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A Detroit Mom’s Guide to April

Welcome to April, Mamas!  As we head into what we hope will be warmer weather and spring time beauty, we have some great events going on for you and your beautiful families!  DMB especially has a great event coming up for you on April 15 – our Easter Eggstravaganza at Total Sports in Farmington!  Tickets are on sale now, click here to get your family’s spots reserved!  As always – if you can think of any other events that need to be added to the list please please please let us know!  We love to hear from you!

April 1, 2017

 Drop In Workshop: Bumblebee Luminaries 

Location :: The Ann Arbor Arts Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free 

Come one, come all to create artful and fantastically foolish bumblebee luminaries! Make one of your own or work together as a family. Stop in at the Ann Arbor Art Center anytime between 10am-5pm. Instructors will be present at this fabulously fun workshop to guide you in the construction of your bee. “BEE” sure to join us later in the week as we swarm through the streets of downtown Ann Arbor with our bee luminaries during the FoolMoon procession and Festifools parade. Come to one or come to both! ((See website for other event dates and information!))

All materials will be provided, with the exception of lights for the luminary. If you do not have your own lights at home to illuminate your bee, lights will be available at the workshop for $5. We accept cash or credit.

Owl Festival

Location :: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp.
Time :: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost :: $10 park entry fee and $4 for live owl programs

Find out more about these night time predators. Go on a walk where our Great Horned Owls nest, and meet some owls up close and personal! Come and just enjoy the day with our free, on-going programs for all ages. Live owl programs are recommended for ages 5 and up. Please preregister

Easter Eggstravaganza

Location :: Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Pkwy., Canton
Time :: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost :: $3.00 residents, $4.00 non-residents

Bring the kids out to enjoy a variety of Easter and spring-themed activities! Maximize your experience by registering for the Easter Bunny Breakfast which takes place just prior to to this event in the Summit’s Grand Ballroom! No pre-registration is necessary for the Easter Eggstravaganza, however there is a $3R/$4NR fee per child which can be paid for at the event.

We will run continuous egg hunts between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in two age categories to keep the “hunting” fair for even our littlest participants.

Please allow extra time for parking as this is historically a well-attended event. The grounds tend to be wet in the spring so please dress accordingly!

April 2, 2017

Fourth Annual Storytelling Festival

Location :: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Time :: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Metro Detroit is wonderfully diverse and full of stories. Whether you are curious about cultural history or interested in the art of storytelling, we invite you to join us for our fourth annual Storytellers Festival on Sunday, April 2.

During the Storyteller’s Festival, representatives from several of Detroit’s ethnic communities will share their heritage through storytelling and traditional song and dance, highlighting their customs and unique storytelling traditions. Throughout the day, you will hear stories about Detroit’s dynamic innovators of past and present and the everyday people who overcame obstacles to make a difference in Detroit and our region. Explore creative ways to share your own stories through crafts and activities, or attend a storytelling workshop. 

April 3, 2017

Spring Into Science

Location :: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
Time :: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: See museum website for admission rates

Spend Spring Break engaged in an exciting week of activities that will help you learn how to live a greener Life. Subjects include water conservation, the benefits of recycling, and make and take recycled art projects.

April 4, 2017

Spring Into Science

Location :: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
Time :: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: See museum website for admission rates

Spend Spring Break engaged in an exciting week of activities that will help you learn how to live a greener Life. Subjects include water conservation, the benefits of recycling, and make and take recycled art projects.

April 5, 2017

Spring Into Science

Location :: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
Time :: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: See museum website for admission rates

Spend Spring Break engaged in an exciting week of activities that will help you learn how to live a greener Life. Subjects include water conservation, the benefits of recycling, and make and take recycled art projects.

April 6, 2017

Detroit Shrine Circus

Location :: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
Time :: 7:00 p.m.
Cost :: $15- 20 per person

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, this is your hometown circus, your glimpse of the majesty of the wild, your thrills of the high wire, your taste of the popcorn and hot dogs, your touch of the Shrine clown. Yes, this is your circus, the Shrine Circus, our community circus that like Spring brings wonder, energy, and happiness for young and old. This is the day when you get close no matter where you sit. You see. You feel. You laugh. You catch your breath. It’s about as classic Americana as it gets. And it started here, in Detroit.

Spring Into Science

Location :: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
Time :: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: See museum website for admission rates

Spend Spring Break engaged in an exciting week of activities that will help you learn how to live a greener Life. Subjects include water conservation, the benefits of recycling, and make and take recycled art projects.

