Kids Activities in the Ann Arbor Michigan Area | Kids Out and About Ann Arbor / Detroit

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Guided Candlelight Tours

Guests will enjoy the opulent holiday decor displayed throughout The Hall lit by the ambient glow of fireplace flames and flickering candlelight during this special guided tour. The evening also includes a champagne afterglow in the Ballroom. Reservations required. To make reservations, please call (248) 364-6252 or visit our website at www.meadowbrookhall.org/holidaywalk.
Dates: 
12/15/2019
7 - 9 pm
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Location:

480 South Adams Road
Rochester, MI, 48309
United States

Phone:

248 364 6200

Tracking for Beginners at Indian Springs

Winter snows not only create a beautiful backdrop, but also the perfect palette for animal tracks! Bundle up with hats and scarves and lace up your winter boots to see who’s been prowling in the winter wonderland of Indian Springs Metropark. We’ll start inside to learn about how to tell if an animal has visited, then head out to see signs of wildlife in person. Bring your own solid colored t-shirt or bandana for stamping, light colors work best. Ages 8 and up. Please preregister, 248-625-7280.
Dates: 
12/28/2019
9:30 - 11:30 am
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Location:

5200 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI, 48386
United States

Phone:

(248) 625-7280

Holiday Walk Final Weekend

You can almost taste the magic in the air as the holiday season reaches its zenith. But before it does, there is one final weekend of holiday joy at Meadow Brook Hall featuring special experiences for the young and the young at heart. No holiday season is complete without a visit to Santa! This year, Santa Claus will make a magical stop at Meadow Brook with two of his reindeer to listen to the wishes of all the girls and boys. Santa and his reindeer will be available between noon and 5 p.m. Reservations are not required. Warm up during the last weekend of Holiday Walk with Bonfire Evenings. From 5-8 p.m., it will be the perfect time to snuggle up and enjoy the final winter evenings of the season with hot cocoa and holiday-inspired adult beverages.
Dates: 
12/20/2019
12/21/2019
12/22/2019
12 - 8 pm
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Location:

480 South Adams Road
Rochester, MI, 48309
United States

Phone:

248 364 6200

Country Christmas at Three Cedars Farm

Get yourself in the Holiday spirit by spending an afternoon at Three Cedars! With Christmas trees, wreaths, hot cocoa and more, you can be certain that there will something for everyone! We are open for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in our very own Santaland. Picture proceeds go to charity. There are Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Roping, a talking Christmas Tree, Hot Donuts, Cider, Hot Chocolate and a General Store with old fashioned candy and seasonal items.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
12/20/2019
Friday -Saturday 10 am-8 pm Sunday 10 am -5 pm Santa hours: Friday 4-8 pm Saturday 11 am -2 pm & 4-8 pm Sunday 1-5 pm
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Organization:

Three Cedars Farm

Location:

7897 Six Mile Road
Northville, MI, 48168
United States

Phone:

248.437.8200

Marshall’s Merry Mile Lights Display at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds

This amazing, mile-long light display will delight children of every age! Load up the car and drive through the beautiful display at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. The display runs Wednesday through Sunday from 6 pm – 9 pm, starting November 23 through December 30, 2019.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
12/18/2019
6 - 9 pm
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Organization:

Calhoun County Fair

Location:

720 Fair Street
Marshall, MI, 49068
United States

Phone:

269.781.8161

Happy Hannukah: Hanukkah Celebration

Come join the JCS, community members, and our Sunday School students for a festival celebration with activities, latkes, and song. Hanukkah festivities take place 10:30–12 on Sunday, December 15, at the Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor.
The event has already taken place on this date: 
12/15/2018
10:30 am
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Location:

2935 Birch Hollow Drive Suite 1
Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
United States

Phone:

(734) 975-9872

Nativity LIVE

Maybe you know the Christmas story, now experience it live! You're invited to walk through an outdoor living nativity and experience the incredible story of the birth of Jesus. Afterwards, visit the Old World Marketplace to warm up with hot drinks and winter treats. You will also have the chance to buy some unique Christmas gifts, along with visiting our kid-friendly petting zoo complete with camels! You and your family can visit the Nativity photo area that will give you a memory to last a lifetime.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
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Organization:

Woodside Bible Church

Location:

6600 Rochester Road
Troy, MI, 48085
United States

Phone:

248-879-8533

The 12 Days of Christmas: Critter Style

Take a light-hearted look at the 12 Days of Christmas with an animal twist. Enjoy cocoa and cookies during the program too. Please preregister, 734-379-5020.
Dates: 
12/21/2019
10 am and 2 pm
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Location:

32481 W. Jefferson
Brownstown, MI, 48173
United States

Phone:

(734) 379-5020

Holiday Carriage Ride in Downtown Detroit

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 or $40 for a private group and last about 15 to 20 minutes. Carriage rides can be purchased onsite. No advanced reservations are accepted. Rides are offered every Friday and Saturday, November 22 through December 28, from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/20/2019
12/21/2019
6 pm - 12 am
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Organization:

Campus Martius Park

Location:

800 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI, 48226
United States

Phone:

313.963.9393

Family Food Tasting: Hanukkah Latkes at Zingerman's BAKE!

