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Thanksgiving Family Events in Southeast Michigan

In November 2014, Macomb Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are packed full of all kinds of events to make your pre- and post-Turkey Day tons of fun

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Take a step back from all the advance holiday cheer and enjoy your Thanksgiving this year. From huge parades to intimate events, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are chockfull of events to fill your Turkey Day with serious fun. Metro Parent has all of the details to help you find one of these fests, so dress for the weather and head out to one of these local spots.

Livonia Turkey Trot

Nov. 1, 2014

  • Address: Bicentennial Park, at Seven Mile and Wayne roads, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2410
  • Times: 9 a.m./check-in, 9:30 a.m./start
  • Cost: $10

This walk/run returns along a 5K route. Day-of registration starts at 9 a.m. Includes drink and snack. Bring canned food donation to be entered in raffle.

Hey, Gobble Gobble Story Time at Troy Historic Village

Nov. 5, 2014

  • Address: Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3570
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids

The preschooler-friendly Cheddar's Preschool Story Hour features a holiday theme and refreshments. Be sure to register in advance.

Turkey Challenge at Sterling Heights Nature Center

Nov. 8, 2014

  • Address: Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Road
  • Phone: 586-446-2710
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $5

Make turkey centerpieces out of gourds just in time for Thanksgiving. Just be sure to register by Wednesday, Nov. 5!

A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester

Nov. 14, 2014-Dec. 21, 2014

  • Address: 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-377-3300
  • Times: Vary; click into listing for exact details
  • Cost: $19-$42 (based on date and time of performance)

Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that haunt him hit the stage here for a 33rd year. Ages 5-plus. Come 30 minutes early and hear carolers in the lobby.

The Great Thanksgiving Escape, Barnes & Noble Stores

Nov. 15, 2014

  • Addresses, phone numbers: Barnes & Noble stores in Allen Park (3120 Fairlane Drive, 313-271-0688), Ann Arbor (Huron Village, 3235 Washtenaw Ave., 734-973-0846), Northville (17111 Haggerty Road, 248-348-0696) and Troy (396 John R Road, 248-577-5056)
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kids are welcome to this hilarious book reading, including story time and activities.

Talking Turkey at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

Nov. 16, 2014

  • Address: Lake Erie Metropark, 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Phone: 734-379-5020
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $3/person $7/vehicle entry

Join an expert to find out what wild turkeys do before they join you for Thanksgiving dinner. Be sure to register in advance for this event!

Terrific Turkey Story Time and Crafts with Cowboy Alex, Royal Oak

Nov. 22, 2014

  • Address: Royal Oak Community/Senior Center, 3500 Marais Ave.
  • Phone: 248-246-3180
  • Time: 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Cost: $5/child

Yee-haw! Celebrate the upcoming holiday with this 45-minute show packed with stories, puppets, crafts, magic and turkey fun. For ages 3-8.

Annual Turkey Bowl at Harbor Lanes, St. Clair Shores

Nov. 22, 2014

  • Address: Harbor Lanes, 25419 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 248-208-2921
  • Time: Noon-3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $20/person

Come out and knock down some pins for a great cause: Forgotten Harvest, helping fight hunger in metro Detroit. Cost includes three games, bowling shoes and pizza.

Thanksgiving for Nature, Farmington Hills

Nov. 22, 2014

  • Address: Farmington Hills Nature Center, Farmington Road between 10 and 11 Mile roads, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-477-1135
  • Time: 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person $15/family of four

Grab a list of clues and uncover all the reasons to be thankful for nature's gifts in this self-guided scavenger hunt. Includes a craft and campfire.

Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market, Canton

Nov. 23, 2014

  • Address: Cady-Boyer Barn, Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton
  • Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/entry, fees vary/wares

Stop by this special market with the kids to stock up on food and goodies for your big Thanksgiving Day feast.

The Story of Thanks, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester

Nov. 23, 2014

  • Address: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $3/members, $5/non-members, free/adults (be sure to pre-register in advance; only 10 spots left as of Wednesday Nov. 19)

As part of the TriceraTots Puppet Theatre, kids ages 2-6 enjoy a funny, educational show, then partake in a craft activity and explore the area.

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