Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: October 11- 13It's all about Fall festivities with the kids this weekend in Metro Detroit. From Pumpkin Fests and Zoo Boo, to Firefighters, fire houses, and Spooktacular events for the whole family... Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: October 11- 13 skip to Main Content

Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: October 11- 13

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It’s all about Fall festivities with the kids this weekend in Metro Detroit. From Pumpkin Fests and Zoo Boo, to Firefighters, fire houses, and Spooktacular events for the whole family to enjoy – it’s going to be a fun weekend ahead!

 

ALL WEEKEND

PUMPKIN FEST

October 1 – October 31

@ Wilson Barn, Livonia

Enjoy the Michigan fall weather with family fun and autumn traditions. Come to the barn to pick a pumpkin, gourd, or corn stalk to decorate your home this fall season. Pony rides and hayrides are available everyday, weather permitting.

 

TERROR ON TILSON STREET

October 1 – October 31

@ Croswell Elementary School, Romeo

This street is famous for their elaborate Halloween decorations during the month of October. This dedicated group of homeowners come together each year to put together a spooktacular display like none you have ever seen!

 

FISH OR TREAT

October 5 – October 31

@ Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Auburn Hills

Search for ghoulish goodies in our Interactive Touchpool and seek out spooky creatures throughout the aquarium! Plus, join us for our educational talks & feeding demonstrations and enjoy some sweet treats! Dress in costume and get 50% of tickets at door!

 

HALLOWEEN HAYRIDES

October 11 – October 12

@ Drayton Plains Nature Center, Waterford

Come join them for mild family fun at the Drayton Plains Nature Center for this great fundraiser. Admission includes a hayride, haunted house, scary storytelling, skill games and more!

 

BLAKE’S HAUNTED ATTRACTION

October 11 – October 13

@ Blake’s Big Apple, Armada

Ride on our custom hayride equipped with paintball guns and shoot LIVE zombie in Blake’s Orchard. Enjoy our Spookyland 3D maze, 3-Story Haunted Barn and Haunted Hayride and more!

 

BLAST CORN MAZE

October 11 – October 13

@ 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.

 

GREATER DETROIT GEM, MINERAL, & FOSSIL SHOW

October 11 – October 13

@ Macomb Community College, Warren

This family-friendly show invites attendees to experience the world of gems, minerals and fossils in a unique and interactive setting.

 

ZOO BOO

October 11 – October 13

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Take a trip through the never-ending corn maze, check out the pumpkin smasher and make friends with haunted creatures while enjoying the fabulous pumpkin displays. A festively decorated treat trail, photo opportunities and educational activities will be located throughout the Zoo, ensuring your entire experience is filled with merry memories for adults and kids alike.

 

MAYBURY CORN MAZE

October 11 – October 13

@ Maybury Farm, Northville

Enjoy Maybury Farm’s corn maze and help support the Farm! The maze includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride to the entrance. When you’ve completed the maze, jump back on the wagon and head back to the farm to enjoy fresh delicious Parmenter’s cider and donuts or to visit the animals.

 

HALLOWE’EN IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE

October 11 – October 13

@ Greenfeild Village, Dearborn

Enjoy an enchanted Halloween experience with magical encounters with show-stopping storybook characters along a path lit by over 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. There will be crafts beers, warm cider and other treats!

 

SEUSSICAl JR.

October 11 – October 13

@ Canton Village Theater, Canton

Come watch a story brought to life on the stage in this journey when the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! Rated G.

 

KIDS WEEKEND II

October 12 – October 13

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill, Erie

It is the biggest yearly event at the mill.  Lots of activities for the entire family! From magic shows, pony rides, inflatables and more!

 

TECUMSEH APPLEUMPKIN FESTIVAL

October 12 – October 13

@ Downtown Tecumseh

Enjoy the midway rides & carnival games , inflatables, Meltdown/Bungee or Rock Climbing Wall. Make-it-take-it crafts, corn box and kid’s putt putt golf, all FREE. Plus, helicopter rides and monster truck rides. Lots of fun for all ages!

 

MAYBURY FARM GREAT PUMPKIN FEST

October 12 – October 13

@ Maybury Farm, Northville

Pumpkin themed activities for kids, face painting, corn maze, pumpkin painting,  story time, live music, wagon rides, and more!

 

FALL HARVEST: PONY RIDES

October 12 – October 13

@ Heritage Park Petting Farm, Taylor

Take a ride on a pony, meet our friendly farm animals, and snack on cider and donuts.
Admission includes a cup of cider and a donut!

