Family Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Whether you're looking for family things to do in Detroit, searching for stuff in Ann Arbor or simply looking for fun activities for families, we've got you covered.

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There are tons of activities in metro Detroit and beyond that appeal to kids of all ages. It can be hard to keep up with all the fun activities for families that are happening in southeast Michigan, so let us help you plan your week!

Take a look at the top events happening this weekend – Friday, Jan. 31-Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Check back weekly for new events and family fun things to do.

Still want more? Take a look at our calendar of events!

Note: Things change, so be sure to call ahead before attending any of these events or performances.

Let’s Chill Winter Fest in Downtown Milan

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020 

  • Address: Downtown area, Milan
  • Time: 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
  • Admission: Free
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Bundle up and head to downtown Milan for ice carving, winter games, an artisan tent and more cold-weather fun. 

Mount Clemens Ice Sculpture Show

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020

  • Address: Downtown area, Mount Clemens
  • Time: Times vary
  • Admission: Free

Watch ice carvers turn ice into extravagant works of art, plus check out the ice sculptures downtown and stop by the Kids Wonderland Warming Center for more fun.  

Kids Hero Con at Orchard Mall

Feb. 1, 2020 

  • Address: Orchard Mall, 6445 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Admission: $5/ages 2 and older, free/under 2; pre-register

Metro Parent hosts this annual superhero and princess event featuring character photos, crafts, treats and more fun for families. Pre-register. 

Shiver on the River in Detroit

Feb. 1, 2020

  • Address: Detroit River and Belle Isle area
  • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free/event, $11/park

All of Belle Isle’s attractions will be open during this event, which features kids activities, environmental displays and Coast Guard demos. 

Harlem Globetrotters at Calihan Hall

Feb. 1, 2020

  • Address:Calihan Hall, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit
  • Time:7 p.m.
  • Admission:$20-plus/ticket 

Catch the world-traveling basketball team when they stop in Detroit to show off their ball-handling skills. 

Wild Winter at the Detroit Zoo

Feb. 1, 2020

  • Address:Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time:10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Admission:Free with zoo entry: $13-$18/adults, $10-$15/kids, $8/park

Track down pieces of a craft during a scavenger hunt to various animal habitats.

Black History Month at the DIA

Feb. 1-28, 2020 

  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.
  • Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Admission: Free/Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents, $6-$14/others, $7/park

Theater shows, film screenings, art workshops and more programming is offered – starting this weekend – in honor of Black History Month. 

2020 Academy Award Nominated Short Films: Animation and Live Action at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Feb. 1-2, 5, 7-9 and 12-16, 2020

  • Address:Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.
  • Time:Times vary
  • Admission:$9.50/general $7.50/seniors, students and members

See 10 shorts from animation to live-action, all nominated for Academy Awards.

Celebrate Black History at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Feb. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 and 26-29, 2020

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free with museum entry: $18-$24, $6/park

It’s the first weekend of this annual event, which gives visitors a chance to explore Black History Month through presentations about the Northern Migration, jazz music, civil rights and more.

43rd Annual Pancake Walk at Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center

Feb. 2, 2020

  • Address: Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center, 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Time: 10:30 a.m./family hike
  • Admission: $6/ages 12-plus, $3/ 11 and under, $10/park

Take a guided hike through the woods with your family, plus enjoy a stack of pancakes after the outdoor fun.