Kids in the Kitchen: Eating our Colors

Location :: The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor
Time :: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cost :: Non-member children $10, Member children $5 – cost covers one adult guest

Kids in kindergarten through 4th grade can join the Junior League of Ann Arbor, Inc. for our “Eating our Colors” evening workshop as part of the Kids in the Kitchen program. Do science experiments focused the color of food, make a nutritious snack, and do an activity. An adult is required to stay in the building and their admission to the museum is included in the ticket cost. Food provided by the People’s Food Co-op Ann Arbor

April 7, 2017

Little Engineers

Location :: Walled Lake City Library, 1499 E West Maple Rd., Walled Lake
Time :: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost :: Free 

We’ll get out all of our favorite building materials (blocks, playdough, Duplo bricks, stacking cups and more!), you supply the imagination. Drop in for a bit or stay the whole hour; this is an open-play session.

Detroit Shrine Circus

Location :: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
Time :: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Cost :: $15- 20 per person

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, this is your hometown circus, your glimpse of the majesty of the wild, your thrills of the high wire, your taste of the popcorn and hot dogs, your touch of the Shrine clown. Yes, this is your circus, the Shrine Circus, our community circus that like Spring brings wonder, energy, and happiness for young and old. This is the day when you get close no matter where you sit. You see. You feel. You laugh. You catch your breath. It’s about as classic Americana as it gets. And it started here, in Detroit.

First Free Friday presented by the MASCO Foundation

Location :: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
Time :: After 5:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to the Institute of Science is free after 5pm the first Friday of each month through June 2017. Join us for a free evening of science fun! The Café and Observatory are open, and planetarium shows are offered at an additional charge.

Spring Into Science

Location :: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
Time :: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: See museum website for admission rates

Spend Spring Break engaged in an exciting week of activities that will help you learn how to live a greener Life. Subjects include water conservation, the benefits of recycling, and make and take recycled art projects.

April 8, 2017

Clawson Easter Egg Hunt

Location :: Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer, Clawson
Time :: 10:00 a.m.
Cost :: Free

Join the Easter Bunny looking for eggs! Bring a camera and basket. Arrive on time because the Easter Bunny’s job is done in a blink of an eye. For ages 1-12.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Location :: Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, 730 S. Main St., Frankenmuth
Time :: 9:00 a.m.
Cost :: $13.25 per person

Join us for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 8th starting at 9 a.m. inside Zehnder’s beautiful Main Dining Room. Children have the opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny, enjoy a delicious breakfast and magic show and receive a special gift.

Toddler Egg Scramble

Location :: Wolcott Mill Metropark,
Time :: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: See website for pricing details

A mini version of our Farm Egg Scramble especially geared to the 4 year old and under age group. The toddlers can visit the Easter Bunny and scramble for eggs. A snack and drink will be included for the children. The Toddler Egg Scramble is a preregistration and prepayed program.

 

Easter Egg Scramble

Location :: Willow Metropark, 23200 S. Huron Rd., New Boston 
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per person, plus entry into the metropark

It’s Easter and you know what that means! Egg hunts, crafts, and games. What are you waiting for? Sign up in advance and get ready for some fun! Advanced Ticket Purchase Only, (734) 697-9181

Easter Egg Scramble

Location :: Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Rd., New Boston
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per person, plus entry into the metropark

It’s Easter and you know what that means! Egg hunts, crafts, and games. What are you waiting for? Sign up in advance and get ready for some fun! Advanced Ticket Purchase Only, (734) 697-9181

Pizza and Eggs

Location :: Costick Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Farmington Hills 
Time :: 11:30 a.m.
Cost :: $7 per resident and $12 per non-resident

This is not your ordinary egg hunt! We will start with pizza lunch. Followed by an activity and then head out to the egg patch to search for eggs. A bag will be provided for the search and all children will receive a goody bag. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Sensory-friendly Easter Bunny

Location :: Great Lakes Crossing, 4000 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills
Time :: 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Cost :: See website for details

Register today for Sensory-Friendly Easter Bunny at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets! Sensory-Friendly Easter Bunny has dimmer lights and softer music, creating a welcoming environment for children with special needs. Plus, reserve online for your time slot and avoid long lines.

Located at Bunnyville in District 7. Visits with the Easter Bunny are free and photo packages are available for purchase. Please enter the mall through Entry 6. By reservation only.

