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In Macomb County…………….……………15 In Oakland County In Wayne County…………………….....……17

In Oakland County

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham 48009 (248) 644-0866 • www.bbartcenter.org The center offers studio classes, workshops, art history classes for all ages, art camps for children, juried exhibitions, the Michigan Fine Arts Competition and Fine Arts Festival and more. Works may be purchased at the Gallery Shop. Closed Sundays.

Clarkston Village Players

4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston 48346 www.clarkstonvillageplayers.org • (248) 625-8811 Community theatre runs year round, includes summer youth theatre.

Cranbrook Educational Community

39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills 48304 www.cranbrook.edu Cranbrook Art Museum – (248) 645-3323. This contemporary art museum built by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1942 houses permanent and changing exhibitions features a stateof-the-art Collectors Wing, as well as a store selling works by students, faculty, books, prints, giftware, etc. www.cranbrookartmuseum.org Cranbrook House and Garden – (248) 645-3147 Designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 for the founders of Cranbrook (George and Ellen Booth), it is the oldest surviving manor home in Metro Detroit. The 40 acres of diverse gardens were originally designed by Mr. Booth. House tours June thru October. www.housegardens.cranbrook.edu Cranbrook Institute of Science (248) 645-3200. Explore science, technology and natural history through exhibits, hands-on activities and planetarium. For hours, ticket prices and other information you may need to log on to www.science.cranbrook.edu Saarinen House – Built in 1930, it is considered an Art Deco masterwork. It was the home and studio of Eliel and Loja and their son Eero. Open May thru October for public walk-in and private tours. Call for exact dates and times. (248) 645-3307 Smith House – Frank Lloyd Wright “Smith House” located in Bloomfield Hills; this classic Usonian home is open for tours from May through October. Call the Museum (248) 645-3307 for more info. Detroit Zoo

Woodward Ave. at Ten Mile, Royal Oak (248) 541-5717 • www.detroitzoo.org Open 362 days a year. Features 125 acres of open natural habitats that are home to 230+ species. There are numerous attractions including a new Penguinarium, Amphibian Conservation Center, Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback, Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Carousel, Railroad, Simulator Ride, and 4-D Theater. Admission and Parking Fees. Flagstar Strand Theatre Pontiac

12 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac (248) 309-6442 • www.FlagstarStrand.com Offering a diverse selection of high-quality arts programming the Flagstar Strand Theatre hosts a wide variety of events each year from international touring artists to local favorites and performances by the STArt Youth Theatre company. Housed in a three story Renaissance-style building in the heart of downtown Pontiac, Flagstar Strand Theatre has 2 internal performance venues – the historic 900 seat Grand Theatre and the more intimate Second @ Strand Stage. In 2020 it opened a third performance space using their iconic marquee as a performing space. Holly Dickens Festival

Late November/Early December each year. www.hollydickensfestival.org Lose yourself to the “Spirit of Christmas” by being part of a very real, very unique “A Christmas Carol” immersion. Be part of the oldest and longest running Dickens Festival in the United States. 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. 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. 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.

In Wayne County

Arab American National Museum

13624 Michigan Avenue (at Schaefer), Dearborn • (313) 582-2266 www.arabamericanmuseum.org Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission charge. The museum is the first in the country to celebrate the Arab American story. Along with the exhibits there is an auditorium, library/resource center and gift shop. This museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and can access its programs, speakers, and artifacts. Call to confirm hours.

Automotive Hall of Fame

21400 Oakwood, Dearborn • (313) 240-4000 www.automotivehalloffame.org Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. Admission charge. Classic cars, including a replica of the first gasoline auto, plus interactive exhibits. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

1100 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Shores (313) 884-4222 • www.fordhouse.org Open Tuesday - Sunday with a variety of tours. Call for hours. Admission charge. Designed by Albert Kahn, this family home is representative of the Detroit “auto barons”. It was built in the style of Cotswolds in Worchester, England. Many original pieces from the family art and antiques collection are on view.

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 tournamentsized courts. Courtside snacking and cocktails. Reservations recommended. Soft-soled shoes and appropriate casual attire required for bocce play.

