Free Southeast Michigan Events for Families

Searching for free things to do in southeast Michigan? Find great budget-friendly family fun in Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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With kids in tow, seeing the latest stage show or attending that super popular special event can put a real dent in the ol’ bank account. It’s great once in a while, but geez, where are all of the free southeast Michigan events this weekend?

Actually, there are plenty if you know where to look! Every activity listed here will cost you absolutely nothing for admission. Zilch. Maybe you’ll have to splurge a buck or two for parking. But that’s it!

Want to attend events in Detroit that won’t cost you a fortune? Searching for activities in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties that won’t break the bank? Then check back here regularly and mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of the free family fun happening over the next week or so.

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Note: Things change. We try our best to update details, but be sure to call ahead before attending just in case. Also, some events may require pre-registration. When noted, contact the organizer for more details.

Macomb County

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

Oct. 17 and 24, 2017 (Tuesdays) 

  • Address: Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids can practice reading to trained therapy dogs at the library.

Terror on Tillson Street in Romeo 

Oct. 31, 2017 

  • Address: Tillson Street area, Romeo
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Each year, the residents of Tillson Street go all-out with their Halloween decorations. Drive through to check out the decor and swing by on Halloween for a bit of trick-or-treating.

Adaptive Storytime at the Sterling Heights Public Library 

Nov. 11, 2017 

  • Address: 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids ages 3-10 on the autism spectrum gather to enjoy a sensory-friendly story in small groups. Caregivers must accompany their kids. Registration required.

The Bubbleman at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library South Branch in Clinton Township 

Nov. 24, 2017

  • Address: Clinton-Macomb Public Library South Branch, 35679 South Gratiot, Clinton Township
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Ron “The Bubbleman” will awe kids with his feats of bubble ingenuity. Ages 12 and under.

Numismatic Society Show at the Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center in Warren 

Nov. 24-26, 2017 

  • Address: Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center, 14500 E Twelve Mile Road, Warren
  • Time:10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Coin collectors of all ages are invited to this expo, which showcases a variety of old coins, historical presentations, educational exhibits and more.

Oakland County

 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library at the Southfield Public Library

Oct. 21-22, 2017

  • Address: Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids in teams of four to seven test their knowledge and skills to see who can escape the library before time runs out. Register by Oct. 1.

Day of the Dead at the Novi Civic Center 

Oct. 29, 2017

  • Address: Novi Civic Center, 45175 West 10 Mile Road, Novi
  • Time: 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Enjoy traditional costumes, dance performances, crafts, a parade and more in celebration of the holiday.

Free First Friday at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills 

Nov. 3, 2017 

  • Address: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills
  • Time: 5-10 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

The MASCO Foundation covers evening admission so you can explore science-y wonders for free.

Special Needs Family Fun Morning at the Bloomfield Township Public Library 

Nov. 5, 2017 

  • Address: Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids on the autism spectrum enjoy a sensory-friendly craft, games and more.

Veterans Day Ceremony at the Orion Center in Lake Orion 

Nov. 11, 2017 

  • Address: Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Honor the sacrifices that our veterans have made at this annual.

Washtenaw County

Halloween Story Time and Craft at the Dexter District Library 

Oct. 21, 2017

  • Address: Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter
  • Time: 11 a.m.- noon
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Enjoy a merry-not-scary Halloween story, make a craft and listen to some friendly tunes, too. Good for ages six and under.

Story Time at the Museum at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

Oct. 21, 2017 

  • Address: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 11:15 a.m.-noon
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids ages 3-6 are invited to the museum to listen to a story in the galleries and explore the art on display, too.

Family Halloween Party at the U-M Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor 

Oct. 29, 2017 

  • Address: U-M Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Time: noon-5 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Go trick-or-treating in the halls of the museum at this event. Find hands-on activities and live animals, too.

Kerry Tales: Wee, Willie Winkie and Mother Goose at Kerrytown Market and Shops in Ann Arbor 

Nov. 5, 2017 

  • Address: Kerrytown Market and Shops, 407 N. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Trudy Bulkley, aka Mother Goose, entertains kids with themed-stories and rhymes.

My Turn at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor

Nov. 12, 2017 

  • Address: U-M Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Families with members with autism or other spectrum disorders are invited to the museum for two hours of less sensory-stimulating fun. Quiet rooms are available if the museum still becomes too much.

Wayne County

HarvestFest Detroit at the Dequindre Cut Area in Detroit

Oct. 21, 2017 

  • Address: Dequindre Cut between Wilkins St. and Gratiot Ave., Detroit
  • Time: noon-4 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Offers hayrides, bounce houses and a pumpkin patch; plus kids’ tattoos, live music, Halloween flicks and more.

Pumpkin Palooza in Downtown Plymouth 

Oct. 22, 2017 

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth area
  • Time: noon-3 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Costumes are encouraged for this seventh annual Halloween event. Get yours judged and enjoy contests, dancing, live entertainment and a petting zoo, too.

English-Arabic Story Time at the Arab American National Museum 

Oct. 28, 2017

  • Address: Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids 2-6 are invited to the museum for a story told in both Arabic and English.

DTE Energy Foundation Free Second Sunday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Nov. 12, 2017

  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Eve., Detroit
  • Time: 1-5 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Experience all of the wonders of the museum, along with tons of kid-friendly programming during this monthly event, courtesy of DTE Energy.

Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony at Campus Martius Park 

Nov. 17 2017

  • Address: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Time: 5 p.m.-midnight
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

The tree celebrates the holidays with a mega-sized Christmas tree. Stop by to see it being lit for the first time.

Livingston County

Go Forth and Fort! Fort Night Challenge at the Brighton District Library 

Nov. 11, 2017

  • Address: Brighton District Library, 100 Library Drive, Brighton
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Check out the building materials supplied and compete to se who can make the coolest fort. Good for kids 9-12. Registration required.

Tween Night: Candy Sushi the Cromaine District Library in Hartland 

Nov. 13, 2017 

  • Address: Cromaine District Library, 3688 Hartland Road, Hartland
  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Tweens get to roll some sushi candy at this evening event. Good for kids in grades 4-6. Registration required.

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