Charity Easter Egg Hunt

Location :: Ray Wiegand’s Nursery & Garden Center
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00  p.m.
Cost :: $5 per child

Please join us for our Annual “Easter Egg Hunt”. Your children will embark on an Easter Egg Hunt, where they will search for Easter Eggs & turn them in for goodies.

Ticket sales will benefit TURNING POINT.
A local charity providing services to end domestic and sexual violence.

Weekend Activities will Include: (Prices vary from FREE to $10)
Visit with the Easter Bunny – FREE
Photos with the Easter Bunny – $10
Farmer for the Day – FREE
Bunny & Duckling Petting Farm – $2
Airbrushed Face Painting – $3
55’ Inflatable Caterpillar Maze – $1
Bounce House – $1
Sand Art – $3
Bug Bus – $3
Decoration Station – $5

Detroit Shrine Circus

Location :: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
Time :: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Cost :: $15- 20 per person

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, this is your hometown circus, your glimpse of the majesty of the wild, your thrills of the high wire, your taste of the popcorn and hot dogs, your touch of the Shrine clown. Yes, this is your circus, the Shrine Circus, our community circus that like Spring brings wonder, energy, and happiness for young and old. This is the day when you get close no matter where you sit. You see. You feel. You laugh. You catch your breath. It’s about as classic Americana as it gets. And it started here, in Detroit.

*Girls Night Out or Date Night Opportunity* Painting & Pints

Location :: Blake Farms, 17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada
Time :: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. OR 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Cost :: $40 for a general ticket, which includes your pallet and one drink, $50 “Wine-o” package gets your pallet and three drinks

This event promises to sell out quickly!  Be sure to select only one time slot as no refunds or exchanges are available.  We will be painting hand crafted 12×16 stained pallet boards! Tickets go on sale March 20th and the last Paint event sold out in 4 hours so we recommend not waiting.

*Date Night Opportunity* Bacon & Brews Bash

Location :: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
Time :: 7:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Cost :: $45 general admission, $60 VIP admission

A special celebration of all things covered, wrapped and seasoned with BACON!

This Bacon Bonanza will have you filled with sweet and savory creations including main dishes, compliments, cocktails, and desserts. Over 20 local restaurants, eateries, and sweets boutiques will help you get your bacon fix on!

Join us at Bacon Bash at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market on Saturday, April 8. Guests will enjoy unlimited samples of bacon-inspired delights made with Dearborn Brand Bacon.

April 9, 2017

Kids Opening Day with the Detroit Tigers!

Location :: Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Time :: 1:10 p.m.
Cost :: See website for pricing information

Enjoy a Detroit Tigers game with your kids!  Brought to you by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan – the Tigers will face off against the Boston Red Sox. 

My Turn: A Sensory-friendly Visit at the AAHOM

Location :: The Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor
Time :: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost :: Free but registration might be required

Families affected by autism and other sensory sensitivities are invited to visit AAHOM on April 9, from 9:30-11:30am before the Museum opens to the public.
We’ve turned the lights and the noise down and are providing splash protection, sunglasses, and ear protection to help children with ASD enjoy the amazing exhibits and learning experiences the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has to offer.

During this event, families will have a chance to explore the Museum in their own way. Visitors will also have a chance to participate in activities while practicing their observation skills and learning about chromatography, density, and buoyancy!

Local autism support providers will be participating in a small resource fair to share information about services they offer.

This event is recommended for ages 5-12, however all are welcome to participate.

EGG-stravagansza

Location :: Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy
Time :: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. OR 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Cost :: $13 per child, $10 per member

Celebrate Spring and the new life that is upon us! Learn about the many animals that hatch from eggs. Discover how eggs protect them as they grow. Take a short spring hike. Participate in egg games, including an egg hunt with special prizes, and make spring crafts.

Dress for the weather. Adult partners are free and must stay with children throughout the event. Ages 4-10. 

EGG-citing Event!

Location :: Burgess Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive., Shelby Twp.
Time :: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost :: $4 per participating child

Join in the fun and have an egg-citing time. Children will delight in all the activies. Decorate eggs- bring 6 hard boilded eggs, go on an Easter egg hunt and so much more –

Spring Scavenger Hunt and Visit with the Easter Bunny

Location :: Festival Park, Rochester Hills
Time :: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per person

And to get the whole season started, we are hosting a Spring Celebration for the entire community! It is our annual event to raise money for the Rainbow Connection. For only $5 per child (100% of the proceeds are donated) and they can partake in all of the activities.

