Best Cheap and Free Family Events in November

Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are jam-packed with family fun for those on a budget all year round. Here are some of our favorite cheap and free family events happening in November.

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What are the best cheap and free family events happening this month? Looking for things to do with kids that won’t break the bank? We’ve got you covered.

Metro Parent is partnering with WDET 101.9 FM to offer southeast Michigan families a roundup of some of the best free and cheap (under $20 for a family of four) weekend events and activities each month. Our picks for best weekend events in November include some cultural immersion, turkey talks and one of the coolest Christmas events in town.

For the weekend of Nov. 2-4

Head to the People, Pets & Vets event (that’s a tongue twister!) at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There, families will see a variety of exotic and domestic animals and learn about proper animal care from local veterinarians. Little ones can also bring stuffed animals for a check-up or some stitches at the Teddy Bear Clinic.

Give kids a double dose of history at a Michigan Thanksgiving at the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester on Sunday, Nov. 4. It runs noon-4 p.m. and will teach kids about Native American heritage and the origins of Thanksgiving. That’s right, kids, it’s more than just a day to overeat and watch parades.

For the weekend of Nov. 9-11

Whoooo? Whooo? Is that an owl? A hawk? Families can find out how to recognize different animal noises at the Call of the Wild event at the Eddy Discovery Center in Chelsea on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m.-noon.

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Turn your child into a turkey expert at the Terrific Turkeys event at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. They’ll learn all about Michigan’s wild turkeys and get to a make a turkey call, so they can imitate their new feathered friends.

For the weekend of Nov. 16-18

Sure, you could hit up a storytime at your local library, but why settle for that same ol’ scene when you could head to the English-Arabic Storytime at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. There, kids ages 2-6 will hear a classic story read in BOTH English and Arabic.

Head to the third annual Chanu-Con! (Hanu-Con!), a community wide Chanukah festival at Beth Shalom in Oak Park on Sunday, Nov. 18. Enjoy delicious kosher holiday treats, kids activities, live music and even a little magic. Runs 1-5 p.m.

For Thanksgiving weekend of Nov. 23-25

Enjoy the ultimate in free family fun on Thanksgiving Day at the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit on Thursday, Nov. 22. Arrive early to get a good view of the floats and bands making their way down Woodward Avenue from Kirby to Congress. Steps off at 8:50 a.m.

The day after Thanksgiving, ditch the Black Friday sales and head to the Michigan Science Center from 6-9 p.m. for a special free day of science fun. Or, try out the special Detroit Institute of Awesome Gallery Adventures at the DIA for an interactive way to learn more about art from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kick the Christmas season into gear with a visit to the Holly Dickens Festival where the little town of Holly is transformed into a scene out of “A Christmas Carol.” Don’t worry. It’s the nice part after Scrooge realizes the error of his ways. Friday night (starting at 7:30 p.m.), see Santa arrive, an evening parade and the tree-lighting ceremony. After that, the festival is ongoing every Saturday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-5 p.m.) through Dec. 9.

Events are subject to change. Please be sure to verify dates and times before heading out – and if you’re looking for more cheap and free family events in November and beyond, visit the Metro Parent calendar