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!
Need ideas for the holiday weekend? Check out our guide to FREE & Fun Family Activities for Memorial Day Weekend.
May 25 – September 3
@ Detroit Zoo
Forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit – will provide a mega-dose of Vitamin Z. Dinosauria is the largest dinosaur exhibit of its kind in the country.
Thursday, May 24 – Monday, May 28
@ Hazel Park Recreation Department
Enjoy a carnival midway, live entertainment, a craft sale, Memorial Day Parade, and more this Memorial Day weekend in Hazel Park.
Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28
@ Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Campus
Michigan’s largest Country Fair annually plays host to 110,000 “Stay-cationers” who are looking to enjoy the thrill of carnival rides, authentic Polish and All-American Foods, dancing, music, live entertainment, a kid’s area and more!
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27
@ Greenfield Village
Spend Memorial Day weekend immersed in living history as soldiers, civilians, musicians and expert historians provide demonstrations, exhibits and special commemorations. From the battlefield to the parlor, the heroism and tragedy of the era are brought to life.
Friday, May 25 / 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
@ Troy Family Aquatic Zone
Join us for opening day Friday, May 25, with special pricing all day: $5 per person, residents and non-residents. Purchase your season pass at Troy Community Center by May 24 and you’ll receive 2 free daily guest passes! (per household).
Friday, May 25 / 6:15 pm – 10:45 pm
@ Gillham Recreation Center
Join in on the fun and take the city bus down to the TIGERS vs White Sox game! A great night out—for your favorite gal pal and sons of any age.
Friday, May 25 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Kellogg Park
Enjoy FREE Friday night concerts in Plymouth’s beautiful Kellogg Park! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy one of metro Detroit’s premier local concert series.
Friday, May 25 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Wayne State University – Planetarium
Come join under the dome for a planetarium show at Wayne State University! There will be hands on demonstrations, an overview of the current night sky and a full dome film.
Friday, May 25 / 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Keyworth Stadium
Come cheer on the home team as you watch Detroit’s very own semi-pro soccer team take on FC Columbus this Friday night!
Saturday, May 26 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, and much more. Older siblings are welcome, too.
Saturday, May 26 / 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.
Saturday, May 26 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
@ N’Namdi Movement Center
Lil’ Dumplins offers “Pre-Ballet” that introduces basic vocabulary, positions, concepts and rhythms of ballet. Classical ballet is introduced in a fun, creative and focused environment with an emphasis on movement quality and musicality.
Saturday, May 26 / 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
We will open up our ever popular dinosaur dig to hold real life specimens, investigate casts of bones and place them on the animals, gobble down a dinosaur snack and, of course, dig for dinosaurs in our sandbox!
Saturday, May 26 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
@ Stony Creek Nature Center
Climb aboard for a ride to view and learn about the wildflowers of spring. You will hear interesting vignettes about these plants, their pollinators and how to use wildflowers successfully in native gardens.
Saturday, May 26 / 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
@ Michigan Science Center
Oil and water do mix in this experiment! Visit our Centennial Lab to understand the key role emulsifiers play in a popular body product. Apply this knowledge while mixing up your very own hand lotion that is yours to keep.
Saturday, May 26 / 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
@ 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 we all feel connected and less alone in our unique-but-shared experiences.
Sunday, May 27 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am
@ Leslie Science & Nature Center
Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Storytime includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!
Sunday, May 27 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ Nature’s Playhouse
Nature’s Playhouse offers a non-toxic yesteryear playtime experience with our all-natural play environment. At Nature’s Playhouse we take pride in hosting only hand-crafted toys and play elements made exclusively from natural wood or cloth products.
Sunday, May 27 / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
@ BohoModern Studio
Join for Kids Open Studio, every Sunday from 11am to 2pm. Kids and parents will have access to paper, scraps, markers, crayons, glue, and other art supplies to freely create! Kids of all ages welcome.
Sunday, May 27 / 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Flint Children’s Museum
Sunday, May 27th is a FREE DAY! Join us from 12-5pm for a day full of FREE fun for EVERYONE!
Sunday, May 27 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Comerica Park
Sunday is Family Day at Comerica Park! Kids 14 and under can ride the carousel and Ferris wheel for free! Kids are also able get in on the action and run the bases. There’s no additional cost, all you have to do is line up under the scoreboard in left field.
Sunday, May 27 / 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
@ Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
A marionette ballet set to classical music, PuppetART’s version of Sleeping Beauty includes the traditional snoozing princess and evil fairy while also exploring the prince’s side of the story. How did he find out about the cursed kingdom?
Summer is around the corner! Start making plans for the long days and warm nights.
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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.