Fun Things to Do with Metro Detroit Kids This Weekend

Looking for some family fun? Check out our list of events and other things to do this weekend.

It’s officially May and the warmer weather is finally here. There are plenty of summer festivals happening this month.

Check out an epic three-story go kart track at C.J. Barrymores and The Big Bounce America is back at Steffens Park this weekend.

Be sure to check out the farmers markets in metro Detroit and create your own masterpiece at Splatter Art Studio. Also, try these yummy cookies near Dearborn.

My son, Jordan, and I are really excited to play mini golf at Cranbrook on the Green at Cranbrook Art Museum. We’re also looking forward to jumping around at The Big Bounce America.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at what’s happening May 17-19 and get to planning family fun. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @metroparentmag if you enjoy any of these weekend events!

This article was recently updated on May 14, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. The update included her adding new Metro Detroit events to the MetroParent.com‘s calendar and featuring the best family events in metro Detroit this weekend, aligning Metro Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to kari@metroparent.com.

Events

Photo credit: Danielle deo Owensby

Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are always jam-packed full of family-friendly events. We’ve picked some of our favorites going on this weekend. Don’t see anything your child will enjoy? Check out our online calendar for more!

2024 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at Huntington Place

May 13-18, 2024

See the top amateur boxers from across the U.S. face off in a week-long boxing tournament.

Cranbrook on the Green: Artist Designed Miniature Golf at the Cranbrook Art Museum

May 15-19, 2024

Visit the new miniature golf course, inspired by the art and design of Cranbrook. There are 10 holes for you to practice on. Tickets to the Green include admission to the Art Museum’s galleries.

Cirque Italia Water Circus at Fairlane Town Center

May 16-19, 2024

Families can go on a magical dream adventure back into the 1950s with Cirque Italia Water Circus. See wild trampoline antics, master jugglers, low-wire fanatics, dazzling contortion, and even a wheel of death at this unique, animal-free show.

Dequindre Cut Freight Yard Opening Night Party

May 17, 2024

Kick off the 2024 season with an opening night party at the Dequindre Cut. It’s an all ages beer garden built from nine repurposed shipping containers. There will be lawn games, karaoke, bonfires, free s’mores, local vendors, selection of wine, beer and cocktails and more. Bring your skates, bikes and skateboards. RSVP recommended.

FUNBOX Detroit at Oakland Mall

May 17-19, 2024

Check out the massive outdoor bounce park, which offers 25,000 square feet of connected jumping zones with 10 different play areas. Kids of all ages can enjoy the Mountain Challenge, Battle Beam, Gumball Gallop, Obstacle Course and more.

Motor City Comic Con at the Suburban Collection Showplace

May 17-19, 2024

  • Address: 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Cost: $30/Friday adult pass, $45/Saturday adult pass, $40/Sunday adult pass, $90/Weekend adult pass, $249/VIP fan pass (very limited and might not be available at the door), $10/Friday and Saturday child pass, $20/Weekend child pass Free/Sunday child pass, Free/ages 5 and under; Special event packages are available

Cosplay your favorite comic characters, meet-and-greet with graphic novel big wigs, check out movie screenings, character Q&As and more.

All That Jazz with Sean Dobbins & Friends at The War Memorial

May 18, 2024

Families can come out to The War Memorial to see All That Jazz with Sean Dobbins and Friends. There will be a pre-concert instrument petting zoo, too.

Birmingham Youth Assistance Touch a Truck at Bingham Farms Elementary School

May 18, 2024

This family-friendly event is for children and adults of all ages. Come get up close and personal with larger-than-life trucks, heavy construction and public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles.

Day Out With Thomas at Greenfield Village

May 18-19, 2024

Families can take a ride with their favorite storybook friend, Thomas the Train. There will be live music, bubbles, lawn games, photo opportunities, storytelling and more. Registration recommended.

Detroit Food Commons Grand Opening Community Celebration

May 18, 2024

Celebrate the Detroit Food Commons Grand Opening. There will be a ribbon cutting, live performances, drum calls, a DJ, free outdoor activities and programming and more.

