TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: May 4-6Take 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 4-6 skip to Main Content

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THIS WEEKEND: May 4-6

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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!

 

Friday

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

Friday, May 4 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Leap into Spring with Alice, on her whimsical journey into Wonderland. Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic fairy tale, the Macomb Ballet Company will take you on a magical journey through quirky characters, captivating music, enchanting costumes, and fascinating special effects.

 

FREE FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, May 4 / 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Cranbrook Institute of Science

Courtesy of the MASCO Foundation, the Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month. Join us for a free evening of science fun! The Café and Observatory are open.

 

MOTHER SON DANCE

Friday, May 4 / 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

@ Summit Canton

Celebrate Mother’s Day in a special way. Moms, Aunts, Grandmothers and more are welcome for an evening of dancing and memory-making. There will be light refreshments and a popular balloon-drop finale!

 

LIVE! SHREK THE MUSICAL

Friday, May 4 / 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Redford Theatre

And thus begins the 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… and his name is Shrek.

 

Saturday

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

Saturday, May 5 / 8:00 am – Sunday, May 6 @ 5:00 pm

@ Greenfield Village

Witness the full-steam delight when your little engineer sees a real Thomas the Tank Engine™ chug into our station! 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.

 

RAILROADER’S BREAKFAST

Saturday, May 5 / 8:00 am – 9:00 am

@ Greenfield Village

Buttermilk pancakes with a choice of toppings, fresh fruit salad, sausage links and more. 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™!

 

SENSORY-FRIENDLY SATURDAY AT GREENFIELD VILLAGE

Saturday, May 5 / 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

@ Greenfield Village

Designed for families with individuals on the autism spectrum or with other sensory processing disorders, this event will include: an early opening (8:30am) and opportunity to enjoy the Day Out With Thomas activities before the rest of the public; a sensory-friendly ride on Thomas (9:30am); a sensory-friendly map; noise-cancelling headphones and earplugs; and a quiet activity area.

 

WELCOME BACK BIRDS

Saturday, May 5 / 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Bring the whole flock to Ford House to learn about terns, owls, hawks and more! The annual Welcome Back Birds event returns on May 5, and tickets are on sale now.

 

FISHING DERBY

Saturday, May 5 / 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Heritage Park – Canton

The Heritage Park ponds will once again be stocked with rainbow trout and hybrid blue gill for this great annual event. No fishing license is required. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy quality leisure time with family, friends and neighbors.

 

KOI FESTIVAL

Saturday, May 5 / 10:00am – 4:00pm

@ Belle Isle Aquarium

The Koi Festival is back! Join the Belle Isle Aquarium to celebrate the Japanese heritage with a day of traditional Japanese games, music, martial arts and more! This is a FREE, family friendly event.

 

BLOOM: AN EVENT FOR NEW AND EXPECTING MOMS

Saturday, May 5 / 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Noah’s Event Venue

With Bloom, new moms will have the opportunity to connect with the local experts and businesses that make new + expecting mom life better, easier, more informed and overall more enriched!

 

HIKE IT BABY!

Saturday, May 5 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am

@ Belle Isle Nature Center

Hike It Baby is a parents’ group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. Hikes are free and open to anyone.

 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Saturday, May 5 / 10:00 am – 10:00 am

@ Vault of Midnight

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – get ready for the magic, get ready for the fun, and get ready for the FREE COMICS, ‘cause it’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

 

WILDFLOWERS, TEA, MOMMY & ME

Saturday, May 5 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Lost Lake Nature Park

Once mom is happily full of sweets and ‘tea’ we shall take a walk out through the park and explore many of the wild flowers that bloom across the park before ending back in the nature center to put together a bouquet .

 

DSO FAMILY CONCERT SERIES: MOZART’S MAGNIFICENT VOYAGE

Saturday, May 5 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Travel with Mozart’s young son Karl as a magic chest reveals an incredible journey back in time to Mozart’s childhood. This Classical Kids Live! theatrical production features 23 excerpts of the master’s music, including themes from Mozart’s operas The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute.