We are super excited for this special FAMILY FOOD TASTING event with local author Lauren Ranalli who will be reading her book The Great Latke Cook Off. Joining Lauren this evening will be our kids tasting expert Jenny Hall and our very own Deli Chef Rodger Bowser, who will be teaching your kids to taste like an expert by exploring what are latkes and why the ones made here in our Deli kitchen are so special. We’ll also be answering this most important question – do you prefer your latkes with applesauce, sour cream, or both?! This event is ideal for any family looking to find a new story to add to their Hanukkah bookshelf or for any family looking to learn a little more about holiday traditions different from their own.
Dates: 
12/19/2019
5:30 - 6:30 pm
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Location:

3723 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
United States

Phone:

734-761-7255

Winter Walk-n-Talk at Oakwoods

Take a guided hike through our Oak-woods to discover the beauty of Winter. Discover which critters are out-and-about through tracks and other signs. Please preregister, 734-782-3956.
Dates: 
12/28/2019
10 am and 2 pm
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Organization:

Oakwoods Metropark

Location:

32911 Willow Road
New Boston, MI, 48164
United States

Phone:

(734) 782-3956

Santa Comes to Maybury Farm.

We wish you and yours all the best and to say Thank You for your support of the Farm, we offer FREE Santa Visits at the Farm along with a Holiday Open House for everyone of all ages to view the farm in all its winter beauty. You will be able to walk around the Farm, through the barns, engage with the animals and notice how Nature is preparing them with winter coats for the cold months ahead. Our General Store will be open and stocked with wonderful gifts and delicious treats including warm cocoa and cider. We'll have a bonfire, activities for the kids and a family photo booth.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
10 am - 4 pm
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Organization:

Maybury Farm

Location:

50165 8 Mile Rd.
Northville, MI, 48167
United States

Phone:

248-374-0200

Birmingham Carriage Rides

Enjoy the beauty of downtown Birmingham aglow for the holidays on a quaint horse-drawn carriage ride through town. The complimentary carriages are first-come first-served; carriages load at the corner of Henrietta & Merrill.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
12/21/2019
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Organization:

City of Birmingham

Location:

851 South Eton Street
Birmingham, MI, 48009
United States

Phone:

248.530.1700

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warming bonfires and the sounds of carolers, fiddlers, sleigh bells and bustling yuletide activity during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Every lantern-lit path leads you to discover a new winter wonder. Strap on a pair of ice skates, shout out to Santa and his magnificent reindeer, find your reflection in a handcrafted ornament and nestle into a horse-drawn wagon for a sing-along. Our 80 acres of living traditions etch America’s most heartwarming holiday experiences into your memories. Main Street brims with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. Historic home tours open the doors to centuries of favorite family traditions. From the finest tinseled detail to the fireworks-filled sky that marks each evening’s finale, make our holiday story a cherished part of your own.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
12/17/2019
6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
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Location:

20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI, 48124
United States

Phone:

313.982.6001

Bittersweet Wreaths at Oakwoods

Join us as we turn an invasive plant into a beautiful decorative wreath to hang on your door just in time for the holidays. Please preregister, 734-782-3956.
Dates: 
12/21/2019
1 pm
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Organization:

Oakwoods Metropark

Location:

32911 Willow Road
New Boston, MI, 48164
United States

Phone:

(734) 782-3956

Holiday Walk: Landmark in Lights

Meadow Brook Hall’s annual Holiday Walk brings the magic of the season alive with an unforgettable series of activities and special events from Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 23. Experience the wonder of our more than 50 magnificent trees—including a 10-foot tall Poinsettia tree created by 150 live plants, dazzling trimmings, and lights galore!
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
12/16/2019
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Location:

480 South Adams Road
Rochester, MI, 48309
United States

Phone:

248 364 6200

The Natural History of Christmas

Clicking tendons, not-so-poisonous flowers and the number six are all part of Christmas, believe it or not. Join us as we look deeper into the often unknowns of the holiday season. Please preregister, 734-379-5020.
Dates: 
12/15/2019
2 pm
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Location:

32481 W. Jefferson
Brownstown, MI, 48173
United States

Phone:

