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.

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.


Wayne County Lightfest

  • Address: Merriman Hollow Park, 7651 Merriman Road, Westland
  • Time: 7-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 2020
  • Cost: $5/car

This 4.5-mile drive-thru display features 45 animated and themed displays for families to enjoy.

Magic of Lights

  • Address: DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Time: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 13, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021
  • Cost: $15-$80

Take a 1.5-mile drive through holiday-themed light displays including the Blizzard Tunnel, 12 Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas and more.

Light Up Beacon Park

  • Address: Beacon Park, 1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 5 p.m.-midnight daily Nov. 20-Jan. 15
  • Cost: Free

This third annual offers a massive light display of over 125,000 LED lights. Plus, family activities galore.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

  • Address: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday on select nights through Jan. 3, 2021
  • Cost: $15-$20, free/kids under 2, $8/parking

See the zoo like you never have before as more then five million LED lights adorn the trees, buildings and sculptures throughout the zoo.

Exploring Nature Through the Seasons

  • Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Time: 10-11 a.m. Nov. 28, 2020
  • Cost: $5/person, $3/child, free/kids 2 and under. $10/parking

Explore the plants, animals and insects around the park as they prepare for the winter season.

Virtual options

Zoom a Virtual Conversation With Santa

  • Ages: All
  • Time: 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, Nov. 27-Dec. 24, 2020

Make a reservation to Zoom with Santa at his log cabin.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Ages: All
  • Time: Any, Nov. 26, 2020

The annual tradition in the heart of Detroit has gone virtual in 2020. See a televised event of older parades is celebration of the season.

Virtual Alternative Christmas Fair

  • Ages: All
  • Time: Any, Nov. 14-Dec. 1, 2020

Help support local non-profits and service organizations by purchasing gifts like handmade soup mixes, handblown glass, blanket kits and much more.

Virtual Detroit Urban Craft Fair

  • Ages: All
  • Time: Any, Oct. 1-Dec. 6, 2020

The annual craft fair has gone virtual! Check out the Detroit Urban Craft fair’s Instagram (@handmade_detroit) to find a variety of crafts for sale.

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.

Near-home activities

Looking for event more fun activities that are easier for social distancing? Try some of these ideas…

See a local holiday display

A light display at wayne county lightfest
Photo courtesy of Wayne County Lightfest

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Pack up the family and head to these 2020 holiday displays and tree lightings in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Make a turkey craft

It’s turkey time! Get creative with one of these turkey craft ideas — including a candy corn turkey and no-glue turkey craft.

Drive around your neighborhood to see holiday lights

A house decorated for the holidays

Wondering which neighborhoods go all out with holiday lights? Here’s a breakdown of the must-see neighborhood holiday displays in southeast Michigan.

Visit an outdoor art display

An image of one of the houses in the Heidelberg Project
Photo via the Heidelberg Project on Facebook

The metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas are full of creative and beautiful outdoor public art displays. Take your kids to see the work of local artists at these spots.

Watch This, Do That

An image from one Over The Moon and an image of a rocket
Image one courtesy of Netflix. Image two from Science Sparks

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

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