Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: September 21-23Take advantage of your weekends and plan something fun for the whole family to enjoy! Explore somewhere different, take a class or enjoy a local festival. Here’s our top picks... Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: September 21-23 skip to Main Content

Top things to do with KIDS this weekend: September 21-23

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

 

ALL WEEKEND

UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS

Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 30

@ Chene Park, Detroit         

A spectacle of global proportions, the extra special 25th Anniversary edition of everybody’s favorite circus will take you on an unforgettable journey of electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances!

 

PARKTOBERFEST

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

@ Beacon Park, Detroit

The 4th Annual Parktoberfest returns to Downtown Detroit with three days of free activities and entertainment. The German-style festival will feature the Big Biergarten Tent, an impressive selection of craft, seasonal and Oktoberfest biers, traditional German sausages, pretzels and other fall-inspired food. In addition, there will be live music, kids activities, traditional dance and stein-hoisting and keg lifting competitions.

 

DIY STREET FAIR

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

@ Downtown Ferndale

The DIY Street Fair returns on September 21-23rd with food, art, music and fun for the whole family! Kid Zone includes Make and Take Crafts, an invention and innovation space, creative pop-ups and workshops, bounce house, inflatable obstacle courses and kids open jam!

 

FUNKY FERNDALE ART FAIR

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

@ Downtown Ferndale

Come experience the fun of Ferndale at their Funky Ferndale Art Fair this weekend. Enjoy a variety of art, food, activities and more as they close down 9 Mile Road for a fun experience for the whole family.

 

ROMULUS DDA PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

@ Romulus Historical Park

The annual Pumpkin Festival is a 3-day event that begins with a night parade where everything is lighted from bicycles to cement trucks. Thousands of people line Goddard Road to wait for the fun. Our street festival offers wonderful music, food, crafts and games for all ages.

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23

@ Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

The apples are ripe for picking and the corn maze and pony and hayrides are going for all. There is also a magic show on Sunday September 23 for the children 1-5pm.

 

MICHIGAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23

@ Michigan Renaissance Festival Grounds, Holly

Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Inside the turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle.

 

FRIDAY

MEET CURIOUS GEORGE

Friday, September 21 / 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

@ Oakland Mall, Troy

Curious George will arrive promptly at 4pm.  He will be taking breaks every 20 – 30 minutes.   We do our very best to keep the line moving to be sure everyone gets a chance to meet Curious George.  If you are not in line by 6:45pm, we can’t guarantee you will meet Curious George. Please bring your camera and be ready to take a couple snapshots.

 

NATURE TOTS

Friday, September 21 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

Join us for a FREE program for children ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together!

 

MEET SPLASH AND BUBBLES

Friday, September 21 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Auburn Hills

Join us for an epic quest to discover fascinating creatures & become a Reeftown Ranger! Plus, you’ll have the chance to meet your favorite fishy friends, Splash and Bubbles!

 

NERF ZONE

Friday, September 21 / 5:30 pm – 7:00 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. Parents are not required to stay, but may watch the nerf war if they wish.

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT

Friday, September 21 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
@ 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.

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT – LIVONIA

Friday, September 21 / 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

@ Livonia Community Recreation Center

Parents, enjoy a night to yourselves while we provide food and entertainment for your children. Every 3rd Friday of the month your kids will have a blast in the leisure pool, eating pizza & pop, rock climbing, playing board and video games and watching a movie.

 

EVENING SHUTTLE RIDE & CAMPFIRE

Friday, September 21 / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

Come out for an evening adventure as we tour Lake St. Clare Metropark on the shuttle. Enjoy s’mores at the campfire after the tour.

 

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS – THE SANDLOT

Friday, September 21 / 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

@ The Corner Ballpark, Detroit

Communities First, Inc presents Movies Under The Stars in Corktown in partnership with Detroit PAL to bring a night of memories for Detroit families! Bring the entire family. to enjoy the pre-party which includes lawn games, dance party, bounce houses and top off the evening at dusk with the classic The Sandlot on a 30ft movie screen! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. We will have free popcorn and snacks for the first 1,000 and other great giveaways!

 

CAMPFIRE- THE PINECONE PEOPLE

Friday, September 21 / 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

We find that those who visit Dinosaur Hill often take the majestic pinecone for granted. Join us as we put together our own pinecone dolls and sample tea made from pine needles (it’ll help fight off scurvy).

 

SATURDAY

MUSEUM DAY

Saturday, September 22 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people.

 

NATURE TOTS

Saturday, September 22 / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ Belle Isle Nature Center

Join us for a FREE program for children ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities as we use our senses to explore nature together!

 

GRANDPARENT & GRANDCHILD SUMMER COOKING CLASSES

Saturday, September 22 / 10:00 am – 11:30 am

@ Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit

Come enjoy a Grandparent & Grandchild Summer Cooking Classes at Eastern Market. Classes are $15 each and vary each Saturday. One ticket to the grandparent/grandchild class is good for two people.

