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 fun 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 29, 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

The Big Bounce America
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.

Apple Blossom Experience at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

May 3-4, 2024

Enjoy beautiful apple blossom season at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill. Visitors will take a train ride through the orchard and wander acres of apple blossoms. It’s the perfect backdrop for family photos and selfies.

Downtown Mount Clemens Made in Michigan Show

May 11-12, 2024

This fair showcases all things made in Michigan. See vendors, live entertainment on the fountain stage and more.

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.

Center Line Independence Festival at Center Line Memorial Park

May 31-June 2, 2024

This annual fest will feature live bands, magic show, games, petting farm, inflatables, food trucks and more.

Best May family events in Oakland County

Dino and Dragon Stroll
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.

FUNBOX Detroit at Oakland Mall

Opens May 3, 2024

Check out the massive outdoor bounce park, which offers 25,000 square feet of connected jumping zones with 10 different play areas. Kids of all ages can enjoy the Mountain Challenge, Battle Beam, Gumball Gallop, Obstacle Course and more.

Check out our family guide to FUNBOX Detroit.

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.

Berkley Days

May 9-12, 2024

  • Address: 2400 Robina Ave., Berkley
  • Cost: $3/admission for ages 2-plus, $20/wristband on Thursday and Sunday, $25/wristband on Friday and Saturday

This annual festival offers midway rides, games, fair food, live entertainment, vendors and more.

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.

Farm Fest at Maybury Farm

May 18, 2024

This family-friendly event has cow-milking, seed-planting, lawn games, face-painting, live entertainment, food trucks, education presentations and more.

Highland Founders Day Parade and Festival

May 18, 2024

This annual event features a parade, kids zone, vendors and crafters, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, food trucks and more.

Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair at Orion Art Center

May 18-19, 2024

Over 100 vendors will be outdoors selling flowers, plants and art. There will also be live entertainment, a beer garden, live artist demonstrations, a kid’s area and more.

Water Lantern Festival at Martindale Beach

May 18, 2024

Enjoy music, food trucks and an incredible sight as thousands of floating lanterns reflect unique messages of love, hope and happiness.

Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade and Party in Shain Park

May 19, 2024

The parade is an over 40-year-old tradition that takes place in Birmingham. There will be a party in Shain Park afterwards.

Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival at Rochester Municipal Park

May 25-26, 2024

Enjoy this annual family-friendly festival, which features a car festival, a pioneer playground for the kids, plant sale and more.

Kensington Metropark Art Fair at Kensington Metropark

May 25-27, 2024

Enjoy art by artists from across the country as well as live art demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, food trucks on-site 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.

Milan Community Fair at Wilson Park

May 30-June 1, 2024

Find vendors, live music and rides galore. There will be a parade on Thursday, fireworks are scheduled on Friday and a magic show Saturday. 

Best May family events in Wayne County

Day Out With Thomas
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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