Every year the Village celebrates spring with the bunny coming to visit for a few days. It is an opportunity for families to visit the Easter Bunny in our brightly decorated gazebo and take their own photos with the bunny for FREE.

Meet us in Festival Park under the blue canopy to purchase your stamp to all the fun. Enjoy being outdoors and doing good for children and families that are making wishes with the Rainbow Connection.

FestiFOOLS!

Location :: Main Street, Ann Arbor
Time :: 4:00  – 5:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

FestiFools is one of Ann Arbor’s cultural treasures. It is a HUGE-mongous public art spectacular, created by members of the community and U of M students. Magnificent, colorful, bizarre, human-powered papier-mâché puppets join thousands of Foolish friends frolicking about downtown for one fun-filled hour!

Detroit Shrine Circus

Location :: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
Time :: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Cost :: $15- 20 per person

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, this is your hometown circus, your glimpse of the majesty of the wild, your thrills of the high wire, your taste of the popcorn and hot dogs, your touch of the Shrine clown. Yes, this is your circus, the Shrine Circus, our community circus that like Spring brings wonder, energy, and happiness for young and old. This is the day when you get close no matter where you sit. You see. You feel. You laugh. You catch your breath. It’s about as classic Americana as it gets. And it started here, in Detroit.

April 12, 2017

Royal Oak Farmers Market Food Truck Rally

Location :: Royal Oak Farmers Market, 318 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
Time :: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free Entry

A collection of Michigan’s finest food trucks including Delectabowl, Mac Shack, El Guapo, Mean Weenie, Rollin Stone Pizza, Streetside Sushi, Mito’s, Woodpile, Treat Dreams, The Salt & Sugar Co. and more! FREE ENTRY, FREE PARKING! Live music, face painting, kids moon-bounce and more!

April 13, 2017

Marshmallow Drop and Moon Glow

Location :: Genoa Township Athletic Fields, 2911 Dorr Rd., Howell
Time :: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost :: $10 per child

It’s time once again for the most unique night-time spring celebration in Livingston County for children ages 0-8.  This one-of-a kind outdoor event begins with a flyer-over by a helicopter with a massive drop of fun, fluffy marshmallows. The kids will be released to run onto the field to collect marshmallows!  Find a “special” one and turn it in for a prize! Once the sun goes down the kids will turn on their flashlights in search of treat filled eggs!  

The Easter Bunny will be there for free family photos!

The Howell Nature Center will be onsite with the Nature Bus from 6pm-8pm, at no additional cost. This special Birds of Prey program is an fun, educational opportunity to get kids excited about wildlife. The nature center staff are great with kids and can’t wait to share their knowledge on nature and wildlife!  

Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy food from our participating food trucks.  This is an event the whole family can enjoy. Registration is limited to the first 1,000 participants; however there will be no on site registration. All registrations must be accepted by Thursday April 13 at Noon. Only kids need to be registered. 

April 14, 2017

The Great Marshmallow Drop 

Location :: Elizabeth Park, Trenton
Time :: 9:00 a.m.
Cost :: Free

A blizzard of 20,000 marshmallows will hit Trenton on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 9 a.m. in Elizabeth Park for the annual Marshmallow Drop!

Once the marshmallows have safely landed, eager children can redeem a marshmallow for a special prize!

Put on your boots and come to Elizabeth Park to laugh and enjoy the company of your neighbors! Be sure to watch for the helicopter! Great photo opportunity! Don’t be late; the helicopter flies at 9 a.m. sharp!

Bunnyville

Location :: The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
Time :: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free with admission to zoo

An “eggstravaganza” of family fun is planned for the Detroit Zoo’s annual Bunnyville celebration, featuring games, crafts, live entertainment, zookeeper talks and much more!

Bunnyville features a golden egg hunt with more than 100 eggs hidden throughout the Zoo each day – spot an egg and redeem it for a prize (one egg and prize per family). Festivities also include the Jelly Bean Jamboree, Funny Bunny Games, whisker painting and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy live entertainment, including music by Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits, The Amazing Clark magic show, and the Off Broadway Productions musical “Bunnyville Follies”.

