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Where Can I Find Fun Things to do with Kids Near Me in November?

If you are looking to answer the question: “Where can I find fun things to do with kids near me in November?”, then check out our list below.

Annual Downtown Detroit Tree Lighting on November 17, 2023

Downtown Detroit is decked with 64-foot Michigan-grown Norway spruce decked out with ornaments and illuminated by thousands of shimmering LED multi-colored lights – after a countdown by Santa. This is a free event that you don’t want to miss to kick off the holiday season. There will be stellar performances by Olympic figure skaters, the best skaters in metro Detroit and live musical acts, holiday shopping, food trucks, unique lighting attractions across Downtown Detroit.

4:00-9:00 P.M. at Campus Martius Park, Detroit

Shop and Gather at Cadillac Lodge Detroit

Downtown Detroit has an outdoor holiday market with a collection of curated Detroit vendors offering specialty apparel, accessories, jewelry, bath products, home décor, children’s toys, pet goods, books, snacks and more. After you are finished with your shopping spree, enjoy gathering around the warm fireplace and sipping hot drinks and food at The Cadillac Lodge.

November 9 – Jan 7
Mondays & Tuesdays: Closed 
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 11am – 8pm 
Fridays & Saturdays: 11am – 11pm 
Sundays: 11am – 7pm 

The Cadillac Lodge
60 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226

Winter at Monroe Street Midway

Family and all ages can enjoy all the free activities in Monroe Street Midway. Guests can enjoy free arctic slide, bumper cars, puck putt, interactive art activation and arcade with additional fee. Kids can enjoy crafts every Saturday, also character visits on selected days. Details

Nov 9 – Jan 7
Thursdays: 11AM – 8PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 11AM – 10PM 
Sundays: 11AM – 8PM 

Thanksgiving Day/Christmas Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 11AM – 4PM
New Year’s Eve & Day: 11AM – 8PM

Monroe Street Midway
22 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226

Santa visit, Holiday Lights and Tree Lighting

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2023 Greenfield Village Holiday Night Tickets are on sale November 1, 2023

This is one of our favorite holiday events where you can enjoy beautifully decorated houses and shops, live performance, free ice skating, carousel, model T ride, horse drawn carriage. Tickets will sell out fast and you don’t want to miss this experience. Read more about our experience here.

New Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Coming to Little Caesars Arena

The reimagined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® invites Children Of All Ages to a spectacle of superhuman feats, pushing the limits of possibility and thrilling families and fans of all generations. Come fun, come all! The new Ringling™ live show experience is coming to Little Caesars Arena on November 17-19! Tickets are on sale now at and Ticketmaster! 

The Village of Rochester Hills Shopping Center Fireworks Display and Free Visits with Santa

The Village of Rochester Hills, metropolitan Detroit’s premier outdoor lifestyle shopping and dining destination, is once again kicking off the most wonderful time of the year on Friday, November 17, 2023 with their annual Light The Village holiday celebration.  The 375,000 square foot outdoor shopping center will be covered with over 800,000 dazzling-colored lights and offer an evening of family-fun entertainment. The event will delight folks of all ages and include holiday music and entertainment, delicious food, a spectacular fireworks display, and Santa Claus’s first appearance for 2023!

The Light The Village event is taking place on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Free Shuttle service to/from Adams High School is available from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

The Village of Rochester Hills
104 N. Adams Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 

Visit your Favorite Local Cider Mill

It’s the best time to enjoy cider and donuts with your family and friends. Here’s our best guide for your cider mill adventure this season.
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Visit a Local Petting Farm/Zoo

If you are looking for an outing with family, then check out one of the petting farms/zoo across Metro Detroit. It’s the perfect opportunity to create memories with your family.

Visit one of 20+ Michigan Indoor Waterparks, Metro Detroit Waterparks & Beyond

It’s the beginning of winter and you would love to get out of the house, maybe on a mini staycation.  If you are looking for a great Michigan indoor waterparks then check out our indoor water park guide. We have listed over twenty places to chase away the winter blues and make it feel like summer again.

Michigan Indoor Waterpar

Glenlore Trails Aurora returns November 17, 2023

Every time we go to Glenlore Trails, we always find something new to discover. Their new concept of wintry walk Aurora returns November 17, 2023. It is an one mile outdoor path with interactive, story moments, and other entertainment. It creates immersive fun experience for all ages. Don’t forget to secure your tickets now! 

Amber Louchart
Author: Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud mother to four beautiful children, Damian (27), Rosaleigh (14), Carlyn (11), and Naomi (8). Her family also includes four cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy. In addition to Metro Detroit Mommy, Amber has a passion for hosting karaoke with Malibu Entertainment.  She enjoys the metro Detroit nightlife especially, singing, dancing and meeting new people.