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.

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

Winterfest and Family Cookout at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center in Shelby Township

Jan. 26, 2019

  • Address: Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive, Shelby Township
  • Time: noon-3 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Find snow games, crafts and other wintertime activities; plus a bonfire.

Mount Clemens Ice Sculpture Show

Feb. 1-3, 2019

Find ice carving displays and demonstrations; plus a warming center full of fun activities for kids.

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

Feb. 6, 2019

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

Make a unique piece of Valentine’s Day art to gift to your sweetie.

Nature Crafts for Night Owls at the Sterling Heights Nature Center

Feb. 21, 2019

  • Address: Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 3-7 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

The nature center stays open a bit later for families. Swing by to look around the display room and make a nature-related craft.

The 70s” Heavy, Hip and Happenin’ at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township

Feb. 27-May 4, 2019

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

This groovy exhibit introduces kids to the ’70s and covers everything from the Watergate scandal to technological advances and beyond.

Oakland County

International Snacks and Movie Festival at the Southfield Public Library

Jan. 27, 2019

Try some international snacks and watch movies from around the world.

Tinkerbell and Peter Pan Party at the Farmington Community Library – Farmington Branch

Feb. 9, 2019

  • Address: Farmington Community Library – Farmington Branch, 23500 Liberty St., Farmington
  • Time: 11 a.m.-noon
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Your two favorite Neverland residents meet with kids for music and photo ops. Aimed at ages 3-plus.

Lunar New Year Lantern Festival at the Association of Chinese Americans Chinese Community Center in Madison Heights

Feb. 16, 2019

  • Address: Association of Chinese Americans Chinese Community Center, 32585 Concord Drive, Madison Heights
  • Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with authentic Chinese food, art, music and cultural performances.

Winter Fest at the Southfield Pavilion

Feb. 17, 2019

Find snow tubing, ice skating, horse drawn carriages, games, inflatables and much more at this wintertime celebration.

A Visit from the Tooth Fairy at the Royal Oak Public Library

Feb. 19, 2019

The tooth fairy visits with kids to teach them about proper dental hygiene. Registration required.

Washtenaw County

Storytime at the Museum at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor

Jan. 26, 2019

  • Address: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Kids enjoy an art-inspired movie with the art that inspired it.

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

Jan. 26, 2019

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

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with crafts, performances and more.

Food & Flavors of the Chinese New Year at the Chelsea District Library

Jan. 31, 2019

2019 marks the Year of the Boar. Celebrate it with a traditional snack. Registration required.

Let’s Chill Winter Fest in Downtown Milan

Feb 1-2, 2019

This outdoor fest features ice carvings, winter games and a chili cook-off to enjoy.

Kerry Tales: Lost Mittens and Mother Goose at Kerrytown Market and Shops in Ann Arbor

Feb. 3, 2019

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

Wayne County

Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends at Campus Martius Park in Detroit

Jan. 25-27, Feb. 8-10 and 15-17, 2019

  • Address: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 4-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays (opening weekend, Jan. 19-21: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday).
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

The annual Winter Blast has been redone to span four weekends. Swing by for ice sculptures, ice skating, live music, food and tons of fun.

Pirates! at the Livonia Public Library

Jan. 26, 2019

Local scallywags dress as a pirate to learn about real-life swashbucklers, play pirate games, make crafts and more. Registration required.

Shiver on the River in Detroit

Feb. 2, 2019

Celebrate the Detroit River with eco-friendly games, educational displays and coast guard demonstrations. Note: An $11 recreation passport is required to enter Belle Isle.

Miz Rosie the Storyteller at the Romulus Public Library

Feb. 19, 2019

Miz Rosie entertains kids with stories about Black History.

African American History Day at the Detroit Historical Museum

Feb. 23, 2019

Celebrate Black History Month with an event that focuses on neighborhood sports in Detroit through the years.

Livingston County

Hartland Family Winterfest at the Cromaine District Library in Hartland

Feb. 9, 2019

Meet live reindeer and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen. There will be games and more, too.

PJ Masks Party at the Brighton District Library

Feb. 16, 2019

Kids ages 3-6 enjoy stories, games, crafts and treats themed to the beloved kids’ show. Registration required.

This post is updated regularly.