Bunnyville visitors are encouraged to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Each guest with a food donation will receive a reduced admission price of $9, parking not included. Admission for Detroit Zoological Society Members is free, but Members are encouraged to bring food donations.

Great Marshmallow Drop!

Location :: Catalpa Oaks, 27725 Greenfield Rd., Southfield
Time :: 10:00 a.m.
Cost :: Free

15,000 marshmallows will be helicopter dropped. Come enjoy this non-competitive experience, you only need to exchange ONE marshmallow to receive a prize! One drop will be made for each of three age groups.

Easter Jump and Egg Hunt

Location :: Pump It Up of Shelby Township, 15117 Commercial Drive, Shelby Township
Time :: See website for specific times – as there are several
Cost :: $12 per child

HOP ON OVER to Pump It Up of Shelby for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny! Good Friday, April 14th:

Hunt 1 – 10am – 12pm
Hunt 2 – 1pm – 3pm
Hunt 3 – 4pm – 6pm
Hunt 4 – 7pm – 9pm

Call us at (586)416-4386 to reserve your spot today!!

April 15, 2017

Detroit Moms Blog Easter Eggstravaganza

Location :: Total Sports Farmington,  22777 Farmington Rd., Farmington
Time :: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost :: $8 per family

Breakfast with The Bunny

Location :: Howell Nature Center, 1005 Triangle Lake Rd., Howell
Time :: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 
Cost :: Adults $9, Children 3-16 $7, Children 2 and Under Free

Join us for a delicious pancake breakfast with sausage and all the trimmings. Children will get to visit with the Easter Bunny, receive a special gift and enjoy an old-fashioned easter egg hunt. Be sure to bring your camera!

Northville Eggstravaganza

Location :: Maybury Farm, 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville
Time :: 10:00 a.m .- 12:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per car – CASH ONLY

Join us for our annual egg hunt for children ages 2-10. This year the hunt will be held at the Maybury Farm, in an effort to expand and improve the event and offer more activities for families to enjoy in addition to the hunt. The gates will open at 10:00 AM. Age divided egg hunts will start at 11:00 AM. Children will collect a specified number of eggs and will redeem for a prize bag filled with candy and other promotional items from sponsors. Please note that the egg hunt will be limited to the first 700 children.

Features food vendors/trucks, the Maybury Farm animals, egg hunts, the Easter bunny, Smokey the Bear, face painting, seed planting, and more!

Bunnyville

Location :: The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
Time :: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free with admission to zoo

An “eggstravaganza” of family fun is planned for the Detroit Zoo’s annual Bunnyville celebration, featuring games, crafts, live entertainment, zookeeper talks and much more!

Bunnyville features a golden egg hunt with more than 100 eggs hidden throughout the Zoo each day – spot an egg and redeem it for a prize (one egg and prize per family). Festivities also include the Jelly Bean Jamboree, Funny Bunny Games, whisker painting and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy live entertainment, including music by Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits, The Amazing Clark magic show, and the Off Broadway Productions musical “Bunnyville Follies”.

Bunnyville visitors are encouraged to bring a canned or other non-perishable food item to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Each guest with a food donation will receive a reduced admission price of $9, parking not included. Admission for Detroit Zoological Society Members is free, but Members are encouraged to bring food donations.

Rochester Play’s 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Location :: Rochester Play, 380 E. 2nd, Rochester
Time :: 8:45 – 10:00 a.m. 
Cost :: $5 per child plus admission, Only $5 per child for members

Join us for a morning of egg hunting fun followed by a visit with the Easter Bunny! Our indoor Easter Egg hunt takes place inside and around our awesome play structures, and is broken into two locations for our two age groups so all children will have a chance to find eggs (ages 1-3 will hunt in our Toddler Structure and ages 4+ will hunt in the Big Structure). All eggs are filled with surprises, including Rochester Play! bonus “Dollars”, and we’ll hide some “Golden Eggs” with special prizes! Stick around for treats and punch for all kids attending and visit with the Easter Bunny after the Egg Hunt.

Doors open at 8:45 am, hunts start promptly at 9:00 am (ages 1-3) and 9:15 am (ages 4+). This is a private event – RP! will open to the public at 10:00 a.m.

Be sure to bring a basket to collect your eggs and bring an optional non-perishable food item for donation to Rochester Neighborhood House to receive a Rochester Play! entry bonus dollar.

