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.

There are so many great family-friendly events happening in April, including plenty of Earth Day events for families to check out.

Take your kids to play outdoor mini golf, to visit a local farm or hiking these scenic trails in metro Detroit.

Since the weather is finally getting warmer, take your kids to play outdoors at these metro Detroit playgrounds. Then, grab dinner at Eminem’s restaurant, Mom’s Spaghetti, and walk around with your takeout in downtown Detroit.

My son, Jordan, loves Pokemon Go so we are going to check out the Pokemon Weekend event at Canterbury Village. There are also so many great Earth Day events happening this weekend at the Detroit Zoo, Dequindre Cut and the Huron-Clinton-Metroparks.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at what’s happening April 19-21 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 April 15, 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: Kari Zaffarano

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!

FREE Friday Night Movies at Paradise Park

April 19, 2024

Join Paradise Park for a free weekly movie. April 19 is Lilo and Stitch.

Cinderella Presented by Ballet Chelsea at Chelsea High School Auditorium

April 20-21, 2024

Join Ballet Chelsea their premiere production of Cinderella. See Cinderella take an enchanting journey filled with breathtaking music, exquisite dancing and lots of magic.

Earth Day Celebration with Joe Reilly and Friends at The War Memorial

April 20, 2024

Families can celebrate Earth Day and the arrival of spring with singer songwriter Joe Reilly, with environmental songs for kids of all ages.

Earth Day Fest at Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace 

April 20, 2024

This family-friendly event offers educational workshops, fun activities and proactive ways to protect the planet.

Earth Day – Little Monarchs at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker

April 20, 2024

At this family read event, decorate a pot and take home a pollinator-friendly native plant to attract butterflies and bees this summer.

GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo

April 20-21, 2024

Families can enjoy this annual celebration that teaches us how to live sustainably through educational displays and fun activities. There will be live music, a sustainable marketplace, food trucks, eco-friendly activities and more.

Llamapaloza Hippie Show at New Baltimore Trade Center 

April 20, 2024

Check out the ultimate hippie show, which features tie-dye, jewelry, crystals, dreamcatchers and more at the marketplace.

Pokemon Weekend at Canterbury Village

April 20-21, 2024

Bring the kids out to Canterbury Village to play Pokemon GO. Saturday is Community Day in the game. Kids will have fun finding the hidden Pokemon in each shop and making a free Pokémon button at “Down the Rabbit Hole.” Also, receive a free Pokemon card for every $5 spent at village shops.

The Oakland County Earth Day March, Rally and Fair at Royal Oak Farmers’ Market

April 20, 2024

The Earth Fair will feature over 50 tables of environmental and conservation groups and green businesses, music, a march and speeches from political leaders.

Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond at Eddy Discovery Center

April 21, 2024

Come and meet the many fascinating and little-known creatures that live in the spring ponds at Eddy Discovery Center. Registration is required.

Paw Patrol: Adventure Play at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Through April 28, 2024

Join Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma and Tracker in a series of hands-on, educational adventures in the world of Adventure Bay.

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.

Above and Beyond at the Michigan Science Center

Through Sept. 8, 2024

See the aerospace interactive exhibit at the Michigan Science Center. Visitors will learn about the science of flight through flight simulators, immersive theater shows, touch displays and augmented reality experiences.

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Through Sept. 15, 2024

See a full-size cast skeleton leg of a Tyrannosaurus rex, two life-size models of Protoceratops—one skeleton, the other fully fleshed out, a life-size three-horned Triceratops skull and more.

Around town

Photo credit: Huron-Clinton Metroparks

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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Photo credit: Amazon

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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