Crisp leaves + chillier weather = one big crop of cool events.

Find 40 autumn adventures and loads of fun things to do in southeast Michigan. From harvest fests to Thanksgiving parades, our FREE 2016 guide’s got it!

Dear Southeast Michigan Parent,

School’s in full swing, and you know what that means. Free time is at a premium as those weeknights and weekends are gobbled up by homework, studying, rehearsals, practices and games. Dinner together can be a feat, let alone family time. But – you also know what they say about all work and no play, right?

Frankly, a little fun is just what you and your kids need to strike a balance as scholastics and extracurriculars crank up – and the holidays creep in (sheesh, let’s give Thanksgiving some love!). Have you hit any Michigan cider mills lately? How about kids shows at the Fox Theatre Detroit? There are tons of fun things to do in southeast Michigan, and September, October and November are a prime time.

That’s precisely the spirit of Metro Parent’s FREE 2016 Fall Family Activities in Michigan guide. Whether it’s Ann Arbor activities or amazing arena spectacles at The Palace of Auburn Hills, the latest exhibits at Michigan Science Center (watch for an awesome pairing in September) and Halloween events (so many it’s scary), this is your authority on family fall fun in southeast Michigan and beyond.

Kick it off by taking in some of the sights, smells and tastes of the season. There’s a cornucopia of apple orchards in southeast Michigan to discover. Check out some of the best cider mills in Michigan. We link you to the latest on Wiard’s Orchards, Erwin Orchards, Diehl’s cider mill, the Dexter Cider Mill, Plymouth Orchards and Yates Cider Mill hours, attractions and more. Some even offer agritainment attractions and fun places for kids to explore outdoors.

For more autumn classics, visit various fall farm destinations, including a pair of standout Huron-Clinton Metroparks spots. Plus get hooked up to top-notch hayrides and hair-raising haunted Michigan attractions. Or hop in the car to enjoy those brilliant fall colors (find out the optimal times for a trek here or up north).

September also bursts at the seams with fantastic festivals. Get your fill before the cold weather takes hold! It’s a snap with Metro Parent’s FREE Fall Family Activities in Michigan guide. Do you know when this year’s Arts & Apples Festival in Rochester is? How about the always-popular Plymouth Fall Festival?

Plus score details on the Ann Arbor Russian Festival in Dexter, DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, Scarecrow Festival in Trenton and Harvest Happening in Waterford, not to mention a big batch of Oktoberfest celebrations and three celebrations of pumpkins, including harvest-veggie blowouts in Livonia, South Lyon and Romulus.

Of course, come October, Halloween is the biggest brouhaha in town. And here again, Fall Family Activities in Michigan delivers fun things to do in southeast Michigan. Get your tickets early for the Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Hallowe’en at The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village in Dearborn, and the Halloween Hoot at the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester. And if you’re feeling like a real scream, get the scoop on Cedar Point HalloWeekends in Ohio.

Beyond the hot tickets, there are tons of cool community family Halloween events to check out, too. Bust out those costumes for loads of classic options and a few alternatives, besides. Looking for some indoor trick-or-treating in Michigan? We thought so. And our guide hooks you up. Ever try trunk or treating? That’s here too. And gear up for fright night with kids Halloween crafts, including 10 sweet spins on jack-o’-lanterns.

Speaking of extras, that’s what rocks about our little PDF booklet. When you get this guide, you can also get a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine. Scare up some serious access to our jam-packed monthly calendars, filled with fun things to do in southeast Michigan all month long – plus crafts for kids, family recipes, parenting advice and loads of fun places for kids.

And there’s far more family fun to “harvest” this time of year! Did you know autumn also heralds the full-fledged return of theater season? The pickings are plentiful. Catch one last outdoor September stage show as UniverSoul Circus dazzles at Chene Park in Detroit. The Palace of Auburn Hills then picks up the baton with Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream in late September and Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions in late October.

Get your Fox Theatre Detroit fix with autumn treats like The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano AdventurePAW Patrol Live and ELF The Musical. Plus there’s a Halloween show for younger kids at Marquis Theatre in Northville, a spin on Shrek Jr. in Warren and, to add to our Ann Arbor activities roster, great kids shows at Wild Swan Theater.

The silver screen fires up some cool old movies, too. In particular, the Redford Theatre in Detroit plays a Three Stooges Halloween Festival, Beetlejuice and old-school cartoons. Introduce your kids to some classics.

Here’s another little secret: Lots of local museums unveil fresh exhibits when fall is in the air. And that’s where this guide is your own mini curator. Metro Parent’s FREE 2016 Fall Family Activities in Michigan tips you off to some of the hottest temporary kid-friendly exhibits hitting southeast Michigan.

How about critters that glow in the dark? Creature of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence is heading to Michigan Science Center in Detroit, and it looks awesome. Get the scoop here. Or how about some Megalodons? Check out these massive ancient sharks at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in October. Or get your fix of African and Japanese culture over at the U-M Museum of Art.

We sprinkle in lots of nifty nuggets, too. Like the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s new drop-in programs for preschoolers. And sugar skull making workshops at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Or simply reconnect with the starry night sky at some amazing planetariums in Michigan. It’s all waiting for you in here.

Let’s face it: Autumn gets super busy in short order. With Metro Parent’s FREE 2016 Fall Family Activities in Michigan, you can find ways to slow your roll a bit, reconnect and discover fun places for kids (and parents!) all around the region.

Anymore, the holidays start in November. Put on the brakes with fun things to do in southeast Michigan – that have nothing to do with Santa. There’s a really neat annual family event all about pets in Clinton Township Nov. 5. This month also brings Veterans Day; why not try a trip to the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy in St. Clair Shores? And do a little family DIY with our Thanksgiving craft ideas.

But you better not pout: For those who can’t wait for December, we’ve got a few teasers. After all, the Wayne County Lightfest drive-through holiday display, The Rink at Campus Marius Park kick-off in Detroit and Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak all get going in November. And we’re sure we don’t have to tell you about America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit – but that’s in the guide, too.

PS: Don’t let this magic transitional season slip away on you! The faster you download this guide, the more autumn adventures you can savor. Snag your FREE copy of Metro Parent’s 2016 Fall Family Activities in Michigan – and FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine – right now.

PSS: Do you have a photo of your kids at any of the best cider mills in Michigan? Have you taken your tyke to his or her first big stage show? This guide is packed with ideas that’ll help you create family memories you’ll cherish. Don’t delay. Download this trusty little booklet and forge an unforgettable fall with your family!

Note: This Freebie is fresh as of September 2016. We’ll be updating it every year. We strive to get every detail right, but as with any event, always check ahead with the host venue for the most accurate, up-to-date info via the links provided.

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