Family Friendly Events Around Metro Detroit for Fall 2019

Today is officially the first day of fall! So grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte, throw on some boots and a scarf and take the kiddos outside to enjoy the beautiful weather! There are so many fun things to do around Metro Detroit this time of year, so there’s really no excuse not to! We have even compiled a list for you to make them all easier to find. So get out there and have some fall fun! Don’t forget to let us know if there is something going on in your town that we missed!

Things to Do:

October 5th at 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

What: Ferndale Fall Festival
Where: Detroit Curling Club
Details: 2019 entertainment and activities include – hayrides, pony ride, carnival games, face painting, inflatable bouncers, trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, music, arts and crafts, photo station and more!

October 6th

What: Fall Color Walk
Where: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Details: Experience the magic of the season! Take a guided hike under a canopy of color through Heritage Park. Discover why and how leaves change color in the fall, and search for animals preparing for winter. Please dress for the weather.

What: Harvest Happening – Fall Festival
Where: Hess-Hathaway Park in Waterford @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: This annual event is a fun event for the entire family. The day is filled with a variety of activities and events including:
A children’s area with inflatables, a trackless train, Science Alive, make and take crafts, a pumpkin patch, Golden Age Club Bake Sale, crafters, entertainment, farm animals, food concessions, hayrides, pony rides, and more!

What: Clawson Fall Festival

Where: Clawson City Park @ 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Details:Celebrate the beginning of fall with an afternoon of fun with the Parks & Rec Department! The day includes free hayrides, farm animals, free rock-climbing wall and inflatables (don’t forget your socks) and baked goods for sale. Food offerings will be available at the Clawson Chamber’s Taste of the Town. The day will end with everyone’s favorite— a bonfire conducted by the Clawson Fire Department.

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October 8th @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm

What: Hay Day
Where: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills
Details: Hay! Check out these unbe-leaf-able activities: hayrides, pumpkin painting, hiking, bouncing on the bounce house, touring the Fire Department’s fire tuck, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over Farmington Hills largest camp fire, and watching the trees change color. Food, hayrides, and other items will be available for purchase. FREE ADMISSION

October 11th-27th

What: Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village
Where: Greenfield Village
Details: What is the most enchantingly thrilling Hallowe’en adventure of all time? The story you create in Greenfield Village through magical encounters with show-stopping storybook characters along a path lit by over 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns.

Throughout your evening, comfort yourself with craft beers, warm apple cider and fresh doughnuts, then stop for a photo opportunity at your favorite scene. The torches are lit, bells are tolling, skeletons are dancing and pumpkins are singing — all to make this the most stirring night of the year.

October 12th

What: Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival
Where: Rochester Hills Museum/Van Hoosen Farm
Details: Come and enjoy the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm’s signature event – the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. The presenting sponsor is Genisys Credit Union. Activities during the day include food, pumpkin bowling, Stoney Creek High School Drum line, a Rochester Hills Fire Truck, and more! Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property and return in the evening to see all the pumpkins lighted up! The Museum is hoping to exceed its record of 1,011 pumpkins lighted at one time. In addition, an outdoor exhibit of scarecrows made by local organizations will be on display. The Museum will provide stencils and carving tools but guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home.

October 17th – 30th

What: Zoo Boo

Where: Detroit Zoo
Details: The Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” event has been re-imagined to bring even more Halloween excitement to your family! New this year–the entire Zoo will be open until dark, allowing you to visit your favorite animals throughout. You will also have the option to purchase tickets to a 15-minute version of “The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience” at the Wild Adventure Zone in the Ford Education Center, or purchase tickets to take a ride on the Tauber Family Railroad!

Zoo Boo will be held on the afternoons of October 11-13, October 18-20 and October 25-27. These Friday, Saturday and Sunday events will run from 3 to 7:30 p.m. with last entry at 6:30 p.m.

