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Lifestyle Things to do in Metro Detroit

8 Things to Do with Kids in Metro Detroit This December

Published December 4, 2018 by

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

By Kerry Doman

It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over! Make the most of the year-end and plan some fun family activities. Save time on shopping by checking out these “Top Spots to Shop Local for Kids” and LittleGuide’s Holiday Gift Guide for Kids to get the perfect gift in one click.

Take a Trip Downtown

things to do with kids in Metro Detroit this December

Ice skating at Campus Martius, free roller skating at Rainbow City, Christmas trees and cozy seats at Cadillac Lodge. Get your shopping done downtown and don’t forget to see Santa at the Renaissance Center!

Celebrate Chanukah

Chanukah in Detroit

Chanukah began in the evening on Sunday, Dec. 2 and ends in the evening of Monday, Dec. 10. Start the holiday downtown at Menorah in the D and don’t miss The Chanukah Bash Dec. 9 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.

Holiday Express

The Polar Express

Saturday, Dec. 8

Joy Park, Clinton Township

Whether you read the book or watch the movie, “The Polar Express” is a holiday staple. Let your littles experience the magical train ride for themselves at the Michigan Transit Museum.

Yoga Play Dates with Ms. Kathy 

Kids Yoga at Franklin Athletic Center

Monday, Dec. 10

Franklin Athletic Center, Southfield

Our littles love yoga and bounce houses, and the Franklin Athletic Center offers the best of both worlds! Let them be calm with yoga and then go wild before nap time.

Disney’s “Aladdin”

Disney's Aladdin at the Detroit Opera House

Dec. 12 – Jan. 13

Detroit Opera House

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s “Aladdin.” Broadway in Detroit is bringing the timeless children’s classic to the big stage, and you don’t want to miss it!

Find Santa Claus

things to do with kids in Metro Detroit this December

Santa is a busy man, and it can be hard to get on his schedule (or to fit him into yours). If you need help finding him, check out our Santa Event Finder and our Santa Mall Finder — ho ho ho!

Carnevale Della Scienza

Carnevale Della Scienza at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Don’t miss your last chance to see the “Da Vinci: Machines & Robotics” exhibition. There will be hands-on fun, including crafts, dancing and games all inspired by the great flowering of culture enjoyed by Europe during the inventor’s lifetime.

Noon Year’s Eve

Noon Year's Eve at The Detroit Historical Museum

Monday, Dec. 31

Detroit Historical Museum

Ringing in the new year with our kids sounds like a great idea, but the next day can be a disaster when we miss bedtime, and it’s not the best way to start 2019. Head downtown and celebrate the new year at noon instead at the Detroit Historical Museum.

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