Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: October 12-14Take advantage of your weekends and plan something fun for the whole family to enjoy! Explore somewhere different, pick out your pumpkins or enjoy a local festival. Here’s our top... Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: October 12-14 skip to Main Content

Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: October 12-14

Happy children lying on fall leaves. Funny kids outdoors in autumn park

Take advantage of your weekends and plan something fun for the whole family to enjoy! Explore somewhere different, pick out your pumpkins or enjoy a local festival. Here’s our top picks for what to do and where to go this weekend!

 

ALL WEEKEND

ZOO BOO

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14

@ Detroit Zoo

Exhilarating live entertainment awaits your costume-clad little ones, including dazzling and daring acrobatics, magic acts, jugglers, story tellers, live music and extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations. Be sure to stop by the Haunted Reptile House and visit the ghosts and goblins that have made the Holden Reptile Conservation Center their home for the season.

 

HALLOWE’EN FAIRY-TALE FEAST

Saturday, October 13 & Sunday, October 14

@ Greenfield Village

Climb aboard a horse-drawn hayride to A Taste of History® Restaurant for a Hallowe’en-themed buffet supper that’s perfect for young children. Conjure up a mad tea party with the Hatter and the March Hare, then sing for the foul-tempered Queen of Hearts as the characters from the original Alice in Wonderland visit your table. Decorate your own dessert with a creepy cookie activity and learn spirited songs from our Hallowe’en singing groups.

 

MAYBURY FARM GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14

@ Maybury Farm, Northville

Enjoy fun for the whole family with pumpkin themed activities for kids, face painting, corn maze, pumpkin painting, storytime and more!

 

APPLEUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14

@ Tecumseh

You’ll want to bring the whole gang to town for this one. The kids will enjoy the midway rides, carnival games, inflatables and make-it-take-it crafts, corn box and kid’s putt putt golf. Plus, helicopter and monster truck rides!

 

BOWERS FARM FALL FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14

@ Charles L. Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills

Come to your favorite farm for a Fall Festival full of animal activities, wagon rides, food trucks, live music, bounce houses, face painting, horse riding demonstrations, wool spinning and much more!

 

FRIDAY

MORNING MOVIES – WONDER

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14

@ Canton 7 GDX

We will have free movies for kids of all ages and adults of any age! The moving showing on October 12th – 14th is Wonder.

 

YOGA FOR KIDS

Friday, October 12 / 10:30 am – 11:30 pm

@ Ferndale Public Library

Local Ferndale yoga instructor Daniella Cusick will be leading a yoga class for children (recommended ages 3-6) and their caregivers.

 

NERF ZONE

Friday, October 12 / 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

@ Drake Sports Park, West Bloomfield

Game on, it is time for one last nerf war before the winter season. This friendly competition will rotate teams of 10-on-10 throughout the time. This is an outdoor event, please dress for the weather. All nerf equipment and protective gear will be provided.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Friday, October 12 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Goldfish Swim School – Canton, Farmington Hills & Rochester Locations

Join us for Family Night Out from 6:30-8:00pm! We will have crafts, food, open swim and raffles! Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family Pre-registration is required for this event.

 

SATURDAY

JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB

Saturday, October 13 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Farmington Hills Nature Center

Enrich your child’s natural curiosity with our fun and hands-on, year-long program! Children will explore a different topic each month and gain an understanding of nature and their important role in helping to protect it. Kids will get to touch, smell, hear, taste and see many aspects of the natural world.

 

1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION

Saturday, October 13 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am

@ Farmington Community Library – Branch

Join us for some classic stories, meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then enjoy playtime and crafts afterwards. Celebrate how many books you have read or sign up to participate in the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program.

 

PAW PATROL PARTY

Saturday, October 13 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am

@ Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham

Join us as we celebrate our favorite rescue dogs with stories, games, and crafts. For families with children of all ages. Registration required for the children.

 

PUMPKIN PATCH WAGON RIDES & CORN MAZE

Saturday, October 13 / 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Join us for a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out your Halloween pumpkin. On-site pumpkin carving is available. Go through the corn maze. Warm up near the fire and enjoy a cup of cider and a donut.

 

POLKATOBERFEST AT THE CORNER

Saturday, October 13 / 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

@ The Corner Ballpark, Detroit

Join us for PolkatoberFest at the Corner, a delicious day of great Polish and German food, polka music and classic rock hits performed live, beer from Founder’s Brewing Company and select Polish breweries, shopping vendors, a pierogi eating competition, children’s activities and more.

 

21ST ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL IN THE WOODS

Saturday, October 13 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Hawk Woods Nature Center

Enjoy the outdoors this fall and try some great hands-on activities for kids, take a hayride, carve a pumpkin, enjoy live music, free cider and more!

 

FALL COLOR WAGON TOURS

Saturday, October 13 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

Enjoy the brilliant colors of Autumn on a wagon ride through the woodlots and fields.  Learn signs of the season and history of the area. Afterwards, enjoy cider and donuts at the campfire.

 

FUNTOBER AT HESS-HATHAWAY PARK

Saturday, October 13 / 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Hess-Hathaway Park, Waterford

Grab your family and come out to Hess-Hathaway Park for a local color tour on a hayride.  Visit the farm and stroll with one of our farmers on an official animal tour. The campfire will be warm and ready for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

Saturday, October 13 / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

@ River Bends Park, Shelby Township

Ghosts, goblins, princesses, pirates and all other costumed kids are invites to join in the fun! We’ll have games and goodies galore, hayrides around the park, plus a visit from Duck Duck Donkey!