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October 18th – 20th

What: Halloween Hoot
Where: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester, MI
Details: An annual fundraiser hosted by Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Halloween Hoot is a light-hearted family friendly Halloween experience for you and your family to enjoy in a safe, all-in-one, environment. Discover Dinosaur Hill like you’ve never seen it before with guided forest walks with funny and interactive skits along the way, crafts, candy (duh!), a mini-carnival, and a cozy campfire with cider and doughnuts!

October 19th

What: Mommy/Daddy and Me – Monster Mugs
Where: Creative Arts Studio in Royal Oak
Details:Scoop up your little monster and come make a memory at our Monster Mug Mommy/Daddy and Me class. We’ll read a monster story and then use hand prints and sponges to create a monster design on a coffee mug. After the class, our talented custom artists will add details and your child’s name finish of your personalized masterpiece. Cost: $25

October 20th

What: Trick or Treat Among the Trees

Where: Troy Nature Center
Details:Put on your costume and come out to hike the woodland pumpkin trail with a SNC guide. Learn some secrets of the forest, receive treats, meet costumed characters and more! Dress for the weather. Adults are free and must remain for the program.
Ages: 3 – 9
TNS Member: $10.50 | Non-Member: $13.50

October 26th 

What: Streets of Treats (Family Halloween Event)
Where: Downtown Northville
Details:Kids’ costume parade begins at 10:00am beginning at the Community Center (303 W. Main St). Trick or Treat Stations will be open throughout Downtown Northville. Please come out and join us!

What: Trick or Treasure
Where: Downtown Clawson
Details: Kids in costume will travel through the downtown businesses collecting allergy-free treats and maybe a few tricks along the way! Find more information about this Downtown Development Authority (DDA) event at downtownclawson.com! There will tentatively be an unveiling of the Clawson / DIA Mural Project as well—check the back page for details!

What: Halloween Hoot
Where: Beverly Park in Beverly Hills
Details: All children living in Beverly Hills are welcome to join in the festivities. For more information go to the Beverly Park homepage.

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October 27th 

What: Birmingham Farmers Market End of Season Celebration
Where: Parking Lot # 6 North Old Woodward (the east side of North Old Woodward, north of Harmon Street) @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Details: Everyone is invited to join in as the Birmingham Farmers Market wraps up the season. Dress your children in their Halloween costumes and let them enjoy these fun pre-Halloween activities and events: live entertainment, children’s craft, pumpkin carving demos, Trick or Treating (make sure the kids wear their costumes!)

What: Spooky Monster Magic Show
Where: Baldwin Public Library @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Details:Join Gordon Russ the Magician for his special Spooky Magic Halloween Show. (The Pumpkin Patch parade will be held at afterwards!) All ages. Registration required for magic show – Call 248 647-1700.

October 28th @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

What: Trick or Treat in the Village
Where: Troy Historic Village
Details:Don your red riding hood, climb a beanstalk, fly a magic carpet—make your way to the Troy Historic Village for fairytales and legends come to life. Wear your Halloween costume and collect tasty treats from all over Village fairytale land. Storybook characters, potions and elixirs, magical beasts and more await! Activities include pumpkin bowling, ringing the anvil and jousting, making a dragon craft to take home, and collecting mini-pumpkins

October 29th @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

What: Troy Police Halloween Safety Bash
Where: Troy Police Department
Details: The Troy Police Department hosts the third annual Halloween Safety Bash, an emergency vehicle trunk or treat, on October 29, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The FREE, kid-friendly event features decorated police, fire and EMS vehicles, along with displays from a variety of community partners. The first 2500 children will receive a free, reusable safety light. Other giveaways include candy and promotional items. A live DJ will keep the event hopping with Halloween-themed music. All kids are welcome and costumes are optional. This a free event. For more information, email troypolice@troymi.gov.

 Cider Mills:

Cider Mills are the perfect fall event! Here is a list of cider mills around the metro Detroit area. See one missing? Comment below or email us your favorite and we’ll add it to the list!

