Fall Fun for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Between the crisp air and the changing leaves, there’s something incredibly special about autumn in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor — and there’s certainly no shortage of fun to be had. To make your fall fun planning a little easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best seasonal activities and events for southeast Michigan families to enjoy this time of year in this handy guide.

Skim through it to find information about your favorite fall events — including Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village, El Dia de Los Muertos at the DIA and America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — details on Cedar Point’s Halloweekends celebration, local haunted houses, fun corn mazes, apple orchards and much more. 

Plus, add some local races to your fall running list, get some spooky local legends to tell your teens, find beautiful fall color tours to enjoy and even discover some educational field trip destinations to keep your kids both entertained and learning. 

Don’t miss out on fall in southeast Michigan. Bookmark this guide to keep the fun going now through November — and don’t forget to share your family’s fun with us on Instagram using #MPMoment.

Happy Fall, y’all 🍂

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Don’t let the chilly weather keep you from getting outdoors and exploring all that metro Detroit and Ann Arbor offers this time of year. There are so many fall festivals to enjoy along with distinctly fall activities such as apple and pumpkin picking and corn mazes

Find information on these fall-tastic options below — and for those families that are happy chilling at home, search through fun indoor activities with a twist such as fall books and some fun DIY autumn crafts.

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When you think of fall holidays, Halloween is the reigning king. Between the annual Halloween events and creepy crafts, there are tons of ways for local families to celebrate the scariest of all holidays.

Of course, Halloween isn’t the only holiday this time of year. In addition to the Halloween fun, families can also enjoy activities that celebrate Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Indigenous People’s Day and much more. 

Get details on all of the above and more, here.

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School might be back in session, but there’s no reason that the learning has to stop once the kids leave the classroom. In fact, Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are packed with all kinds of educational spots that are great to visit this time of year. 

Find details on spots that kids will learn about animals such as local petting farms and nature centers, along with information on upcoming fall museum attractions, factory tours and even a few art displays.

Cool Detroit Attractions, Activities and Other Fun Things

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Best Family Nature Centers in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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Metro Detroit Planetariums for Families to Visit

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