 

DENEWETH’S ANNUAL FALL FUN FEST

October 12 – October 13

@ Deneweth’s Garden Center, Macomb

Every weekend in October will be fun for the entire family.  There will be pumpkin decorating, spooky barn and hayrides, corn maze, inflatable haunted house, indoor and outdoor games and more!

 

 

FRIDAY

MOTHER: THE SUMMIT

Friday, October 11 / 10:00am – 5:30pm

@  The Garden Theater, Detroit

The Mother Honestly Summit is a one-day interactive experience that will inspire, empower and equip you with the tools, resources and infrastructure needed to align your goals and ambition with your role as a mother.

 

TROY GYMNASTICS PRE-K OPEN GYM

Friday, October 11 / 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, October 11 / 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.

 

BRANDENBURG BOO BASH

Friday, October 11  / 5:00pm – 6:30pm

@ Brandenburgh Park, New Baltimore

Your ghosts and goblins will share their Halloween spirit while taking part in seasonal activities including bounce houses, the trick or treat trail, snacks, and a pumpkin of their own to take home.

 

HAYRIDE CENTRAL

Friday, October 11 / 5:00pm – 7:30pm

@ Heritage Park, Farmington Hills

Enjoy family hayrides through the trails of Heritage Park! Rides leaves every 1/2 hour. Enjoy roasted marshmallows and hot cider around the bonfire afterwards.

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Friday, October 11 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ The Robot Garage, Birmingham

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

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Friday, October 11 / 6:00pm – 8:30pm

@ The Robot Garage, Rochester Hills

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

 

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR & MOVIE NIGHT

Friday, October 11 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Heritage Garden Lake, Shelby Charter Township

Trick-or-Treat around Heritage Lake and play Halloween-themed games before watching a fun family movie:  “Hotel Transylvania” / Rated PG

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: RETABLOS

Friday, October 11 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit

Learn about the Latin American folk art tradition of retablos while you create one of your own.

 

DETROIT PISTON’S HOME GAME

Friday, October 11 / 7:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Come downtown to Little Caesars Arena to cheer on your favorite basketball team, The Detroit Pistons!

 

FULL MOON FRIDAY NIGHT HIKE

Friday, October 11 / 8:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Heritage Park, Farmington Hills

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!

 

 

SATURDAY

LIVONIA FIRE & RESCUE OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12 / 10:00am – 1:00pm

@ Livonia Fire Station #3, Livonia

Join your Livonia firefighters for games, fun with water hoses, cooking demonstrations, fire safety information, fire truck tours and much more!

 

FIRE DEPARTMANT OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Wixom Fire Department, Wixom

Bring the kids over to the Wixom Fire Department as we celebrate Fire Prevention Week! Meet your local fire-fighters, enjoy kids’ activities, and live demonstrations.

 

COPYING NATURE: FROM INSPIRATION TO INNOVATION

Saturday, October 12 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown

Nature has influenced many inventors to create exciting products and technologies over the years. From airplanes to Velcro and so much more! Discover the impact these inventions have made on society!

 

DROP-IN OWL PELLET DISSECING DAY

Saturday, October 12 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

@ Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, New Boston

Stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn about owls, owl pellets, and get your very own owl pellet dissection kit.

 

OPEN GYM

Saturday, October 12/ 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.

 

FREE ADMISSION SATURDAYS

Saturday, October 12 / 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.

 

PUMPKIN CARVING & FALL ACTIVITIES

Saturday, October 12 / 10:00am – 7:00pm

@ Rochester Hills Museum At Van Hoosen Farm, Rochester

Activities during the day include food, pumpkin bowling, Stoney Creek High School Drum line, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, and more! Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property and return in the evening to see all the pumpkins lighted up!

 

HALLOWEEN LEGO CONTEST

Saturday, October 12 / 10:00am – 8:00pm

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

Bring in your Halloween themed Lego creation on October 12th. Our customers will vote on their favorites the entire week. Awards will be given per age group.

 

SLIGHTLY SPOOKY STORIES & HALLOWEEN CRAFTS

Saturday, October 12 / 10:30am – 11:30am

@ Milford Public Library, Milford

Enjoy a couple of slightly spooky stories and lots of fun Halloween crafts. Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary!

 

LITTLE SCIENTISTS CLUB

Saturday, October 12 / 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.

