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Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: November 8-10

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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 celebrating National STEM Day at LEGOLAND or visiting the Dinosaurs at the newly opened Museum of Natural History – there’s something for every family to enjoy this weekend.

 

ALL WEEKEND

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: ASSEMBLAGE

November 9 – November 10

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Spend some time in the galleries admiring work by Betye Saar, Mickalene Thomas or Benny Andrews and then come to the studio to create your own mixed media piece of art.

 

SANTA’S SPECIAL HELPERS

November 8 – November 10

@ Oakland Mall, Troy

Visit Santa and his special guests at Oakland Mall for a holiday photo opportunity! Specials guests include the Snow Queen, Friends, and the Grouch.

 

BLAST CORN MAZE

November 8 – November 9

@ The Blast Corn Maze, Dexter

Experience 10 acres of A-Maze-in fun in southeast Michigan. There are 3½ miles of trails with different 3 exits. Short, medium and full corn maze exits in order to accommodate many corn maze fans & enthusiasts. We also feature a u-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn cannon, delicious treats and much more.

 

LITTLE MERMAID JR. SARA SMITH YOUTH THEATER PRODUCTIONS

November 9 – November 10

@ Community House, Birmigham

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR., adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production.

 

 

FRIDAY

WEE STROLL

Friday, November 8 / 9:30am – 10:30am

@  Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

This program is designed for parents to take a guided walk with their child, learn about the outdoors and learn ways to introduce children to the natural world around them. This hike is recommended for parents with children 6 months – 3 years. Parent is required to stay with children under 5 years.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, November 8  / 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 8  / 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.

 

MOTHER AND SON DANCE

Friday, November 8 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ Glen Oaks Country Club, Farmington

Come with your favorite lady, whether it’s your mom, grandmother, aunt, or neighbor for a fancy evening at Glen Oaks Country Club, where you’ll be greeted by an endless array of gourmet food, flashes from the camera as if you’re a star, fun games and music that will make you dance all night long.

 

MOM AND SON BOWLING NIGHT

Friday, November 8 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Pinz Bowling Center, South Lyon

Join us at PINZ for a super fun night of bowling, pizza and pop!! Ages 3+

 

OWLS AT NIGHT

Friday, November 8 / 7:00pm

@ Lake St. Clair Nature Center, Harrison Township

Take a hike through the nature trails to listen for owls. Learn what owls you are hearing and about the owls that call Michigan home. Come out to see if the Great Horned Owls or Screech Owls will call back to us.

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Friday, November 8 / 7:30pm – 12:00am

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Come cheer on the Detroit Red Wings as they take on the Boston Bruins! Tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night!

 

 

SATURDAY

LEGENDS OF THE OAKWOOD FAIRY DOORS

Saturday, November 9 / 10:00am

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of the Oakwoods’ Woodland Fairies. Discover the unique stories that make each of our fairies so special. Then create your very own fairy door to take home.

 

WAYS OF THE WHITETAIL

Saturday, November 9 / 10:00am 

@ Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown

From the cute, little fawn to the majestic whitetail buck; we will be taking an in-depth look at the habits of these much-loved creatures.

 

LITTLE CRITTERS NATURE STORY: GOING BATTY

Saturday, November 9/ 10:00am – 11:00am

@ Kensington Metropark Nature Center, Milford

Listen to the story of “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon and enjoy some bat-themed activities and crafts. Ages 3-5 recommended.

 

YOUTH ETIQUETTE AND HOLIDAY MANNERS

Saturday, November 9 / 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. Some topics covered include: Posture and Body Language, How to Make an Entrance, Handshaking, Dining Etiquette, and Table Setting.

 

VILLAGE THEATER: SENSORY SENSITIVE MOVIE

Saturday, November 9 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Canton Village Theater, Canton

Watch Detective Pikachu (Rated PG) with the sound turned down and the lights turned up to provide a comfortable environment. Reduced capacity showings will also allow for more space for moviegoers to walk around, sing, shout, dance, clap and talk. A limited number of weighted lap blankets, headphones and fidget devices will be available for checkout during these special showings, as well as for any performance in this venue.

