area with your family.

 

CHILDREN’S SERIES: WORLD OF MUSIC

Saturday, May 12 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Meadowbrook Theatre

During the 45 minute world music concert by renowned musician, Guy Louis, students will explore cultures from around the globe, see exotic instruments, and get a chance for hands on participation in the singing and a rockin’ musical ‘free-for-all’.

 

SPRING SEEDS

Saturday, May 12 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Stony Creek Nature Center

Youngsters will make a recycled paper pot and plant flower and vegetable seeds. Learn how a seed grows while tending the sprouting plants indoors. Then take your plant outdoors and plant it, pot and all, into the soil. Please bring a small glass jelly jar if you have one. Ages 3 and older.

 

WATER SAFETY DAY

Saturday, May 12 / 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

@ Goldfish Swim School – Canton

Join Goldfish Swim School – Canton at a FREE Safety Day event! Children and families will receive information about ways to stay safer in and around the water this summer. Event includes water safety presentations, family swim with professional, certified lifeguards on duty, kids entertainment and more!

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, May 12 / 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm

@ Troy Community Center

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

 

Sunday
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday, May 13 / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Detroit Zoo

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Detroit Zoo! This year’s Mother’s Day Brunch will be held in the Main Picnic Grove and features a delicious brunch buffet and a gift for mom. Walk-up tickets will be available if the event is not sold out; however, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Pre-sold tickets will include admission to the Zoo; walk-up tickets will not.

 

WALK-A-MOM

Sunday, May 13 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Stony Creek Nature Center

Bring your Mom or Grandmother out for a spring hike on the trails. Participants will receive a certificate and all Moms and Grandmothers will receive a flower to plant in their garden. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera.

 

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday, May 13 / 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

@ The Community House

Let Community House do the cooking!  Enjoy a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch with family and friends in The Community House’s gorgeous ballroom!

 

MAMA & ME AFRICAN TEA PARTY

Sunday, May 13 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ BohoModern Studio

Decorate teapots with African inspired designs, learn Afro Caribbean dances, hear an African folktale, and enjoy tea, juice, and treats from the continent! This event is designed for children ages 4-12 years old. Kids and adults will walk away with their one-of-a-kind teapot creation!

 

MOTHER’S DAY TEA AT THE FARM

Sunday, May 13 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center

Enjoy some special time with mom in the greenhouse and gardens.  Visit the farm before or after you enjoy tea and light refreshments with your favorite mom.

 

MOTHER’S DAY TEA

Sunday, May 13 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Oakwood MetroPark

Enjoy an afternoon learning the stories, history and strange facts about tea. This program will feature different types of tea, cucumber sandwiches, and is free for moms!

 

FREE SECOND SUNDAY

Sunday, May 13 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Charles H Wright Museum

Bring your family and friends to experience the wonder of The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of the DTE Energy Foundation! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.

 

Click here for more Mother’s Day events happening across metro Detroit

Enter our Mother’s Day Giveaway for a chance to win a spa day, a makeover with a friend, and more! 

 

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

 

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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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