Special Events

The Parks and Recreation Department hosts a wide variety of special events each year. Check below to see some of our current offerings!

2023-3-25 Shakespeare in the Park Audition Flyer Opens in new windowShakespeare in the Park's "Henry V"

Become part of a classic stage play, as our second-annual Shakespeare in the Park production brings "Henry V" to life at Stymelski Veterans Park this summer. Auditions to join the cast will take place 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, March 25-26 and April 1-2, at the Kirksey Recreation Center. No registration required, just drop in prepared with a William Shakespeare monologue or sonnet to recite.

Performance dates will be July 21-23 and 28-30.

Presented by Livonia Parks and Recreation, Livonia Community Theatre and the Hardies Family Trust.

Contact Ted at edavis@livonia.gov with any questions.







WINTER/SPRING HISTORY LECTURE SERIES

Learn a little something this spring with our History Lecture Series Jan. 23-May 8 at Greenmead Historical Park. All Winter/Spring sessions are free drop-in programs that take place at 2 p.m. 

Mon, Jan. 23 - Michigan's Passenger Pigeons.. Gone Forever 
Tue, Feb. 21 - Tales Here and Now: Black History Stories 
Mon, March 27 - It's a Woman's World: Trailblazing Women in Politics (rescheduled from March 6)
Mon, April 24 - The Ford Homes: Assembling a Neighborhood 
Mon, May 8 - Detroit During the Holocaust
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Rec Center Readers Book Club Kickoff2023-3-29 Book Club Opens in new window

March is Reading Month and we want you to join us for our new Rec Center Readers Book Club kickoff event! At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, our Rec Center Readers will welcome Michigan author Lori Kilsman Ellis and a Holocaust survivor to the Kirksey Recreation Center to discuss her book, “4,456 Miles: A Survivor’s Search for Closure.” It’s sure to be a unique discussion to kick off the new book club.

This event is free to members, but there is a small cost for non-members. Register here.






Eggcellent Easter

If you're a fan of fluffy cotton tails, chocolate or colorful eggs, join us for a trio of Easter-themed events April 1-8.

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BUNNY BRUNCH (Sold Out)
Enjoy games and crafts along with a visit from the Easter Bunny! Join us for a Bunny Brunch 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Civic Park Senior Center, where lunch will be provided. This annual favorite is sure to sell out quick. Advance registration is required. (This event sold out by March 13.) 


2023-4-2 Bunny Hop Opens in new windowBUNNY HOP (Sold Out)
Come to our NEW Bunny Hop 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Kirksey Recreation Center for a fun Easter-themed afternoon where you will stuff a new bunny friend to take home, get photos with the Easter Bunny, enjoy arts and crafts, and play bunny hop game for sweet eatable prizes. Register in advance. (This event sold out by March 13.)



EGG HUNT
Ages 10 and younger are welcome (with parent participation) to search for eggs from the Easter Bunny during their assigned time slots 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Rotary Park.

Ages 1-4 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (The AM slot sold out by March 13.)
Ages 5-7 at Noon (Sold out by March 20.)
Ages 8-10 at 12:30 p.m.

Although this is a FREE Egg Huntpre-registration is requiredWalk-up registration will not be accepted the day of the event, as it is expected to sell out in advance

Co-sponsored by the Livonia Rotary Club, Busch’s Fresh Food Market in Livonia and Livonia Parks and Recreation.



2023-1-6 Family Nerf Night Opens in new windowFAMILY NERF NIGHTS

Have the kids been having all the Nerf Night fun without you? Now families can work together - or split up against one another - with our NEW Family Nerf Nights the first Friday of each month. From 8-9 p.m. April 7, Family Nerf Nights will take place each month following the youth Nerf Nights at 5:30 p.m. (ages 5-7) and 6:45 p.m. (ages 8-12).

Everyone ages 5 and older are welcome. Register here.










2023-4-15 Dining With Yesterday Titanic Flyer Opens in new windowDining With Yesterday's "Voyage on the Titanic"

Come aboard as we welcome Judith Coebly to explore the history of the ill-fated Titanic voyage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Greenmead Historical Park. The presentation will focus on the "unknown child" and include a Titanic menu-inspired lunch.

Advance registration required.










Game Night Flyer Opens in new windowGAME NIGHT

Looking to meet some new friends in the new year? Join us for board game nights at Greenmead Historical Park! The fun runs 7-9 p.m. Thursdays each Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, April 20 and May 18.

Light refreshments are included. This activity is for ages 5 and older. Register in advance starting 30 days before each event.










2023-4-22 Earth Day at Greenmead Opens in new windowEarth Day at Greenmead

Want a family-friendly, hands-on encounter with some fun animals? Join Dan the Creature Man 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, for Earth Day at Greenmead Historical Park to learn about a variety of live animals that will be on site. 

Advance registration required.

Sponsored by Livonia Greenleaf Commission on Sustainability.