Dino & Dragon Stroll at Canterbury Village

May 18-19, 2024

Stroll through this outdoor dinosaur adventure and get up close and personal with almost 75 life-like creatures, reptiles and life-size dinosaurs. There will be walking Velociraptors, smoke-breathing dragons, interactive baby dinosaurs, selfie stations and more. This weekend’s theme is Specialty Characters.

Farm Fest at Maybury Farm

May 18, 2024

This family-friendly event has cow-milking, seed-planting, lawn games, face-painting, live entertainment, food trucks, education presentations and more.

Founders Day Parade and Festival in Downtown Highland

May 18, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Highland area
  • Cost: Free

This annual event features a parade, kids zone, vendors and crafters, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, food trucks and more.

Free Health and Wellness Fair at Better Health Market

May 18, 2024

The health and wellness fair will feature local and national health and nutrition experts, wellness practitioners and healers. There will be free samples, gift baskets raffled off, face painting, balloons and more. RSVP recommended.

Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair at Orion Art Center

May 18-19, 2024

Over 100 vendors will be outdoors selling flowers, plants and art. There will also be live entertainment, a beer garden, live artist demonstrations, a kid’s area and more.

MCA 60th Anniversary Party at Robert A. VerKuilen Building

May 18, 2024

Celebrate Community Action’s 60th Anniversary event with bounce houses, music, lawn games, food, raffle prizes and more.

Saturday in the Park at Nankin Mills Park Area

May 18, 2024

Families can walk, run, skate or cycle safely on the six miles of Hines Drive at Nankin Mills Park Area. Hines Drive will be closed from Outer Drive to Ann Arbor Trail.

Solar Celebration Love Fest at Lord of Lords Ministries

May 18, 2024

All ages can celebrate sustainability and solidarity with music, solar-inspired art, bounce houses, sidewalk chalk, free food and community giveaways.

The Big Bounce America at Steffens Park

May 18-19, 2024

  • Address: 33000 Garfield Road, Fraser
  • Cost: Advanced tickets: $22/toddler session, ages 3 and under; $35/junior session, ages 7 and under along with parents; $35/bigger kids session, ages 15 and under along with parents; $45/adult only session for ages 16 and older. Tickets will cost more the day of the event

Experience the largest touring inflatable event in the world, The Big Bounce America, when it comes back to metro Detroit. Areas include The World’s Biggest Bounce House, The Giant, Octoblast, Sport Slam and AIRSpace.

Walk for Warmth at Robert A. VerKuilen Building

May 18, 2024

Take part in Macomb County’s 34th annual Walk for Warmth, which is a pet-friendly 5K. Macomb Community Action works to combat this issue through emergency grants and assistance and this event supports it. Registration required.

Water Lantern Festival at Martindale Beach

May 18, 2024

Enjoy music, food trucks and an incredible sight as thousands of floating lanterns reflect unique messages of love, hope and happiness. Other festival merchandise is available to purchase.

A World of Animals at Eddy Discovery Center

May 19, 2024

Join Eddy Discovery Center for an entertaining, hands-on program presented by Brendan Finerty from Jackson’s Wild World Zoo. Registration required.

Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade and Party in Shain Park

May 19, 2024

The parade is an over 40-year-old tradition that takes place in Birmingham. There will be a party in Shain Park afterwards.

Galileo at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Through June 2, 2024

Visitors will learn about Galileo’s groundbreaking discoveries through engaging artifacts and hands-on experiments. The interactive exhibit includes experiments in physics, mathematics, astronomy and natural sciences that even little ones can wrap their minds around.

Japanese Friendship Dolls at the Detroit Institute of Arts 

Through June 5, 2024

This exhibit teaches the fine art of Japanese doll-making and showcases three Ichimatsu Friendship Dolls.

“Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971” at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Through June 23, 2024

The DIA will open its new exhibit, Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971, which honors the legacy of African Americans in film. It includes costumes, props, photographs, posters and interactive elements. The museum also has permanent exhibits, Africa and Center for African American Art.

Around town

Go kart track cj barrymores
Photo credit: C.J. Barrymore’s

Family events packed with people can be overwhelming for some families, but that doesn’t mean you have to be bored this weekend either. These fun ideas will have you out of the house and exploring your community.

At-home activities           

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The fun doesn’t stop just because you’re sticking close to home this weekend. Keep the kids entertained with these fun ideas including crafts, recipes, books to read and more!


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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