Greenmead Historical Park

20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia www.Livonia.gov • (248) 477-7375 This 95-acre park site includes Greek revival farmhouse (exhibits), north barn, farmhand house, gardens, and historical village. The village includes homes built in mid-1800s, gift shops, picnic and recreational facilities. Grosse Pointe Theatre

315 Fisher Rd, Grosse Pointe, (313) 881-4004 • www.gpt.org More than 400 members volunteer their talents, performing five plays, “main stage” plays and smaller “black box” productions. Log on for more info. Grosse Pointe War Memorial

32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms • (313) 881-7511 • www.warmemorial.org On Lake St. Clair, this historic site serves as a center for enrichment programs, numerous community events and services in honor of veterans. Built in 1910 as the former home of Russell Alger. Hamtramck Historical Museum

9525 Jos Campau St., Hamtramck 48212 (313) 262-6571 • www.hamtramckhistory.com Focuses on Hamtramck’s great past, present and future. Has a wide range of programs and services including slide/power point presentations, book signings, guest lectures, craft demonstrations, ethnic cultural demonstrations (dance, song, etc.) video presentations and school programs. Open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4 pm or by appointment. Mill Race Historical Village

(Downtown Northville) (248) 348-1845 This charming historical village was built on 12.5 acres of land preserving architectural styles found in the Northville community prior to 1900. The village consists of an inn, blacksmith shop, school, church, gazebo, rustic wooden bridge, Interurban station and several homes reminiscent of an era gone by. For additional information and calendar of events and activities log on to www.millracenorthville.org. (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.

Ridgedale Players

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.

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.

Motor City Youth Theatre

Grantland Street Playhouse, 27555 Grantland, Livonia (313) 535-8962 • www.mcyt.org This high-quality group of children and adults puts on main stage productions involving dance, music and visual arts. Classes are offered for new actors ages 5-10. Plymouth Historical Museum

155 S. Main Street, Plymouth (734) 455-8940 • www.plymouthhistory.org Admission fee. Open 1:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Features special events, historical exhibits specializing in Victorian reproductions, and gift shop. Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill

10685 Warren Road, Plymouth (734) 455-2290 • www.plymouthorchards.com 16 varieties of apples, cider mill, country store, petting farm, music offered most weekends. Seasonal. (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.

Upland Hills Farm

481 Lake George Rd., Oxford (248) 628-1611 • www.uplandhillsfarm.com Hayrides, camps and special events.

Village Players of Birmingham

34660 Woodward, Birmingham (248) 644-2075 (tickets) www.birminghamvillageplayers.com Community and youth theatre and summer theatre arts camp.

Wyandotte Museum

2610 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte • (734) 324-7284 Admission fee. The museum is housed in the Victorian Ford-Mac Nichol home, built in 1896. The building features a wraparound porch, turret, six fireplaces, and original decor. The museum offers archives and exhibits highlighting local history; other buildings on site.

Yankee Air Museum

(located at historic Willow Run Airport) 47884 D Street, Belleville 48111 (734) 483-4030 • www.yankeeairmuseum.org Closed Mondays. Admission fee. Check website or call for specific hours and cost. Learn about Detroit’s role in winning World War II. See documentary on how Ford Motor Company built more than 8,500 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Numerous aircraft and artifacts on display from World War 1 through the Vietnam era and beyond including jet fighters and B-52 Stratofortress. Flight Experience rides on either a B-17 Flying Fortress or B-25 Mitchell bomber (at additional costs) are the ultimate ‘bucket list’ adventures for adults. This small museum offers big memories and promises plenty of smiles.

The Henry Ford

20900 Oakwood, Dearborn (313) 982-6001 www.thehenryford.org Open 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m. MondaySunday. Admission charge. The complex is America’s greatest history attraction. The past, present and future is represented in four distinct venues: the Museum exhibits 300 years of history, Greenfield Village (seasonal, log onto website for hours) includes Main Street, railroad junction and Model-T rides, an IMAX theatre, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Benson Ford Research Center.