Family Events Thanksgiving Family Events in Southeast Michigan In November 2016, 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. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • October 28, 2016 Add Comment Tweet Thanksgiving is the official kick-off of the holiday season – and while it can be hectic for families, it’s still the perfect time to head out to local events Detroit, Ann Arbor and other towns are hosting to make memories with your wee ones. From huge parades to intimate events, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are chockfull of things to do 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 attractions. Livonia Turkey Trot Nov. 5, 2016 Address: Bicentennial Park, Seven Mile and Wayne roads, Livonia Phone: 734-466-2200 Times: 8:30 a.m./check-in, 9:30 a.m./start Cost: $15/person This 11th annual walk/run returns. Includes drink and snack. Bring canned food donation to be entered in raffle. Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft at Dexter District Library Nov. 11, 2016 Address: Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St. Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Friday Phone: 734-426-4477 Cost: free Enjoy a story and music to celebrate Thanksgiving. There’s a craft after the story, too. Geared at kids ages 6 and under. Tiny Turkey Trot at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Nov. 12, 2016 Address: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester Phone: 248-656-0999 Times: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday Cost: $5/members, $6/nonmembers (be sure to pre-register in advance) Spaces are filling up fast for this all ages program. You’ll learn about turkey, head out on a trail for an adventure course, then play games and have the chance to win prizes. Our Thanksgiving Heritage at Wolcott Mill Metropark Nov. 13, 2016 Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Phone: 586-749-5997 Times: 2 p.m. Sunday Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle entry Kids will learn about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday, including the food shared by the Native Americans and Pilgrims – and more. There’s a make-and-take craft, too. Advanced registration is required. Thanksgiving Story Time at Barnes & Noble Nov. 19, 2016 Address: Barnes & Noble, Huron Village, 3235 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-973-0846 Time: 11 a.m. Saturday Cost: free Gather ’round for a reading of the kids’ books There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey and The Great Thanksgiving Escape – followed by a coloring activity. Tasty Turkey with Cowboy Alex in Royal Oak Nov. 19, 2016 Address: Royal Oak Community and Senior Center, 3500 Marais Ave. Phone: 248-246-3180 Time: 11-11:45 a.m. Saturday Cost: $5/child Yee-haw! Celebrate the upcoming holiday with this 45-minute show packed with stories, puppets, magic and more. Good for kids ages 3-8. Advanced registration required. Thanksgiving for Nature at the Farmington Hills Nature Center Nov. 19, 2016 Address: Farmington Hills Nature Center, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills Time: 1-3 p.m. Saturday Phone: 248-473-1800 Cost: $5/person, free/ages 2 and under 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, special guests, games and more. Stories ‘n Such at Sterling Heights Public Library Nov. 21, 2016 Address: Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights Time: 6:30 p.m. Monday Phone: 586-446-2665 Cost: free Features stories, crafts, finger plays and other activities with a Thanksgiving theme. Turkey Shoot at the Costick Center Nov. 21, 2016 Address: Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills Phone: 248-473-1800 Time: 7-9 p.m. Monday Cost: $5/residents, $10/non-residents You must register in advance for this basketball free throw competition, which gives one lucky winner the chance to win a frozen Turkey for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Appreciation Day at 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks Nov. 24, 2016 Address: All 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks in southeast Michigan Phone: 800-47-PARKS Times: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday Cost: free Take advantage of free park entry at the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Detroit Turkey Trot Nov. 24, 2016 Address: Griswold and Fort streets, Detroit Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m./start times Thursday Phone: 313-247-4149 Cost: $28-$63; must register by Sunday, Nov. 23 This annual offers a Mashed Potato Mile, the Stuffing Strut 5K and the Turkey Trot 10K – all before the big procession. Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast and Benefit, Detroit Nov. 24, 2016 Address: Ecumenical Theological Seminary, 2930 Woodward Ave., Detroit Time: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday Phone: 313-831-5200 Cost: $15/kids ages 13 and under, $40/adults For the past 15 years, Ecumenical Theological Seminary has provided a prime location to view the Thanksgiving Day Parade and participate in the festivities. If you’re looking for the best spot to see the parade, and eat some yummy pancakes, join ETS this Thanksgiving. Ann Arbor Turkey Trot Nov. 24, 2016 Address: Corner of East Liberty Street and South Fifth Avenue, downtown Ann Arbor Phone: 248-437-4524 Time: 8:15 a.m./tot trot (ages 3-10), 8:30 a.m./all ages Thursday Cost: Trot: $44/by noon Nov. 22, $55/Nov. 23-24; Tots: $19/by noon Nov. 22, $25/Nov. 23-24 Jog this untimed 5K race for adults, and 1K race for kids, wear your favorite holiday costume and pose for a pic with Tom Turkey and Santa Claus. America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Detroit Nov. 24, 2016 Address: Woodward Avenue between Kirby and Congress streets, Detroit Phone: 313-923-7400 Time: 8:50 a.m./step off, 10 a.m.-noon/TV time Thursday Cost: free/general, $35-$60/grandstand seating Fans and families line Woodward Avenue to see their favorite floats, balloons, Big Head Corps and, of course, Santa at this 90th annual. Lions Football at Ford Field, Detroit Nov. 24, 2016 Address: 2000 Brush St., Detroit Phone: 313-262-2011 Time: 12:30 p.m. Thursday Cost: $75-$329/tickets It’s another Thanksgiving tradition – and this year, the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings. Holly Dickens Festival Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3-4, and 10-11, 2016 Address: Downtown area, Holly Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays Phone: 248-431-1894 Cost: free It’s the annual celebration of Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol in the downtown village of Holly! Your family can take a trip back in time complete with old-fashioned entertainment, food and more. Santa’s Arctic Landing at Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 2016 Address: Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn Phone: 313-982-6001 Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Christmas Day Cost: $21/ages 12-plus, $15.75/3-11, free/2 and under; $6/parking Take a journey to the North Pole to learn about the early days of aviation, take a picture with Santa and more. Be sure to check out Greenfield Village, which is decked out for the holidays, too. Thanksgiving All-You-Can-Play Event at Zap Zone Nov. 26, 2016 Addresses: 31506 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 4177 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti; 41953 Ford Road, Canton; 9751 Telegraph Road, Taylor; 43680 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights; 1490 N. Oakland Blvd., Waterford Phones: Farmington: 248-471-6777; Ypsilanti: 734-930-6670; Canton: 734-844-7746; Taylor: 313-299-9690; Sterling Heights: 586-323-0030; Waterford: 248-706-7777 Time: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday Cost: $20/person It’s an all-night laser tag party in celebration of the Thanksgiving season. Winter Fantasyland, Lincoln Park Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 2016 Address: Kennedy Memorial, 3240 Ferris Ave., Lincoln Park Phone: 313-386-0140 Times: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 26, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 2-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, closed Mondays-Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Christmas Eve Cost: $1/admission, $3/photo with Santa, $5/two photos See a menagerie of classic and new holiday displays and visit with Santa, who will be here most days – occasionally joined by Mrs. Claus.