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8 Family-Friendly Detroit Activities

Posted on Thursday, May 31 2012 in Culture

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With its giant skyline, awe-inspiring autos, sports stadiums and more, Detroit is packed with adventure and excitement for children who are seeing the city for the first time. And for parents and grandparents looking at the Motor City through the eyes of a child, it can be inspiring. Next time your family takes a trip to metro Detroit, consider some of our favorite destinations for children young and old. 

1. Family Sundays at the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA): For kids who are into the arts, the DIA hosts family Sundays, with puppet shows, storytellers, art-making workshops and more.

2. Belle Isle: As if the mere idea of spending the afternoon on an island isn’t enough to get kids excited, Belle Isle has a beach, waterslide, Kid’s Kingdom Playscape and paddleboats, and is also a great place for a family picnic or a day of fishing.


3. Detroit Tigers Game: Hang out with Paws, eat all the delicious snacks Comerica Park has to offer and maybe catch a homerun ball. And on Sunday games, kids can even run the bases.

4. Detroit Zoo: Children will be amazed by animals from all over the world, including the Arctic, African Grasslands, Asian Forest Australian Outback. The zoo also has a carousel.

5. Hines Parkway: Take a cruise down Hines Drive and pull off at one of the many Wayne County Metroparks along the way — more than 15 miles of biking, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, skating and sledding.

6. People Mover: Sometimes it’s the simplest things that give children the most joy. Pony up 75 cents and hop on the People Mover for an exciting tour of Detroit, and stop off at places such as GM World in the Ren Cen.

7. Greenfield Village: Kids will love historic rides at The Henry Ford, from a vintage Model T to a horse-drawn carriage, to the 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel, ornately carved with animals including a horse, chicken, dog and cat.

8. Drive-In Movies at Compuware Arena: Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Plymouth’s Compuware Arena transforms into a drive-in theater, the only one in the area, with a double-feature seven nights a week.

Do Detroit parents have any advice for visitors with children? What are the best places for kids in the Motor City?

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