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

Looking for some family fun virtual things to do while at home or as things open up? Check out our list of events and other things to do this weekend.

A family having a pillow fight

The stay-at-home order in Michigan has been lifted and our mitten state is looking pretty good as far as new coronavirus cases go — and that means some in-person events for families are returning. 

Still, some families may not be comfortable getting out and about just yet, so we’ve tweaked our roundup of things to do this weekend to include some virtual activities, at-home options and a few in-person events (when we can find them) to keep all families covered all weekend long. 

Remember, if you choose to head out to an in-person event you should still be practicing social distancing, washing your hands often and wearing a mask whenever possible. 


Detroit Kite Festival 

  • Ages: All 
  • Time: Sunday, July 12, 2020 

The Detroit Kite Festival is on, but looks a little different. Instead of flying on Belle Isle, the people behind the fest are encouraging families to fly their kites at a local park near them. 

Christmas in July 

  • Ages: All 
  • Time: 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 10 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, July 11 

Kids can enjoy sweet treats, crafts and stories with Santa. Stick around for the drive-in event, too.

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Virtual options 

Belle Isle Conservancy Virtual Koi Festival 

  • Ages: All 
  • Time: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2020 

Learn about Japanese heritage and the koi fish at the conservancy during this annual event, which has gone online for 2020. 

Educational Activities with Huron-Clinton Metroparks

  • Ages: All 
  • Time: Now-July 30, 2020

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are offering online resources about hibernation, animal songs, leaves, plant life cycles, animal tracks and more. 

Metro Parent’s Virtual Science Camp

  • Ages: All
  • Time: Any

How’s that homeschooling going? If you’re looking for some other ideas on how to teach your kiddos while also entertaining them, let us help. Conduct some super cool science experiments from last summer’s Virtual Science Camp. The experiments are easy to do and only require a few items you probably already have at home.

Summer in the Village Virtual Art Fair 

  • Ages: Any
  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 27-29 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 3 

Visit this annual art fair in virtual form. Pictures and video of the artwork will be up on Facebook. Comment on the work you want to purchase and pick it up later at Lathrup Village City Hall. 

Virtual Staycation with Pure Michigan

  • Ages: All
  • Time: Now-July 30, 2020

Explore the Mitten State without ever leaving home! Check out live web cams of our beaches, virtual tours of statewide exhibits and more.

At-home activities 

Looking for event more fun activities to do at home? Try some of these ideas… 

Watch this, Do that

Image from Harry Potter pointing to a drink
First photo via Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets. Second photo via Homemade Hooplah.

Pair some of your favorite flicks with activities based on the movies. 

Virtual races for families 

A group of people running a race

Get your run on this summer with some virtual race options. 

Play on TikTok

A mom and daughter dancing together

Not sure what this popular app is? Read our breakdown and have some at-home fun with your kids. 

Have a backyard campout

A camping tent

Pitch a tent, have a bonfire and campout in your backyard with the kids.

Go to a u-pick farm

A woman and child holding a basket of strawberries while sitting in a strawberry field

Berry-picking is great fun and good for social distancing. Find some sweet options at these u-pick berry farms in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Have a picnic

Man and woman with a picnic basket and umbrella in a grassy field

Grab your picnic basket of snacks and head out to one of the best picnic areas in metro Detroit including Belle Isle, Addison Oaks and more.