15 Family-Friendly Things to Do After 5 p.m.

Modified: July 21, 2022 | Story by Lori Bremerkamp | Photos by Bill Bowen, Sea Life Michigan Aquarium

So what is there to do with your children after 5 p.m., when many kid-friendly hot spots have closed and your little ones are still rearing to go? Plenty! Here are a few suggestions of where you can enjoy a family-friendly evening. (We’ll leave it up to you how late you let the kiddos stay out!)


  1. Be amazed by the water creatures at the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. Best of all, it’s adjacent to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, so you can do a little shopping or grab dinner at Rainforest Cafe after.
  2. Take a night off from cooking dinner and share a Coney dog and chili cheese fries with the kids at American Coney Island, a favorite with Detroiters and visitors since 1917.
  3. Get tickets to watch the Detroit Red WingsDetroit Tigers, Detroit Lions or the Detroit Pistons play. Since they are all in downtown Detroit now, make it a point to see all four!
  4. See an evening show at the historic Fox Theatre.
  5. Visit the Warren Community Center Indoor Water Park, where you can take the kids for a swim no matter what the weather is outside.
  6. Enjoy more than 200 state-of-the-art games at the midway at Dave & Buster’s in Utica or Livonia.
  7. Catch a flick at Emagine Entertainment in Royal Oak. Not only will you get an hour or two off from chasing the kids around, you can even enjoy an adult beverage while you watch the movie.
  8. Go bowling at Garden Bowl “America’s oldest active bowling center and Detroit’s original home of Rock n’ Bowl.”
  9. Star gaze at the Cranbrook Observatory, which is open every Friday and Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time and 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. during standard time, weather permitting.
  10. Let your kids burn off some energy at Jungle Java. This indoor play center has locations in Clinton Township, Farmington Hills, Canton and Ann Arbor.
  11. Bounce on the giant inflatables at Pump It Up in Shelby Township. During Family Jump-N-Pizza nights, admission is only $6 per child, adults jump for free and you get 25% off your food order.
  12. Go for a spin on the carousel at Lakeside Mall. The mall’s 36-foot, double-decker carousel debuted in late 2006 and is located near the back of the food court. Ask for a reward card when you go: When you pay for five rides, the sixth is free!
  13. Let the kids climb on the fruits and veggies at the play scape at The Mall at Partridge Creek.
  14. Pay a visit to Campus Martius Park. The 2.5-acre park is a year-round outdoor venue with gardens, performance stages and an ice rink in the winter.
  15. Play laser tag, enjoy arcade games and more at CJ Barrymore’s Family Entertainment Center in Clinton Township.


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Sea Life Michigan Aquarium
    4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
  2. 2
    Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
    4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
  3. 3
    American Coney Island
    114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
  4. 4
    Detroit Red Wings
    Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  5. 5
    Fox Theatre
    2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  6. 6
    Garden Bowl
    4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
    313-833-9700 x20
  7. 7
    The Mall at Partridge Creek
    17420 Hall Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48038
  8. 8
    Campus Martius Park
    800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226