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!
Wednesday, August 8 / 1:00 pm – Sunday, September 2 / 10:30 pm
@ The Detroit Opera House
WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Don’t miss your chance to see this incredible musical in Detroit through Labor Day weekend!
Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19
@ Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Flint
Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country.
Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19
@ Charles H Wright Museum, Detroit
This FREE 3-day festival is for the entire family, featuring performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance, hundreds of vendors, ethnic foods, and events for all ages!
Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19
@ Cobo Center, Detroit
Michigan Comic Con features comic books, toys, celebrity guests, comic creators, cosplay, panels, and so much more! The convention caters to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel.
@ Michigan Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds, Holly
Inside the turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more!
Friday, August 17 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester Hills
Yarr matey. ‘Aint nothing no better’n spending a sweltering day with yer toes in the creek. Join us as we put together our own pirate ship to raft the river, receive a treasure map with clues about hidden caches of jewels and prizes across the preserve, perfect our pirate swashbuckling and even take home a spy glass!
Friday, August 17 / 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
@ Michigan Science Center, Detroit
Lemons and vinegar …. bananas and baking soda … what do these seemingly weird pairings have in common? Come explore the pH scale using two very different methods in our Centennial Lab. Do you have a nose for chemistry?
Friday, August 17 / 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
@ Pittsfield Township Community Center, Ann Arbor
Parents bring your child and enjoy a night of painting with Steve Wood, who will teach you how to paint a landscape using acrylic paints and have you laughing with his witty teaching.
Friday, August 17 / 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
@ Livonia Community Recreation Center
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. Send your kids off to have fun while you relax and take a much-deserved break.
Friday, August 17 / 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
@ The Village of Rochester Hills
Our third and final movie of the season, CoCo , an award winning Disney Pixar movie. There will be lots of fun activities for the kids, FREE popcorn, giveaways and even chances to win! We will have local musical talent entertaining and bringing their love of music to the event.
Friday, August 17 / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
@ Acting Out Kids Community Theatre, Clawson
Kids will learn acting and improv through a variety of games, activities and skits. Kids will also learn a song and dance from a popular Broadway show. We offer a fun, friendly, casual and noncompetitive environment.
Friday, August 17 / 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
@ New Center Park, Detroit
In Disney/Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors.
Saturday, August 18 / 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
It’s the time of year when 40,000+ classic cars and more than one million people line Woodward Avenue to attend the world’s largest one-day automotive event, the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Saturday, August 18 / 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
@ Woodward Avenue
The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture, attracting more than 1 million visitors and over 50,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles to Metro Detroit.
Saturday, August 18 / 9:00 am – 10:00 am
@ Palmer Park, Detroit
Andrea Barterian from The Zen Zone is hosting a yoga class for kids ages 5-12 years old. Each child should bring a yoga mat or towel and waivers will need to be signed by an adult on their behalf.
Saturday, August 18 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Michigan Firehouse Museum, Ypsilanti
Join the Ypsilanti community for this free outdoor exhibition of fire apparatus showcasing rigs dating from the early 1920s right up to today. Several trucks will be in operation drafting water from the Huron River.
Saturday, August 18 / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ Belle Isle Nature Center
This annual event focuses on the critical role of bees in our ecosystem and features beekeeper talks, music, crafts, demonstrations on how to plant and maintain a bee-friendly garden, and a bee costume parade for children.
Saturday, August 18 / 12:00 pm – Sunday, August 19 / 12:00 pm
@ Maybury State Park, Northville
Grab the family and enjoy a 24 hour camping trip at Maybury Sate Park. Enjoy fun activities such as a nature hike, fishing contest, crafts, campfire, s’mores and more! Camp Outs are held Rain or Shine.
Saturday, August 18 / 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
@ The Robot Garage, Rochester Hills
DROP YOUR CHILD OFF AND ENJOY A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN! 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.
Saturday, August 18 / 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
@ Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit
Join us for the second annual campout at the Outdoor Adventure Center. Learn how to pitch a tent and roast marshmallows. Fun for the entire family! S’more snacks, bottled water and a pancake breakfast will be provided for every registered guest.
Sunday, August 19 / 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
@ Greenmead Historic Village, Livonia
Pack a picnic lunch, enjoy an afternoon at the park and come see the cars of the American Motor Corporation.
Sunday, August 19 / 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
@ Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn
On Sunday, August 19, we invite you to celebrate National Aviation Day with us by enjoying the museum, parking and all activities free of charge thanks to the generosity of Delta Air Lines.
Sunday, August 19 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Lost Lake Nature Park, Oakland Township
You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities.
Sunday, August 19 / 12:00 pm – 3:00
Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray
Take the afternoon and learn about lumbering and master some historic skills at Wolcott Mill. Some of the activities we will be exploring are rope making, blacksmithing, candle dipping and making homemade butter. There will be demonstrations and plenty of hands-on activities for all ages.
Sunday, August 19 / 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
@ Beacon Park, Detroit
Sundays equal Family Fun Days at Beacon Park! This wildly popular program offers four hours of free, themed activities for all ages. From putt putt golf and face painting, to inflatables and crafts, the options are endless.
Sunday, August 19 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
The Grangers play their home matches on the beautiful grounds of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Sunday, August 19 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
@ Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township
This fun 9-hole, two-person scramble will have games, prizes, lunch and features two divisions: 13 – 18 and 12 and younger. Parents and Grandparents are both welcome to participate with their children/grandchildren.
Summer is HERE! Check out these ideas for how to enjoy the long days and warm nights.
- FREE Family-Friendly Events in August
- 5 Unique Activities for Family Time
- Family Guide to Free Outdoor Movies in Metro Detroit
- Guide to Metro Detroit Farmers Markets, Splash Parks + Waterparks
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.