 

KIDS ARE CHEFS! BAKER’S DOZEN

Saturday, November 9 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

How many is a baker’s dozen? Bring your apron and explore 13 plants from around the world that are important to bakers. Learn how these plants became so important worldwide and make a treat from some of these ingredients to take home.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, November 9 / 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 9 / 10:00am – 3:00pm 

@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Explore the innovations — big and small — that make the world what it is today, and learn by doing with hands-on, minds-on activities designed for youth ages 8-12.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturday, November 9 / 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 9 / 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.

 

YOUNG ASTONOMERS PLANTARIUM SHOW

Saturday, November 9 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

Our Saturday morning shows last about one hour and are geared towards a younger audience. While children are welcome at our Friday evening shows as well, Saturday morning content are specifically designed with the younger astronomer in mind.

 

THE NUTCRACKER WITH THE ACADEMY OF RUSSIAN BALLET

Saturday, November 9 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor

Join us as the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet performs a shortened version of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker, followed by a meet and greet with the dancers.

 

SUPERHEROS VISIT TOYOLOGY TOYS

Saturday, November 9 / 11:00am – 2:00pm

@ Toyology Toys, Royal Oak

Join us on Saturday, November 9th from 11-2 PM at all Toyology Toys locations to meet your favorite Marvel Superheroes during Neighborhood Toy Store Day!

 

FAMILY ART STUDIO: PRINTS IN ACTION

Saturday, November 9 / 11:00am – 4:00pm

@ University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, Ann Arbor

Families with children ages six and up are invited to look, learn, and create together in this hands-on workshop inspired by Meleko Mokgosi’s new commission at UMMA, Pan-African Pulp.  Guided by local artist Sajeev Vadakoottu, participants will transfer, compose, and transform their own images (please bring your phones!) to create a relief print, acting as characters in scenes of their own making.

 

DEARBORN THEATER PRESENTS: FRPZEN JR. (REHEARSALS BEGIN)

Saturday, November 9 / 12:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Ford Community And Performing Arts Center, Dearborn

Actors, singers and dancers, ages 11-18, are invited to take part in Dearborn Youth Theatre’s upcoming program, which prepares for and culminates in a full-scale performance of the musical, “Frozen, Jr.”

 

PAINT AND PUNCH

Saturday, November 9 / 1:00pm

@ Stoney Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

Join us to create your own unique piece of artwork. We will guide you step-by-step along the way to create your artwork.  We’ll be painting with acrylic. Ages 7+

 

NOVEMBER FAMILY ACTIVITIES SERIES

Saturday, November 9 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit

Enjoy The Wright at this free Saturday activity series, perfect for the whole family. Whether art, music, dance, acting, or some other interest inspires you, you’ll find a host of different activities to keep you and your loved ones occupied at Detroit’s flagship history museum.

 

NATURE EXPLORERS: FOSSILS

Saturday, November 9 / 1:30 pm – 3:00pm

@ Stage Nature Center, Troy

Join us in November to explore fossils found in Michigan and beyond. We will learn about animals that were alive long ago and make a fossil to take home.

 

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY

Saturday, November 9 / 2:00pm – 5:30pm

@ Northville Art House, Northville

The Northville Art House presents this one-day family event during Native American Heritage Month to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

 

FINGERPRINT JEWELRY AT LITTLE HIGH FLYERS

Saturday, November 9 / 3:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Little High Flyers, Detroit

Stop by this adorable Children’s boutique in downtown Detroit and create some one of a kind keepsakes just in time for the holidays!

 

DETROIT ROLLER DERBY

Saturday, November 9 / 5:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Masonic Temple, Detroit

Watch the Home Opener for Detroit Roller Derby Home Teams Season 15!

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, November 9 / 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!