(734) 379-5020

An ELF Christmas at Hudson Mills

Come be an elf with us and make this holiday experience your new family tradition. Besides a visit to see Santa (of course you know him!), spread some Christmas cheer by singing carols loudly with us for all to hear on a hayride, make paper cut-out snowflakes and other crafts in your favorite color for decorating, and enjoy a spaghetti dinner and candy for desert. And don’t leave without buying some real Maple syrup to take home! Fun for buddies of all ages- but especially fun if you’ve seen the movie. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.
Dates: 
12/15/2019
4 - 6 pm
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Location:

8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI, 48310
United States

Phone:

734-426-8211

Heritage Holidays at Wolcott Mill Metropark Historic Center

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Heritage Holidays at the Farm Center. Stroll through the farm and enjoy the holiday decorations and sparkling lights. Visit with Santa, make crafts, meet-and-greet with farm animals, listen to holiday music and even take a wagon ride in the festive setting of your Metroparks. Photo vignettes in the Dairy Barn create the perfect place for memories. Bring the whole family for an event that’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Please remember to dress for the weather.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/20/2019
12/21/2019
6-9 pm
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Location:

65775 Wolcott Rd.
Ray, MI, 48096-1823
United States

Phone:

(586) 463-4581

Birmingham Santa House

Throughout the entire holiday season, children are invited to visit Santa in his quaint "home" under the pavilion in Shain Park. The Santa House is accessible to all and barrier free. Please contact the Birmingham Shopping District at 248-530-1200 if you need special accommodations.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
12/21/2019
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Organization:

City of Birmingham

Location:

851 South Eton Street
Birmingham, MI, 48009
United States

Phone:

248.530.1700

Holiday Nights: Supper With Santa

Climb aboard for a horse-drawn carriage ride to A Taste of History® Restaurant for a casual buffet-style holiday turkey dinner that’s perfect for families with young children. Each family will have the opportunity to meet and take their own photo with Santa*. Children will also be able to make a special holiday keepsake craft. Then, to get you in the mood for the fun at Holiday Nights, enjoy a holiday sing-along and farewell to Santa as he’s whisked away in a special Model T. To end our supper, all will be invited to join our singers in a caroling procession to enter Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. *On evenings after Christmas, Santa will be resting from his big night out. In lieu of photos, we’ll be writing letters to him and his elves, thanking them for our wonderful holiday gifts.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
12/17/2019
Supper 4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Event 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
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Location:

20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI, 48124
United States

Phone:

313.982.6001

Snacks with Santa at Indian Springs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Make memories at the Environmental Discovery Center while you decorate a cookie, hear a holiday story, make holiday crafts and visit with Santa. Each child will receive a small gift. Make sure to bring your camera so you can capture all the special moments! Please preregister, 248-625-7280.
Dates: 
12/14/2019
10 am and 1pm
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Location:

5200 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI, 48386
United States

Phone:

(248) 625-7280

Outdoor Ice Skating at The Rink

The Rink at Campus Martius Park is the premier family-friendly outdoor skating rink in Michigan and the region. Open seven days a week and holidays from November 22 - March 8, 2019. Rental skates are available for $5. Host your next party at skate party room - Call (313) 963-9393
Dates: 
12/14/2019
12/15/2019
12/16/2019
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Organization:

Campus Martius Park

Location:

800 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI, 48226
United States

Phone:

313.963.9393

Santa Central at Hudson Mills

Santa Central is a Christmas tradition. Children can create some crafts, enjoy a hayride and snack, and share their wish list with Santa. Don’t stand in line at the mall; we have small groups with little wait to see the jolly guy. Program is geared toward young children. Advanced ticket sales at the Hudson Mills Metropark Office. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.
Dates: 
12/15/2019
1 - 2:30 pm
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Location:

8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI, 48310
United States

Phone:

734-426-8211

Homeschool Thursday: Awesome Owls at Oakwoods

In this month’s home school program, we will learn about owls. We will hit the trail to discuss these majestic creatures before heading back to the Center to dissect an owl pellet. Please preregister, 734-782-3956.
Dates: 
12/19/2019
1 pm
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Organization:

Oakwoods Metropark

Location:

32911 Willow Road
New Boston, MI, 48164
United States

Phone:

(734) 782-3956

Snacks with Santa at Oakwoods

Sing Christmas carols, play games, visit with Santa, and make holiday crafts. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served too. This is a great way to get into the Holiday Spirit with your family. Please preregister, 734-782-3956.
Dates: 
12/15/2019
10 am, noon, & 2 pm
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Organization:

Oakwoods Metropark

Location:

32911 Willow Road
New Boston, MI, 48164
United States

Phone:

(734) 782-3956