Things to Do on Spring Break: Fun for Kids and Families

What are some things to do on spring break in metro Detroit with your kids? When it comes to the April break, we've got southeast Michigan covered.

Spring break fun for families

Spring break is right around the corner – and after such an unpredictable winter, a world of fun is calling your name! No elaborate family vacation planned? No worries. There are plenty of things to do on Spring Break with your kids. No matter the age, there are plenty of boredom busters and fun activities going on.

Whether it’s exploring science through exciting experiments, making crafts or shooting hoops, you’re sure to find something to keep your little ones busy. So spring into action and figure out what to do in southeast Michigan with these activities in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Babies, Babies Everywhere at Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township

March 30-April 7, 2019

  • Address: 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Schedule: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $3/child, $5/adult, $10/park vehicle entry

Take a spring break trip to the farm for a leisurely tour to see baby animals. Farm helpers will be available in the barns to answer questions and sit on straw bales with the animals for photos with children.

Camp Africa Spring at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit 

April 1-5, 2019

  • Address: 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Schedule: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Free
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Kids ages 7-12 are invited to the museum to explore the exhibits on display and do STEAM-centered activities that will encourage them to grow as learners. Advance registration required. Campers must bring their own peanut-free lunch.

Spring Break Art Days at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills 

April 1-5, 2019

  • Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-645-3323
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (post-camp 3-6 p.m. for $25 more/day)
  • Cost: $45/half day, $85/full day

Spring Break Art Days at Cranbrook Art Museum feature five day‐long workshops for students kindergarten through fourth grade. Each day focuses on a new theme. Each workshop draws inspiration from the museum’s collection. Art Museum Educators guide students as they create and explore art and design using Cranbrook’s amazing collections! All art supplies and materials are included with program registration. Students must bring a lunch.

Spring Break Boredom Busters at the Ferndale Area District Library 

April 1-5 and 7, 2019 

  • Address: 222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-546-2504
  • Schedule: varies by activity
  • Cost: Free

The library offers a variety of fun to keep kids occupied over spring break. Choose from playgroups, magic workshops, author visits, musical events and more.

School Break Camp at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield

April 1-5 and 19, 2019

  • Address: 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-352-8000
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; extended care: 8-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Cost: $65-$75/day, $260-$310/week, $10/extended care

Kids will enjoy games, swimming, tennis and much more. Open to ages 3-12. Kids are welcome to bring lunch or an extra $5 lunch and two peanut-free snacks. Ages 3 and 4 must have a full life jacket if they want to swim. All kids must be potty trained to attend.

School’s Out, Camp’s In at the Beverly Hills Club 

April 1-5 and 22-26, 2019 

  • Address: 31555 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills
  • Phone: 248-642-8500
  • Schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (pre- and post-camp care runs 7:30-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.)
  • Cost: $43-$55/half day, $55-$69/full day, $142-$209/full week

Kids ages five and up enjoy swimming, sports, games and crafts during this school break option. Kids must register 48 hours prior to the start of camp. An additional $10 will be charged for walk ins.

Spring Break Basketball and Volleyball Camps at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse in Shelby Township 

April 2-4, 2019

  • Address: 45300 Mound Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-731-3080
  • Schedule: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $139/person for three days

Young athletes can learn some basketball or volleyball fundamentals and play in some fun competition to improve their game. The basketball camp is for grades 1-8 and the volleyball camp is for grades 4-9. Lunch will be provided each day.

Spring Break Art Camp at Creative Arts Studios in Royal Oak

April 2-6, 2019 

  • Address: 114 W. 4th St., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-544-2234
  • Schedule: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $235/week

Kids get creative with clay, mosaic, paint, wax and more during this camp. Pre-registration is required. Five-percent discount applied when you sign up with friends.

Nature Storytime-Eggstravagant Eggs at Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor 

April 3, 2019

  • Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Schedule: 10-11 a.m.
  • Cost: $5/child, free/adults and kids under 2

Nature Storytime is an event on Wednesday mornings for parents and their children to do together. This particular event explores different eggs and the animals that lay them. This is perfect for ages 2-5 years old.

FoolMoon and FestiFools in Ann Arbor

April 5 and 7, 2019 

  • Address: Downtown Ann Arbor area
  • Schedule: dusk-10 p.m. Friday, 4-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This annual features a lighted parade on Friday and a parade of handcrafted puppets and floats on Sunday. Come in costume and enjoy.

Indian Festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts

April 5-7, 2019 

  • Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-7900
  • Schedule: 7-10 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free/Macomb, Wayne and Oakland county residents; others: $6-$14/ages 6-plus

Experience traditional Indian culture with a weekend of dance and music performances, displays, demonstrations and more.

Festival of Arts at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills 

April 11-13, 2019 

  • Address: 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-473-1800
  • Schedule: Call for details
  • Cost: Fees apply, call for details

Treat your kids to art exhibits, musical performances and a special Family Fay full of arts-and-crafts and age-appropriate live entertainment for the whole family.

This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated regularly.