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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 22-24

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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! From turkeys to Santa  – there’s lots to do this weekend.

 

ALL WEEKEND

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.

 

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL

November 20 – November 23

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

Hailed by The New York Times as “100 times better than any bedtime story,” this classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike during seven performances as part of the 2019-20 Fox Theatre Series. Audiences will discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life live on stage!

 

WAYNE COUNTY LIGHT FEST

November 21 – December 31

@ Merriman Hollow Park, Westland

The Wayne County Lightfest is a holiday tradition for families all over the Metro Detroit area! The Lightfest offers five miles of colorful displays! Don’t forget to stop at the Santa’s Shelter for refreshments and photos with Santa at the end of the Lightfest, which is Warrendale Park.

 

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

November 22 – December 24

@ The Mall At Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

Santa has a home for the holidays! He is so excited to see all the good boys and girls (and pups too!) Stop by the Cabin at the Creek to get a photo with Santa!

 

SANTA’S ROCKIN’ LIGHTS

November 22 – December 31

@ Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison Heights

Santa’s Rock n Lights is a drive thru Christmas light show experience. This is a totally new tradition in which the lights are animated to Christmas music instead of just your traditional still displays. We invite you to load up family and friends to watch the action of lights dancing to music all from the warmth of your car!

 

BLAKE’S FAMILY HOLIDAY: U-PICK TREES

November 23 – December 23

@ Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Armada

Find your Christmas Tree at Blake’s!The last wagon will go out to the Christmas tree field at 5:00pm daily. After your special tree is chosen, stop in to enjoy our Apple Barn Holiday Market featuring warm donuts, peppermint hot chocolate, holiday gifts, wreaths, Christmas decor, bonfires, craft beer, hard cider, and much more!

 

USA HOCKEY CARNIVAL WEEKEND

November 22 – November 23

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

Come one, come all to the annual Team USA Carnival weekend! Kids can enjoy carnival games and great prizes all night and weekend long!

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP AT ARTS & GREENS HOLIDAY MARKET

November 22 – November 24

@ Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake

Join DIA at Arts & Greens Holiday Market and create your own paper versions of the flowers you find in Bogie Lake Greenhouse that inspire you.

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: FELT HAND PUPPETS

November 22 – November 24

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Use an assortment of interesting materials to create your own hand puppet.

 

DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER FESTIVAL OF TREES

November 23 – November 24

@ Rochester Community House, Rochester

A holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, tablescapes centerpieces and more! Kids crafts each day, plus bring your camera for photos with Santa from 12 – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

 

FAMILY TOURS

November 23 – November 24

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, your guide for family tours awaits by Artie the Donkey. Weather permitting, your adventure may include outdoor objects.

 

DFT ANIMATION CLUB: TIA AND PIUJUQ

November 23 – November 24

@ Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit

Tia, a young Syrian girl new to Montreal, longs for friends when she accidentally discovers a magic portal. Through this portal she meets Piujuq, an equally bored and lonely Inuk girl who introduces Tia to her world.

 

FRIDAY

MAGNETIC SLIME

Friday, November 22 / 11:00am – 3:00pm

@  Flint Children’s Museum, Flint

Make some magnetic, messy, gooey slime! All programming and materials provided for with purchase of general admission of $6 per person or free for members of the museum.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, November 22  / 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 22  / 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.

 

DETROIT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Friday, November 22 / 5:00pm – 11:30pm

@ Campus Martius Park, Detroit

The Downtown Detroit Partnership, DTE Energy Foundation and DTE Energy Beacon Park Foundation are proud to present the 2019 Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony and Light Up Beacon Park. Kickoff the holiday season with spectacular live entertainment, including Olympic skaters and musical guests. The night will also feature horse-drawn carriage rides, food trucks and bars, Visits with Santa and the Channel 95.5 Official Rink Opening Party!

 

ALLEN PARK TREE LIGHTING & LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE

Friday, November 22 / 6:00pm – 7:30pm

@ Downtown Allen Park

An exciting way to kick off the holiday season! First watch the tree lighting ceremony, then get into the holiday spirit watching the holiday parade march down Park Avenue.

 

A VERY HARRY POTTER HOLIDAY

Friday, November 22 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Barnes & Noble, Northville

Celebrate the kickoff to the Holiday Season with a magical bang! Wizards and Muggles welcome!

 

MINECRAFT NIGHT

Friday, November 22 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ The Robot Garage, Rochester Hills

Come hang out and play Minecraft on our custom server! Play at your own level and explore all the aspects of a multi-player MineCraft experience within the safe, controlled environment of The Robot Garage. Pizza dinner optional.

 

NINJA WARRIOR PARTY

Friday, November 22 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Berkley Community Center, Berkley

Parents Night Out Ninja Warrior Party! Drop the kids (ages 4+) at the community center and enjoy a night out! Jump-A-Rama staff will be here with a supersized ninja warrior obstacle course, bounce house, bandana fun and more! Includes pizza and lemonade for dinner.

