Teach your kids to be true Michiganders and have fun this summer with these 'Pure Michigan' activities. Swim in…
It’s a long weekend and we’re ready to enjoy every minute of it!
May 5 – June 9
@ Beacon Park, Detroit
Direct from Mexico City, Los Trompos encourages play and enables communities to celebrate its many cultures together. Take a spin on one of eight colorful and vibrant large-scale spinning tops created by award winning artists and designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena.
May 16 -27
Join us for fun, food, entertainment, and exciting carnival rides! Wade Shows will be providing the Livonia AM Rotary Carnival with some of the most popular thrill rides for thrill seekers and kiddy rides for the little ones.
@ Downtown Pontiac
The Pontiac Regional Chamber Annual Spring Carnival is back! Games, rides, prizes, and more!
@ Sumpter Fairgrounds, Belleville
Free children’s entertainment, bingo/beer tent, casino, pony rides, petting zoo, silent auction, crafts, car show, princess pageant, live music, car racing, carnival rides and more!
@ St. Mary’s Campus, Orchard Lake
Michigan’s largest Country Fair annually plays host to 110,000 “Stay-cationers” who avoid the traffic, frustration and outrageous gas prices to enjoy weekend bliss of carnival rides, food, dancing, Vegas tent, sports tent, bingo, raffles, kids area, and more!
May 25 – 27
@ Greenfield Village, Dearborn
Join us in honoring the sacrifices and achievements of all those who bravely fought and continue to fight in defense of the American spirit. Get ready for the Saturday night concert featuring Tin Cremona and Friends. Join John and Elaine Masciale, Tim Twiss, Al Smitely,and Timmy Person to enjoy the period sound, innovative style, and experimentation that was mid-19th century American Banjo music.
May 25 – 27
@ Wayne County Aquatic Center, Detroit
Wayne County’s largest family waterpark sits on over 22,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped grounds. Enjoy a number of features for the entire family.
May 25 – 27
@ Kensington Metropark, Milford
Join DIA at the 3rd Annual Kensington Metropark Art Fair and make a mosaic. Make a simple mosaic using a variety of art-making materials.
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, May 24 / 10:00am- 11:30am
@ Goldfish Swimschool, Ann Arbor
Mini Play Date is a free 1.5 hour long guided play event for swimmers 2 to 8 months old. It is a no pressure opportunity for you and your little fish to get acclimated to swimming and meet other children!
Friday, May 24 / 11:00am- 7:00pm
@ Troy Family Aquatic Center
Get your swim gear ready, TFAC is opening soon! We’re celebrating our first official day of summer with a daily rate of $5 per person.
Friday, May 24 / 1:30pm- 2:30pm
@ Farmington Nature Center
Design, create, and make using nature as an inspiration to solve real-world challenges. Makerspace learning is driven by children’s natural curiosity and desire to make things. The Nature Center is becoming a unique hub for young scientists and engineers to dream, plan, invent, and test.
Friday, May 24 / 7:00pm -10:00pm
@ Jimmy John’s Field, Utica
Watch Birmingham Bloomfield take on Utica and stick around after the game for Friday Fireworks Spectacular.
Friday, May 24 / 7:30pm -10:00pm
@ Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck
Our boys play soccer for DCFC and we can’t wait for them to see the grown-ups play at the Keyworth Stadium this spring! Catching a game in the open air stadium is a great family-friendly sporting event.
Saturday, May 25 / 6:00am- 4:00pm
@ Eastern Market, Detroit
Bustling with as many as 45,000 visitors in a day, the Saturday Market at Eastern Market is one of America’s most original destinations for fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers and local art.
Saturday, May 25 / 9:00am – 3:30pm
@ Nankin Mills Park, Westland
Six miles of Hines Drive (from Outer Drive to Ann Arbor Trail) will be closed to traffic every Saturday for the public of all ages to run, walk, skate, or cycle safely. Parking is available at the Helms Haven and Nankin Mills picnic areas.
Saturday, May 25 / 10:00am – 11:30am
@Dinosaur Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills
We’ll discover the incredible world of honey bees as we peek into Dinosaur Hill’s own hive, try on real bee-keeping gear and see how honey is extracted from hives. We’ll find out about different types of honey and get some tasty treats too.
Saturday, May 25 / 10:30am – 11:30am
@ Arab American National Museum, Dearborn
Children ages 2-6 and their parents are invited to attend storytime in the Library at AANM. A storyteller will read picture books in both English and Arabic, teaching a few Arabic words and phrases. Following the story, there will be time for free play, crafts or games in the Library
Saturday, May 25 / 10:00am – 4:00pm
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Early learners and their grown-ups will love this special weekend at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum! Imagine your future by dressing up at a photo station or doing activities together at PNC Bank’s “Grow Up Great” Mobile Learning Adventure. Play, splash, and build in our special gallery for Preschoolers only
Saturday, May 25 / 10:00am – 3:00pm
@ Oakwoods Metropark, New Boston
Join us for our opening weekend of canoe tours! Aboard our 34-foot replica of a historic Voyageur canoe we will explore the Huron River.
Saturday, May 25 / 1:00pm – 2:30pm
@ Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake
In this program, we’ll cover some different styles of camping and what basics you’ll need for a successful trip for each one.
Saturday, May 25 / 1:30pm – 3:00pm
@ Frederic H. Pease Auditorium, Ypsilanti
Sensory Friendly Saturday” offers accessible programming opportunities to patrons and their families needing special accommodations. The event features a hands-on experience with brass instruments through our Instrument Petting Zoo program. Following the zoo there will be a 30 minute performance by our Brass Quintet!
Saturday, May 25 / 8:00pm – 10:00pm
@ Trumbull & Porter Hotel, Detroit
Enjoy happy hour specials at Red Dunn Kitchen before the films. And during the movie, the Pump Room outdoor bar will serve popcorn and cocktails. The 15,000-square-foot courtyard has a bonfire, plus chairs, picnic table seating and ground seating (bring a blanket).
Sunday, May 26 / 9:00am – 2:00pm
@ New Baltimore’s Farmers Market
Join in the fun with a FREE family planting activity (while supplies last), Face Painting & Henna Tattoos, FREE Activities & Giveaways with MacDonald Public Library. Over 12 farmers & growers, locally-produced honey, fresh eggs, crafts, local foods, artists, and more!
Sunday, May 26 / 10:00am – 2:00pm
@ Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray
Take a behind the scenes tour of the Historic Wolcott grist mill and explore this nearly 200-year-old building. You’ll hear the fascinating history of this iconic mill and the Wolcott family who lived here and maybe, even a ghost story or two!
Sunday, May 26 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm
@ St. Clair Shores
The 67th annual SCS Memorial Day Parade will step off at 1:00 PM on Sunday, May 26 from the corner of 9 Mile & Jefferson and will travel north to the finish at 11 Mile Rd. The parade is an annual S.C.S. event bringing viewers from the entire tri-county area.
Sunday, May 26 / 1:00pm – 4:45pm
@ Joy Blvd. Park, Clinton Township
In celebration of Memorial Day and our NEW opening weekend, join us for a train ride and complimentary hot dog and refreshment after your ride.
Find Spring Favorites HERE! Check out these ideas for more fun:
- 10 Things To Do With Kids In May
- 30 Things To Do With Kids in Detroit This Spring
- Guide To Metro Detroit Farmers Markets
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs.