Best Things to Do with Metro Detroit Kids in May

Planning your family fun for the month? We've got you covered with the best upcoming events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

Springtime is here in metro Detroit and with the warm weather comes lots of fun outdoor activities to do with your kids, including seeing spring flowers at these flower fields, taking a family hike, or seeing a Detroit Tigers baseball game or baseball game at Jimmy John’s Field.

May also features some great Mother’s Day events and Memorial Day events for your family to celebrate along with some Mexican-owned restaurants to enjoy Cinco de Mayo on May 5.

One of my and my son’s favorite things about spring is seeing a baseball game. We’ve been to see the Detroit Tigers play at Ford Field and to see the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) teams play at Jimmy Johns Field. Kids can run the bases after every game at Jimmy John’s Field and on Sundays at Ford Field.

Keep on scrolling to see our top picks of kid-friendly May 2024 events in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. You can also find more family events listed in our calendar. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @metroparentmag if you check any of them out!

This article was recently updated on April 12, 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 month, aligning Metro Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to kari@metroparent.com.

 Best May family events in Macomb County

Photo credit: The Big Bounce America

This month, The Big Bounce America is coming back to Steffens Park. Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time to get the date and time slot you need. Find even more May events in Macomb County on our calendar.

Monthly Story Time at The Mall at Partridge Creek

May 14, 2024

Families can stop by The Mall at Partridge Creek for a monthly story time with the Clinton Township Library. May’s theme is Flowers. Reservations are required through the library.

The Big Bounce America at Steffens Park

May 18-19, 24-26, 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 | Get tickets

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.

Check out our family guide to The Big Bounce America.

Best May family events in Oakland County

Photo credit: Canterbury Village

Be sure to check out the family-friendly events happening all month at Canterbury Village. Most of them are free, too. If you haven’t seen Galileo at Cranbrook Institute of Science before it leaves on June 2. Find even more May events in Oakland County on our calendar.

Dino & Dragon Stroll at Canterbury Village

May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 2024

Stroll through this outdoor dinosaur adventure and get up close 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. Each weekend offers a different theme.

Taylor Swift Dance Party at Canterbury Village

May 10, 2024

Swifties are invited to a kid-friendly dance party inside Canterbury Castle. There will be a Taylor Swift look-alike contest, too. Advanced tickets required.

Art Birmingham in Downtown Birmingham

May 11-12, 2024

Peruse the works from juried artists at this 43rd-time show that takes place on the street surrounding Shain Park, in downtown Birmingham.

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, $10/Friday and Saturday child pass, $20/Weekend child pass Free/Sunday child pass, Free/ages 5 and under. | Get tickets

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

Galileo at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Through June 2, 2024

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.

Best May family events in Washtenaw County

Dinosaur discoveries university of michigan museum natural history
Photo credit: Leisa Thompson, courtesy of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Washtenaw County has plenty for kids to do in Ann Arbor. Head to the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaur exhibit. Find even more May events in Washtenaw County on our calendar.

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.

Best May family events in Wayne County

Photo credit: KMS Photography

Enjoy a day out at Greenfield Village with your family. If you come on the weekend, be sure to get tickets for Day Out With Thomas. Find even more May events in Wayne County on our calendar.

Day Out With Thomas at Greenfield Village

May 4-5, 11-12, 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.

Check out our family guide to Greenfield Village.

Annie at the Fox Theatre

May 3-5, 2024

See this performance which is a celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit at the Fox Theatre.

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.

Check out our family guide to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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

Through June 23, 2024

This exhibit honors the legacy of African Americans in film. It includes costumes, props, photographs, posters and interactive elements.

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.

Check out our family guide to the Michigan Science Center. 


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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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