 

YOUNG ASTRONOMER PLANETARIUM SHOW

Saturday, October 12 / 11:00am – 12:00pm

@ Wayne State University Planetarium, Detroit

The Wayne State Planetarium welcomes astronomers of all ages! Our Saturday morning shows last about one hour and are geared towards a younger audience.

 

ROYAL OAK FIREFIGHTERS OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12 / 11:00am – 2:00pm

@ Royal Oak Professional Firefighters Local 431, Royal Oak

The day will feature events for kids of all ages including, donuts and cider, a bounce house, a candy drop, stove fire demonstrations, vehicle extrication demonstrations, smoke house, and a chance to spray the fire hose and meet Sparky the Firehouse dog!

 

FALL FESTIVAL IN THE WOODS

Saturday, October 12 / 11:00am – 3:00pm

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center, Auburn Hills

Enjoy the outdoors this fall and try some great hands-on nature activities for kids: take a hayride, carve a pumpkin, listen to live music, participate in outdoor education stations, enjoy cider and donuts and more!

 

PUMPKIN PATCH WAGON RIDES & CORN MAZE

Saturday, October 12 / 11:00am – 4:00pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Go on a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out your Halloween pumpkin. Go through the corn maze and warm near the bon-fire while enjoying a cup of cider and a donut.

 

BASKETBALL & TREATS

Saturday, October 12 / 12:00pm – 1:00pm

@ Erma Henderson Dream Court, Detroit

Put on your costume and join a FREE basketball clinic at Erma Henderson Dream Court. For ages 8-12.

 

MONSTER MASH

Saturday, October 12 / 12:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Rolling Hills Park, Ypsilanti

The little ones will enjoy  the Candy Hunt, Costume Contest, Face Painting, Scavenger Hunt, Hay Rides, Cider & Donuts, Carnival Games, Trek-or-Treat Trail, Pumpkin Patch and more!

 

CHILI COOK OFF + PUBLIC SAFETY OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12 / 12:oopm – 5:00pm

@ Town Center Plaza, Garden City

12th Annual Downtown Garden City Chili Cook-Off / Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show is Fun for the whole family! There will be live music, beer, wagon ride to the GCFD & GCPD Open House, local artisan vendors, food trucks and more.

 

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 12 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Nankin Mills Park, Westland

Games, entertainment, hayrides, candy and fun await the children at this FREE special event.

 

BIRMINGHAM FIRE DEPT. OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 12 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Adams Fire Station, Birmingham

The hands-on event offers attendees an opportunity to operate a fire hose and learn about fire safety. View an EMS and vehicle extrication simulation with air bag deployments, along with HAZMAT apparatus and equipment. Enter a raffle and enjoy firehouse chili, hot dogs, face painting and much more at this family-friendly event!

 

CIDER IN THE CITY

Saturday, October 5  / 1:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

Throw on your favorite flannel shirt and grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte and head over to the Beacon Park Detroit tent for our newest family friendly event! Enjoy cider and donuts, crafts, animals, lawn games, food trucks and more.

 

PRINCESSES PIRATES & PUMPKINS GALORE

Saturday, October 12 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Kackleberry Farm, Monroe

Your favorite Princesses and Pirates will be at the farm! They will be in a special area designated for pumpkin decorating!

 

FROZEN INTERACTIVE MOVIE

Saturday, October 12 / 2:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

In this interactive sing-along, you will be reacquainted with your favorite characters before the sequel is released. Costumes encouraged.

 

HARVEST HIKE & HUNT

Saturday, October 12 / 3:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Rotary Park, Livonia

Families will enjoy a hike and scavenger hunt through the nature trails, where kids will gather items to be used in nature themed crafts. Full themed refreshments will be provided as well.

 

TRICK-OR-TREAT ALONG THE TRAIL

Saturday, October 12 / 4:00pm – 6:00pm

@ Hudson Mills Activity Center, Dexter

During this evening program, costume-clad little ones will experience Halloween-themed interpretive stops along the Hudson Mills Metropark Nature Trails. Bring a bag or bucket and collect treats at each stop. Upon your return to the Activity Center enjoy cider, donuts and fall activities.

 

BREW & FALL FEST

Saturday, October 12 / 4:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Jimmy John’s Field, Utica

The annual event will include craft breweries, live music, the Ace Run Derby Disc Golf event, a Cornhole Tournament, football games on in the AAA Clubhouse, Fall Food specials and concession stands throughout the ballpark, apple cider, donuts, kids craft stations, pumpkin painting, face painting, and USPBL mascot meet & greets.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, October 12 / 5:00pm – 7:45pm

@ Troy Community Center, Troy

Spend an evening together and enjoy basketball, swimming, inflatable castle, and more!