  1. Blake’s Orchard (17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada)
  2. Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill (61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon)
  3. Franklin Cider Mill (7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills)
  4. Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill (1540 E. Commerce Rd., Commerce Twp.)
  5. Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard (4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington)
  6. Paint Creek Cider Mill (4480 Orion Rd., Rochester)
  7. Parmenter’s Cider Mill (714 Baseline Rd., Northville)
  8. Rochester Cider Mill (5125 Rochester Rd., Rochester)
  9. Spicer Orchards and Cider Mill (10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton)
  10. Three Cedars Cider Mill (7897 Six Mile Rd., Northville)
  11. Yates Cider Mill (1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills)

Family Friendly Events Around Metro Detroit for Fall 2018

We all know that fall in Michigan is the best time of the year. The leaves are changing, football is on, weather is cool and there are plenty of family friendly events to do on the weekends. With the official day of fall just on the horizon, we thought we would put together a list of events going on around the metro Detroit area in October. Fall fun, friendly Halloween events and cider mills. What’s better?! Let us know what your must for the fall is!

Things to Do:

October 2nd

What: Hay Day
Where: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills
Details: Hay! Check out these unbe-leaf-able activities: hayrides, pumpkin painting, hiking, bouncing on the bounce house, touring the Fire Department’s fire tuck, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over Farmington Hills largest camp fire, and watching the trees change color. Food, hayrides, and other items will be available for purchase. FREE ADMISSION

October 5th – 21st

What: Zoo Boo

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Zoo Boo 2017

Where: Detroit Zoo
Details: The Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” event has been re-imagined to bring even more Halloween excitement to your family! Zoo Boo will be held on the evenings of October 5-7, October 12-14 and October 19-21, between 5 and 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday hours are from 3 to 7 p.m.

October 6th

What: Mommy/Daddy and Me – Monster Mugs
Where: Creative Arts Studio in Royal Oak
Details: Scoop up your little monster and come make a memory at our Monster Mug Mommy/Daddy and Me class. We’ll read a monster story and then use hand prints and sponges to create a monster design on a coffee mug. After the class, our talented custom artists will add details and your child’s name finish of your personalized masterpiece.

What: Ferndale Fall Festival
Where: Detroit Curling Club
Details: 2018 entertainment and activities include – hayrides, pony ride, carnival games, face painting, inflatable bouncers, trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, music, arts and crafts, photo station and more!

October 7th 

What: Fall Color Walk
Where: Heritage Park in Farmington Hills
Details: Experience the magic of the season! Take a guided hike under a canopy of color through Heritage Park. Discover why and how leaves change color in the fall, and search for animals preparing for winter. Please dress for the weather.

What: Harvest Happening – Fall Festival
Where: Hess-Hathaway Park in Waterford
Details: Come out and enjoy fall at the farm during our 32nd Annual Harvest Happening Fall Festival!

What: Clawson Fall Festival

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Lions Tailgates are a Fall Essential

Where: Clawson City Park
Details: Celebrate the beginning of fall with an afternoon of fun with the Parks & Rec Department! The day includes free hayrides, farm animals, free inflatables (don’t forget your socks) and baked goods for sale. The day ends with a bonfire conducted by the Clawson Fire Department. Car show information can be found at unitedstreetmachines.com, proceeds will benefit Veteran’s Food Pantry. Also enjoy the Second Annual Donut Dash 5K and Taste of the Town, contact 248-435-6500 if you are interested in those events.

October 8th

What: Family Fall Fest
Where: Troy Farm
Details: Local food/craft vendors, face painting, inflatables, games, and more. For more info, call 248-524-3484

October 10th 

What: Smashing Pumpkins
Where: Detroit Zoo
Details: Detroit Zoo animals will have a smashing good time on Wednesday, October 10, and Saturday, October 20, when they receive pumpkins filled with tasty treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash.

Each year around Halloween, Detroit Zoological Society staff provide the animals with seasonal munchies – including pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and other fall harvest goodies – as part of its comprehensive program of ensuring environments for animals that are ever changing and appropriately complex.

