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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 15-17

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Whether you have a free Saturday morning or a full weekend of festivities to plan – if you’re looking for fun things to do with your kids in Metro Detroit this weekend, LittleGuide Detroit has you covered! A princess ball, pre-historic dinosaurs and $5 hockey games – there’s lots to do this weekend.

 

ALL WEEKEND

WATER STORY YOUTH WORKSHOP

November 1 – November 23

@ Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit

Students, make a difference in your community through this free workshop experience by telling Detroit’s urban water story, through examples at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Michigan Science Center.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: ROCHESTER HILLS

November 9 – December 22

@ Meadowbrook Theater, Rochester

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic captivates audiences for the 38th year with the tale of a mean-spirited miser and the ghosts that haunt him. Celebrating 38 years of holiday magic!

 

WILD LIGHTS

November 16 – January 5

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and special activities for guests of all ages.

 

JURASSIC WORLD LIVE TOUR

November 14 – November 17

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage.

 

NOVI PET EXPO

November 15 – November 17

@ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Play, Adopt, Learn and Shop at the 2019 Novi Pet Expo. Fun, hands on attractions all day and the opportunity to adopt your new best friend.

 

SANTA’S SPECIAL GUESTS

November 15 – November 17

@ Oakland Mall, Troy

Visit Santa and his special guests at Oakland Mall November 1 – 17th. Specials guests include the Snow Queen, Friends, and the Grouch.

 

SEE A SLOTH

November 16 – November 17

@ Arborland Center, Ann Arbor

SEE A SLOTH! Make friends with an armadillo! Encounter an opossum! Snuggle a snake and get face to face with a tortoise and dozens of other animals this coming weekend. Don’t miss this AMAZING, indoor, interactive, educational event.

 

ARTISTIC DEMONSTRATION: KARIANNE SPENS-HANNA ENCAUSTIC PAINTING

November 16 – November 17

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Karianne will lead a collaborative, encaustic art-making experience using beeswax and found objects. Participants will be able to work with the artist to create their own designs on wood, learn about this unique painting technique and see artwork in progress.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: ACCORDIAN BOOKS

November 16 – November 17

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

The accordion book is one of the most versatile and easiest books to make. Create your own, then decorate it using markers, ribbon and beads. General museum admission is FREE for residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

 

FRIDAY

KNEE HIGH NATURALISTS

Friday, November 15 / 10:00am – 11:30am

@  Stage Nature Center, Troy

Children along with a parent/grandparent partner will enjoy this program as they learn about White-tailed Deer! On the hike, they will search for nests and other evidence of animal life and maybe even spot some baby animals!

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, November 15  / 12:00pm – 4:00pm / 4:30pm – 7:30pm

@ Troy Gymnastics Center, Troy

Kids 12 months through 5 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours.  If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

DETROIT CITY CHESS CLUB OPEN PLAY

Friday, November 15  / 4:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Join the Detroit City Chess Club in their regular Friday meet-ups in Prentis Court. Watch as these young players hone their craft or even sit down to test your own skills.

 

WYANDOTTE TREE LIGHTING

Friday, November 15 / 6:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Downtown Wyandotte

Visitors are welcomed to the Tree Lighting, at the intersection of Sycamore and Biddle Avenue, where they are given jingle bells to join in with the Roosevelt High School Choir. Festive decorations surround the guests along with live reindeer and other cheerful booths full of fun. The cookie walk will also be taking place that night as well!

 

PLYMOUTH TREE LIGHTING

Friday, November 15 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Downtown Plymouth

Watch the Downtown Plymouth area lit aglow as the city prepares for the upcoming holiday season.

 

MOTHER & SON DANCE

Friday, November 15 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Northville Comunity Center, Northville

Mothers and Sons enjoy a fun and exciting way to spend some quality time together. We are having a “Minute to Win It” themed game night, along with dinner, dancing, face painting and more!

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT AGES 5-12

Friday, November 15 / 6:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center, Livonia

Parents, enjoy a night to yourselves while we provide food and entertainment for your children. Every third Friday of the month your kids can have fun in the leisure pool, rock climbing wall, playing games, watching a movie, and munching on pizza and pop. Send your kids off to have fun while you take a much deserved break.

