Start planning a weekend full of family fun with the top kid-friendly things to do in Metro Detroit this weekend!

Plymouth Ice Festival (Plymouth)

  • When: Friday: 5pm to 10pm; Saturday: 10am to 10pm; Sunday: 10am to 6pm
  • Where: Downtown Plymouth

Walk the streets of Plymouth while enjoying over 60 ice sculptures and daily demonstrations. Catch a $5 showing of Frozen at the Penn Theater, watch the Freezer Jam (fife and drum corps competition) and check out the return of the tubing run slide!

Winter Blast (Royal Oak)

  • When: Friday: 4pm to 11pm; Saturday: 11am to 11pm; Sunday: 11am to 8pm
  • Where: Downtown Royal Oak

Head to Royal Oak for free ice skating, ice sculptures, zip lines, carnival rides and a new ninja course from Tree Runner, live entertainment, family activities and more!

FREE First Friday @ Cranbrook Institute of Science

  • When: Friday, 10am to 10pm
  • Where: Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills)

Check out the Cranbrook Institute of Science for FREE on the first Friday of each month.

Kids Night Out @ Paradise Park

  • When: Friday, 6pm to 9pm
  • Where: Paradise Park (Novi)

Indulge in delectable homemade pizza buffet before the movie rolls, and then dive into an hour of unlimited arcade fun (no ticket redemption) and a thrilling round of laser tag—all for just $18! Where else can you find 3 hours of childcare, dinner, and entertainment at this unbeatable rate? Drop-off starts at 6 pm, commencing with dinner, Laser Tag, and then an adventure in the game room. The free movie starts at 7:15 pm.

Kids Night Out

  • When: Friday, 6pm to 9pm
  • Where: Mad Science (Novi)

Kids will also be able to explore Art, Science, and Engineering activities in our facility and/or sit back, relax, and enjoy a G-Rated movie!

Wicked The Musical (Detroit)

  • When: Friday – Sunday, multiple performances
  • Where: Detroit Opera House

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz … but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” See the show at the Detroit Opera House.

World of Winter Festival

  • When: Opening Weekend, runs thru March 10th
  • Where: Downtown Grand Rapids

The World of Winter is a FREE outdoor festival that takes over downtown Grand Rapids’ parks every year. Bundle up and walk along the Grand River to find a variety of larger-than-life art installations, interactive ice activities, selfie stations and more! This is the Midwest’s LARGEST winter festival and it’s only 2 hours away.

Winter Park @ Bowers School Farm

  • When: Friday 4pm to 10pm, Saturday 12pm to 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 9pm
  • Where: Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills

You can still get tickets to go tubing at Bowers and enjoy bon fires, animals and play structures.

Shiver On The River (Detroit)

  • When: Saturday, 10am to 3pm
  • Where: Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle (Detroit)

Friends of the Detroit River will host a FREE winter festival inside the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle with family fun, food and entertainment.

Move Your Body

  • When: Saturday, 10:30am to 11am
  • Where: Farmington Community Library (Farmington Hills)

A certified YMCA instructor will lead families in a different movement activity on the first Saturday of each month. Fun and fitness for the whole family! In partnership with the Farmington Family YMCA.

Storytime Saturdays

  • When: Saturday, 10am to 11:30am
  • Where: Hess-Hathaway Park (Waterford)

Join the Hess-Hathway farmers for an interactive half hour of farm/animal related stories, songs and a visit from a animal! Each storytime session will be offered on the first Saturday of the month and feature a special theme.


  • When: Saturday: 10am to 8pm
  • Where: Trenton

Take a trip Downriver for ice sculptures, live entertainment, outdoor activities and more!

Little Acorns

  • When: Saturday, 11am to 12pm
  • Where: Stage Nature Center (Troy)

Let your child explore the sights and sounds of nature through outdoor activities. This program will take place outside, except in the event of inclement weather. You may choose to bring children in strollers or sleds that are sturdy enough for a wood chipped trail. The adult partner is free and must accompany the child throughout the program.


  • When: Saturday: 12pm to 2pm
  • Where: Berkley

WinterFest is a FREE annual event designed to embrace the cold weather and celebrate Michigan’s winter season. It is a great event for whole family – all activities will be held outdoors and include ice sculptures, a petting farm, bouncers, and more!

Lunar New Year

  • When: Saturday: 12pm to 4pm
  • Where: Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor

Enjoy performances in the the JCPenny Wing and crafts in Center Court. The Dragon and Lion Parade will begin at 12:00pm. Followed by performances including martial arts, tai chi, waist drum dance, Chinese Folk Dance and Children’s Chinese Folk Dances. 2-4pm crafts will be in the JCPenney Wing – including Chinese Calligraphy.


  • When: Saturday: 2:30pm to 5pm
  • Where: Ford Field, Detroit

Monster Energy AMA Supercross is where the world’s elite and most competitive off-road motorcycle riders compete for the 2024 Supercross Championship. Over the course of a 17-round season, these fearless athletes seek to outperform each other on custom-designed tracks inside the most prestigious stadiums across the country.

Mother Son Country Dance

  • When: Saturday: 4pm to 6pm
  • Where: Blake’s Cider Mill, Armada

Moms & Sons to saddle up and join us for a farm-themed momma/son dance! Put on those flannels, cowboy boots and enjoy an unforgettable night on the farm. This is a two-hour, country-themed dance for parent and child. Tickets include event attendance with music and dancing, food and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Sensory-Friendly Days @ DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

  • When: Saturday: 10am to 12pm
  • Where: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit

The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center welcomes friends and families with sensory processing differences to our sensory-friendly building hours! Enjoy the opportunity to explore and experience the OAC with building sounds and ambient noises at a lower volume. During your visit, there will be a quiet room with sensory materials available to use, and a limited building capacity. At noon, the building will open to the public.

Find more family events on our Event Calendar

Photo credit: Plymouth Ice Festival (Plymouth)