Best Things to Do with Metro Detroit Kids in November

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

There are always so many fun things to do with kids in southeast Michigan, so how is a busy parent supposed to keep track of it all? With our list of the best things to do this month, of course!

This November, we’ve found tons of family-friendly fun, including holiday lights and holiday train rides for you to check out with your kids. We also have plenty of other holiday events such as Thanksgiving events, Veterans Day events and ways to celebrate Diwali with your family.

Here is our curated list of the can’t-miss activities for metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in November 2023.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look and start the advanced prep for your next family outing.

Don’t see an event you love? Check out our online calendar for even more events and fun things to do. 

Macomb

Blake’s New Santa Experience at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

Nov. 19-20, 25-27, 2023

Tickets include a visit and photos with Santa, train ride, one doughnut and a cup of cider, bonfire at the Santa’s Stop, letter to Santa and a small toy to take home from Santa’s basket. Dress for the weather. Advanced tickets recommended.

Oakland

Photo credit: Meadow Brook Hall

Super Bounce Days at The Hawk – Farmington Hills Community Center

Nov. 5, 26, 2023

Head to The Hawk on Super Bounce Days and jump around. Once a month on special mornings and afternoons the staff members sets up the inflatable bouncers in the gym to make an arena of fun! Kids will enjoy the big bouncer, bouncer obstacle course and giant inflatable slide.

Fall Spanish Story Time: Dia de los Muertos at Clarkston Independence District Library

Nov. 2, 2023

Join the library for a story time and activities to celebrate and learn about Dia de los Muertos. Crafts and snacks, too.

Motor City Comic Con at the Suburban Collection Showplace

Nov. 10-12, 2023

  • Address: 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Cost: $30-$40/Friday adult pass, $40-$50/Saturday adult pass, $35-$45/Sunday adult pass, $85-$95/Weekend adult pass, $249-$259/VIP fan pass (very limited and might not be available at the door), $10-$20/Friday and Saturday child pass, $20-$30/Weekend child pass, Free/Sunday child pass, Free/ages 5 and under; Special event packages are available | Get tickets

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

Chanu-Con! at Congregation Beth Shalom

Nov. 12, 2023

There will be children’s activities, delicious kosher food, a 50/50 raffle, gift vendors, live musical entertainment, yoga with Nature’s Playhouse, a bounce house, storytime with the Oak Park Library, face painting, crafts, dreidels and more.

Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition at the Royal Oak Farmers Market

Nov. 16-17, 2023

Check out artwork displayed by 60 artists along with live music, food, adult beverages and more at this annual event.

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees at The Rochester Community House 

Nov. 18-19, 2023

This festival features trees, wreaths and centerpieces designed and donated by the community.

The Big, Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester 

Nov. 20, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Rochester area
  • Cost: Free

Downtown Rochester is decked in 1.5 million lights, brightening up buildings every evening.

Holiday Stroll at Canterbury Village

Nov. 22, 24-26, 2023

Stroll through the quaint village that is glowing with almost a million festive lights, enjoy a seven-minute amazing light show choreographed to classic holiday songs, hear the sounds of professional carolers and see live Christmas performances.

Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall

Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 2023

Take a walk around the historic house and grounds to see more than 50 decorated trees, including a 10-foot tree made entirely out of poinsettias.

The Big Reveal at Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center

Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 2023

Enjoy Indian Springs Metropark’s festively decorated center, including holiday trees and lights, the “underwater snow globe” and more. Bring your own camera.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Nov. 24, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024

The Detroit Zoo is aglow with millions of LED lights. Purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your experience. Dress for the weather.

Winter Wonder Lights at Meadow Brook Hall

Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 2023

Check out Meadow Brook’s Winter Wonder Lights and see an interactive light experience. Visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark at its most festive time. There will be seasonal beverages, bonfires, selfie stations and more.

Birmingham Santa Walk in Downtown Birmingham

Nov. 25, 2023

  • Address: Downtown Birmingham area
  • Cost: Free | Register

Welcome Santa to town at this annual event in downtown Birmingham. It takes place on Small Business Saturday, which offers free horse-drawn carriage rides and free hot chocolate. Registration is required.

Holiday Walk: Santa Saturday! at Meadow Brook Hall

Nov. 25, 2023

Visitors will take a self-guided walk through the mansion to view its holiday decorations and enjoy seasonal concessions. Advanced online tickets are required.

Cookies With Santa at Longacre House

Nov. 29-30, 2023

Children will get a chance to impress Santa by decorating their own cookies. Make sure to bring your own camera. For ages 0-10. Pre-registration for children required.

Washtenaw

Photo credit: Tiny Lions lounge & Adoption Center

All Hallows Illumination of Frog Island at Frog Island Park 

Nov. 1, 2023

Bring your carved jack-o’ lanterns to the Frog Island Amphitheater to light up the track at this 5th annual event. Costumes are encouraged.

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, 2023

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

Yoga with Cats at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center

Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2023

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

Fishville Farms Fall Festival Food Drive Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Nov. 11-12, 2023

Enjoy this family-friendly Fishville Farms Fall Festival Food Drive Craft & Vendor Show at Chelsea Community Fairgrounds. Shop from more than 40 local vendors and enjoy food trucks and a gift basket giveaway.

UN/EARTH at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Through Jan. 2, 2024

UN/EARTH explores science and art from a mile underground and features work by Gina Gibson.

Wayne

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Science Center

Towers of Tomorrow at the Michigan Science Center

Now-Jan. 2024

This exhibit features 20 Lego skyscrapers from around the world, including the Empire State Building, Burj Khalifa, Willis Tower, Q1 and more.

Dia de los Muertos Skate at United Skates of America

Nov. 1, 2023

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at a skating event with where you’ll listen to Pop, Reggae and Latin music, have your face painted and create your very own Sugar Skull.

A Year with Frog and Toad at The Marlene Boll Theatre

Nov. 3-5, 2023

See Detroit Mercy Theatre Company’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” at The Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit. It’s based on the books by Arnold Lobel. The show runs for 75 minutes with no intermission. Recommended for all ages.

All Things Detroit: Holiday Experience at Eastern Market 

Nov. 5, 2023

The All Things Detroit Holiday Experience will feature a highly curated list of 200 local makers offering handcrafted and holiday-themed goods and treats.

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos 2023 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Through Nov. 5, 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.

Peppa Pig’s Sing-Along Party at Fisher Theatre

Nov. 5, 2023

See Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig as they throw a Sing-Along Party for families in this 60-minute interactive musical adventure.

Wayne County Lightfest at the Merriman Hollow Park Area

Nov. 16-Dec. 24, 2023

The Wayne County Lightfest is magical four-mile stretch of Hines Park, displaying nearly 50 animated themed displays and more than 100,000 lights.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov. 23, 2023

  • Address: Woodward Avenue from Kirby to Congress, Detroit
  • Cost: Free

Celebrating its 97th year, the parade has all of your favorite floats, balloons, marching bands and entertainment.

Mandela: The Official Exhibition at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Through Jan. 15, 2024

Mandela: The Official Exhibition takes guests on a journey through the life of the world’s most iconic freedom fighter and political leader, Nelson Mandela. This immersive and interactive experience features previously unseen film, photos and historical artifacts and personal effects on loan to the museum.


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