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.

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, Dec. 13-Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. 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.

Visit With Santa at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Now-Dec. 24, 2019

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Admission: $18-$22, free/4 and under
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Kids learn about the history of pioneering aviators from Santa himself. Snap a photo or purchase one there and get a gift.

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Dec. 12-15, 17-23 and 26-28, 2019

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Time: 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Admission: $22.50-$30, free/4 and under

Visit Greenfield Village to check out the decorations, enjoy live music, holiday cooking demos, fireworks and more this season. 

Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

Dec. 13, 2019

  • Address: Belle Isle, Detroit
  • Time: 5-8 p.m.
  • Admission: $11/Recreation Passport

Visit the Belle Isle Nature Center, Belle Isle Boat House and Dossin Great Lakes Museum free of charge. Enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate, doughnuts, craftsand more.

Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market at the Northville Community Center

Dec. 13-15, 2019 

  • Address: Northville Community Center, 303 W. Main St.
  • Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission: $4/person, free/12 and under

Shop tons of handmade gifts at this holiday market this weekend.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox Theatre

Dec. 13-15, 2019

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission: $34-plus/ticket

It’s a Broadway musical mixed with a holiday cirque adventure – and it’s hitting the stage in Detroit this weekend.

Elf Jr. The Musical at Grosse Pointe South High School

Dec. 13-15, 2019

  • Address: Grosse Pointe South High School, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Time: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Admission: $5-$10

Everyone’s favorite elf comes to life on stage during this youth performance this weekend. 

Holiday Classics at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 13-15, 19-20 and 21-22, 2019

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Time: $3/person (cash only)
  • Admission: Times vary

Get in the holiday spirit with a screening ofElfthis weekend at this Plymouth theater.

Christmas at Rentschler Farm

Dec. 14-15, 2019

  • Address: Rentschler Farm, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
  • Time: 1-4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Take a tour of the farmhouse, enjoy historical demos, visit with Santa and more this weekend.

Holly Dickens Festival

Dec. 14-15, 2019

  • Address: Downtown area, Holly
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. opening day; then 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays
  • Admission: Free

It’s the longest-running Charles Dickens winter event in the United States – and it’s right in our backyard. Stop by to experience all the family, which kicks off this weekend.

A Winter Fantasy at the Detroit Opera House

Dec. 15, 2019

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St.
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $30

The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus performs classic holiday hits on Sunday.