 

LIGHT THE VILLAGE

Friday, November 22 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ The Village Of Rochester Hills, Rochester Hills

Enjoy an evening for families and friends to come together and experience a TRADITION; the tradition of music and entertainment, the tradition of a festive light display, the tradition of SANTA’s arrival and the tradition of family and friends gathered for a community purpose.

 

NORTHVILLE HOLIDAY LIGHTED  PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING

Friday, November 22 / 6:30pm – 9:30pm

@ Downtown Northville

Northville is decorated in holiday splendor to warm your hearts which will get you in the holiday spirit. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sip free hot chocolate, community sign-a-long and enjoy the special events planned, like the lighted parade and tree lighting!

 

DETROIT PISTONS HOME GAME

Friday, November 22 / 7:00pm 

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Bring the family downtown to Little Caesars Arena and cheer on your favorite basketball team!

 

 

 

SATURDAY

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, November 23 / 8:30am – 10:00am

@ The Mall At Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

Not only Santa loves cookies and milk, but he LOVES breakfast pizza too! Join him on Saturday, November 23 at California Pizza Kitchen for breakfast starting at 8:30 A.M.

 

SENSORY-FRIENDLY SATURDAY

Saturday, November 23 / 9:00am – 5:00pm

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Build the next great skyscraper at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation® during this Sensory-Friendly Saturday event at the limited-engagement exhibit Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks.

 

CRAFTY CRITTERS WORKSHOP: NATURAL CENTERPIECES

Saturday, November 23 / 10:00am 

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center

Get inspired by the falling leaves and sounds of wild turkeys. We will help you create a beautiful natural centerpiece for your table.

 

THE EVOLUTION OF HUNTING

Saturday, November 23 / 10:00am

@ Lake Erie Marshland Museum, Brownstown

Michigan hunting season is in full swing, but how has it changed from seasons past? Join us as we look at the evolution of “The Hunter,” exploring how technology has changed the way we hunt.

 

INTERGENERATIONAL COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, November 23/ 10:00am – 11:30am

@ Eastern Market, Shed 5, Detroit

What a great way for kids to spend time with Grandparents and Parents!  These Fall cooking classes feature a new theme each week. Reserve your tickets early as classes fill up quickly!

 

YOUTH ETIQUETTE AND HOLIDAY MANNERS AGES 8-12

Saturday, November 23 / 10:00am  – 12:00pm

@ Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms

This seminar focuses on contemporary youth etiquette and dining skills. The class is highly interactive and fun, with an emphasis on leadership, character and positive self-esteem.  Prepare your child to meet the future with poise and confidence!

 

MACOMB COUNTY SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Saturday, November 23 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Downtown Mount Clemens

A Family Tradition for Over 40 Years! Mount Clemens has been ushering Santa Claus into the heart of  Macomb County with an annual parade on the day after Thanksgiving every year since 1975.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, November 23 / 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 23 / 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 change-makers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturday, November 23 / 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.

 

GAMEBOTS

Saturday, November 23 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

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.

 

TURKEY VISIT FROM BOWERS FARM

Saturday, November 23 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Bowers Farm is visiting the Baldwin Library!

Meet a real live turkey and other small feathered friends.

 

LITTLE SCIENTIST CLUB

Saturday, November 23 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Ann Arbor

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.

 

FESTIVE THANKSGIVING WITH COWBOY ALEX

Saturday, November 23 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Royal Oak Senior Community Center, Royal Oak

Storytime & Crafts with Cowboy ALEX! Enjoy 45 minutes of stories, puppets, magic, crafts & fun with a Thanksgiving theme.

 

NUTCRACKER STORY HOUR

Saturday, November 23 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ 2 Dandelions Bookshop, Brighton

Kids and parents: please join us for a very special reading of The Nutcracker story at 2 Dandelions Bookshop! One of our very special ballerinas will be on hand to read to the kids and take pictures after.

 

ELSA AND ANNA MEET AND GREET

Saturday, November 23 / 11:00am – 1:00pm

@ Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Inc., St. Clair Shores

Let’s celebrate with Elsa and Anna on the new release of Frozen 2! Elsa and Anna will be here at Whistle Stop to sing you a song or two and pose for pictures!

 

FREE FAMILY FUN! GALLORY

Saturday, November 23 / 11:00am – 1:00pm

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Docents will provide pop-up tours and engagement activities for children and their families! Family Games and activities in French galleries on Saturdays and Native American galleries on Sundays.

 

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUM: NETHERLANDS

Saturday, November 23 / 11:15am – 12:00pm

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Storytime at the Museum promotes art enjoyment for our youngest patrons. Each month we’ll travel to a new gallery to look at art from different parts of the world. We read a story in the galleries and include a fun, age-appropriate, hands-on activity related to it.

