WIZARD OF OZ CHILDREN’S EXHIBITION
Follow the yellow brick road to the Henry Ford Museum for the Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition. Fans of the film can travel with Dorothy and Toto on an interactive, multi-sensory adventure from the Gale farm to the Land of Oz.
Visit Professor Marvel’s wagon, and create your own tornado. Meet all of Dorothy’s friends, explore Munchkinland, climb the witch’s castle and capture her broom from Winged Monkeys before returning back over the rainbow. Oct. 1, 2011, through Jan. 9, 2012. Free with museum admission.
Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. (800) 835-5237; thehenryford.org.
CORN MAZE AND HARVEST DAYS
Wind your way through the gears of a tractor-shaped corn maze that spells out “Maybury Farm” — whose annual corn maze’s dead-end paths are trickier than you might expect. Hop on a hayride to the maze then back to the Welcome Center for hot dogs, treats and drinks; pick out a pumpkin and fresh produce, and visit with the farm’s animals at the Corn Maze and Harvest Days. Public hours: 6-10 p.m. Fridays; 1-10 p.m. Saturdays; 1-7 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 6.
$8/person (tax-deductible); free, age 2 and under, on Sundays.
Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville. (248) 374-0200; mayburyfarm.org.
GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW
Bubble artist Fan Yang holds 17 Guinness World Records, among them having put 108 people inside a single bubble. See him turn common soap bubbles into spectacular feats of bubble-istic artistry amid spellbinding lasers and lighting effects in the Gazillion Bubble Show.
Produced by Tony award-winner Jon B. Platt (who brought us Wicked and the Book of Mormon), David Letterman calls Yang “the greatest bubble artist in the world.” You really can’t argue with Dave. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16. $25-$49.
Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. (800) 982-2787; broadwayindetroit.com.
MICKEY & MINNIE’S MAGICAL JOURNEY
It’s that time again — mice on ice — as Disney on Ice returns to Detroit. This year, the stars of the show are Mickey and Minnie, who pack their bags for an adventure into the worlds of the Little Mermaid, the Lion King, Lilo & Stitch and Peter Pan in Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey. Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 12-16. $18-$55.
Designed for families with young children (read: not too spooky), Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve celebrates its 30th annual Halloween Hoot. Families are guided through a 45-minute tour of the nature preserve’s illuminated and pumpkin-lined forest.
They’ll make stops along the way for skits with their favorite storybook characters, followed by a campfire with cider and doughnuts. Groups leave every 10 minutes starting at 6:20 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21-23. $7/tickets must be purchased in advance.
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester. (248) 656-0999; dinosaurhill.org.
BONUS: TRICK-OR-TREAT “ALTERNATIVE”
Not pounding the pavement this Oct. 31 but still looking to feed the kids’ sweet-tooth hankering? Perhaps a tour of Detroit’s legendary chocolatier, Morley Candy Makers, can fit the bill. Perfect for all ages, the tour includes a history of chocolate, how it’s made and how Morley’s got its start in Detroit.
Morley offers tours Monday-Friday (excluding holidays). Tour times vary with production schedules, so advance reservations are required. Who needs Hershey, Pa.?
Morley Candy Makers, 23770 Hall Road (M-59),
Clinton Township (800) 682-2760, ext. 2218;