Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2016

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Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2016 – Events, activities, and fun things to do in Oakland County and Metro Detroit MI. Weekend of December 9, 10, and 11, 2016.

There are plenty of 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. I’m going to be using this Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2016 article to post events and activities that are either free, or at least family affordable.

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Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2016

December 9 (9a-8p), December 10 (9a-5p), December 11 (11a-4p)
Northville Weekend Events – Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market
Northville Community Center (303 W Main St, Northville, MI)
More than 75 hand-selected, juried artists and fine craftspeople from the Midwest will showcase their one-of-a-kind pieces of work. From glass design, gourmet foods, jewelry, original fashions, home décor, authors, and more. For more info, visit hcshow.com.

Daily through December 22, 2016
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.

Now through Christmas Eve
Auburn Hills Weekend Events – Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops (Great Lakes Crossing, 248-209-4200)
Bass Pro hosts Santa Claus (and tons of free Christmas fun for kids at Bass Pro) daily through Christmas Eve. You can even get a free photo with Santa while enjoying the free fun! MORE INFO and times for Santa’s daily appearances and for a list of all the free fun holiday games, crafts and activities happening each day! Details

Daily through January 2, 2017
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 300 lbs of holiday candy and 300 lbs of gingerbread mix. Great for holidays pics and the aroma is mouthwatering. More Info – Pics – Video.

Friday and Saturday from 10a-10p, Sunday from noon-4p
Bloomfield Hills Weekend Events – Cranbrook Megalodon Exhibit
Cranbrook Institute of Science (39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303, 248-645-3200)
Interactive, 5,000-square-food hands-on traveling exhibit where museum visitors will view the evolution of this enormous prehistoric shark. For more info, visit http:science.cranbrook.edu (through 1/3/17)

Friday from 10a-5p, Saturday and Sunday from noon-5p
Flint Weekend Events – Sloan Museum “In The Dark” Exhibit
Sloan Museum (1221 E Kearsley Street, Flint, MI, 48503, 810-237-3450)
The Sloan Museum is great with hands-on activities, and this holds true with the In the Dark exhibit. Guests can explore life-sized caves and learn about the natural processes that form each type of cave. You will see interactive elements that explain how animals adapt to the cave environment, such as the bat needing to rely on sounds to find their way through a cave. For more info, visit www.sloanlongway.org. (12/30/16)

Friday, December 9, 2016 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.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 10a-noon
Royal Oak Weekend Event – Friday Low Cost Inflatable Playspaces Super Jump
Inflatable Playspaces (5160 Meijer Dr, Royal Oak, MI, 248-288-5888)
Open bouncing at the HUGE Inflatable Playspaces indoor bouncer room. Just $7.95 per child (parents are FREE). More info? Call 248-288-5888.

Nightly at 5p through New Year’s
Auburn Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Our Dancing Lights Holiday Lights Display
Our Dancing Lights (3111 Paramount Lane, Auburn Hills, MI 48326)
Back for 2016! 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

December 9, 10, 11 from 5:30-9:30 (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. Dates – December 1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30,31. Ticket info.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6p-9p
Clarkston Weekend Events – Brick It Up Parents Night Out
Brick It Up (948 S Baldwin Rd, Clarkston, MI, 248-309-3370, www.brickitup.net)
Ultimate Lego fun at Brick It Up in Clarkston MI – an entire house dedicated to Lego and Robotics! Parents’ Night Out is from 6pm-9pm, generally on one or two Fridays of each month, with certain exceptions for holidays or previously scheduled activities. Call to pre-register. Review – pics.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6p-9p (Also Dec 16, 23)
Rochester Weekend Events – Friday Night Carriage Rides
Downtown Rochester
Enjoy leisurely carriage rides on a first-come, first-served basis. $15 per ride. For more info, call 248-656-0060.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6p-10p
Rochester Weekend Events – Rochester Play Parents Night Out
Rochester Play (380 E Second Street, Rochester MI 48307, 248-650-7529, website)
Almost 11,000 square feet of indoor fun for toddlers and kids (to about age 11). They even have an indoor arcade. RP hosts regular themed Parents Night Out events. Call today to pre-register. Review – pics.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6:30p-9:30p
Troy Weekend Events – Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland
City Hall for Tree Lighting Troy Library & Troy Community Center
Family activities with games, crafts, food fun, and a special visit from a certain jolly old elf! This event is designed for the whole family. No registration required.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 7:30p-9:30p
Waterford Weekend Event – TGIF Open Gym
Flip Starz Gymnastics (5425 Perry Dr, Suite 101, Waterford, MI 48329, www.flipandcheer.com, 248-673-6767)
T.G.I.F. Open Gym is a time for kids to come in and work on what they want to work on. This is not a structured class, but we do have our professionally trained staff in the gym to help your child! Cost is $10.

