Baby and Toddler Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking for something fun to do with your baby or toddler this weekend? Check out these upcoming events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are always jam-packed with fun things to do with kids, but the events that are great for older kids might not be as popular with babies and toddlers.

And that’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best events in our area that are geared toward your youngest family members. Check out what’s coming to your area this month. Plus, fun things to do at home or around town, too!

Don’t see an event your child will love? Check out our online calendar for even more family fun things to do this weekend and beyond.

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Keep your tots entertained at these theater shows, festivals and other events that are either geared specifically toward babies and younger kids, or  that offer activities they’ll love. 

Saturday Storytime

Now-Dec. 31, 2023 (Saturdays)

Join 27th Letter Books for their weekly story offering, made bilingual in Spanish & English.  Following the reading, you will be invited to stay and explore the book themes through art studio time or an interactive activity

Story Time with Mr. Jim

Now-Dec. 29, 2022 (Thursdays)

Caroline Kennedy Library offers simple stories, music, crafts, bubbles and fun for little ones and their caregivers every Thursday. Recommended for ages 2-3, but all ages are welcome.

Berkley Days

May 12-15, 2022

This event began in 1926. This annual offers midway rides, games, fair food and more.

Mary Poppins

May 12-15, 2022

The show is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins. All ages will enjoy this musical. Brought to you by The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre.

Day Out With Thomas

May 13-22, 2022

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: Members: $15; Non-members: $45/12-plus, $42/seniors, $37.50/ages 5-11, $15/ages 4 and under

Families can take a ride with their favorite storybook friend, Thomas the Train. There will be live music, magic shows, lawn games, photo opportunities, storytelling and more. Advanced registration required.

Islam & its People – a Family Discovery Event

May 14, 2022 

Families are invited to join Franklin Public Library for a fun afternoon of calligraphy, story time, crafts, sweet treats and more.

Spring Fling

May 14, 2022 

This annual event features live animals at a petting zoo outside the Fraser Public Library. Other family-friendly activities, too.

Spring Palooza

May 20, 2022 

This carnival themed event features live entertainment, police and fire demonstrations, outdoor games, food and lots of family bonding.

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

June 2-July 28, 2022 

Arts, entertainment and musical acts are performed at various and separate stages throughout historical downtown Chelsea every Thursday evening. For kids, there will be magicians, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists, circus acts, ‘How to Chalk’ themed art stage and more.

Center Line Festival

June 3-5 2022 

This annual fest will feature fireworks, petting farm, inflatables, Trackless train rides, music and more.

Ann Arbor African American Festival

June 4, 2022 

This annual fest features live music, balloon twisting, dance performances, face painting, crafting station and more.

Ferndale Pride

June 4, 2022 

Celebrate the area’s LGBTQIA community. Find vendors, activities, entertainment, a kid’s area, food trucks and more. Pets are allowed to attend.

International Kite Festival

June 4-5, 2022 

Kids receive a free kite to decorate (while supplies last) and fly it with your fam. There will also be professional kite flying demos, live music, food trucks, inflatables, magic show, face painting and more.

Pride Festival

June 4, 2022 

There will be a parade, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, speakers, kids games, movie and more.

The World’s Biggest Bounce House

June 10-12, 2022 

This bounce house area is 13,000 square foot and towering 32ft from the ground and up. There’s towers, basketball hoops, a giant slide, a ball-pit, over-sized couches and chairs for you to chill on and even a 20ft tall, multi coloured rabbit for you to climb inside. Sessions are divided by age group and last for three hours. Parents not jumping do not have to purchase a ticket. Food and drinks will be available to purchase. 

Berkley Art Bash

June 11, 2022 

Families can enjoy art displays from 150 vendors and makers, face painting, food trucks and stands, kids activities, live music and more.

Riverview Summerfest

June 16, 2022 

This festival will include carnival rides, a children’s pony ranch, live music, classic car show, face painting, fireworks and more.

Arts & Acts Festival

June 17-19, 2022 

The festival includes the juried fine art show, musical entertainment, children’s activities, plus Northville Art House Chalk Festival and a large variety of food and drink.

Annual Juneteenth Community Celebration

June 18, 2022 

Celebrate The Healing Harvest’s 3rd Annual Juneteenth event with Black-owned food trucks, Black-owned vendors, live music, kid’s activities, scholarship giveaways and more.

Juneteenth Community Celebration

June 18, 2022 

This family-friendly event will have African drumming, African dancing, a mental health speaker, food, DJ, musical performances, vendors, kids zone and more.

Juneteenth Mobility Stroll and Roll

June 18, 2022 

Join the route, which will begin at Michigan Avenue and Schaefer and end at City Hall Park. Several stops are planned along the route. There will also be fun activities geared toward all ages including a Kid’s Zone and a Mobility Zone as part of the attractions. Registration required.

Juneteenth Fun, Food and Family Marketplace Celebration 

June 19, 2022

Celebrate Juneteenth and Father’s Day with music, food trucks, vendor marketplace, kid activities, card games, contests, corn hole, history tours and more.

Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival

June 22-26, 2022 

The short-lived water bugs drive the theme of this fest, which has a carnival, fireworks, parade, kids activities, corn hole tournament and more. 

Dairy Day Festival

June 25, 2022 

See cows being milked, enjoy games, crafts, family photo opportunities and more. Also, free dairy products including cheese and ice cream treats.

Red, White & Blues Fireworks Festival

June 25, 2022  

Enjoy a firework show at this annual along with live music, vendors, kid’s activities, food and more. For all ages.

Kidz Bop World Tour 2022

Aug. 19, 2022

Children and their parents can rock out to live performances of today’s best hits by kids, for kids. KIDZ BOP Kids will perform today’s biggest hits, live on stage, including “Good 4 U” and “Dance Monkey.”

Things to do at home or around town 

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Not up for a big event right now? Keep your younger kiddos entertained at home with these at-home activities. Plus, fun guides and things to do with babies around town. 

  • Let your kids get colorful and creative with fun and free coloring pages from the Detroit Tigers, Disney on Ice, The Detroit Zoo and much more. 
  • Watch some of your kiddo’s favorite flicks and embrace the lessons of the movies with the activities we found in our Watch This, Do That series
  • Discover the whimsy of fairies with your kids by exploring the fairy doors around Ann Arbor. Not sure where they’re at? Our guide can help you find them.  
  • Kiddos bouncing off the walls? Let them blow off some steam at a toddler play place in Metro Detroit or Ann Arbor. 
  • Try a themed Ford Fun Day activity. Each month, Metro Parent and Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers pick a theme and offer up fun things to do around town that align with the theme. 

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