 

FULL MOON FRIDAY-NIGHT HIKE

Friday, November 15 / 7:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Heritage Park, Farmington

Experience an entirely new world: Heritage Park after dark! Enjoy a guided sensory hike through the trails in search of nocturnal animals, features of the night sky and the mysterious sounds of the woods. Don’t miss the nighttime fun!

 

LITTLE MISS SPA NIGHTS

Friday, November 15 / 7:00pm – 8:30pm

@ South Lyon Area Recreation, South Lyon

Join us for a night of pampering! Learn how to do your nails and make some take home sugar scrubs. You will also learn lots of tricks to relax at home! Girls bring that special someone with you…mom, grandma, aunts or even DADS!

 

USA HOCKEY HOME GAME NIGHT-$5 NIGHT

Friday, November 15 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

Watch future Olympians take the ice at USA Hockey Arena! Be sure to get in on the $5 select seating, photo station, multiple prizes and family fun!

 

 

SATURDAY

DETROIT FAIRYTALE BALL

Saturday, November 16 / 9:00am – 7:00pm

@ Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn

Meet all the princesses, princes, and more at this one of a kind event! This event will feature our favorite fairytale friends, musical performances, stories, song, and dance! At the Fairytale Ball we will have a candy buffet, create magical tiaras, and enjoy activities throughout!

 

SHELTER MAKING

Saturday, November 16 / 9:30am – 11:00am 

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

This Free event is for ages 5-12 yrs.  Learn how to build two different types of wilderness shelters –an A-frame and a Lean-to, and the best places to build in an emergency. Meet at the Hawk Woods Pavillion.

 

TALKIN’ TURKEY

Saturday, November 16 / 10:00am 

@ Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown

As we approach Thanksgiving, learn a little more about the star of this holiday, the Turkey!

 

KIDS’ FALL COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, November 16/ 10:00am – 11:30am

@ Eastern Market, Shed 5, Detroit

We have classes for kids, at beginner & intermediate levels. Classes are $25/person. Reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly. Each class will be a different theme! Recommended ages 8-12.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, November 16 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym, Detroit

Every Saturday adults and kids alike can learn how to leap, jump, and fly through our obstacle course and training apparatus.

 

MAKE SOMETHING SATURDAYS

Saturday, November 16 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Motivate your kids to be the next great inventors or entrepreneurs with stories of past and present-day changemakers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturday, November 16 / 10:00am – 5:00pm

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

Huntington celebrates the Flint Institute of Arts by providing everyone access free of charge every Saturday.

 

WYANDOTTE CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, November 16 / 10:00am – 11:00pm

@ Downtown Wyandotte

Come watch the City of Wyandotte’s 76th Annual Christmas Parade, scheduled for Saturday, November 16th 2019 at 10 am.

 

OWL TOUR

Saturday, November 16 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Stage Nature Center, Troy

Join us on this tour to visit the 5 rehabilitated owls that call the Stage Nature Center home. This tour gives you a chance to learn more about the different owl species, reasons why they each live in captivity, explore their different personalities, and get your owl questions answered.

 

GAMEBOTS

Saturday, November 16 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

Calling all gamers! Have a blast creating robotic games each week while learning about robotics. Students will learn about gear ratio, sensors, programming, and pulleys as they create fun to play games. Whether creating pinball machine, duck hunt or a ring toss game, your child is sure to have fun building, learning, and playing.

 

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.

Saturday, November 16 / 11:00am – 5:00pm

@ Macomb Center For The Performing Arts, Clinton Township

Join Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder and the rest of the gang under the sea for this classic Disney musical adventure based on the Broadway production and film.

 

SELF PROTECTION SEMINAR

Saturday, November 16 / 12:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Auburn Hills Community Center Gym

This will be a hands- on, introductory, self-protection seminar based on core principles within the martial science curriculum, for men, women, and teens.

 

SUPER HERO PARTY

Saturday, November 16 / 1:00pm – 2:30pm

@ Waterford Recreation Center, Waterford

Dress up as your favorite superhero. Help us fight crime superhero style. Join us for games, refreshments and a craft.

 

STAR WARS SNAPOLOGY WORKSHOP

Saturday, November 16 / 1:30pm – 2:30pm

@ Shelby Township Library

If you love Star Wars, this is the adventure for you! You’ll work together on Star Wars themed activities using Legos and other interactive learning tools to build creations such as star ships and lightsabers.

