Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2018 – Fun things to do in Metro Detroit & Oakland County this weekend. Events, activities for December 14, 15, & 16 2018.
There are plenty of holiday and Christmas fun things to do in and around Metro Detroit this weekend. This list will try to highlight some of the weekend events Metro Detroit – big and small – for kids and families. We’re going to be using this Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2018 article to post events and activities that are either FREE, or at least family affordable.
Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2018
Thursdays, December 13, 2018 through Sunday, December 31, 2018 (THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, AND SUNDAYS at 7p TH, FR, & SA & 3p on SU
Flint Weekend Events – Cosmic Christmas Light Show
Longway Planetarium (1310 E Kearsley St, Flint Township, MI 48503, 810-237-3400
Enjoy a Christmas light show made right here at Longway Planetarium. This show features 16 songs to fill you with cheer, including holiday classics, some new hits, and a few fun oddities, all set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Get tickets at Longway.org or call 810-237-3400 for more information.
Daily through Christmas Eve
Auburn Hills Weekend Visits – Santa’s Flight Academy at Great Lakes Crossing
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI, www.greatlakescrossingoutlets.com) District 7 of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
The larger-than-life re-imagination of the North Pole is paired with state-of-the-art technology that enables children to partner with Santa’s Elves to prepare his sleigh for its journey around the world. Children become a member of Santa’s flight crew, get fitted in virtual elf gear, and help fix Santa’s sleigh. At the end is an opportunity for pics with Santa himself! Pics, video, review
Friday, December 14, 2018 from 10a-5p
New Hudson Weekend Event – Kids Gotta Play Open Play
Kids Gotta Play Showroom (53535 Grand River, New Hudson MI 48165, 1-800-955-PLAY, www.kidsgottaplay.com)
Why take the kids to Chuck E Cheese? Kids can exercise and be active! 14000 square feet of top of line OUTDOOR play equipment INDOORS so kids can climb and play the day away no matter what the weather. Top of the line outdoor play structures, trampolines, and basketball hoops. Review – Pics.
Daily through January 1, 2019
Rochester Weekend Events – Royal Park Hotel Holiday Express Gingerbread Train
Royal Park Hotel (600 East University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307, 248-652-2600, www.RoyalParkHotel.net)
Check out the lobby of the Royal Park Hotel to get into the holiday spirit. The GIANT gingerbread train was created with 200 lbs of gingerbread mix. Great for holidays pics and the aroma is mouthwatering. Plus, you can make donation to the Salvation Army at the Mitten Tree. More Info – Pics – Video.
Daily through early March 2019
Detroit Weekend Events – Campus Martius Park Ice Skating
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Hours and pricing info for the 2018/2019 Campus Martius Park Ice Skating Season.
Friday, December 14, 2018 from 10a-noon
Royal Oak Weekend Events – Open Bounce at Inflatable Playspaces
Inflatable Playspaces (5160 Meijer Drive, Royal Oak, Michigan, 248-288-5888, www.inflatableplayspaces.com)
Inflatable Playspaces rents inflatables and backyard party games of every kind. They also have a great indoor bounce room & party room. On Fridays they open up their HUGE open bounce room for open jump for the low price of $7.95 per child (parents of children are FREE).
Daily through December 23, 2018
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk
Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens (480 South Adams Rd, Rochester, MI 48309)
The Meadow Brook Hall annual Holiday Walk explores the Dodge and Wilson family’s winter traditions and activities they enjoyed while living on the Meadow Brook Estate. Info – Pics.
Daily through January 6, 2019 (10a-5p M-SA / noon-5p SU)
Burton Weekend Events – Sloan Dinosaurs Unearthed Exhibit
Courtland Center (4190 E Court St, Burton, MI 48509, 810-237-3450, SloanMuseum.org)
Sloan Museum’s new 10,000 square-foot exhibition space inside Courtland Center Mall. Sloan’s Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit is an exhibit with immersive displays and hands-on activities. The life-size dinosaurs are state-of-the-art and scientifically accurate. Dinosaurs Unearthed features a total of 18 moving and roaring dinosaurs, as well as giant skeletons, fossil casts, and hands-on activities. $10 adults, $9 seniors 60+, $7 youth ages 2-12. Enter through the main mall entrance near El Cozumel Mexican Grill. Purchase tickets here. Review / Pics / More info…
December 15, & 16 from 8a-10a / December 14, 15, & 16 from 5:30p-7:30p
Royal Oak Weekend Events – Breakfast with Santa / Dinner with Santa
Detroit Zoo (8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067)
Join Old St Nick as he takes a breather from his busy holiday schedule to enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast or dinner w/Santa at the Detroit Zoo. Seating is limited and advance reservations are necessary. Call 248-541-5717 and press 9 for ticket information. Bring your camera. Visit DetroitZoo.org to purchase tickets.