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: SUNPRINTS

Saturday, May 5 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ University of Michigan Museum of Art

Design and create your own sunprints using broad range of works featured in in UMMA’s collection as inspiration. We will explore patterns, shapes, and motifs from the Asian, Modern & Contemporary, and Decorative Art collections, and possibly more

 

MY QUEEN AND ME TEA

Saturday, May 5 / 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

@ Tea Party Castle, Shelby Township

Let your littles choose a dress to wear from the royal closet, get their hair done (complete with tiara) & spend a magical afternoon sipping tea, enjoying assorted finger foods and ice cream and singing/dancing with their Queen (aka special person)

 

FAMILY DERBY PARTY

Saturday, May 5 / 5:30 pm – 7:00 p

@ Northville Community Center

Bring the family and join us for a Derby good time! Dazzle us at our Derby Party, with your big hats and place your guess on your favorite horse, during our very own Derby Race, inspired by the Kentucky Derby. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

 

MOTHER SON DANCE

Saturday, May 5 / 6:30 pm – 8:30 p

@ Summit Canton

Celebrate Mother’s Day in a special way. Moms, Aunts, Grandmothers and more are welcome for an evening of dancing and memory-making. There will be light refreshments and a popular balloon-drop finale!

 

DETROIT CITY FC VS HARPOS FC

Saturday, May 5 / 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Keyworth Stadium

Whether you’re a soccer family or not, you will love bringing your kids down to a game! Come give your kids a thrill as you cheer on Detroit’s own semi-pro soccer team! Voted number 1 fans in the league, it’s fun for the whole family.

 

Sunday

ALL OF US – FREE FAMILY FAIR

Sunday, May 6 / 1:00 pm – 5:00pm

@ Ford Field

Come out for an afternoon of FREE FAMILY FUN courtesy of Henry Ford Health System and the All of Us Research Program at Ford Field including Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons as special guests. You’ll have a chance to tour the Detroit Lions locker room, take part in mini-football clinics conducted by the Detroit Lions Youth Football Education coaching staff, participate in basketball clinics hosted by the Detroit Pistons’ Pistons Academy coaching staff, listen to live musical performances, win cool giveaways and prizes, take part in an interactive art experience with local artist Hubert Massey. and meet special guests from the Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons as well as WOMC’s JoAnne Purtan. You can also visit with more than a dozen health, wellness and community organizations.

 

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

Saturday, May 5 / 8:00 am – Sunday, May 6 / 5:00 pm

@ Greenfield Village

Witness the full-steam delight when your little engineer sees a real Thomas the Tank Engine™ chug into our station! 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.

 

RAILROADER’S BREAKFAST

Sunday, May 6 / 8:00 am – 9:00 am

@ Greenfield Village

Start your little engineer’s Day Out With Thomas™ with a hearty Railroader’s Breakfast in Greenfield Village’s A Taste of History Restaurant. 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™!

 

TRICERATOTS PUPPET THEATRE

Sunday, May 6 / 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

Join our puppet friends to celebrate the arrival of Spring. The animals of our forest will meet Buzz the Bee and learn why bees are such good friends of flowers. We’ll plant a flower of our very own to take home and take a nice walk on the preserve to search for signs of Spring.

 

SUPER SPARKS: ALL ACCESS FAMILY DAYS

Sunday, May 6 / 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Michigan Science Center

MiSci will offer special programming for special needs families the first Sunday of every month. This opportunity is included in the price of general admission and will feature adaptive shows, demonstrations and more.

 

PROFESSOR RAY’S EVERYDAY SCIENCE: SPINNING THINGS

Sunday, May 6 / 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

@ Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

Did you ever see a squash spin like a top? How about tops stacked 5 high? Some things only spin in one direction. “Spinning Things” will have these and much much more!

 

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTAGANZA

Sunday, May 6 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ Kensington Metro Park

Not sure what to buy for Mother’s Day? Forget the mall and come out to Kensington and make her a nature themed gift! Your gift will be one of a kind, creating the perfect gift for your favorite mom.

 

FAMILY FUNDAY FILMS – BEAUTY & THE BEAST

Sunday, May 6 / 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Detroit Public Library – Main

The Detroit Public Library’s Main Library Popular & Film Department is now offering free family friendly films! We will have a new film each week for the entire family to enjoy. Movies will be shown on the big screen at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoons through May!

 

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

 

Photo credit: The Henry Ford

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About Kerry Doman

Kerry Doman is the founder and CEO of LittleGuide Detroit and After 5 Detroit. She has lived downtown Detroit for 10+ years and still calls the city home with her husband and son. As a relatively new mom, she’s excited to explore downtown with her family and hopes you’ll enjoy doing the same!

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