Kids Activities in Grosse Pointe Park

Up to 53% Off Admission to Military Historical Society

Eastpointe

$25 $12

Historial society celebrates the efforts of the Greatest Generation during WWII with exhibits and interactive events

50% Off Interactive Arts & Scraps Exhibit

East English Village

$10 $5

Non-profit organization teaches kids how to create art from recycled materials with exhibits such as the Junk Xylophone

Up to 64% Off Ice Skating

Windsor

C$14 C$5

Duos or quartets hit the ice before warming up with a cup of hot chocolate and bag of popcorn

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Half Off Ice-Skating Lessons

Hazel Park

$50 $25

Weekly classes instruct students in skills required to perform graceful figure-skating maneuvers or execute fast-paced hockey techniques

Up to 61% Off Learn-to-Ice-Skate Course

Fraser

$99 $39

Year-round lessons are available for students aged 3 and older

50% Off Laser Tag

Dearborn

$34 $17

Laser-tag bouts unfold in a glowing, space-themed arena with multiple levels to play on—all overseen by staffers who ensure safety

44% Off Popcorn, Cotton Candy, or Snow Cone Rental

Royal Oak

$80 $45

Party rentals dole out carnival-style snacks for up to 50 guests

Up to 56% Off Ice-Skating at Civic Ice Arena

Melvindale

$45 $20

Groups of four enjoy open ice-skating sessions with snacks; lessons include 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of practice

Up to 53% Off Family-Center Fun Package

Melvindale

$52 $26

Pizza and pop reenergizes visitors at a family fun center with a multilevel laser tag arena, indoor and outdoor mini golf, and an arcade

59% Off Laser Tag at C.J. Barrymore's

Macomb

$49 $20

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Laser-tag arena with fog, black lights and thumping sound system; arcade has 140+ games such as big bass, price is right and dance

50% Off Indoor-Play-Center Party at Jungle Java

Multiple Locations

$130 $65

Kids gather around a jungle-themed table with beverages and play in maze of forest huts and treehouses

Up to 59% Off Wallyball or Bowling Packages

Harrison Township

$46 $20

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50,000-square-foot facility hosts games of Wallyball and bowling alongside a sports bar that screens games on HDTVs

Up to 81% Off Lessons at Axis Music Academy

Multiple Locations

$80 $15

Private lessons and group jam sessions can teach students everything from guitar chords to drum beats to recording with Final Cut Pro

Up to 60% Off at Ford Lanes & Bel-Mark Lanes

Multiple Locations

$30 $12

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Automatic scoring stations track frames while groups enjoy one or two hours of bowling and optional three-topping pizza

Up to Half Off Bowling and Drinks for Two

Dearborn Heights

$26 $12.99

A shareable pitcher of soda or beer paired with two games of bowling

Up to 53% Off Bowling with Shoe Rental and Sodas

Taylor

$22.58 $11

More than 48 synthetic lanes outfitted with wooden approaches and automatic scoring; cosmic bowling on Saturday afternoons

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Grosse Ile

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 53% Off Bowling and American Grill Food

Trenton

$64 $30

Groups can supplement two hours of bowling with pizza and soda; Classics Tavern features American fare and drinks

48% Off Sports Camps at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse

Shelby Township

$145 $75

In addition to sports camps, weekly sessions include everything from Handyman 101, Babysitter Survival, and Restaurant 101

Up to 50% Off at Tiny Town Play Lounge

Tiny Town Play Lounge

$129 $64

Indoor toddler play center features make-believe shops, puppet theater, climbing structures, and parents' lounge.

51% Off Indoor Playtime at Bounce Up

Farmington

$35 $16.99

Kids tumble down a soft, two-laned slide and ricochet inside a bouncy castle

Up to 55% Off at Holocaust Memorial Center

Farmington Hills

$16 $8

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Holocaust museum traces the history of Judaism before bearing witness to the atrocities of World War II

Up to 52% Off Arcade Outing or Party

Farmington

$14.50 $7

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Old and new coin-operated games and mechanical oddities buzz and whir in packed museum where guests nibble popcorn

Up to 57% Off Indoor Play or Kids' Party

Westland

$191.40 $99

Indoor kid zone with inflatable bouncers and slides, a ball pit, private party rooms, make your own teddy bear, and glimmer arts

Up to 51% Off Private Music Lessons

Westland

$50 $25

Professional music educators teach the basics in piano, guitar, violin, voice, and other private lessons

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As the sun rises and sets on the shore of Lake St. Clair, it illuminates a historic mansion surrounded by 87 acres of gardens, meadows, and lagoons. The light catches the elm and sugar maple trees, blue lilacs, and other local florae, treating guests to the same idyllic views that Edsel Ford—the only son of Henry Ford—used to enjoy with his wife, Eleanor Clay Ford, and their children. Built in 1929 and now open to the general public, this historic house and its surrounding grounds give visitors a glimpse into the everyday lives of one of America's most prominent families.

