Free Kid-Friendly Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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

An ice sculpture at the Oakland County Fire and Ice festival
Photo via the Oakland County Fire & Ice festival Facebook page

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

Artists’ Choice Group Show at the Anton Art Center 

Jan. 18-Feb. 20, 2020

  • Address: Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens
  • Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

See artwork by the Lakeside Palette Club of St. Clair Shores, the Mount Clemens Art Association, the Romeo Guild of Art and the Warren Tri-County Fine Arts Association at this show.

Mount Clemens Ice Sculpture Show 

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020

Head downtown to see carvers turn blocks of ice into fantastic works of art and see pre-carved sculptures on display, too.

SatARTdays at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens 

Feb. 8, 2020

Explore the art of theater with All the World’s a Stage at the February installment of this monthly.

Valentine’s Craft at the St. Clair Shores Public Library 

Feb. 12, 2020

  • Address: St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road, St Clair Shores
  • Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Make a unique work of art for your 2020 Valentine. Adults must accompany their kids.

Let’s Play! Toys, Games and Culture at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township

Feb. 25-May 2, 2020

  • Address: Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Learn the history behind popular games and see how toys and games influence society.

Oakland County

Oakland County Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester

Jan. 17-19, 2020

  • Address: Downtown Rochester area
  • Time: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Enjoy family fun at this annual event. Festivities include ice skating, dog sled rides, ice sculptures, fireworks, food trucks, more.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday at the Farmington Community Library

Jan. 20, 2020 

  • Address: Farmington Community Library, 23500 Liberty St., Farmington Hills
  • Time: 1-4 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King at this event, which offers educational activities and crafts for all ages.

WinterFest 2020 at the Oak Park Community Center 

Jan. 26, 2020

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, s’mores, ice skating and much more.

Michigan Cantonese Storytime at Metro Detroit Chinese Alliance Church in Madison Heights 

Feb. 1, 2020

  • Address: Metro Detroit Chinese Alliance Church, 31329 John R. Road, Madison Heights
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

2020 is the year of the rat! Learn the story behind this in Cantonese. Rhymes and crafts, too.

Frozen Skate Party at the Sundquist Pavilion in Farmington 

Feb. 8, 2020

This event offers ice skating and ice activities with your favorite Frozen sisters.

Washtenaw County

Dexter Ice Fest at Monument Park

Jan. 18, 2020

Find live ice carving demonstrations, hot chocolate, a snowman building contest, face painting and more at this first-ever event.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch 

Jan. 25, 2020

  • Address: Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 2-3:30
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Celebrate the year of the rat at this annual event. See a lion dance, watch calligraphy demos, make crafts and more.

Let’s Chill Winter Fest in Downtown Milan 

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020 

Come to the library to make a hat or noisemaker to ring in the New Year.

Kerry Tales: Greet Groundhogs with Mother Goose at Kerrytown Market and Shops in Ann Arbor 

Feb. 2, 2020

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

Chocolate Extravaganza in Downtown Chelsea 

Feb. 8, 2020

This 12th annual affair offers great deals at area eateries and plenty of chocolate treats.

Wayne County

Community Health Fair at Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods 

Jan. 17, 2020

Get a flu shot, blood and glucose testing, dental screenings, vision tests and more. All free of charge.

Frozen Winter Festival at the William P. Faust Public Library in Westland

Jan. 19, 2020

  • Address: William P. Faust Public Library, 6123 Central City Parkway, Westland
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Find stories, crafts, sining and dancing with Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. 

Shiver on the River in Detroit 

Feb. 1, 2020 

Enjoy environmental displays and activities, Coast Guard demos and much more. Note: The event is free but an $11 parking permit is required to enter Belle Isle. 

February Flicks at Beacon Park in Detroit 

Feb. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020

Every Saturday in February, families gather for an outdoor family-friendly flick including Toy Story 4 on Feb. 8, Aquaman on Feb. 15, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on Feb. 22 and Avengers: Endgame on Feb. 29.

African American History Day at the Detroit Historical Museum 

Feb. 29, 2020

Explore the urban agricultural movement in Detroit through panel discussions, crafts, vendors and more.

Livingston County 

Hartland Family Winterfest at All Saint’s Lutheran Church in Harland 

Feb. 8, 2020

Meet live reindeer, make a craft and help support the local food kitchen.

Stupid Cupid Party at the Brighton District Library

Feb. 13, 2020

Are you stick of all the lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day stuff? Enjoy an anti-Valentine’s Day party that comes complete with broken heart cookies, games, and more. Aimed at kids in grades 7-12. Registration required.

This post is updated regularly. 

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