2023-4-29 AIR Spring DanceLivonia AIR Spring Dance

We’re all mad here! Join us for a Wonderland-themed night of dancing and fun 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, April 29at the Civic Park Senior Center, where we will have our inaugural spring dance! Dress up and come out for a night of light refreshments, games, music and more!

Livonia AIR is our new branch of Adaptive Inclusive Recreation programs. Designed for individuals with special needs ages 15 and older, but all abilities are welcome.

Cost is $25 per resident and $35 per non-resident. All attending must register.




2023-4-30 Family to Family Sale flyer Opens in new windowFamily-to-Family Sale

Come shop at our inaugural Family-to-Family Sale noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in the south parking lot of the Kirksey Recreation Center. Find some gems in our array of gently-used clothing, books, toys, decorations, household items and more! FREE admission for shoppers!

Interested in selling items at the event? You can get two parking spaces for $20, or add additional spaces for $10 each. A vehicle must occupy one of the spaces. Register to be a seller starting March 20!









Take Pride in Livonia Day2023-5-6 Take Pride in Livonia Day Flyer Opens in new window

Do you Take Pride in Livonia and want to help keep it looking great? Join us for this annual spring cleanup event at the parks 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 6. The cleanup will be followed by a picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Locations TBD based on the number of participants who volunteer.

This is a great opportunity to obtain service hours for your organization, engage with others in the community, explore new park locations and Take Pride in Livonia! Contact Haakon at hborstad@livonia.gov to volunteer.








2023-5-6 Celani Grand Opening Opens in new windowCelani Play Area Grand Opening

You’re invited to join Livonia Parks and Recreation for the grand opening of the Ben Celani Play Area 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Bicentennial Park. This will be an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather and bring your families to enjoy the official opening of the new play area along Seven Mile Road in the southeast portion of the park.






2023-5-6 Spring Tea Party Flyer Opens in new windowSpring Tea Party

Dress to impress in your Sunday best or Easter dress at our kid-friendly Spring Tea Party from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Greenmead Historical Park's Alexander Blue House. This is a great opportunity to introduce the next generation to the joy of tea time! A menu of tea sandwiches, veggies, fruit and dessert will be served alongside bottomless fruit-flavored tea.

Advance registration required for all attending. Ages 5 and older are welcome. Cost is $25 per resident and $30 per non-resident. Registration opens April 4.







Monkeys in May2023-5-21 Monkeys in May flyer

May is National Speech and Language Month! Join us to hear the story "Speech Tips with Spunky Monkey" read by Michigan authors and speech pathologists Lori Klisman Ellis and Lisa Sherbel during our Monkeys in May event 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Make a stuffed monkey friend to take home, receive a free book and enjoy some fun arts and crafts.

Cost is $20 for members, $24 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Register online in advance.

Thank you to our sponsors: Clippers Professional Landscaping and Kathleen Salata of Journey Pediatrics Therapy Services.






Memorial Day Ceremony

The City of Livonia cordially invites you to participate in a special Memorial Day Ceremony. Come join your fellow neighbors and friends and pay homage to our Veterans 9 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Veteran’s Park Memorial Plaza (NE corner of Five Mile and Farmington Roads). It will be a tribute to our Veterans complete with military salutes, a wreath-placing ceremony, special guests and music.

Afterward visit the Memorial Wall that honors those Livonia veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, were Killed in Action, Wounded in Action, Missing in Action or a Prisoner of War. Their names are etched forever on its rich black granite surface and are listed by the war in which they served, beginning with the Civil War. Call (734) 466-2418 for details.

No registration required for this FREE event.



Summer Flea Market2023-6-4 Flea Market Flyer Opens in new window

Our popular Summer Flea Market returns to Greenmead Historical Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4. Bring your wagon or cart and shop from 160 vendors offering a wide variety of items. You never know what you'll find at the Flea Market!

Admission is $3 per person for adults and all ages 12 and older. Ages 11 and younger are free. No dogs permitted.

If you're interested in being a vendor, registration opens March 28 and costs $45 per space. Click the link for details.









Healthy Livonia's 100 Days to Health logo  Opens in new windowHEALTHY LIVONIA'S 100 DAYS TO HEALTH

The Healthy Livonia 100 Days to Health is back! Registration is now open for the 100-day event that kicked off 9-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, with two educational seminars and a lot of free giveaways.

The event provides daily classes that participants (even nonmembers) can take along their 100-day health journey, concluding with the June 5 closing event.

This is a great chance to work on your health and get a taste of the Kirksey Recreation Center if you’re considering a full membership. The 100 Days to Health is open to all ages and fitness levels. Register here.

All the details our available in our kickoff packet (PDF). Or, if you're just looking for a specific piece, check out the kickoff flyer (PDF), tips (PDF), weight loss fitness challenge (PDF), class calendar (PDF) and class descriptions (PDF).

Sponsored by Healthy Livonia, Christian Financial Credit Union and Dick's Sporting Goods.