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8 Things To Do with Kids in Metro Detroit This November

November 3, 2018

Kerry Doman, founder of LittleGuide Detroit, shares fun things to do with kids in Metro Detroit this November.

By Kerry Doman

Photos Courtesy LittleGuide Detroit and The Parade Company

Holiday season is in full swing, and while family dinners, holiday shopping and school parties on top of everyday life can be a lot to handle, don’t forget to make time for the thing that matters most — your family! Set aside Nov. 17 and get lost for an afternoon on National Take A Hike Day — here are some trails around town. And make plans to get out of the house and make special memories at a show, a date night or of course with Santa! If you need more ideas, LittleGuide Detroit has plenty to get you through the fall!

Date Night With Your Littles 

things to do with kids in Metro Detroit this November

Mother-daughter princess teas, a daddy-daughter pool party and mother-son dances, make memories with your kid and surprise them with a special night on the town — there are plenty to choose from!

Celebrate S.T.E.A.M.

things to do with kids in Metro Detroit this November

Nov. 8 is National S.T.E.A.M. Day — a day dedicated to inspiring kids of all ages to discover their passions for science, technology, engineering, art and math. Help your littles discover their love of S.T.E.A.M. at a science museum around town. The Michigan Science Center has free admission on Nov. 6, 11, 21 and 23.

Go to a Dive-In-Movie

things to do with kids in Metro Detroit this November

“Coco” on Nov. 10

Livonia Recreation Community Center

“Little Mermaid” on Nov. 24

Mack Indoor Pool, Ann Arbor

Just because the summer’s over, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the pool! Bring your floaties and friends and watch a movie in the water.

“Marvel Universe Live”

Marvel Universe Live in Detroit

Nov. 15-28

Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Here’s another chance for your littles to wear their favorite super hero costume! “MARVEL Universe Live” is coming to Detroit — don’t miss out on this action-packed performance featuring Spiderman, Wolverine, The Avengers and more!

Tree Lighting Ceremony

tree lighting ceremony in Metro Detroit

The tree lighting season starts with Light the Village in Rochester Hills on Nov. 16. After Thanksgiving, Santa will be helping out with the festivities in Waterford, SouthfieldBirmingham and Auburn Hills.

Wild Lights 

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

See the Detroit Zoo in a whole new light! More than 5 million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the zoo.  

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 

America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit

Nov. 22

Detroit Historical Museum

Stay warm on Thanksgiving and watch the Thanksgiving Day parade from the Detroit Historical Museum! The parade steps off right in front of the museum, and there will be hot chocolate, coffee and a continental breakfast inside the museum’s Allesee Gallery of Culture before taking your bleacher seat curbside to watch the parade.

Find Santa Claus and See “Elf”

Elf The Musical in Detroit

Santa arrives after Thanksgiving — join him for donuts, dinner and tree lighting ceremonies around town. You can also see his good friend Buddy live on stage in Elf The Musical” at the Fox Theatre Nov. 20-25.

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    November 10, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    This is awesome your list of events, do you have a hard copy magazine. The Scene Magazine? How can I get your hard copy magazine?

  • Andrea Gusho
    November 13, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Hi Eve,
    You can purchase a hard copy of the magazine here:

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