 

FALL FUN FEST

Saturday, September 22 / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

@ Macomb Corners Park, Macomb

Enjoy a great day of fun for the whole family!  There will be plenty of things on hand for you to do and keep busy such as music in the park, farmers market, free raffles, vintage baseball game, family fun run, inflatables, obstacle course, entertainment, and more!

 

WORLD RHINO DAY

Saturday, September 22 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Discover fun facts about this species — including that a rhino’s horn is made of keratin fibers, the same material found in the human hair and nails — and learn how the illegal trade of wildlife products is hurting these animals in the wild.

 

TAP DROP-IN

Saturday, September 22 / 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

@ N’Namdi Movement Center, Detroit

Tap & Scat focuses on introducing, identifying and creating rhythms and harnessing the idea that your body can be used as an instrument. Using Classical show tunes, children will be introduced to basic concepts of rhythm, music composition and improvisation.

 

TOUCH-A-TRUCK ALLEN PARK

Saturday, September 22 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

@ Downtown Allen Park

Hey kids! Come take the driver’s seat in real-life trucks and cool vehicles! Climbing, touching, and exploring encouraged! Fun for kids of all ages and FREE!

 

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: MOLAS

Saturday, September 22 / 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

@ Detroit Institute of Arts

Learn about these intricately sewn, multilayered cloth panels created by the Kuna women of Panama and create a simple version of your own. Free with general admission.

 

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY

Saturday, September 22 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Nankin Mills Recreation Area, Westland

Join us to experience the culture of Michigan’s First People with drumming circles, dancers in their beautiful regalia, native crafts and food. Bring your own lawn chairs as seats are limited.

 

THE BEST OF 2018 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 22 / 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Detroit Film Theatre

Explore new worlds without leaving the theater! Kid Flicks features audience favorites and award-winners from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens in North America.

 

UNICORN UTOPIA PARTY

Saturday, September 22 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Hess-Hathaway Park, Waterford

Dress up in your favorite special outfit and join us for a magical time with a unicorn.  Each child will have a chance to ride a unicorn and have a very unique photo opportunity.  Children will receive a special sweet treat and drink. There will be a craft, games and a Hess-Hathaway animal tour.  For ages 4-10

 

MERMAID & CRAB CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS

Saturday, September 22 / 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

@ The Townsend, Birmingham

An interactive decorating class for children ages 5-11 Kids will receive a keepsake chef hat, and their treats to take home! They will also be able to enjoy a cookie & apple juice during the class.

 

COUNT ME IN! SPECIAL NEEDS STORYTIME

Saturday, September 22 / 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

@ Canton Public Library

Please join us for Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In! 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.

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS

Saturday, September 22 / 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

@ Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Each Family Fun Night will include a hike through the Zoo, hands-on-activities, a snack, and an opportunity to meet Zoo staff. These experiences will be suitable for all those older than 5 years of age. Programs run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required.

 

KIDS NIGHT OUT

Saturday, September 22 / 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!

 

SUNDAY

TRICERATOTS PUPPET THEATRE- THE STORY OF SQUIRRELS

Sunday, September 23 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am

@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills

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! These wacky adventures and hi-jinks are sure to be a monthly staple for your family.

 

KIDFEST ROCHESTER HILLS

Sunday, September 23 / 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Bloomer Park, Rochester

Join us for a great time rain or shine! Enjoy a day with your family at Kidsfest Rochester Hills on Sunday, September 23rd where kids will be celebrated from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. This exciting, fun-filled day will take place at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills.

 

HARNESS & HITCH AT THE FARM CENTER

Sunday, September 23 / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

@ Wolcott Mill Farm Center

Come out to the farm and join our teamsters in harnessing and hitching our draft horses. Ask questions and learn about these majestic equines. Then enjoy a wagon ride through our farm fields. Weather permitting. Dress for the weather. Ages 6 and up. Please wear closed toe shoes.

 

DETROIT TIGERS V KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Sunday, September 23 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@ Comerica Park

Sunday is Family Day at Comerica Park…and this is the last scheduled Tigers home game of the season! Kids 14 and under can ride the carousel and Ferris wheel for free! Kids are also able get in on the action and run the bases.

 

KIDS’ LAB: THE RAINBOW CONNECTION

Sunday, September 23 / 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

@ Michigan Science Center

Is black ink really just made of black dye? Can you create a rainbow just by adding water? Visitors will grab some markers and filter paper and explore the magic behind a colorful chemical process in our Centennial Lab.

 

FIRESIDE FUN: CAMPFIRE CIRCLE

Sunday, September 23 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

@ Leslie Science & Nature Center

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring your family, friends, camp chairs, outdoor games, and s’mores fixings. We’ll provide a blazing outdoor campfire and plenty of marshmallows. This event is rain or shine (except for thunder and lightning), so come dressed for the weather.

 

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

 

Summer is HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy the long days and warm nights.

 

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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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