Exciting Metro Detroit Events for Tweens and Teens

Is your teen complaining that they're bored? Find upcoming events and at-home activities that teenagers will actually enjoy.

What happens when teens get bored? Well, let’s just say it’s better if they have parent-approved recreational activities to keep them and their friends busy instead of the alternatives.

To put your mind at ease — and to help your kid find fun things to do for teens that aren’t totally lame — we’ve rounded up some great local events for teens.

Take a look below to find out what’s happening for teens and tweens this month. Plus, get a list of fun things to do at home with them, too.

Don’t see an event your teen will love? Check out our online calendar for even more family events and things to do with teens. 

Teen events

Group of teens standing in the snow
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From concerts to festivals and art fairs to workshops, there’s plenty of fun events for teens in Southeast Michigan. Find some of our favorite options for them here. 

Hearts for Art at Cranbrook Art Museum

Feb. 7-18, 2024

Visit the museum this Valentine’s season to pick up free hearts at the front desk and take a picture of your hearts next to the artwork you love. Post on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the tag #HeartsForArt for a chance to be featured on Instagram and a chance to win a book for the museum shop.

Winterfest 2024 at Walter and Mary Burke Park

Feb. 22-25, 2024

Enjoy games, entertainment, food and beverages, merchandise and activities for all ages at this annual fest.

CELEBRATE: Lunar New Year 2024! at U-M Museum of Natural History

Feb. 24, 2024

See a live introduction to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, Chinese star mythology and more at the Planetarium & Dome Theatre. Also, a zodiac poster giveaway (while supplies last).

On the Shoulders of Giants: Black History Month at the Detroit Historical Museum

Feb. 24, 2024

This Black History Month event will include a contemporary jazz performance by The Al Bettis Trio, speakers, a vendor marketplace and more. Registration required.

Dog Dayze at the Farm at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

Feb. 25 and March 17, 2024

Join Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill with your doggies for a stroll on the Orchard walking trail, music, food, drinks, prizes, contests and more.

Nature in Winter at Eddy Discovery Center

Feb. 25, 2024

Join Naturalist Robert Ayotte on a walk through the forest in the winter. Learn how to recognize some of our native plants and how they are adapted to survive the frigid temperatures. Dress for the weather. Advanced registration required.

Leap Day Family Fun at the Boll Family YMCA

Feb. 29, 2024

Try out to 40-foot rock climbing wall, take a dip at the pool and more in celebration of the Leap Year. For all ages. Registration required.

DIY Leap Felt Frog Pin Craft at Mount Clemens Public Library

Feb. 29, 2024

Ages 12 and up can come out to the library to create a felt frog pin craft for Leap Day. Supplies will be provided and hand-sewing will be involved. Registration required.

Teen Take & Make Craft: Shamrock Bracelets at Harrison Township Public Library

March 15, 2024

Teens can drop in at the Harrison Township Public Library to grab a shamrock bracelet-making kit. Available while supplies last.

Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Through March 31, 2024

  • Address: 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: $30/adults 18-61, $20/seniors 62-plus, $15/ages 5-17 and military, free/ages 4 and under. Free admission is available on the first weekend of each month.

This exhibit features the Oscar-winning costumes of designer Ruth E. Carter. The exhibition features more than 60 of Carter’s original designs, including costumes from “Black Panther,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Malcolm X,” “Do The Right Thing” and more iconic films.

At-home ideas

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Looking for more fun things to keep your teens entertained at home? Check out some of these options along with places for them to explore around town. 

  • Family game night may not be your teen’s first choice but with the right game pick, they’ll be laughing before you know it. Here are some games your teen or tween might want to try. 
  • A trip to Cedar Point might be more fun, but if it’s not open or you can’t make the trek to Sandusky, virtual roller coaster rides might keep your kid entertained in a pinch. 
  • TikTok is all the rage right now. Impress your teens by learning the platform and spend the afternoon together creating fun videos. 
  • Malls are dying but you don’t want your child on their phone all day either. Let them hang out with their friends at one of these local hangout spots. 
  • Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are full of creepy stories and urban legends that are sure to spook older kids and teens. Share some of our favorites at your next backyard bonfire. 

This post is updated regularly. 

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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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