Bunny Brunch

Location :: Waterford Recreation Center, 5640 Williams Lake Rd., Waterford
Time :: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost :: $12 per person, $14 per non-resident

Have an EGGcelent time with the Bunny as you enjoy breakfast, games, a craft, family photo opportunity, and an egg hunt. Every family receives one 4 x 6 photo. Space is limited. Registrations must be received by April 9th. Children under 2 yrs. free. Saturday before Easter.

Easter Egg Hunt

Location :: Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy
Time :: 6:00 p.m.
Cost :: See website for details

Grab your basket and hop over to this egg hunt! After your kids hunt for plastic eggs in the gym, there will be a moon bounce and activities for them. Bring your bathing suit to swim in the indoor pool and find the golden egg for extra prizes. Don’t forget your phone to take pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Please check the website for information.  This event is pre-registration only!

April 18, 2017

Movers & Shakers with Sensory Kids

Location :: Walled Lake City Library, 1499 E. West Maple Rd., Walled Lake
Time :: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Ages 1-3 with an adult caregiver. Join us for a special program with Sensory Kids Pediatric Therapy. We will focus on movement as well as fine motor skills and exploring new textures!

*Dad’s Night Out/Father+Son Outing Opportunity* Champions’ Day

Location :: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Time :: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Join us in celebrating Champions’ Day, a very awesome and very official Detroit holiday established in 1936.

April 18th was declared Champions’ Day by the Governor of Michigan when the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings all won their first championships in the same year. The day was meant to be a yearly event to celebrate Detroit. While we don’t have Joe Louis and the 1936 Detroit Tigers baseball team celebrating with us like the first Champions’ Day, for 4 years in a row we have been bringing it back bigger and better every year.

Charles Avison, the author of “Detroit: City of Champions” and several other historical Detroit books will give a short presentation on how impactful this year in sports was to shaping Detroit’s future, and he will happily dive into any team or era in Detroit sports that we ask. All of this will be happening right in front of the City of Champions’ plaque, where all 48 governors of the United States in 1936 signed and congratulated Detroit on being the City of Champions. The museum will also be exhibiting historical sports memorabilia that is not usually on display. We will also have access to enjoy the entire museum.

April 20, 2017

Knee High Naturalists – April Showers

Location :: Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy
Time :: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost :: $12 per child, adult partner is free

Children, ages 2-4, with a parent/grandparent partner will enjoy this April program as they discover how changing weather affects spring happings. On the hike, they will look for evidence of new life in spring.

Each Knee-high Naturalist session includes a nature story, hike, activities, craft and a snack. Coming up in May, children will search for new spring flowers.

Detroit Gearapalooza! The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event!

Location :: 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham
Time ::6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost :: Price range: $25 – $225 per person

THE ULTIMATE BABY GEAR AND REGISTRY EVENT WITH BUMP CLUB AND BEYOND AND THEBABYGUYNYC IS COMING TO DETROIT!

Join us for a day filled with:
The chance to meet with a dozen baby gear vendors and check out the latest products.
A 90-minute info session + Q+A with Jamie Grayson, The BabyGuyNYC.
A jam-packed gift bag filled with essentials for mom + baby for everyone!
The chance to win THOUSANDS of dollars in prizes!
Exclusive discounts from Modern Natural Baby TONIGHT ONLY!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS DESIGNED FOR EXPECTANT AND NEW PARENTS. BABIES OVER A YEAR WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS, ANY BABIES MUST BE IN A CARRIER AS THERE IS NOT ROOM FOR STROLLERS AT THIS EVENT.

April 21, 2017

Little Engineers

Location :: Walled Lake City Library, 1499 E West Maple Rd., Walled Lake
Time :: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost :: Free 

We’ll get out all of our favorite building materials (blocks, playdough, Duplo bricks, stacking cups and more!), you supply the imagination. Drop in for a bit or stay the whole hour; this is an open-play session.

Mary Poppins at the Redford Theater

Location :: The Redford Theater, 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit
Time :: 8:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per person

Julie Andrews plays the magical nanny who teaches valuable lessons to her charges, the Banks children, in a classic Disney musical that brilliantly mixes live action and animation.

*Moms Night Out Opportunity* Mom Prom: Fire and Ice

Location :: San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy
Time :: 6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Cost :: $50 per person

TIcket includes buffet dinner, open bar, dancing, photobooth, and the crowning of the Prom Queen! We will also have 50/50 and prize raffles! Tickets can be purchased here: http://anchorbaymomsclub.org/momprom/order (PayPal fee is $1.43 per ticket) OR cash only purchases can be made by visiting Bibbidi Bobbidi You Boutique located at:
35346 23 Mile Rd. New Baltimore, MI 48047.

