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!


2023-9-21to11-1_HLS Fall Speaker Series Opens in new window

Greenmead Historical Park’s History Lecture Series takes place at the Alexander Blue House 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21

"The Hidden History of Women In Cryptography" lecture starts this series off and continues on with other topics in October and November. 

If you’re interested in this FREE series, check out this flyer! No pre-registration required. 

In October on Monday, Oct. 23  there is a lecture on "DIA Behind the Seen: Cows at the Opera House and Other Museum Mysteries. To finish off the series on Nov. 1 there is "20th Century Retailing in Downtown Detroit.

S'mores and stories2023-9-22 Smores n Stories (PNG)

If you love a cool bonfire, get a feel for the camping life with our theme this month called “harvest”.S’mores and Stories takes place Friday, Sept. 22, from 7-8 p.m. at Greenmead Historical Park’s Newburg School Field. 

Geared toward children ages 4-12, all children must be accompanied by an adult (parents don’t need to register) as we enjoy roasting s’mores, telling stories, and enjoying a variety of activities around the campfire. Advance registration for children required please.

REC CENTER READERS BOOK CLUB 2023-9-27to12-27 Book Club

This month at the Kirksey Recreation Center for the Readers Book Club, the book you will be reading and discussing is called “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks. You can find this book at Livonia Public Libraries. This event is hosted at 7 p.m and there is a $5 for non-members.

Sept. 27 - "Horse" by Geraldine Brooks
Oct. 25 - "The Measure" by Nikki Erlick
Nov. 29 - "The Inheritance" by Howard Linskey
Dec. 27 - "Last Christmas in Paris" by Hazel Gaynor/Heather Webb

This event is free to members, but there is a small cost for non-members. Register here. The books are available at the Livonia Public Libraries.


 Stories, snacks, and crafts (JPEG) Join us at Greenmead Historical Park in the Newburg School House for a fun afternoon of Halloween-themed stories, snacks, and crafts! Mark your calendars from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 3.  If you’re interested, the cost is $15 for residents and $17 for non-residents. This event is geared towards ages 4-10,  so bring  your little ones! Parents are required to stay with their children.                                     


Highland Tea

Spend a relaxing, fall afternoon with friends at the HighFlyer for Highland Tea Oct. 7, 2023 3-5 p.m.land Tea 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The sound of bagpipes will beckon you to the Alexander Blue House adorned with a Scottish accent. Traditional Scottish music and dance will provide entertainment while you enjoy our menu of fare and bottomless tea! Advance registration is required for $35/resident. 

Halloween trick-or-treat open house

Halloween Open House (PNG)The Kirksey Recreation Center presents our annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat Open House noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8! If you love spooky vibes, get pumped for an I Spy experience, new Crazy Holidays Halloween Trail, trick-or-treating, and a few more goodies. Livonia residents have free admission and non-residents are $5. Make sure you show your ID at time of entry please.

crawling cuties2023-10-14 Crawling Cuties Flyer (PNG)

Bugs are our friends! Come on out from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 to Greenmead Historical Park and see some crawling cuties! Children ages 4-8   will get up close and personal with insects, spiders, and more as they observe the many important jobs that these clever, captivating, crawling, creatures perform. We will read a buggy story and through singing and dramatic play activities, students will discover what physical features all    insects have. Residents are $12 and Non-Residents are $14.


DINING WITH YESTERDAY2023-11-18 Huron Carol Flyer Opens in new window

Learn history, have fun, eat food. Sounds like a recipe for a good time, right? Join us for the following upcoming dates in our Dining With Yesterday series at Greenmead Historical Park:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 18The Huron Carol is Canada's oldest Christmas carol, written in 1642 by Jean se Brebéuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie to the Hurons. Come learn about this song's history from Dr. Catherine Cangany, PhD.

Advance registration required for each event, starting 30 days before the event. 


ASSEMBLY REQUIRED2023-11-19 Assembly Required

Do you love to piece together puzzles? If you do, come on out from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, to join a team and assemble a 500-piece puzzle! Teams will race against each other to compete for prizes that will be given to the fastest three teams. Registration will be open soon; stay tuned.