Family Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

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

Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor? Metro Parent has you covered with our weekend picks.

Here, you’ll find all the details on the coolest local happenings that have been reworked for COVID in order to offer safe family fun.

Plus, we’ve revamped our weekly list of things to do to include some activities to do near your home, too. This way, all families are covered with fun all weekend long.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at what’s happening Nov. 26-28, 2021, and get to planning family fun.

Remember, if you choose to head out to an in-person event you should still be practicing social distancing, washing your hands often and wearing a mask whenever social distancing is not possible. Check with each event listed before heading out for other safety protocols that might be in place.

Around town

Feel like venturing out of the house? Try one of these in-person events, which have been re-worked to make the event safe for you and your family.

Festival of Trees

Now- Nov. 28, 2021 (Select dates)

This 37th annual features tree displays, kids’ activities, visits with Santa and more. Proceeds go to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.

The Snow Queen

Now-Dec. 11, 2021 (Select dates)

This stage show is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale about a girl named Gerda who must rescue her friend from the evil Snow Queen.

A Christmas Carol

Now-Dec. 23, 2021 (Select dates)

A crabby old man learns the true meaning of Christmas in this classic stage show.

Magic of Lights

Now-Jan. 1, 2022

Pile the kids in the car and drive a route full of spectacular light displays and characters.

Collecting Mobility: New Objects, New Stories

Now-Jan. 2, 2022

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $25/ages 12 and up, $22.50/ages 62 and up, $18.75/ages 5-11, free/ages 4 and under. Free admission for members.

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a display of traditional ofrendas altars made by local families.

Wild Lights

Now-Jan. 3, 2022 (Select dates)

The Detroit Zoo is aglow with more than five million LED lights at this annual display. Masks are required for ages 5 and up. Dress for the weather.

Light Up Beacon Park

Now-Jan. 15, 2022 (Select dates)

See more than 125,000 twinkling lights at this urban greenspace. Plus, food trucks and live holiday music.

Starry Lights

Now-Jan. 9, 2022 (Select dates)

Take a walk around this historic estate for a wintry, star-themed show filled with light, sound and projected animations of the family that once lived there.

SPACE: A Journey to Our Future

Now-May 9, 2022

See real pieces of the moon, take a tour of a full-scale lunar habitat and plan your next trip to mars at this temporary installation.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 26, 2021

This 46th annual event rings in the holiday season with floats, music and family fun.

Lights on the Lake

Nov. 26-Jan. 1, 2022

See 15,000 LED lights synchronized to holiday music at this display.

Winter Wonderlights

Nov. 26-Dec. 30, 2021

See the historic hall decorated for the holidays. Seasonal beverages, bonfires and selfie stations, too.

Santaland Parade

Nov. 27, 2021

The theme of this year’s parade is “Six Decades of Christmas Magic.”

Milford Christmas Parade

Nov. 27, 2021

Line the downtown area to see local bands and floats welcome the holidays.

Classic Cartoon Festival

Nov. 27, 2021

Bring the kids to see some of your favorite childhood cartoons on the big screen.

Chanukah Wonderland

Nov. 28-Dec. 5, 2021

Enjoy dreidel crafts, fresh donuts, bounce houses and much more at this annual Hanukkah event.

Menorah in the D

Nov. 28, 2021

Kick off Hanukkah with the lighting of a Giant Menorah.

Near home

Looking for event more fun activities that are easier for social distancing? Try some of these ideas…

Try axe throwing

Photo credit: iStock/Gerasimov174

Axes aren’t just for chopping trees anymore. Test your axe-throwing skills at one of these local spots in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Make a winter wreath


Use this DIY winter door wreath craft to open your child’s imagination to the new season.

Enjoy a holiday parade

A float above a parade with buildings in the background
Photo from The Parade Company in Detroit

What better way to ring in the holidays than with giant balloons, floats and music? Find some of metro Detroit’s best holiday parades in 2021.

Take in the holiday lights

Photo credit: Wayne County Lightfest

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Pack up the family and head to these 2021 holiday displays and tree lightings in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

See a local theater show

Photo credit: iStock/Radist

Take the family to one of these kids’ theater shows from the fall to the spring season in 2021-22.

Bust out of a local escape room


Unleash your video gaming prowess on a wild game of wits in one of these live-action escape rooms in metro Detroit and beyond.

Stream a new movie or TV show

Photo 1 Credit: Disney+, Photo 2 Credit: Netflix

Looking for something that the whole family can watch together? Check out these movies and shows that just hit streaming services

Looking for even more fun things to do this weekend? Check out our online calendar.

This post is updated weekly.

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