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Named one of the city's best cultural museums by CBS Detroit, the Holocaust Memorial Center is among America’s first Holocaust museums. For more than 25 years, the HMC has memorialized the senseless murder of millions, promoting tolerance while sending out a call to action to prevent future discrimination, hate crimes, bullying, and genocide by keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust and the lives it claimed. Starting near the museum's lobby, an illustrated timeline tracing 4,000 years of Jewish history leads into The Museum of European Jewish Heritage, which highlights Judaism through artifacts and displays. From there, a ramp descending beyond a 22-foot window display of Nazi propaganda leads into an exhibit on The Final Solution. Here, displays and audiovisual installations usher visitors toward the Survivors' Theater, where live presentations by Detroit-area survivors illuminate the atrocities' personal costs. Daily tours are led by the museum's caring, expert educators, who guide guests through the exhibits while encouraging them to internalize the lessons for use in their own lives. New to the museum is the Weisberg Gallery, where a Holocaust-era boxcar stands as a reminder of the scale of the period's atrocities. The museum also welcomes traveling exhibits such as Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, a collection depicting the story of Jewish professors fleeing Nazism and finding teaching positions at historically black universities. The exhibit explores the encounter between these scholars and their students, the impact the relationships had on one another, and the effect on the Civil Rights Movement and American society. Post-war exhibits cover the Nuremberg Trials, honor the righteous individuals who risked their lives to resist the Nazis or save Jewish lives during the war, and pay homage to those who perished with a memorial flame. The museum also houses a well-stocked library, where guests can research their genealogy with materials dedicated to European Jewish history. Beyond its core exhibits, the HMC hosts special exhibits encompassing photographs, art, and history, in addition to sending survivors to speaking engagements throughout the city and hosting the Kindertransport Memory Quilt, whose patches represent the experiences of Jewish youth rescued from Eastern Europe.
28123 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills,
MI
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Jungle Java was designed to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's caf? carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
27658 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills,
MI
US
Somewhere between the tune blasted by a live DJ and mesmerizing laser-light shows, BonaVenture Family Skate Center finds a way to squeeze in some roller skating. The 30,000-square foot facility invites visitors to enjoy a lively recess from the real world by gliding across their massive skating floor. Off the rink, BonaVenture gives guests a chance to recharge at its snack-and-chat area or dispose of stale quarters at an arcade and redemption area stocked with prizes for all ages.
24505 Halsted Rd
Farmington Hills,
MI
US
Two ice surfaces lie within the sprawling, 70,000-square-foot Farmington Hills Ice Arena, hosting skaters for programs such as youth and adult hockey, figure skating, and open sessions for the public. Up to 1,200 people can look on from the stands while hockey teams battle it out or fledgling figure skaters compete to see who can become the dizziest. Beginning skaters can learn to glide atop their blades for the first time or improve their existing skills during Learn to Skate courses, which instill skating fundamentals through series of lessons and evaluations.
35500 W 8 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills,
MI
US
Marvin Yagoda, the owner of Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, has amassed mechanical oddities and coin-operated machines since 1960 and regularly updates his collection of curiosities with new additions. A champion of all things outlandish, Marvin ensures that no nook or cranny in the 5,000-square-foot space remains unembellished with treasures such as P.T. Barnum's famous Cardiff Giant, as featured in RoadsideAmerica.com, or the AutoWed, America's first and only coin-operated wedding-ring dispenser for on-the-fly unions, replete with wedding music and an AutoDivorce voucher. Rafters atop 40-foot ceilings anchor low-flying model planes, and walls cloak themselves in vintage photos and pictures. Modern machines mingle with antique contraptions, whose old-timey noises and quaint images whisk visitors away to days of yore as effectively as a coal-powered wormhole. A concession stand ensures that players remain sated and hydrated, and a prize shop enables guests to trade in their hard-earned game tickets for rewards such as figurines, toys, and yacht cruises with the Pac-Man family. To share its quarter-munching contraptions with as many visitors as possible, the museum remains open 365 days a year and offers free admission.
31005 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills,
MI
US
The 5 acres seem like a normal forest?that is until you look up. Nestled amongst the treetops are ziplines, bridges, ropes, and other obstacles, all connected by various cables and more than 100 wooden platforms. This is Adventure Park in West Bloomfield: an aerial forest attraction where visitors 5 years of age and older zip, traipse, and climb through treetop canopies. Ten trails stretch in different directions, presenting visitors with difficulty levels from yellow (the most basic) to double black (for the most squirrel-like). The treetop routes were designed to facilitate self-discovery; though some guides are available for hire, most people explore and conquer the challenges on their own. To ensure safety, a double-connected climbing system stays locked in at all times.
6600 W Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield,
MI
US
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