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, Dec. 15-Sunday, Dec. 17, 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.

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

Now-Dec. 30, 2017 (select days)

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Time: 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Admission: $19.50-$26/tickets, $6/park

Greenfield Village transforms into a winter wonderland for families to visit on select dates all month long.

Wayne County Lightfest

Now-Dec. 31, 2017

  • Address: Merriman Road between Warren Avenue and Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Time: 7-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Dec. 25
  • Admission: $5/car

Pack up the kids, snag some hot cocoa and head to Westland to drive through 4.5 miles of light displays.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Now-Dec. 31, 2017

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 5:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Admission: $10-plus/entry, $7/park

This ongoing holiday display features more than 5 million LED lights illuminating some 230 animal sculptures.

1,001 Inventions at the Michigan Science Center

Now-Jan. 7, 2017

  • Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday- Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission: Free with museum entry: $14/ages 13-plus, $11/ages 2-12

Experience the golden age of innovation through displays, short films, workshops and more in store for families.

Chanukah Wonderland at Orchard Mall

Dec. 13-14 and 17-18, 2017

  • Address: 6337 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Time: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Monday
  • Admission: $5/person

This celebration at Orchard Mall features a 10-foot coin-orah, fresh doughnuts, a dreidel bounce house and a menorah lighting.

Home for the Holidays at Orchestra Hall

Dec. 15-17, 2017

  • Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission: $12-$120

Families will enjoy Christmas carols and get to see Santa at this performance in Detroit.

Dinner with Santa at the Detroit Zoo

Dec. 15-17, 2017

  • Address: 8540 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $34-$39/kids, $39-$44/adults

Enjoy a buffet-style feast with Santa during the zoo’s Wild Lights event.

Stories and Dances of the Ho-Chunk Nation at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Dec. 16, 2017

  • Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free/Macomb, Wayne and Oakland county residents; others: $6-$14/ages 6-plus

Native American champion dancer Reg Pettibone and his family bring their culture to life through dance, song, stories and a display of artifacts. All ages.

A Winter Fantasy at the Detroit Opera House

Dec. 17, 2017

  • Address: 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: $10-$25

The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus rings in the season with beautiful holiday tunes.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre

Dec. 17, 2017

  • Address: 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: noon, 4 and 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $31.50-plus

Catch a holiday performance from the Moscow Ballet at the Fox Theatre this Sunday.

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