I am so excited to share with you some of my favorite places to spend quality time with my littles here in Detroit! I love getting out with my kids and exploring new places, these are all things to do in Detroit with kids that my little ones and I have enjoyed for years!
Detroit Institute of Arts
Let’s talk about why the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) is amazing for littles. The museum is free and family-friendly. Currently, the museum is offering a self-guided scavenger hunt for families, which is just an example of how they are always coming up with new fun ways to learn and see art! Check out their website to see what fun things they currently have going on at www.dia.org They are currently closed Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday. The hours are Wednesday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stemville is an excellent activity, especially when cold weather hits Detroit and outdoor play isn’t an option for you and your little ones anymore. It focuses on engaging toys for kids teaching them STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). It also has a relaxing space for parents to hang out while littles go wild with legos, robots, magnets, and more. Stemville is located in Northville, MI, and costs $20 for everyone 2+. There is free parking on N. Center Street and a free parking lot on N. Center and Dunlap(which is across the street). The hours are Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. I recommend going on an afternoon weekday, for a less crowded experience. Stemville is located on the second floor of the building so prepare to carry strollers and gear up the stairs. Stemville has a website page which I will link here for all of you. www.stemvillemi.com
Henry Ford Museum
This Museum has so much to offer and is located on 250 acres. It may seem overwhelming but let me tell you my little ones favorite places to see. In the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, there are big steam locomotives. In this museum, you can also grab a wrench and build a car like Henry Ford and see the massive train toy display. Check out the site to reserve tickets in advance www.thehenryford.org The operating hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, the cost is $25 general admission (12+), $18.75 youth (5-11), and free (4 and under).
Detroit Zoo has plenty to offer besides seeing the animals which is always a crowd-pleaser with my littles. It offers 4-D movies, carousel rides, PlayVenture parks, a fountain, and memorable zoo experiences such as breakfast with a favorite animal, the giraffe encounter and mingle with the macaronis. The Detroit Zoo ticket prices are $14-19 for adults, $10-$15 for little ones (2y-18y), and $8 parking. If you would like to ensure the cheaper ticket price get your ticket online at www.detroitzoo.org . The hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Belle Isle Aquarium
Belle Isle Aquarium is a public aquarium located on Belle Isle Park in Detroit. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has critters from the great lakes and the oceans of the world. The Aquarium is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday- Sunday. To enter Belle Isle you will need a recreation passport. For Michigan residents, it is an annual fee of $11, and non-residents for $31. Once you have the passport all attractions on the island are free. For more information visit www.belleisleconservancy.org .This historic aquarium is definitely worth a visit! My littles love to see sea creatures!
This riverwalk is so beautiful and was actually voted #1 riverfront in America. Littles love this walk because it is filled with parks and green spaces. The littles can also bring bikes or splash around in the several fountains or splash parks. The riverwalk is excellent for all four seasons and is free! The site www.detroitriverfront.org has a plethora of knowledge of what is going on during each season and where to park. The trail is 3.5 miles long and available to the public 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Cranbrook Institute of Science has 14 permanent galleries, an outdoor science garden, nature trails, a planetarium, an observatory, and an interactive fossil prep area so the littles could spend a full day here. The museum hours are Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. with a special evening time on Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults and $9.50 for littles age 2- 12 year of age. To learn more about exhibits/events visit www.science.cranbrook.edu .
Outdoor Adventure Center
Located at Detroit riverfront in a historic Glove building the Outdoor Adventure Center allows littles to experience Michigan’s great outdoors downtown. Littles will love walking behind and touching a waterfall, stepping into a boat and reel in a fish, hit the trail on a mountain bike, and much much more! The Outdoor Adventure Center operating hours are Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for littles age 2 – 12 years. To find directions and parking visit www.michigan.org/oac .
Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Park is a downtown park and a top public square. It is an active event space and a beautiful urban park. You and your littles will enjoy seeing the gardens, dynamic water features, and nature amidst the Detroit skyline. This is a free activity and is open to the public from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. To see what events are happening visit www.downtowndetroitparks.com/parks/campus-martius/ .
Wolcott Mill Metropark
Last but not least is Wolcott Metropark! It is really 3 parks in one and has a farm at its center. Whether your little one enjoys fishing, horses, geocaching, hiking, or running around playing there is definitely something here you can find for them. Visiting https://www.metroparks.com/parks/wolcott-mill-metropark/ will give you a better idea of what activity would best suit your little. The hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This park also features animals on 250-acres of working farm. The daily entry fee is $10 per vehicle.
I hope you enjoyed my list of activities that my littles love in Detroit. Let me know what you loved doing in Detroit with your little ones.
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