Fun Things to Do with Kids This Weekend in Metro Detroit

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

There is a lot going on this weekend in September for you to enjoy with your family, including tons of fall festivals.

If you want to explore Hamtramck with your kids, make sure to use our family neighborhood guide. It will show you where to eat, shop, play and explore.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, check out these over-the-top desserts in Rochester Hills. End the evening at a kid-friendly escape room.

Use our family guide to visit the Detroit Zoo and end the evening with breakfast for dinner at these local restaurants.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at what’s happening for this long weekend Sept. 23-24, 2023 and get to planning family fun.


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Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are always full of family-friendly events. Here, 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!

North American International Auto Show at Huntington Place

Sept. 16-24, 2023

  • Address: 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit
  • Cost: $20/adult, $12/seniors 65-plus, $10/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 and unde; $50/family pass (2 adults, 3 children)

Families can see over 20-plus attractions, events and shows all about vehicles and the ever-growing technology behind them. The Detroit Auto Show will include a new indoor EV Experience and Camp Jeep for the kiddos.

Farm Tours at Maybury Farm

Sept. 19-24, 2023

Families can enjoy a hands-on farm experience that connects them to the animals and agriculture at Maybury Farm. All tours include a dedicated Farm Educator and use of the playground and picnic area.

Immersive Van Gogh at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

Sept. 20-24, 2023

This immersive experience offers a look into the mind of the world’s most iconic impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh. The fully immersive exhibition allows visitors to transport into Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces. 

Disney on Ice Presents Find Your Hero at Little Caesars Arena

Sept. 21-24, 2023

See Mirabel, Moana, Maui, Anna, Elsa and more as they perform in this ice skating show, hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair at Shain Park

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This art fest features the work of jury-selected artists and crafters showcasing their work in painting, glass, jewelry, printmaking, ceramics and more. At the children’s tent, kids can create an animal mask on Saturday and coffee-filter butterflies on Sunday.

Festival of the Senses at Clinton Township Civic Center

Sept. 23-24, 2023

Boasts 100 different artists and food vendors as well as live performances by local talent at this 16th annual festival. 

Jammin’ at the Junction Car Show in Downtown Roseville

Sept. 23, 2023

  • Address: Utica Road between 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Ave., Roseville
  • Cost: Free

Utica Road closes from Gratiot Ave. to 12 Mile Road for vendors, food, live music, inflatable activities, food trucks, car displays and more to celebrate Michigan Downtown Day. There will be many goodies from local businesses that will be available to purchase. 

Made In Michigan & Craft Show at New Baltimore Trade Center 

Sept. 23-24, 2023

Enjoy the annual show with Michigan-made products, food, art and crafts at New Baltimore Trade Center. 

Michigan Fall Festival at Canterbury Village

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This family-friendly event features cider and donuts from Yates Cider Mill, fall-focused children’s games, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, petting zoo, food selections and live music. There will also be costume contests for kids and dogs.

Michigan Renaissance Festival at the Hollygrove Grounds 

Sept. 23-24, 2023

Fair maids and merry men take a step back to the 16th century for jousting tournaments, comedy and theater shows, music, games and “real” mythological creatures. This weekend’s theme is Harvest Huzzah.

Native American Heritage Day at Nankin Mills Park

Sept. 23, 2023

All ages are welcome to experience the culture of Michigan’s First People with drumming circles and dancers in their beautiful regalia. Native crafts and food will be sold. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Oakland Volleyball KID’S DAY at Oakland University O’Rena

Sept. 23, 2023

Grades K-12 can attend an Oakland University volleyball game for free (with paying adult). Kids can participate in post-game serves.

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2023 

Begins Sept. 23, 2023

The DIA, in collaboration with Detroit’s Mexican Consulate, displays ofrenda altars, or offerings, created by community members in celebration of the holiday Día de Muertos.

Saturday in the Park at Nankin Mills Park Area

Sept. 23, 2023

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.

St. Joseph Oktoberfest at St. Joseph Shrine

Sept. 23-24, 2023

This annual event boasts everything from authentic German food and beer to live Bavarian music, kids’ games, vendors, raffles and much more.

Superhero Extravaganza at Chief Financial Credit Union

Sept. 23, 2023

Head to Chief Financial Credit Union’s Troy location for an array of games and prizes to promote financial literacy for all age groups. They will have six chief superheroes for families to engage with.

Fall Mushroom Hunt at Eddy Discovery Center

Sept. 24, 2023

Families can search the woods to find and collect fall mushrooms and then hear from mushroom experts Phil Tedeschi and Kirk Coppernoll. Bring a basket or paper bag and waxed paper for collecting. Advanced registration recommended.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert at the Fisher Theatre

Sept. 24, 2023

Watch a screening of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse while listening to a soundtrack that blends symphonic orchestral music with hip-hop. It will feature live musicians and turntables featuring a DJ scratcher live on stage.

The FRIENDS Experience at Great Lakes Crossing

Through Sept. 24, 2023

The FRIENDS Experience includes set recreations and photo ops, including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen and Central Perk. Props, costumes and “Friends” memorabilia that will excite even die-hard fans will be on display. Take a guided tour and purchase items in the gift shop (which is open to the public).

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other at Cranbrook Art Museum

Through Sept. 24, 2023

Clark often undertakes this exploration through everyday fiber materials — hair, flags and found fabric — and craft practices to show issues on race, history and reconciliation.

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Sept. 24, 2023

Ages 12 and up can join Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center to practice yoga with their furry feline yoga masters. You may bring your own yoga mat or borrow one of theirs. Pre-registration and advance payment required.

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience at Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit

Through Oct. 9, 2023

Families can sing along and experience your favorite Disney songs and movies in an immersive experience.

Around town

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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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