TOP WEEKEND EVENTS FOR KIDS (Jan. 19-21)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... TOP WEEKEND EVENTS FOR KIDS (Jan. 19-21) skip to Main Content

TOP WEEKEND EVENTS FOR KIDS (Jan. 19-21)

a family spends the day ice-skating outdoors

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!

 

Festivals

FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL (FREE)
Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21
@ Downtown Rochester
The Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester will fire up the weekend of Jan. 19-21 with winter-driven events and a variety of outdoor family-friendly activities.

 

NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATION AUTO SHOW (Kids Under 7 Free)
Saturday, January 21 – Sunday, January 29
@ Cobo Center, Detroit
Each year thousands flock to the Motor City to see the latest in automobile innovation and preview for what’s to come. See our Family Guide to the 2018 Detroit Auto Show!

 

TECUMSEH ICE SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
Saturday, January 20  /  12:00pm – 5:00pm
@ Downtown Tecumseh
Downtown Tecumseh welcomes you to enjoy the weekend winter festivities full of ice sculpture carving, ‘make-it & take-it’ crafts for kids, selfies with OLAF, games and more!

 

FRIDAY

POPPER’S PENGUINS ($6)
Friday, January 19  /  9:30am & 12:00pm Shows
@ Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
With catchy songs and penguin puppets aplenty, MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, a brand new musical will have you chirping with cheer!

 

INSIDE OUT ($8-$13)
Friday, January 19  /  6:00pm – 8:00pm
@ William Costick Activities Center, Farmington Hills
Spend an evening OUTSIDE- INSIDE, as we bring the great outdoors inside. Enjoy a picnic dinner, live animals, indoor hikes, hands-on nature activities and a fun bouncer!

 

KID’S NIGHT OUT ($12)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19  /  6:00pm – 8:30pm
@ The Robot Garage (Grosse Pointe, Birmingham, Rochester)
Drop your child off and enjoy a night out on the town! 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.

 

SATURDAY

WILD WINTER (Free with Admission)
Saturday, January 20  /  10:00am – 2:00pm
@ Detroit Zoo
Wild Winter is a fun way to experience the magic of the Zoo in winter. Enjoy your favorite habitats indoors and out along with special activities, zookeeper talks, crafts and more.

 

MAKE SOMETHING: SATURDAYS (Free with Admission)
Saturday, January 20  /  10:00am – 3:00pm
@ Henry Ford Museum
Join the Innovation Nation movement during our Saturday hands-on, minds-on activities targeted for youth ages 8 – 12 and engage in “learning by doing” experiences.

 

ICE FISHING: TRY IT (Free with Admissions)
Saturday, January 20  /  10:30am – 2:30pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center
Join us to learn about the basics of ice fishing. Learn about proper gear, techniques and safe practices. We will provide the equipment and guidance for you to have the catch of the day.

 

YOUNG EXPLORERS: MAGNIFICENT MAGNETS ($5-$10)
Saturday, January 20  /  10:30am – 11:30am
@ Michigan Science Center
Join us for a monthly play date in Kids Town just for children ages 2 – 5. The Young Explorers program offers stories, science-themed activities and socialization time.

 

LITTLE SCIENTISTS CLUB
Saturday, January 20  /  10:30am – 11:30am
@ Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Encourage your child’s natural drive for discovery through the Little Scientist Club. Their youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, and much more.

 

ART & MOVEMENT DROP-IN CLASS ($20)
Saturday, January 20  /  11:00am – 12:00pm
@ Lil’ Dumplins, N’Namdi Movement Center
“Art & Movement” is a combo creative movement and art class, introducing your lil dumplins to movement, music and art. Ages 1.5 – 3 years old.

 

DRAWING THE LINE: FAMILY DAY (Free with Admission)
Saturday, January 20  /  11:00am – 3:00pm
@ Cranbrook Art Museum
Bring the family for youth tours and artmaking activities inspired by our current exhibitions. Design graphics and symbols like Ryan McGinness; create gestural paintings in the style of a young Jean-Michel Basquiat; and add your mark to our collective Keith Haring mural.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES SERIES (Free)
Saturday, January 20  /  1:00pm – 3:00pm
@ Charles H Wright Museum
Enjoy The Wright Museum with this FREE Saturday activity series for the whole family. Whether art, music, dance, acting, or more, you and your children are sure to have a great time!

 

YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC ($5)
Saturday, January 20  /  3:30pm – 5:00pm
@ Boll Family YMCA, Detroit
Let your little ones start swinging, as they participate in the Youth Baseball Clinic at the Boll Family YMCA. Ages: 10U, 11U & 12U. Open to Members & Non-Members.

 

CINDERELLA, PRESENTED BY MOSCOW BALLET ($15 – $48)
Saturday, January 20  /  3:00pm – 5:30pm
@ Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Catch the return of the Moscow Festival Ballet as they return with their beautiful production of the classic French tale set to music by Sergei Prokofiev.

 

SUNDAY

DRAWING IN THE GALLERIES
Sunday, January 21  /  12:00pm – 4:00pm
@ Detroit Institute of Arts
Create a pencil drawing to take home while taking a closer look at the collection. No experience necessary. All supplies provided. For ages 6 – Adult (children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult).

 

STREGA NONA PLAY ($12 – $15)
Sunday, January 21  /  1:00pm – 2:30pm
@ Berman Center for Performing Arts, Bloomfield
Strega Nona has a magical pasta pot which only she can control. Performed by Wild Swan Theater Company who provides engaging and enriching live theater experience for children and their families. (Ages 3 – 8)

 

FAMILY FUNDAY FILMS (Free)
Sunday, January 21  /  1:30pm – 3:00pm
@ Detroit Public Library, Main Branch
The Detroit Public Library’s Main Library Popular & Film Department is now offering free family friendly films! This week’s film: Emoji Movie

 

EXPLORING ARCHERY CLASS ($60 – 5 week class starting this week)
Sunday, January 21  /  2:30pm – 3:30pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center
This five-week course will introduce children to archery in a safe and fun environment. During this course, children will gain knowledge about the equipment, the steps to shoot, and how to retrieve their arrows. All equipment is provided. Ages 8+

 

Kerry

About Kerry Doman

Kerry Doman is the founder and CEO of LittleGuide Detroit and After 5 Detroit. She has lived downtown Detroit for 10+ years and still calls the city home with her husband and son. As a relatively new mom, she’s excited to explore downtown with her family and hopes you’ll enjoy doing the same!

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