Family Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Southeast Michigan

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.


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, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. 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.

Evil Dead: The Musical at City Theatre in Detroit 

Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, 2017

  • Address: City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave, Detroit,
  • Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays
  • Admission: $30

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This hilarious horror-filled stage show based on Sam Raimi’s ’80s cult classic returns for its eighth season.

Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village in Dearborn 

Oct. 19-22 and 26-29, 2017

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. start; ends 8 or 9 p.m. (varies by day)
  • Admission: $16/ages 12-plus, $13.75/2-11, free/under 2, $6/parking

About 1,000 carved jack-o’-lanterns light paths through Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow and other spooky worlds. Meet the Headless Horseman, a mad scientist and more. Beer, cider and doughnuts follow.

Halloween Hoopla at the Macomb Township Recreation Center 

Oct. 20, 2017

  • Address: Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb Drive, Macomb
  • Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5-$10

This costume carnival features a trick-or-treating trail, a magic show, Monster Studio “Boo-tique” and more

Halloween Science at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills 

Oct. 20, 2017

  • Address: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Admission: $10-$13

Wee goblins enjoy gooey and spooky science fun including make-and-take fingerprint monsters, candy corn shooters and slippery slime, planetarium shows and presentations like spider races, blood exploration and more.

Sugar Skulls at the Detroit Institute of Arts 

Oct. 20 and 27-29, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Time: 6-9 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
  • Admission: Free/Macomb, Wayne and Oakland county residents; others: $6-$12.50/ages 6-plus.

Learn how sugar skulls fit in with Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican-American communities. Then decorate your own.

 Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak 

Oct. 20-22, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 5-8 p.m.
  • Admission: $10/ages 2-plus, free/kids under 2

This “merry-not-scary” Halloween event has magic acts, jugglers, extreme pumpkin carving, music and more. Wear a costume for the fun.

Sterling Frights in the Sterling Heights City Hall Area

Oct. 21, 2017

  • Address: Sterling Heights City Hall area
  • Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

This fourth annual features live music, a straw maze, hayrides, pumpkins, cider and doughnuts and more Halloween fun.

HarvestFest Detroit in the Dequindre Cut Area 

 Oct. 21 2017

  • Address: Dequindre Cut Area, Detroit
  • Time: noon-4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

This family event’s got hayrides, kid “tattoo” artists, bounce houses, live music, a pumpkin patch, Halloween movies on a big screen and more.

Boo Bash at the Southfield Pavilion 

Oct. 21, 2017 

  • Address: Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Time: 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $8-$12/ages 2-13, free/adults

Make a Halloween craft, test yourself during the relay races and pumpkin drop, take a wagon ride and brave the Boo Barn. Registration required.

Fall Harvest Festival at Upland Hills Farm in Oxford 

Oct. 21-22 and 28-29, 2017

  • Address: Upland Hills Farm, 481 Lake George Road, Oxford
  • Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Admission: $10/admission; fees apply for some activities

Visit with the farm animals, try milking a cow, check out a magic show and take a hayride at this family tradition.