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Things To Do With Kids in Detroit

As the largest city in Michigan, Detroit has enough activities to keep the whole family entertained for days on end. Known as the birthplace of the automobile industry, the city is filled with historical sights and architectural wonders that can keep even the most disinterested child engaged. If music and food is more up you family’s alley, Motor City has a ton of twists on traditional foods and a culture influenced by every music genre imaginable. Check out this list of all the best things to do with kids in Detroit for maximum vacation enjoyment.

From indoor entertainment centers to modern urban parks, there’s no shortage of great things to do with kids in Detroit. Make sure you leave time this weekend to try out these fun family-friendly activities:

  • Bounce higher than the other at Airtime Trampoline
  • Go to a show at the Little Caesars Arena
  • Lace up your favorite bowling shoes at AMF Bowling Co.
  • Win an arcade racing game at CJ Barrymore’s
  • Ride the Cullen Family Carousel in Rivard Plaza

Exploring Detroit is an adventure for the whole family. Even parents enjoy shopping at local markets or attending cultural events at one of the many theaters and performance spaces. Here are some of the best family-friendly things to do in Detroit:

  • Buy local produce and artisan goods at the Eastern Market
  • See the ceramic works on display at the Pewabic Pottery
  • Observe the rare plants at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
  • Wander through the historic Greektown
  • Watch a performance at the Fox Theatre

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Detroit is home to a number of jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring sights. Take photos of the kids in front of some of the most historically significant architectural feats in town, like The Guardian Building and the Ambassador bridge. Other sightseeing and free things to do in Detroit with kids include:

  • Riding above the streets in the Detroit People Mover
  • View the first Ford models at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum
  • Attend an NFL game at Ford Field
  • Roam through the sections of Belle Isle Park
  • Learn about the Underground Railroad at the Detroit Historical Museum

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Weekends are the perfect time to have a day dedicated to the kids. There are plenty of fun things to do in Detroit with kids, ranging from taking the youngsters out to meet animals in the city zoo or some hands-on learning at the Belle Isle Nature Center. Here are some of the best kids activities:

  • Meet the penguins at the Detroit Zoo
  • Feed the deer at the Belle Isle Nature Center
  • Build a miniature skyscraper at the Legoland Discovery Center Michigan
  • Understand different STEM topics at the Michigan Science Center
  • Climb on the air-filled playgrounds at Bounce U

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What better way to entertain a whole group on game day than a tailgate? Bring the kids to the Eastern Market and nearby parking lots for some grilling and camaraderie before heading to Ford Field for the big game. Other fun group activities include:

  • Heading back to the pioneer days at the Greenfield Village
  • Seeing where the sweets are made at The Sanders - Morley Chocolate Factory
  • Watching a mind blowing performance by the UniverSoul Circus
  • Observing the aquatic creatures at SEA LIFE Michigan
  • Cheering for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park baseball

Thanks to the many educational centers in Detroit, kids can have plenty of fun learning and having new experiences. Be sure to stop by some of the best libraries, museums, monuments, and art exhibits in town for a day of knowledge. Here are some of the most kid-friendly places to learn:

  • See an African Lungfish at the Belle Isle Aquarium
  • Survey the native animals at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
  • Appreciate culture at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Admire the different collections at the Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Understand local maritime history at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Detroit has been the home of a long list of musicians, artists, and fashion designers. If your child is ready to follow their own dreams, help them by signing up to these top creative classes:

  • Bring your ballet shoes to the Fem Fatale Dance Studio
  • Make a recycled masterpiece with Arts & Scraps
  • Sing your heart out with the Detroit Children’s Choir
  • Practice your scales at the Metro Detroit Music Lessons
  • Make a tasty snack with Experience Cooking

Although Detroit is famous for its chilly winters, the weather doesn’t stop the kids from having a good time. Stop by one of the best indoor athletic and entertainment attractions in town, including:

  • Swimming at the waterpark at Wyndham Gardens Sterling Heights
  • Knocking down all the pins at Garden Bowl
  • Watching a marionette performance at PuppetART
  • Rolling around under the disco ball at Skate World of Troy
  • Satisfying your need for speed at Kart 2 Kart