Nightly at 7p through January 1, 2017
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Big Bright Light Show
Downtown Rochester
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 9, from 7:30p-8:30p
Rochester Hills Weekend Event – 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.) See www.gtcgymnastics.com for more info or call 248-304-7634.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 7:45p-9:30p
Lake Orion / Orion Twp Weekend Event – 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 10, 2016 (various times)
Oakland County Weekend Events – Oakland County Mom2Mom Sales
Various Locations
It’s a big weekend for Mom2Mom sales! Save big on baby items this weekend at Mom to Mom sales in Oakland County. Sales.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 (9a or 11a session)
Auburn Hills Weekend Events – Pistons Playmakers Yoga Event
Palace of Auburn Hills
FREE Pistons Yoga tank top, FREE Yoga Mat, FREE Lower level Pistons Tickets to Sunday’s 76ers game, and instructor led YOGA in 2 sessions. Pistons Playmakers Yoga takes place on the Palace floor and comes with lots of perks and swag. Cost for the event is $30 but you can get $5 off if you use the code PLAYMAKERS when registering. More info

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10a-1p
Clarkston Weekend Events – Kids Holiday Crafts Mini Camp
Wint Nature Center (inside Independence Oaks County Park 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI)
This is a Kid’s Only Event. The program will include a talk about some animal friends, a yummy snack and more. In addition, make some holiday crafts for you to take home and give to someone special. This program is suitable for ages 5-10 years old. A release form is required with registration. $12/child. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more info.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10a-4p
Berkley Weekend Events – Candy Cane Lane Craft Show Berkley
Berkley Community Center (2400 Robina, Berkley, MI)
FREE admission. Lunch available for purchase. Event features handmade items, hourly raffles, bake sale, and more. Contact 248-217-7027 for more info.

Saturday, December 10 from 10a-5p
Farmington Hills Weekend Events – Holiday Shopping Expo 2016
Costick Center (28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan)
The Costick Center in Farmington Hills is hosting a Holiday Shopping Expo to showcase a variety of vendors and crafters. Shop from over 50 vendors. This is a FREE event. Call 248-473-1800 for more info.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10a-5p
Ferndale Weekend Events – Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival 2016
Schiffer Park (W 9 Mile Rd & Planavon)
The Holiday Ice Festival is a hometown-celebration of the holiday season, featuring a display of ice sculptures, live reindeer, hay-ride and a visit from Santa Claus! Call 248-546-1632 for more info or visit the Ferndale DDA.

December 10 and 11 from 11a-6p Saturday, 11a-5p and Sunday
Holly Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Holly Dickens Festival 2016
Downtown Holly, Michigan
Step back into time as you stroll the streets, visit the shops, pubs and eateries in quaint downtown Holly, getting caught up in the story of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Bring the whole family and get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping. For more info, visit www.hollydickensfestival.org

Saturday, December 10 from noon-6
Detroit Weekend Events – Corktown-a-Glow
Downtown Corktown
Shop, dine, drink and be merry throughout Corktown. Special discounts, holiday drinks and dishes will abound at area businesses. Enjoy Santa visits, caroling, roasted marshmallows and hot cocoa, coffee, snacks, and a tree-lighting at 6p. You can also donate unwrapped toys for children and socks for the area’s homeless. Shuttles available to and from the event. For more info, visit the Corktown Business Association Business Facebook Page.

