KNOW Before You Go The Birmingham Bloomfield Area is getting back to normal. However, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to stay current on any local restrictions and/or recommendations being suggested, requested or enforced. The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle offers pages of information that allows you to access websites or dial phone numbers to hundreds of locations and organizations. Please check with the organization or specific venue for updates regarding open dates, hours of operation and protocols that may be in place. Helpful information may also be found through the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce at www.bbcc.com.
Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills (248) 553-2400 • www.holocaustcenter.org This is an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust, European Jewish communities and Jewish visitors can research their roots in the world’s largest collection of books and resources. There are lecture series, travel opportunities, teacher seminars and a speakers’ bureau. Numerous exhibits and gift shop. Call for hours.
Lego Discovery Center
(Great Lakes Crossing) Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan This indoor family attraction is perfect for children ages 3 -10. There is a large play area, creative workshop, models of Detroit landmarks, Lego rides and 4-D theater. Closed Monday and Tuesday, tickets my be purchased online.
Main Street Downtown Rochester
Annual Christmas Parade and Big Bright Light Show – Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day www.downtownrochestermi.com THE CHRISTMAS PARADE IS BACK! The parade is a televised event running down Main Street in Rochester in early December. Stake out your space early! The light show involves all buildings lit up with lights strung every six inches. A wonderful sight at night.
Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum
31005 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills (248) 626-5020 • www.marvin3m.com Listed as one of the most unusual museums in the country, there are thousands of toys, machines, and one-of-a-kind collectibles.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
12600 Dixie Highway, Holly, 48442 (800) 601-4848 • www.michrenfest.com A truly unique entertainment experience with knights in armor, joisting, strolling musicians, themed feasts and weekends, specialty acts and active marketplace. Runs from mid-August through September. Check the website for information about activities, events and festival fees.
In Oakland Couny
(on Oakland University campus) Adams and Walton, Rochester, 48309 Amphitheatre - (313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com May through September serves as a popular outdoor entertainment venue. Pavilion and lawn seating. Home to Meadow Brook Gardens as well.
Meadow Brook Hall - (248) 364-6200 www.meadowbrookhall.org The Matilda Dodge Wilson Estate (widow of auto baron John Dodge) is a beautiful 100-room Tudor revival style mansion built in 1929. It boasts 23 fireplaces, 39 chimneys and 3 kitchens. It is the 4th largest historic house museum in the country. For special events and tours please call. Open daily year-round. Fee.
Meadow Brook Theatre
Adams and Walton, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, 48309 (248) 377-3300 • www.mbtheatre.com Meadow Brook Theatre is Michigan’s largest professional theatre company. Over the years it has won awards and critical acclaim for the high quality of comedies, mysteries, dramas and musicals; from its accomplished actors to the lavish sets and beautiful costumes. They also have a series for children. Locate on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MBT’s theatre provides an intimate experience. Handicapped seating and free parking
Oakland County Fair
PO Box 365, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg 48350 (248) 634-8830 • www.oakfair.org This annual fair was founded in the 1880’s. 4-H fair memberships and event applications are available online.
Oakland County Farmers and Flea Market
2350 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford • (248) 858-5495 www.oakgov.com/parks/parksandtrails/farmers-market Open year round, but not on a daily basis, the market offers food specialty items, farm and garden produce and flea market booths on site. Log on for hours and links to vendor websites.
Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society
405 Cesar Chavez Ave., Pontiac (248) 338-6732 • www.ocphs.org Pine Grove Historical Museum includes the Governor Moses Wisner Mansion, Drayton Plains one room schoolhouse and carriage house, research library and Pioneer Museum. Call Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for information and hours.
Olde World Canterbury Village
2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion 48360 (248) 391-5700 • www.canterburyvillage.com A designated historical landmark, the Village extends over 21 acres on the old Scripps Farm. There are specialty shops and restaurant on site along with cider mill. Call for hours.
Palazzo di Bocce
4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion Township (248) 371-9987 • www.palazzodibocce.com Closed Sundays and Mondays. Largest and most elaborate bocce facility in the United States, a unique venue and comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Play bocce on one of 10 indoor tournament-sized courts. Courtside snacking and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Soft-soled shoes and appropriate casual attire required for bocce play.
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
407 Pine St., Rochester 48307 (248) 657-4110 • www.pccart.org Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) helps people in our region explore, experience, and share their creativity through art classes, exhibitions, outreach programs, community projects, and the annual Art & Apples Festival® – which was designated as one of the top 10 art festival in the entire nation in 2018 and 2019.
Pine Knob Music Theatre
(313) 471-7000 • www.313presents.com Sashabaw Road off I-75, Clarkston May through September. Outdoor, 15,000 seat concert venue. Both pavilion and lawn seating available. Major national tours and concerts.
205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy (248) 988-7049 • www.ridgedaleplayers.com One of the oldest community theatre groups in Michigan (over 75 years), with a junior actor program as well.
Rochester Hills Museum
1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester (at Van Hoosen Farm) (248) 656-4663 www.rochesterhills.org (Click on “Things to Do”) Open year round Friday and Saturday, 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment. Tours available. Admission charge. Located in an 1840s Greek Revival farmhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was home to five generations. It features period furnishings and artifacts. Located within historic Stoney Creek Village, the area includes the 1848 Stoney Creek School, farmhouses and Greek Revival homes built before the Civil War. A self-guided tour brochure is available at the museum. Streets bordering the area are Tienken, Washington and Runyon.
Sea Life Aquarium (at Great Lakes Crossing)
4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, 48326 (866) 622-0605 • www.visitsealife.com This 35,000 square foot underwater world features 5,000 creatures in 20 themed displays. Come explore the interactive touch pool, walk through the ocean tunnel, watch the sharks feeding, and listen to the fun programs about “why” and “how”. Log on to the website for hours and tickets.
Stagecrafters (at the Historic Baldwin Theatre)
415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak 48061 (248) 541-6430 • www.stagecrafters.org September through July. This theatre group presents musicals, comedies and dramas. Also special youth theatre programs.
Tree Runner Adventure Park
6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield 48322 (248) 419-1550 www.treerunnerparks.com/westbloomfield Over 100 obstacles and zip lines, numerous courses at a variety of levels. Seasonal park. Check website for hours. Also, one in Rochester Hills.
Upland Hills Farm
481 Lake George Rd., Oxford (248) 628-1611 • www.uplandhillsfarm.com Hayrides, camps and special events.