October 12th-28th

What: Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village
Where: Greenfield Village
Details: Stroll down streets and alleys haunted by lavishly costumed characters during America’s most spooktacular Hallowe’en event. Follow a mile long, curving path illuminated by the flickering light of over 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. This is a kid-friendly, nightmare-free Hallowe’en gathering. We regret there can be no refunds or exchanges, even in the event of inclement weather as determined by The Henry Ford in cooperation with local emergency services.

October 13th 

What: Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival
Where: Rochester Hills Museum/Van Hoosen Farm
Details: The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host its signature event – the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. Activities during the day include entertainment, music, food for purchase, and more! Guests are invited to carve a pumpkin and place it on the stone walls surrounding the Museum property and return that evening to see all the pumpkins lit up! The Museum is hoping to exceed their record of 1,011 pumpkins glowing at one time. In addition, an outdoor exhibit of scarecrows made by local organizations will be on display. The Museum will provide stencils and carving tools but guests are encouraged to bring their own carving tools from home. Evening lighting of the pumpkins runs from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

October 20th

What: Halloween Hoot
Where: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester, MI
Details:  Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular Halloween tradition. This is Dinosaur Hill’s favorite fundraiser and proceeds go to support our programming!

Groups will gather in the nature center to create a spooky-fun craft, then head out on the mood-lit trails to participate in a series of short, funny, interactive skits while collecting treats along the way.

Complete your evening with a doughnut and cup of cider around the campfire with live entertainment. You can even let your little monster loose to have fun at our mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games…all included with your ticket.

Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every ten minutes. Times will sell out so don’t delay. $8 per person. Registration Required, follow the handy-dandy link:
https://www.dinosaurhill.org/event-3028906

October 22nd

What: Trick or Treat Among the Trees

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Troy Nature Center in the Fall

Where: Troy Nature Center
Details: A fun and friendly outdoor celebration for kids ages 3-9. Costumed kids are welcome to hike the woodland pumpkin trail with a SNC guide. Children will learn the secrets of the forest and receive treats and meet costumed characters. Fee is $13. Call 248-688-9703 to register.

October 27th 

What: Streets of Treats (Family Halloween Event)
Where: Downtown Northville
Details: Kids’ Costume Parade begins at the Northville Community Center, 303 West Main Street, at 9:30am and walks into downtown, with a special parade escort by Preservation Dental’s Tooth Fairy. Main and Center Street businesses will be open to trick or treaters as the Parade of Costumes walks into Northville till 11:30am, with some additional treat stations and activities. The event is free and sponsored by the Chamber, NCBA, DDA, and others.

What: Trick or Treasure
Where: Downtown Clawson
Details: Kids in costume will travel through the downtown businesses collecting allergy-free treats and maybe a few tricks along the way! Find more information about this Downtown Development Authority (DDA) event at downtownclawson.com!

October 28th

What: Halloween Feed the Hungry Celebration
Where: The Village of Rochester Hills
Details: The annual Halloween Party! We are asking participants to donate either $5 per child.

What: Halloween Hoot
Where: Beverly Park in Beverly Hills
Details: All children living in Beverly Hills are welcome to join in the festivities. For more information go to the Beverly Park homepage.

What: Birmingham Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Parade
Where: Shain Park in Birmingham
Details: Head to the annual Pumpkin Patch from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. for children’s activities and live entertainment. Dress your children in their Halloween costumes and let the fun begin! The Pumpkin Patch event is hosted by the Junior League of Birmingham. Stick around to march in the annual Birmingham Halloween Parade hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber at 4 p.m. at the corner of Bates and Martin near Shain Park. Cider and seasonal treats will be served after the parade.

What: Trick or Treat in the Village
Where: Troy Historic Village
Details: Wear your Halloween costume and tour the grounds as you collect tasty treats and make a craft to take home. Call for $$$ info and to register – 248-524-3570.

October 30th

What: Troy Police Halloween Safety Bash
Where: Troy Police Department
Details: The Troy Police Department will be joined by the Troy Fire Department and Department of Public Works for a trunk-or-treat event. Safety lights will be distributed to children in attendance. Troy PD asks you pre-register for this FREE event HERE.