Edsel and Eleanor Ford were renowned for their progressive design tastes and support of the arts, and these forward-thinking sensibilities are readily apparent throughout their Gaukler Point home. Detroit architect Albert Kahn chose to characterize it as a cozy escape from city life by recreating the aesthetic of a Cotswold village cottage, complete with stone roofs, vine-covered walls, and lead-paned windows. But the Ford's decidedly modern style is still visible—for every antique and stuffed and mounted Model T, guests can also spot the sleek, custom-made furnishings and leather-paneled walls recommended by interior designer Walter Teague. The acres outside those walls were shaped with equal care by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen, who chose to accentuate the area's natural beauty without giving any indication of manmade interference.

Of course, the Ford House would be incomplete without the invention that made the Ford name—the automobile. Reflecting that legacy and Edsel's own passion for designing vehicles, the garage houses a 1934 Brewster Town Car, a 1938 Lincoln K Brunn Brougham, and a 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet, each of which was customized to Edsel's specifications. The crown jewel of the exhibited collection—when it is not being displayed at car shows and museums across the country—is Edsel's treasured 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster, a vehicle that he personally spent years conceptualizing and then refining into a sleek, aluminum-bodied roadster.

1100 Lake Shore Rd
Grosse Pointe Shores,
MI
US

On November 19, 1928, the Detroit Historical Society opened the Detroit Historical Museum in a one-room suite on the 23rd floor of the Barlum Tower, earning it the nickname of highest museum in the world. These days, Detroit’s Cultural Center accommodates the museum in an 80,000-square-foot space, where interactive exhibits preserve more than 300 years of city history. Frontiers to Factories traces Detroit's transformation from French-frontier outpost to industrial city, while America's Motor City celebrates its automotive dominance with a changing display of classic vehicles and a 1903 Model T that guests can sit in. Streets of Old Detroit brings the 19th century to life with recreated cobblestone streets that wind past stores of the era such as a five-and-dime, a soda shop, and a barbershop for powdered wigs.

Thanks to recent renovations, the society has expanded its chronicle of Detroit with three new permanent exhibitions. Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy covers the ways the city's industrial infrastructure adapted to demands of World War II, and The Gallery of Innovation includes videos about renown innovators and hands-on activities of trial-and-error. As The Allesee Gallery of Culture examines the city's cultural history, its Kid Rock Music Lab lets visitors create and share their own music using interactive displays. Outside, the Detroit Legends Plaza honors the city's sports, entertainment, and media legends with cemented handprints and signatures from stars such as Lily Tomlin and Martha Reeves.

5401 Woodward Ave
Detroit,
MI
US

Nestled within the historic Hitsville USA quarters of Motown Record Corporation, the Motown Museum dazzles the optic nerves of audiophiles with retina-regaling displays that flash back to the golden age of music. Foray into the historic duplex that enshrines the restored apartment of Berry Gordy Jr. before tiptoeing through Studio A to reverberate ripened rumors fresh from a grapevine within its iconic echo chamber. As they follow the trajectory of rhythm-and-blues history, visiting duos can pore over a comprehensive collection of photographs, memorabilia, and invisible air molecules once inhaled by famous recording artists. Bask in the soulful warmth of the Marvin Gaye exhibition or burst into synchronized moonwalks while ogling Michael Jackson’s signature glove-and-hat ensemble.

2648 W Grand Blvd
Detroit,
MI
US

The Burton Theatre is a new independent cinema in the Heart of Detroit that features classic art house, independent, LGBT, foreign and cult films. Responding to the shortage of art house venues in the city, the Burton Theatre aims to help Detroit rival Chicago and New York as a center for independent film.

3420 Cass Ave
Detroit,
MI
US

Described by the Wall Street Journal as "probably America's most visitor-friendly art museum," the Detroit Institute of Arts has been building one of the top six collections in the country since it was founded in 1885. Along the way, the institute acquired standout pieces such as Vincent Van Gogh's Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a public museum's collection in the United States. Former director William Valentiner commissioned Diego Rivera to paint the world-renowned Detroit Industry mural cycle in an indoor courtyard—a more lasting tribute to the beauty of labor. In total, more than 60,000 works of prehistoric, modern, contemporary, and multinational art have found a home within the museum's more than 100 galleries.

The institute’s broad range of art comprises not only American and European works but also significant pieces of African, Asian, and Native American origin. An auditorium and recital hall also make the institute a haven for film and live music on Friday and Sunday. Guests can even attend free-with-admission drop-in workshops to make their own unique works of art.

5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit,
MI
US

The Detroit Science Center lets aspiring engineers and scientists get their tiny hands on more than 200 exhibits that explore space, biology, and physical science. Glimpse the mysteries of space travel or learn the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism that fuel online dating logarithms. A virtual universe of swirling stars and planets awaits inside the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, where live presenters lead you on an intergalactic adventure followed by earthbound questions and answers. The Chrysler IMAX Dome theatre brings state-of-the-art technology and cinematronics to the 67-foot wide, four-story tall screen. The theatre immerses visitors in a rotating schedule of shows; currently, guests can explore Arabia, visit the Hubble, or allow the adrenalin-pumping excitement of NASCAR in digital surround to vroom off the screen and into unlicensed eyeballs.

5020 John R St
Detroit,
MI
US