Friday, December 14, 2018 / all day
Fort Clarkston Weekend Events – Friday Night Pizza Party
Fort Clarkston (7127 Dixie Highway, Clarkston MI, 248-297-5453, www.fortclarkston.com)
Every Friday night get a large pepperoni pizza, a pitcher of pop and a $10 game card for only $20 at Fort Clarkston indoor playplace! Yes, parents can order beer and wine :) Review – pics…
December 14, 15, & 16 PLUS Dates through – December 31, 2018 from 5:30p-9p (weeknights & Sundays) or 5:30p-10p (Fridays & Saturdays) (see dates below)
Royal Oak Weekend Events – Detroit Zoo Wild Lights
Detroit Zoo (8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067)
The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular holiday light display. For 24 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a half-mile trail through the front of the Zoo.
December – 20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30,31. Ticket info. Review / Pics / Info
Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6p-7:30p
Southfield Weekend Events – Read, Drink & Be Crafty
Southfield Parks & Rec Building RM 115 (26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48037)
Hosted by Southfield Youth Assistance & Southfield Parks & Rec. Enjoy FREE hot chocolate bar, crafts, games, raffles, pizza, books, photos, and more. FREE Gift for first 25 kids (and first 10 parents). $5 per child at the door or register at eventbrite. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fridays & Saturdays – December 14 & 15, from 6p-midnight
Detroit Christmas Events – Campus Martius Park Carriage Rides
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
See Downtown Detroit like you never have before – from inside an enchanted horse drawn carriage. Carriage rides take off from the Woodward Esplanade, directly south of Campus Martius Park. Rides are $10 per person and last about 15 to 20 minutes. On site only. No advanced reservations are accepted. Also December 21, 22
Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6p-9p
Farmington Hills Weekend Events – Parents Night Out
Heritage Park Nature Center (24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI, 248-536-5617, www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us)
Hosted by Farmington Hills Parks and Rec. Kids Parents Night Out evening art classes. Kids ages 6 to 12 can dress for a mess and will be safe and productive from 6p-9p on select evenings. Call for cost info. Pre-registration required.
Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6p-9p
Clarkston Weekend Events – Parents Night Out – Reindeer Games Theme
Stars and Stripes Kids Activity Center (4630 White Lake Rd, Clarkston, MI 48346, 248-625-3547
For ages 6-14. Preregistration required. Board games, relay races, tag, Minute to Win it Games. Pizza dinner included.
Nightly at 7p through January 1, 2019
Rochester Weekend Events – Big Bright Light Show
See Downtown Rochester lit up in Holiday glory as the city is adorned with over 1.2 million Christmas Lights. Review, pics, more info.
Friday, December 14, 2018 from 7:30p-8:30p
Rochester Hills Weekend Events – Open Gym / Drop-In Gymnastics
GTC Gymnastics Training Center (1813 Northfield Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48309)
Jump on the trampoline or flip around in foam pits. You do not have to be in a GTC class to participate, so invite your friends and neighbors to come along. (A waiver form must be filled out by a parent/guardian before anyone may attend.) www.gtcgymnastics.com for more info or call 248-304-7634.
Nightly at 5p through New Year’s
Auburn Hills Weekend Events – Our Dancing Lights Holiday Lights Display
Our Dancing Lights (3111 Paramount Lane, Auburn Hills, MI 48326)
Back for 2018! you’ll see a 50,000 light display synced to your favorite Christmas songs! Donations accepted in front of the display go to The Rainbow Connection of Oakland County. More info…
Friday, December 14, 2018 from 7:45p-9:30p
Lake Orion / Orion Twp Weekend Events – Friday Night fLipOut
fLipSpot Gymnastics and Cheer (233 Kay Industrial Drive, Orion Township, MI 48359, 248-340-0910, www.flipspotgym.com)
This open gym activity is for ages 9 and up. It includes music, pizza, gatorade and gym fun. Call fLipSpot for cost info.
Saturday, December 15, and Sunday December 16 2018 through Christmas Eve (various dates)
Birmingham Weekend Events – Birmingham Santa House
Shain Park (S Bates St and W Merrill St, Birmingham, MI, 48009)
Children may give Santa their list and have their picture taken with him. A donation may be given to help a local charity. Also DEC 22, 23, 24 Hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District. Schedule
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10a-5p
Troy Weekend Events – Merry Makers Market 2018
Balkan American Community Center (1451 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
100+ crafters & vendors, live holiday music, kids activiteis, door prizes & giveaways, food concessions for purchase. Cost is $2. For more info, call 248-809-9644
December 15 & 16 from 10a-4p
Northville Weekend Events – Santa Visits Maybury Farm
Maybury Farm (50165 Eight Mile, Northville Township, MI 48167)
FREE Santa visits by online reservation format. Included is a Holiday Open House for everyone of all ages to view the farm. Bonfire, kids activities, photo booth, and more. Donations are appreciated. Visit www.mayburyfarm.org for details on how to book an appointment.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10a-noon
Southfield Weekend Events – PJs & Pancakes with Santa
Franklin Athletic Club (29350 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034, (248-352–8000 ext 314, website)
Enjoy story time, games, crafts, and a special visit with Santa! Bring you camera. $5 per member, $10 per non-member, $5 walk-in fee if not pre-registered by 12/10. Contact Laura for more information or to register at email@example.com.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10a-noon
Shelby Twp Weekend Events – Lunch & Skate with The Grinch
The New Rink (50625 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Twp., MI 48317, 586-731-5006, www.thenewrink.com)
$10 includes skate rental, hot dog, drink, and snack. Bounce Zone included.