 Cider Mills:

Who doesn’t love a good outing to the Cider Mill on a nice chilly day? Here is a list (not complete) of cider mills around the metro Detroit area. See one missing? What’s your favorite?!

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Rochester Cider Mill

 

  1. Blake’s Orchard (17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada)
  2. Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill (61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon)
  3. Franklin Cider Mill (7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills)
  4. Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill (1540 E. Commerce Rd., Commerce Twp.)
  5. Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard (4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington)
  6. Paint Creek Cider Mill (4480 Orion Rd., Rochester)
  7. Parmenter’s Cider Mill (714 Baseline Rd., Northville)
  8. Rochester Cider Mill (5125 Rochester Rd., Rochester)
  9. Spicer Orchards and Cider Mill (10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton)
  10. Three Cedars Cider Mill (7897 Six Mile Rd., Northville)
  11. Yates Cider Mill (1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills)

Five (free) Ways to Get Out of the House with a Toddler (and save your sanity!)

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Entertaining a toddler can be an incredibly stressful ordeal; or, it can be a lot of fun.

I, as a mother, can not sit still. If we have time to kill, and we’ve already spent some time at home, I am all for coming up with something to do outside of the home. A lot of moms are crafty and set up super cool activities at home. I am not that person. I can think of creative things we can do outside the home, though.

I am not a cheap person, but I know that we can’t do expensive outings all the time. We do have a zoo membership and use that a good amount, and I would for sure recommend getting one of those if you live close. These are some of my ‘free’ activities I do with my son.

‘Charlie’ Walks (or just walks for normal people)

Charlie is our dog. He is home all day when we are at work and school so we like to get him out of the house as soon as we get home. We will do this one every single day without fail. The only time we won’t is if it is down pouring. When I pick up Ben from school one of the first things he will ask me in the car is ‘charlie walk’?

These are just ‘walks’ for those of you without a pet. We will go on adventures during these walks (we have pretended to go fishing, we pretended that our walk was a race track, we look for animals, etc.). Ben and Charlie (and me!) love these. It’s a good way to get a little exercise and explore our surroundings.

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‘Shopping’

I say shopping very loosely. It’s not really shopping. It’s us going to cool stores (Target being one of them, because, Target) and walking (running) around.

When it rains we love to go to Petco. There are cats, dogs, fish and other random animals that we can go and visit. It’s one of our favorites. We also go to strip malls when it’s raining so that Ben can run under the canopies and get some of that two year old energy out.

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Play dates

These are the best. The absolute best. Not only does Ben get to play with someone (even if they are babies – or dogs), but mama gets to chill with her friends, too. I love that most of our friends have kids and these kinds of things can happen more regularly.

We have a lot of friends that live close by so it’s easy to send a quick text to see if they are available. Play dates are my favorite.

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Outdoor work

I PROMISE that we do not overwork our little two year old boy. BUT it’s fun to get out of the house and do things that need to be done. He loves water and using the hose so we will wash my car (ends up dirtier than it was, but oh well). He helps pick up around the yard, takes things to the curb, get the mail and countless other things. He even has his own mower and ‘helps’ mow the lawn.

Again, this is just outside our house, but we make it an adventure. Our latest outdoor adventures are all about dinosaurs and fishing. It’s pretty darn cute.

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Give me ALL the parks

This is a given, right? Everyone does this all the time, I assume. Metro Detroit has some amazing parks and they are FREE! We are close to a school and will walk there at least once or twice a week to play. We also have countless other parks around the area.

I love the walk. Ben loves the playground. It’s a win win.

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I know I shouldn’t feel the way I do but, as a working mom, I feel like I have to do something exciting/fun/creative/special with Ben every moment that I can. I enjoy it. It lets out a lot of toddler energy and it allows us to have some really special moments together.

What are some of your ways to get your toddler out of the house?

-Lisa