Family Events Free Southeast Michigan Events for Families Searching for free things to do in southeast Michigan? Find loads of great budget-friendly family fun in Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. « Previous Next » Metro Parent Editorial • June 19, 2017 Read Comments (3) Total: 179 163 1 0 3 8 4 With kids in tow, seeing the latest stage show or attending that super popular special event can put a real dent in the ol’ bank account. It’s great once in a while, but geez, where are all of the free southeast Michigan events this weekend? Actually, there are plenty if you know where to look! Every activity listed here will cost you absolutely nothing for admission. Zilch. Maybe you’ll have to splurge a buck or two for parking. But that’s it! Want to attend events in Detroit that won’t cost you a fortune? Searching for activities in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties that won’t break the bank? Then check back here regularly and mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of the free family fun happening over the next week or so. Note: Things change. We try our best to update details, but be sure to call ahead before attending just in case. Also, some events may require pre-registration. When noted, contact the organizer for more details. Macomb County PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library June 20, 2017 (Tuesdays) Address: Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Kids can practice reading to trained therapy dogs at the library. Utica Riverwalk Festival in Downtown Utica June 22-25, 2017 Address: downtown Utica area Time: Noon-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing This year marks the city’s bicentennial! Celebrate with a massive carnival, fireworks, face painting, fun on the river, food, crafts, roller derby girls, live entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit the Utica Lions Club. (Fees apply for rides) Tons O’ Trucks at Seneca Middle School in Macomb Township June 24, 2017 Address: Seneca Middle School, 47200 Heydenreich Rd, Macomb Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Kiddo crazy for cars? Let ’em climb into the front seats of 65 trucks that belong to fire and police department, hospitals and more. There’s also face painting, train rides and inflatables. Laugh it Up with Rosco at the Macomb Township Recreation Center June 27, 2017 Address: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb Drive, Macomb Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Join Rosco the Clown for an afternoon of comedy and magic aimed at families. Every kid gets a clown nose. Rosco the Clown at Lake St. Clair Metropark July 5, 2017 Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Every Macomb county families’ favorite wacky clown performs magic, music and more. Note: $10 parking fee applies. Oakland County Bubble Soccer at the Salem-South Lyon District Library in South Lyon June 20, 2017 Address: 9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon Time: 6-7 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Kids in grades 5-12 play a game of soccer – with a twist. They’ll play inside giant inflatable bubbles! Summer Family Fun Nights at Sibley Park in Wixom June 22, and 29, 2017 Address: Sibley Park, Wixom Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Find kid-friendly crafts in the Michigan Recreation tent June 15, bike decorating and a downtown ride June 22 – and a big old fireworks display June 29. Auburn Hills Summerfest in Downtown Auburn Hills June 23-24, 2017 Address: Downtown Auburn Hills area Time: 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Kick off summer with an ice cream social, the Color Me Extraordinary 5K run, live music, a car show, arts and crafts fair, games and more. Log Cabin Day at Fish Hatchery Park in Waterford June 25, 2017 Address: Fish Hatchery Park, 4490 Hatchery Rd, Waterford Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Take a step back in the past with the Waterford Historical Society at this annual event with strawberry shortcake, living history encampments, traditional craft demos and more. Piratepalooza: Family Fun at the Highland Township Public Library July 5, 2017 Address: Highland Township Public Library, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Bring your salty seadogs and scallywags for pirate-themed crafts, games and other activities at the library. Registration required. Washtenaw County Ann Arbor Japan Week at Various Location in Downtown Ann Arbor Now-June 24, 2017 Address: Various locations, Ann Arbor Time: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Immerse yourself in Japanese culture at this family-friendly event with taiko drumming performances, shibori dyeing, sushi making, a film festival and more. Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights in Downtown Chelsea Now-Aug. 17, 2017 (Thursdays) Address: Downtown Chelsea Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Tap your toes to great local music and treat yourself to art, comedy and family entertainment and this series continues. Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day at the Dexter District Library June 30, 2017 Address: Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter Time: 10 a.m.-noon Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Kids can climb into trucks and emergency vehicles, talk to the owners and take photos with the vehicles and a Minion character roaming around as the special guest. My Turn for ASD Families at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural Art July 9, 2017 Address: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Families with kids on the autism spectrum are invited to explore the galleries at this Washtenaw county spot in a crowd-free, sensory-friendly and supportive environment. There’s even a quiet room if families need to step back for a moment. Fridays After Five at University of Michigan Museum of Art July 21, 2017 Address: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor Time: 5-8 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing On select Fridays, families can experience the wonders of this museum after typical hours. Donations welcome, but not required. Wayne County Trenton Summer Festival in Downtown Trenton June 23-24, 2017 Address: downtown Trenton area Time: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing This annual boasts as being the event “where summer begins” and celebrates with live performances, kids’ activities, crafts, vendors and more. Colonial Days at the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit June 24-25, 2017 Address: Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Celebrate America’s Colonial period with live military and weapons demos, historical presentations and displays, tours of the fort and more. Parking is $5. Uncle Sam Jam at Civic Center Park in Woodhaven July 6-9, 2017 Address: Civic Center Park, 24135 Hall Rd, Woodhaven Time: 4-11 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Enjoy four days of free concerts by Ratt, Uncle Kracker, Your Generation and others – plus a carnival, petting zoo, monster trucks and fireworks. Fees apply for rides. Art in the Park in Downtown Plymouth July 7-9, 2017 Address: downtown Plymouth area Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Michigan’s second largest art show celebrates 36 years with 400-plus U.S. painters, sculptors, musicians and more. Find face painting, “Sandy Candy” art, candle making and henna for the kids. DTE Energy Foundation Free Second Sunday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History July 9, 2017 Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Eve., Detroit Time: 1-5 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Experience all of the wonders of the museum, along with tons of kid-friendly programming during this monthly event, courtesy of DTE Energy. Livingston County Swamp Creatures at Cromaine District Library June 26, 2017 Address: Cromaine District Library, 3688 Hartland Road, Hartland Time: 1 and 2 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Kids will learn all about critters that live in the muck of Michigan’s swamplands and meet them up close, too. Registration required. Cake Wars: Fairy Tale Edition at Brighton District Library July 20, 2017 Address: Brighton District Library, 100 Library Drive, Brighton Time: 6-8 p.m. Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing Teens, bring an unfrosted cake to the library and compete with other teenage bakers to see who can decorate the best fairytale-themed cake. Good for ages 7-12. Registration required.