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6 Family-Friendly Exhibits Coming to Metro Detroit this Spring

Posted on Monday, March 07 2016 in Culture

DIA InsideOut
Spring won’t just bring warmer weather to metro Detroit. It also comes with the opening of several new family-friendly exhibits at local venues. They’re perfect if you’re looking for a different way to spend an afternoon — and let you add a bit of education to your family outing.

TIP: Use The D Discount Pass from visitdetroit.com and save 20 percent on your admission to The Henry Ford and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History exhibits listed below!

Dance! American Art 1830-1960
Detroit Institute of Arts
March 20-June 12, 2016
Celebrate our love of moving to the music with this exhibit, which presents more than 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs and costumes and explains the importance of dance in American culture.

Various locations
April 1-Oct. 31, 2016
Can’t make it to the DIA? Let the DIA come to you! Inside|Out is a travelling exhibition that brings reproductions of masterpieces from the museum’s collection to the streets and parks of metro Detroit. Get the complete list of 2016 communities — and then save the date for an installation near you!

Ford Rouge Factory Tour: Living Laboratory Walking Tour
The Henry Ford
April 18-Oct. 17, 2016 (weather permitting)
See sustainable design in action — and enjoy the outdoors — at the historic Ford Rouge Center. This tour follows a wood-chipped path along the storm water treatment ponds, through a crab apple and hawthorn orchard, and around to a viewing point that overlooks the beehives and remainder of the Rouge complex. The return path takes you alongside the solar array and back to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center.
The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition
The Henry Ford
April 30-Sept. 18, 2016   
Long before One Direction, there was The Beatles. Follow the band’s iconic story from the very beginning, through the throes of Beatlemania, to the years of experimentation and dissention, and finally to their far-reaching inspiration today. Get an up-close look at the band’s instruments, clothing, rare original photos and many never-before-displayed artifacts. Tickets also include admission to Henry Ford Museum.

Penguinarium3 Detroit Zoo
One of many gentoo penguins that will call the Detroit Zoo's Polk Penguinarium home this April

Polk Penguin Conservation Center
Detroit Zoo
Opening April 2016
Be there when the Polk Penguin Conservation Center opens this spring. A 25-foot-deep aquatic area will let you watch as penguins explore their habitat and deep-dive, something that is otherwise impossible to see — even in the wild. Two acrylic underwater tunnels will provide views above and below water as the birds dive and soar.

The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip
Detroit Institute of Arts
June 17-Sept. 11, 2016
For many kids, road trips often elicit the question, “Are we there yet?” But for the 19 photographers featured in The Open Road exhibit, the American road was their muse and a journey they were in no rush to end. Presented in chronological order, the exhibit’s featured artists and road trips represent the evolution of American car culture, the idea of the open road and how photographers embraced the subject of America.


What local exhibits make you think spring?


By: Lori Bremerkamp

Photo credit: Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out, Detroit Zoo