 

HAUNTED BARN STROLL

Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14

@ Wilson Barn, Livonia

This haunted stroll through the barn is meant for children age 12 and younger. you request the level of scariness as you are thrilled by monsters and ghosts!

 

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 13 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Nankin Mills Recreation Area, Westland

Games, entertainment, hayrides, candy and fun await the children at this FREE special event hosted by Wayne County Parks & Rec at Nankin Mills.

 

KIDS WEEKEND @ ERIE ORCHARDS

Saturday, October 13  – Sunday, October 14

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

It is the biggest weekend of the year with…Crafters, Ponies, Hay rides, Inflatables, Animal center

 

AHOY THERE! PIRATES PARTYLAND!

Saturday, October 13 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Kackleberry Farm, Monroe

Little pirates will have a blast on our Pirate Ship Playhouse — walk the plank, kids! Get lost in the corn maze, play Tug-O-War, too. Enjoy costumed characters from Pirates of the Caribbean like Captain Jack Sparrow! Also visiting the farm will be Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, the adorable Smee and Captain Hook!

 

FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, October 13 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Adams Fire Station, Birmingham

The hands-on event offers attendees an opportunity to operate a fire hose and learn about fire safety. Portable fire extinguisher and DTE Arcs and Sparks demonstrations also will take place during the open house. View an EMS and vehicle extrication display, along with HAZMAT apparatus and equipment.

 

HARVEST HIKE & HUNT

Saturday, October 13 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Rotary Park, Livonia

Join us for an afternoon of friendly fun! Families will enjoy a hike and scavenger hunt through the nature trails, where kids will gather items to be used in creating wands and enchanted fairy homes out of sticks, leaves and bark. Fall themed refreshments will be available.

 

TRICK OR TREAT ON THE TRAIL

Saturday, October 13 / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

Costume clad little ones will experience fun stops along the trails with a Halloween theme. Upon your return to the Activity Center enjoy cider and donuts. Program is geared toward younger children.

 

FAMILY NIGHT OUT

Saturday, October 13 / 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm

@ Troy Community Center

An inexpensive and fun night out for families! Spend quality time together and enjoy basketball, swimming, parachutes, inflatable castle, and more.

 

S’MORES FAMILY FUN RUN

Saturday, October 13 / 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

@ Lakeshore Park, Novi

One mile family fun run followed by s’mores, live music, hayrides, and fun!

 

HALLOWEEN FOREST FUN HIKE

Saturday, October 13 / 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

@ Nankin Mills Recreation Area, Westland

Take a guided night hike to meet our “not-so-scary” and “sort-of-silly” nature characters and receive Halloween prizes and treats! The outdoor hike for ages 4 and older is about 45 minutes, followed by an indoor live animal show to meet creatures from around the world.

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT HALLOWEEN PARTY

Saturday, October 13 / 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield

It’s a Halloween party, you’re in for a scare. Our treats will delight you, be there if you dare. Games, trick or treating, bounce houses, movie and pizza!

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, October 13 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

@ Troy Gymnastics

Kids can tumble, jump & play while their parents are away! Shop, dine, or catch a movie while your child is supervised in a safe environment and meeting new friends!

 

BEGINNERS NIGHT OF STAR VIEWING

Saturday, October 13 / 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

@ Maybury State Park, Northville

The Friends of Maybury are sponsoring a Beginner’s Night of Star Viewing at Maybury State Park. Come join us for an evening of wonder!!  The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club* will be setting up telescopes and will be on hand to assist members of the public who wish to bring their own telescopes.

 

SUNDAY

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HOUSES

Sunday, October 14 / 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Metropark

Get in the Halloween spirit. Watch a Halloween movie and sip on hot chocolate while you decorate a pre-assembled Halloween themed gingerbread house. Frosting, candy and sprinkles are provided; you get to be the artist.

 

FARM HALLOWEEN

Sunday, October 14 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center, Ray

Fun and games await you at the farm. Make a craft and visit the Boo Barn. Try the relay races and the pumpkin putt-putt. Take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out your Halloween pumpkin Pumpkins and food are sold separately at an additional cost.

 

FREE SECOND SUNDAY

Sunday, October 14 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit

Bring your family and friends to experience the wonder of The Wright Museum with free admission every second Sunday of the month courtesy of the DTE Energy Foundation! Enjoy the many exhibitions on display as well as engaging programming for the entire family.

 

PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY

Sunday, October 14 / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

Get in the Halloween spirit with us! Pick out a pumpkin, a design and have fun carving it. You’ll also enjoy cider and donuts. We’ll party ‘til the pumpkins run out! Fee covers one pumpkin and refreshments.

 

AROUND THE WORLD WITH DISNEY

Sunday, October 14 / 2:00 pm & 5:00pm

@ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Experience the magical music of Disney live with original classics from the movies we love.

Sunday, October 14th at the Michigan Theatre. Two performances at 2 pm and 5pm!

 

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

 

Find Fall Favorites HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy these cool autumn days.

 

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About Chrissy Hartig

Chrissy Hartig is a recent graduate of Wayne State University and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. Born in the Metro Detroit suburbs, she moved to Midtown to be closer to the excitement of the city. She loves spending her time outdoors and enjoying nature in places like Belle Isle and the Riverwalk.

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