 

ANNUAL PANTHER HUNT

Saturday, October 12 / 5:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Gilbert Willis Park, Wixom

A great family event that is fun & festive for kids to dress up and trick-or-treat along the trail. Pumpkin painting, music, face painting, pony rides, cider and doughnuts & hayrides for all! Be sure to find the Panther at the end of the trail!

 

HALLOWEEN FOREST FUN HIKE

Saturday, October 12 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm

@ Nankin Mills Recreation Area, Westland

Take a guided night hike and meet some “not so scary” forest dwellers at Nankin Mills Interpretive Center! Hikes last for about an hour and are followed by a 30 minute live animal show.

 

CEMETERY TALES

Saturday, October 12 / 7:00pm

@ Willow Metropark, New Boston

Begin the evening with an hayride to the cemetery, where the stories of some of those buried there will come-to-life!! This is not a haunted attraction; but an exciting way to learn about some local history.

 

DETROIT RED WINGS HOME GAME

Saturday, October 12 / 7:00pm

@ Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings are back for another exciting season at Little Caesars Arena!

 

GLOW SKATE

Saturday, October 12 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Garden City Ice Arena, Garden City

Glow Skate is offered every Saturday Night!  Admission also includes a complimentary glow necklace.

 

 

SUNDAY

TROY GYMNASTICS ALL AGES OPEN GYM

Sunday, October 13 / 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!

 

GYMNASTICS BOO BASH

Sunday, October 13 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

Come join in for a Halloween Gymnastics Adventure, filled with gymnastics, bounce houses, music, crafts and a snack. Costumes are welcome!

 

FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 13 / 11:00am – 1:00pm

@ Downtown Lake Orion Fire Station No. 1

Tour the new station and climb aboard the fire engines. Go in a Dalmatian bounce house and take selfies with Sparkie the Fire Dog. Enjoy cider and donuts too.

 

GRAND OPENING OF THE TRAILHEAD PLAYGROUND

Sunday, October 13 / 11:30pm – 2:30pm

@ Maybury State Park, Northville

Help celebrate the Grand Opening of the Trailhead Playground, dedicated to Sherrill Berman, made possible by several generous donors.

 

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 13 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center, Livonia

Bring the family for a day of swimming, rock climbing, raffles, food, and giveaways (for new members), use of the fit-hub, drop in sports and more! For the young ones – trick or treating with our community groups, face painting, and crafts. Free for residents.

 

KIDS FIRST TRUNK OR TREAT

Sunday, October 13 / 12:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Kids First Pediatric Dentistry, Lincoln Park

Come join the fun with activities for the whole family including, Costume Contest, Bounce House, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Games, Prizes, and Snacks/Drinks.

 

CLAWSON FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 13 / 12:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Clawson Fire Department, Clawson

This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”  Come see all the tools and equipment on display, an extrication demonstration, a bounce house courtesy of Oakland County, and of course cider and donuts!

 

PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY

Sunday, October 13 / 1:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Hudson Mills Activity Center, Dexter

Choose a pumpkin and a design and have fun carving it. Then enjoy cider and donuts.

 

SUNDAY TRAIN RIDES

Sunday, October 13 / 1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Joy Blvd. Park, Clinton Township

Take a train ride with the Michigan Transit Museum.

 

HALLOWEEN HYSTERIA

Sunday, October 13 / 1:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Mill Race Village, Northville

Join the Northville Historical society & Mill Race Village for an afternoon of spooky Halloween fun for the entire family such as trick or treating, spooky history, the Legend of Spooky Hollow, and more.

 

THE MAGIC SCHOOLBUS: LOST IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Sunday, October 13 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic!

 

FAMILY YOGA IN THE GALLERIES

Sunday, October 13 / 3:00pm – 4:00pm

@ Flint Institute Of Arts, Flint

Families are invited to tour the galleries and practice yoga poses inspired by the artworks with art educator and yoga teacher Michelle Dummer.

 

PEPPA PIG LIVE 

Sunday, October 13 / 3:00pm – 5:00pm

@ Fox Theatre, Detroit

Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back with a brand-new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure. 

 

FARM HALLOWEEN

Sunday, October 13 / 6:00pm – 9:00pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Make a craft and visit our Boo Barn.  Try the relay races and the pumpkin putt-putt or take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out your Halloween pumpkin.

 

 

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

 

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