 

DIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHT

Saturday, November 9 / 5:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center, Livonia

Get your family and friends together for a Dive-In Movie Night at the Kirksey Recreation Center. Ditch the stuffy living room and relax in an inflatable raft in our Lap Pool while we show The Incredibles 2 on our full color LED scoreboard!

 

OWL PROWL

Saturday, November 9 / 6:00pm 

@ Stoney Creek Nature Center, Shelby Township

Join us on a search for resident owls.  After an introduction on owls, we’ll walk quietly along the trails, stopping occasionally to call and listen for owls.

 

EVENING OWL PROWLS

Saturday, November 9 / 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!

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT: BIRMIGHAM

Saturday, November 9 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ The Robot Garage, Birmingham

Register to bring your kids to The Robot Garage for a Kid’s Night Out and they will love that you’re leaving them behind for a night to yourself. Our amazing staff will lead LEGO and robotic activities for ages K-8.

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT: ROCHESTER HILLS

Saturday, November 9 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ The Robot Garage, Rochester Hills

Register to bring your kids to The Robot Garage for a Kid’s Night Out and they will love that you’re leaving them behind for a night to yourself. Our amazing staff will lead LEGO and robotic activities for ages K-8.

 

GYMTACTICS OPEN GYM

Saturday, November 9 / 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 SKATE

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

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

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

 

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER

Saturday, November 9 / 7:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

The award-winning TV comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) is coming to Detroit in an all-new LIVE show featuring Joel Hodgson, original host and the creative vision behind the beloved TV and Netflix comedy series for more than three decades, in his final live tour.

 

THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS

Saturday, November 9 / 8:00pm – 10:00pm

@ Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

The stage is set for the ninth and final episode of Star Wars to hit the big screen in December of 2019. Your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra relives the epic soundtracks crafted by John Williams just in time for this historic release.

 

 

SUNDAY

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, November 10 / 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!

 

MUSEUM OPENING: PART 2

Sunday, November 10 / 9:00am – 5:00pm

@ U-M Museum Of Natural History, Ann Arbor

The reveal you’ve been waiting for! Be among the first to see the rest of the U-M Museum of Natural History with the grand opening of three new major exhibits and two public labs.

 

TRICERATOTS PUPPET THEATRE – STORY OF TURKEY

Sunday, November 10 / 10:00am – 11:00am

@ Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

Join us select Sunday’s this fall for our popular puppet parade. Each class will feature a short puppet tale introducing a topic, a hands-on craft and a game to assist with the puppet’s needs and an outdoor walk guided by, you guessed it, puppets!

 

BIG BIRD RUN

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

@ Recreational Authority Or Roseville & Eastpointe, Roseville

The 41st annual 10K (6.2 Miles), 4K (2.5 Miles) and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held on Sunday, November 10th at 10:00 a.m.  Start and finish lines are at the Recreation Center located at 18185 Sycamore Street.

 

THE NUTCRACKER LAND OF THE SWEETS INSPIRED TEA

Sunday, November 10 / 12:00pm – 2:00pm

@ Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

This event is perfect for a family outing, gals day out, mom and daughter, father and son…or for the Ballet lover in you.

 

DETROIT LION’S WATCH PARTY

Sunday, November 10 / 12:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Sports tailgates at Beacon Park welcome Detroit Football fans of all ages to cheer on the Lions for their away games. Watch the game on the big screen (10’x20’) and enjoy music, lawn games, signature drinks from Lumen, and tailgate fare.

 

BABY TOURS

Sunday, November 10 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

See how your child responds to art and find out how to help develop their visual literacy skills. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months of age are welcome to join these FREE 30-minute Baby Tours.

 

ARCHERY 101

Sunday, November 3 / 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.

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Sunday, November 10 / 5:00pm – 11:30pm

@ Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit

Come to Little Caesar’s Arena to cheer on the Detroit Red Wings as they take on the Vegas Golden Knights!

 

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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