 

IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE-COSTUME CHARACTER STORYTIME

Saturday, November 16 / 2:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Farmington Community Library

Listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft and greet the costume character from Laura Numeroff’s popular books. Lots of Photo opps too!

 

FROZEN INTERACTIVE MOVIE

Saturday, November 16 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Auburn Hills Public Library

Watch this interactive version of Frozen, and you sing along to your favorite songs and participate along with the movie! We’ll have plenty of popcorn and maybe even a frozen treat.

 

COUNT ME IN! SPECIAL NEEDS STORYTIME

Saturday, November 16 / 4:00pm – 4:30pm

@ Canton Public Library, Canton

This is a sensory-friendly story-time filled with picture books, preschool songs and simple sign language especially designed for patrons of all ages with special needs and their families and/or caregivers.

 

EVENING NIGHT PROWLS

Saturday, November 16 / 6:00pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

Learn about the habits and habitats of these extraordinary birds.  After an indoor presentation we’ll head out on the trails and see if we can lure in a Screech Owl or two with recorded calls!

 

CUPCAKE BATTLES KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, November 16 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center, Clarkston

Participants will be divided into teams to compete in the ultimate baking experience. They will have the opportunity to design, bake, create, and decorate their very own cupcakes. A pizza dinner is included.

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, November 16 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Gymtactics, Highland

Saturday Night Open Gym (Ages 6+) is an open play time for our older athletes. Come explore, flip, jump, and play!

 

GLOW NIGHT AT TROY GYMNASTICS

Saturday, November 16 / 6:00pm – 11:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

The Indoor Ropes Course at Troy Gymnastics is hosting Glow Night every third Saturday of every month!

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, November 16 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

Glow skate is offered every Saturday night! Admission includes a complimentary glow necklace.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER GLOW SWIM

Saturday, November 16 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

Wear your brightest swimwear and join us to create a night full of exciting memories with your daughter, niece, or granddaughter. The pool will be aglow with colorful lights and a photo spot set-up will be ready to capture your most funky poses.

 

 

SUNDAY

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, November 17 / 9:00am – 12:00pm / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Kids 12 months through 23 years are invited to come tumble around for a few hours. If it’s your first time going, it’s absolutely free!

 

GYMNASTCS & STRONG NINJA DROP-IN

Sunday, November 17 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Franklin Athletic Club’s gymnastic events consist of gymnastics, bounce houses, crafts and a snack. Each event has a different theme. Ages 2-12

 

KIDS FREE DAY

Sunday, November 17 / 12:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Flint Children’s Museum. Flint

Visit the Flint Children’s Museum to make a colorful fruit cornucopia and do some silly animal pose yoga, all thanks to a generous sponsorship from Kohl’s and Hurley!

 

DETROIT LIONS FOOTBALL GAME

Sunday, November 17 / 1:00pm

@ Ford Field, Detroit

Come watch the Detroit Lions take on the Dallas Cowboys!

 

ARCHERY 101

Sunday, November 17 / 1:45pm – 3:00pm

@ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

The program will cover equipment care and maintenance, the steps of shooting, basic score-keeping, and of course will provide plenty of shooting opportunities for students to refine their skills.

 

MARSH MEANDER

Sunday, November 17 / 2:00pm

@ Lake Erie Marshland Museum, Brownstown

Take a leisurely walk along the boardwalks overlooking our marshes as we search for critters scaly, slimy, furred, and feathered.

 

TRY SYNCHRO SKATING FOR FREE

Sunday, November 17 / 5:30pm – 6:30pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

Looking for something super fun for your daughter, ages 4 – 16 beginner skaters, that combines figure skating and a team sport?! Then give Synchro Skating at try at our free event at USA Hockey Arena!

 

MARTIAL ARTS SELF-PROTECTION MINI SERIES

Sunday, November 17 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Auburn Hills Community Center, Auburn Hills

This is a self-protection mini-series based on core principles within the martial science curriculum giving students a more in-depth look and practice at self-protection.

 

 

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

 

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About Mary Furgason

Mary Furgason is a fitness instructor and writer on LittleGuide Detroit. She lives in western Oakland County with her husband and four kids. Mom of kids in pre-school through high school she knows the ins and outs of motherhood and the best things to do with kids of all ages.

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