Saturday, December 15 from 10:30a-2:30p & 4p-8p AND, Sunday, December 16, from 10:30a-2p
Birmingham Weekend Events – Birmingham Carriage Rides
Near Santa House (corner of Henrietta and Merrill, Birmingham, Michigan)
Enjoy the 2018 Christmas season with an old-fashioned carriage ride through Downtown Birmingham. These are FREE and first-come, first-served. Birmingham Principal Shopping District. Schedule
Saturday, December 15, 2019 at 11a – Saturdays by appointments only
Oak Park Weekend Events – Family Open Paint & Play
Our Little Big World (21310 Coolidge Hwy, Oak Park, MI, 248-308-5444, ourlittlebigworld.com)
This class is geared for the whole family. Bring grandma, grandpa, auntie or uncle along with your child and their cousins for a family style painting lesson. learning color theory, painting techniques and art history from one of our artist in residence. While the canvas dries you will be able to experience our one of a kind play area that is focused on imaginative play.
Saturday, December 15 from 1p-5p
Nortvhille Weekend Events – Santa in Town Square
Northville Town Square (150 E Main St, Northville, MI 48167)
Also, December 15. For more info, visit www.downtownnorthville.com
Saturdays, December 15, 2018 at 1p (4 sessions to choose from)
Harrison Twp Weekend Events – Critter Corner
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
It’s feeding time for the animals. Drop in to learn more about our Michigan reptiles and amphibians. FREE. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required for these events. Daily & Annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at metroparks.com OR visit your local Metropark today.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 1p-4p
Rochester Hills Weekend Events – Old-Fashioned Christmas
Rochester Hills Museum (1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309)
Model train display, wagon rides, crafts, snacks, and choir performances. Call 248-656-4663 for ticket info.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 3p-4:30p
Oakland County Parks Events – Gift-Giving: Nature, Community & You
Red Oaks Nature Center (30300 Hales Street, Madison Hts, MI 48071, 248-585-0100)
Learn about gift-giving in different cultures, including gift exchanges that may be happening in the natural world — in a woods or pond near you or even in your own backyard. Craft your own gift to give someone, and receive a gift from the nature center to take home. If you wish to take part in an American tradition, the White Elephant Gift Exchange, bring a wrapped item from home that someone would enjoy receiving. $6/person. For more info & to register, call 1-888-OCParks
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 6-8:30p
Birmingham Weekend Events – Minecraft Night at Robot Garage
Robot Garage (637 S Eton Road, Birmingham, MI 48009, 248-723-9100, website)
Play MineCraft on the Robot Garage custom server! There will be both survival and creative areas to enjoy either with individual play or with friends. Kidgs get their own space on the server so your work will be saved for the future or play on our group server with other kids who attend this event. Kids play at their own level and explore all the aspects of a multi-player MineCraft experience within the safe controlled environment of The Robot Garage. Students may pack dinner and a water bottle or sign up for Pizza for $5 more.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 6p-9p
Bloomfield Hills Weekend Events – Kids Night Out
Bloomfield Gymnastics (2124 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, 248-335-6770, www.BloomfieldGymnastics.com)
Bloomfield Gymnastics turns up the music so you can tumble, dance, play games, tell stories, and most of all, have the best time ever. Have fun with friends and make lots of new ones. For more information, call Brooke Meathe at 248-730-0307. Cost is $20.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 6p-10p
Rochester Hills Weekend Events – Parents Night Out at GTC
GTC Gymnastics Training Center (1813 Northfield Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 248-852-7950)
Drop your child off at GTC for a night of gymnastics and fun. For ages 4 -12. Includes open gym, Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, foam pit, bounce house, pizza & juice, and a movie. For cost info and to register, visit gtcgymnastics.com.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 8p-10p
Novi Weekend Events – Laser Tag Players Night
Paradise Park Novi (45799 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI, 48375, 248-735-1050, www.paradiseparknovi.com)
$18 includes unlimited laser tag for ages 13 and up PLUS FREE table snacks and unlimited beverages. Every Saturday in December.
Sunday, December 15, 2018 from 10a-12:30p
Novi Santa Weekend Events – Breakfast with Santa
Paradise Park (45799 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374, paradiseparknovi.com)
Includes pancakes, sausage, donuts, juice, crafts, hot chocolate bar, special gift, Paradise Park attractions specials, and pics with Santa. Bring your cameras. Early bird discount if you pre-register. 2 & under FREE with parent admission.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 5p-8p
Rochester Weekend Events – Caroling in the City
Enjoy live entertainment, sweets and, of course, caroling – all on Main Street with the backdrop of the stunning Big, Bright Light Show. For more information or to get involved, contact the Rochester DDA at DowntownRochesterMI.com.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Detroit Weekend Events –DIA Sunday Events
Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202)
Detroit Film Theatre – “No Date, No Signature” 2 and 4:30 p.m.
See related posts below for more DIA events happening this month or visit the DIA website.
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