 

MOM SON FUN DAY

Saturday, November 23 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Fern Hill Golf Club, Clinton Charter Township

Join us for a Mom-Son Fun Day at Fern Hill Golf Club. We will have a pizza lunch, photo opportunities, Mom-Son contests and other activities to enjoy PLUS BOWLING! Games and activities are geared for elementary school aged children.

 

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Saturday, November 23 / 1:00pm – 2:30pm

@ Oakland Community College, Royal Oak

Explore familiar stories through a new lens with Eisenhower Dance and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings.  After each performance, audience members will be invited to get hands-on with the instruments in a special Musical Petting Zoo from McCourt Music and/or meet the dancers in a short participatory exercise.

 

STEWARDSHIP WORKDAY-FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY

Saturday, November 23 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Barton Nature Area, Ann Arbor

Bring your family to volunteer in this riverside nature area! We’ll be cutting non-native shrubs as well as collecting seeds in the prairie. Join us to help the native plants thrive.

 

DROP-IN THANKSGIVING CRAFTS FOR KIDS!: MAKE LITTLE GOBLER MAGNETS

Saturday, November 23 / 2:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Northville District Library, Northville

Kids of all ages get creative making a cute Little Gobbler turkey magnet for Thanksgiving. No registration required, just drop in!

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Saturday, November 23 / 3:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Macomb Center For The Performing Arts, Clinton Township

In the more 40 years since, Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s adaptation of the Dickens classic has toured 49 states and 4 Canadian provinces, and has been seen by more than 3 million people. Featuring a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic.

 

BRIGHTON HOLIDAY GLOW

Saturday, November 23 / 4:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Downtown Brighton

There will be holiday music, a petting farm, horse drawn hay rides and of course a visit from Santa himself!

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, November 23 / 5:00pm – 7:45pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

An inexpensive and fun night out for families! Spend an evening together and enjoy basketball, swimming, inflatable castle, and more!

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, November 23 / 5:30pm – 10:30pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

What could be more fun than a night with friends, bounce houses, swimming and more! Please pack a swim suit and towel, and a change of clothes. (ages 3-12)

 

EVENING OWL PROWLS

Saturday, November 23 / 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!

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, November 23 / 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!

 

TURKEY SKATE & STUFF THE SLEIGH

Saturday, November 23 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm

@ Kennedy Recreation Center, Trenton

Gobble, gobble, gobble. . .Trot over to the Kennedy Recreation Center for the Turkey Skate! A variety of fun activities will be scheduled to keep you trotting.

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, November 23 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

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

 

 

SUNDAY

SANTA CARES: A SENSORY-FRIENDLY PHOTO EXPERIENCE

Sunday, November 24 / 9:00am – 10:30am

@ Twelve Oaks Mall, Novi

Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours.

 

SOOTHING SANTA

Sunday, November 24 / 9:00am – 11:00am

@ The Mall At Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, November 24 / 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!

 

BELLE INSPIRED TEA

Sunday, November 24 / 12:00pm – 1:30pm

@ Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

Join Princess Belle for an afternoon tea! Our children inspired tea events offer interactive entertainment with singing, dancing, glitter tattoos, food and fun for all!

 

CHRISTMAS IN MILL RACE VILLAGE

Sunday, November 24 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Mill Race Village, Northville

Come and see the Village decorated for Christmas. Christmas Tea in the Cady Inn, The Caroling Belles, Father Christmas, Christmas Music and Crafts.

 

LENS CAP

Sunday, November 24 / 2:00pm

@ USA Hockey Arena, Plymouth

Everybody loves a photo contest so now is your chance to show your stuff. Winners will have their images hung in the observation room.

 

DISNEY’S INSIDE OUT MOVIE AND KIDS DAY

Sunday, November 24 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Berman Center For Performing Arts, Bloomfield Township

Join us at The Berman for a family-friendly workshop and film!

 

THE LADYBUG JEWEL HUNTERS LIVE

Sunday, November 24 / 3:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Macomb Community College, Warren

Come for an afternoon of interactive fun!  Meet the Ladybug Jewel Hunters, watch a live skit, enjoy games, a bounce house and more!

 

THE VERY HUNGRY CATEPILLAR

Sunday, November 24 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm

@ Music Hall Center, Detroit

Originating in 1969, it has won numerous children’s literature awards over the last 50 years and continues to be one of the greatest childhood classics of all time! Share The Very Hungry Caterpillar story with your family at Music Hall as the holiday season gets underway.

 

MARTIAL ARTS SELF-PROTECTION MINI SERIES

Sunday, November 24 / 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.

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Sunday, November 24 / 7:00pm – 12:00am

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Come cheer on the Detroit Red Wings as they take on Nashville, Boston, Vegas and more!

 

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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