 ALL proceeds from Mom Prom will benefit Turning Point, a local charity that provides emergency shelter and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. So get your ticket today, put on an old dress, a new dress, or whatever you are comfortable in and come support a wonderful cause!

Knee High Naturalists – April Showers

Location :: Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy
Time :: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost :: $12 per child, adult partner is free

Children, ages 2-4, with a parent/grandparent partner will enjoy this April program as they discover how changing weather affects spring happings. On the hike, they will look for evidence of new life in spring.

Each Knee-high Naturalist session includes a nature story, hike, activities, craft and a snack. Coming up in May, children will search for new spring flowers.

April 22, 2017

GreenFest

Location :: The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
Time :: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free with Admission

GreenFest will feature earth-friendly crafts, chemistry demos, zookeeper talks and more.  Join the Zoo’s Green Team at the Green Games Gallery and enjoy earth-friendly activities, games and a community art project highlighting plastics in the environment.  The event will also include exhibits by local conservation groups and artists providing tips and goods for keeping our planet a healthy place to live.

GreenFest is an initiative of the Detroit Zoological Society’s Greenprint, a comprehensive strategic plan to refine and improve facilities and daily practices, develop new policies and programs and improve green literacy in the community.

Tummy to Toddler Expo

Location :: Macomb Community College South Campus, 14500 E. Twelve Mile Rd., Warren
Time :: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: $7 per person

Come and check out a great family event for parents and grandparents with children 0-5 years old!
Connect with other parents and professionals in the parenting genre.
Learn: Healthy Cooking, Baby and Child Care, Breast Feeding, Childbirth options, baby wearing.
Experience: Product demos, see, feel and touch the latest and greatest products for you and your family.
Enjoy a family experience: games, contests, prizes, photobooths, bounce houses, story time, princesses and super heros, face painting and more

Mary Poppins at the Redford Theater

Location :: The Redford Theater, 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit
Time ::  2:00 p.m. AND 8:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per person

Julie Andrews plays the magical nanny who teaches valuable lessons to her charges, the Banks children, in a classic Disney musical that brilliantly mixes live action and animation.

Spring Nature Walk 

Location :: Burgess Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive, Shelby Township
Time :: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost :: $2 per person ages 4 and up

Wild spring flowers are just one of the thing to look for at this time. Early spring insects may be out and butterflies that hibernated all winter may be active as well as few winter spring mushrooms.

April 23, 2017

Children’s HUGE Consignment Event

Location :: Rhea Lana’s of Metro Detroit, 22179 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon
Time :: 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Cost :: See website for details

Similar to a Mom2Mom sale!  This sale will be going on from today until the 28th.  See website for individual date sale times. 

Touch-a-Truck

Location :: Birmingham Royal Oak Medical Group, 5130 Coolidge Hwy, Royal Oak
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per family (group of 4) and $2 each additional person

Family Friendly Activities for All Ages!!

Explore vehicles including public service, emergency, utility,
construction, and transportation! Other activities include food,
crafts and entertainment.

*Moms Day Out Opportunity* Divine Women’s All Day Retreat

Location :: Little Lotus Wellness Studio, 195 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost :: $85 per person

Join us for our first Divine Women’s all day retreat at LLWS! Can never find the time to get away for a full retreat? Carve out one day to connect with your Divine Tribe right here at home. Snuggle into the studio for the day to enjoy 2 ceremonies, 4 classes & the ultimate chill out lunch hour, all away from the outside world. Leave refreshed, inspired and connected to new amazing women in your community! This magical day is only $85, very limited space available.

Retreat Schedule:
10:00 am Cleansing & welcoming ceremony
11:00 am Tribal Fusion Movement
12:15 pm Find your Divine essence & manifestation workshop
1:00-2:30 pm The ultimate chill out lunch break (bring with or go out) enjoy tea and relaxing activites
2:30 pm Meditation, mudras and mantras workshop
3:30-5 pm Candlelight yin yoga & essential oils
5:15 pm Closing ceremony

Storytime Adventure – The Invisible String

Location :: The Painted Pot, 421 Walnut Blvd., Rochester
Time :: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost :: $5 per person

Join us for a Storytime Adventure! After our story, we will create a unique ceramic project. This class is great for all ages! Parents stay with their young artist.
The Invisible Sting is a simple story that reminds children and adults that they are not alone. As the mother in this story explains, “People who love each other are always connected by a very special string made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.” After we read a sweet tale, we will create a fun box with fingerprints.