December 10, 11, 17, & 18, 2016 from noon-3p
Northville Weekend Events – Santa Visits Maybury Farm
Maybury Farm (50165 Eight Mile, Northville Township, MI 48167)
Visit Santa Claus on his sleigh at the Welcome Center of Maybury Farm in Northville. Mom and Dad can enjoy some cider and donuts while visiting our gift shop. Admission – a smile and a donation for winter food for the animals. For more info, call 248-374-0200.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 2p-4p
Madison Hts Weekend Events – Holiday Traditions from Around the World
Red Oaks Nature Center (30300 Hales Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071)
Learn how different cultures celebrate holidays through stories and make-and- take nature crafts. Enjoy a festive snack by the fireplace and share in songs new and old. Support an American holiday tradition by wearing an “ugly sweater!” A special guest will make a festive appearance – cameras are recommended! $5/person. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more info and to register

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 5:30p-10:30p
Southfield Weekend Events – Parents Night Out Franklin Athletic Club
Franklin Athletic Club (29350 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034, (248-352–8000 ext 314, website)
Fun-filled evenings of pizza, games, crafts, inflatables, movies, crafts and more! Some events even feature swimming and movie pajama parties. For kids ages 1-12. For cost info and to register, call Laura Barrick at 248-352-8000 ext 314. Review – pics.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 5p-7:45p
Troy Weekend Events – Family Night Out
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083, 248-524-1546)
Enjoy swimming, basketball, parachutes, inflatables and more. $3 for residents & $4 for non-residents.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9p-11p
Oxford Weekend Events – Teen Night
Urban Air Trampoline Center (925 N Lapeer Rd, Oxford Charter Township, MI 48371, 800-960-4778, UrbanAirOxford.com)
A special night of kids activities at Urban Air Trampoline Park for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Each AIR 456 event will have Free Pizza, and activities for kids such as Dodgeball Tournament, foam pit challenge, or a slam dunk contest. Includes pizza, glow stick and access to all attractions. 1st & 3rd Saturdays during school year. No holidays. Cost is $15.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6:30p
Clarkston Weekend Events – Holiday Lights Night
Depot Park (Depot Road in Downtown Clarkston)
First enjoy the Holiday Lights Parade. Immediately following, stroll down into Depot Park where Santa will lead the crowd in a tree lighting ceremony. Here is a chance to give Santa a letter, enjoy thousands of lights, interact with live reindeer, have a treat and enjoy hot chocolate. Limited menu will be available for purchase, including glow items. For more info, call 248-625-8223

Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 1p-4p
West Bloomfield Weekend Events – Open House with a Nutcracker Theme
Orchard Lake Museum (3951 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323)
See a selection of nutcracker-themed music boxes and snowglobes. Experience permanent exhibits interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge. Museum tours by appointment call 248-757-2451

Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 3:30p-5:30p
Novi Weekend Events – Swim with Santa
Aqua Tots (44225 W. 12 Mile Rd Suite C 105, Novi, MI 48377, 248-845-4544, www.aquatots-detroit.com)
2 hours of open swim, reindeer games, arts, crafts, snacks, AND a visit from the coolest Santa in town! Admission is only $10 per child, and parents are free. Open to the general public. RSVP at 248-845-4544. More Swim with Santa events in Metro Detroit on this day. Details

Sunday, December 11, 2016 (all day)
Royal Oak Weekend Events – Kids Eat FREE
Participating Royal Oak Restaurants
Kids 10 and under eat FREE with the purchase of adult meals at the following restaurants every Sunday through the rest of 2016. The Rock on 3rd, Andiamo’s, B Spot, Oak City Grille, Mesa Taco’s & Tequila, Bastone Brewery , Lily’s Seafood, Mr. B’s, Cantinia Diablo’s, Red Fox, Pronto!, D’Amatos, Fifth Avenue, Blackfinn, La Dulce. Contact dineroyaloak.org for more info.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 6p
Auburn Hills Weekend Event – Pistons vs Philadelphia 76ers
Palace of Auburn Hills
Affordable family fun at The Palace! Check out the affordable family fun available at the Palace for Pistons games! Tickets available at www.palacenet.com.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 1p
Detroit MI Weekend Events – DIA Sunday Events
Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202)
Artist Demonstration – Sarah Rose Sharp: Personal Applique – Noon–4p
Sunday Music Bar – Leslie DeShazor Adams – 1p & 3p
See related posts below for more DIA events happening this month or visit the DIA website.

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