April 24, 2017

Children’s HUGE Consignment Event

Location :: Rhea Lana’s of Metro Detroit, 22179 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost :: See website for details

Similar to a Mom2Mom sale!  This sale will be going on from today until the 28th.  See website for individual date sale times. 

April 25, 2017

Children’s HUGE Consignment Event

Location :: Rhea Lana’s of Metro Detroit, 22179 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost :: See website for details

Similar to a Mom2Mom sale!  This sale will be going on from today until the 28th.  See website for individual date sale times. 

Movers & Shakers with Sensory Kids

Location :: Walled Lake City Library, 1499 E. West Maple Rd., Walled Lake
Time :: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost :: Free

Ages 1-3 with an adult caregiver. Join us for a special program with Sensory Kids Pediatric Therapy. We will focus on movement as well as fine motor skills and exploring new textures!

April 26, 2017

Children’s HUGE Consignment Event

Location :: Rhea Lana’s of Metro Detroit, 22179 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon
Time :: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost :: See website for details

Similar to a Mom2Mom sale!  This sale will be going on from today until the 28th.  See website for individual date sale times. 

April 29, 2017

Bats of the World

Location :: Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy
Time :: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost :: $10 per person, $8 per person

Step into the exciting and mysterious world of bats with the Organization for Bat Conservation. Explore the importance of bats, habitat, conservation and the amazing adaptations bats have to navigate their nocturnal lifestysle. Meet live bats from North and South America and Africa – some with nearly a three-foot wingspan!

This is a family program; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Each person participating must enroll and pay the fee.

Ages: 4-Adult

Spring Bird Hike

Location :: Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy
Time :: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Cost :: $6 per person, $4 for members

Spring migration is in its peak and brings with it a spectacular opportunity to see several amazing birds. Some of the birds will be summer residents; others will be just passing through on their trip north. Join us as we hike the trails and look for our migrating feathered friends. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. All experience levels welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant must register to attend. Ages 8 to adult.

Sensory-friendly Saturday

Location :: The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
Time :: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost :: See website for details

 Your experience includes
  • An early opening of the Day Out With Thomas™ Depot Town activity area for Sensory Friendly Saturday guests. The gates of Greenfield Village open at 8:00 am on this day for Sensory Friendly Saturday guests, with Depot Town activities available beginning at 8:30 am. The remainder of Greenfield Village will be closed until 9:30 am.
  • 9:30 am ride on Thomas the Tank Engine exclusively for Sensory Friendly Saturday guests. Day Out With Thomas™ tickets, in addition to Greenfield Village admission, are required to ride Thomas. Tickets for this special opportunity are only available by calling the Call Center at 313-982-6001. Tickets are on sale beginning March 8 for members and March 22 for non-members.
  • A quiet area with activities for Day Out With Thomas™ available all day in Town Hall.
  • An event map showing locations of loud sounds and locations of the day’s activities in Greenfield Village.
  • Noise-cancelling headphones and earplugs available for guests to use.
  • A social narrative created by the Autism Alliance of Michigan for Greenfield Village and Day Out With Thomas™ showing what families might see, hear, smell, taste, and touch

American Indian Powwow & Indian Festival

Location :: Algonac High School, 5200 Taft Rd., Algonac
Time :: 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free 

Powwow dancing, American Indian crafts, and craft sale

Community Connection Day for families with At-Risk or Special Population Children

Location :: Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton
Time :: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost :: Free

You and your family are invited to this FREE event where you can meet Canton and Plymouth First Responders and let them meet you! A great opportunity to introduce yourself to, and connect with, our Community’s Thin Blue Line, Paramedics, Firefighters and more! We are thrilled to launch this exciting initiative to help dispel fears that may be associated with lights, sirens, or authority figures in the disability and at-risk communities, to foster an important dialogue, and to encourage a greater understanding of one another.

-Enjoy an interactive public safety vehicle display!

-Visit our expo area of resource-related vendors and organizations like:
* Building Bridges Therapy Center
* Fatwheels
* Miracle League of Plymouth
*And More!

Light lunch options will be available for purchase.

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