Family Fun Things to Do in Detroit Michigan

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We've put together a Parental Detroit Bucket List. Things in and around metro Detroit that parents can do with the kids ⎯ whether they're just learning their first words or getting ready to graduate from high school. These are early fall-time and anytime adventures that don’t take a lot of time or money — and that’s the point. It’s all about creating family-fun memories.
Family Fun

Art & Culture, Food & Drink, Outdoor, Sports & Recreation


Downtown Detroit, Dearborn/Wayne, Greater Novi, Macomb, Oakland



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  • Get your face painted alongside the little ones during a Sunday Kids Day at Comerica Park. (Get a photo with the giant Tiger outside, too.)
  • Experience Detroit Lions football at Ford Field.
  • Get ready to take the kids to Little Caesars Arena next season.
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  • Share a Coney dog and chili cheese fries at American or Lafayette Coney Island.
  • Pick apples and see how cider is made at Westview Orchards & Adventure Farm. Then, eat an apple and drink the cider.
  • Learn how chocolate is made — and have a free sample — at Morley Candy & Sanders.
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  • Go bowling at Garden Bowl — America’s oldest active bowling center and Detroit’s original home of Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
  • Bike along the Detroit riverfront. (Rent your two-wheeler — ones with child seats, too — at Wheelhouse Detroit.)
  • Enjoy a picnic at one — or all — of the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks.
  • Float along the lazy river inside the indoor waterpark at Wyndham Garden – Sterling Heights.
  • Play in the fountains at The Mall at Partridge Creek, if the weather permits.
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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Diamond Jack's River Tours
    1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-843-9376Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Detroit Princess Riverboat
    1 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226517-627-2154Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Detroit People Mover (Detroit Transportation Corp.)
    535 Griswold St., Suite 400, Detroit, MI 48226313-224-2160Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Rivard Plaza
    1340 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207313-566-8200Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Detroit Historical Museum
    5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-1805Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
    Belle Isle State Park, 900 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-821-5428Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-7900Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Michigan Science Center
    5020 John R St., Detroit, MI 48202313-577-8400Highlight on map | More Details
  9. The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124313-982-6001Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Detroit Zoo
    8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067248-541-5717Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Sea Life Michigan Aquarium
    4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326248-409-6009Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Legoland Discovery Center Michigan
    4240 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326248-409-6009Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-2000Highlight on map | More Details
  14. American Coney Island
    114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-7758Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Lafayette Coney Island
    118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-964-8198Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Morley Candy & Sanders
  17. Westview Orchards & Adventure Farm
    65075 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48095, United States586-752-3123Highlight on map
  18. Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown
    1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-656-2453Highlight on map | More Details
  19. Huron-Clinton Metroparks
    13000 High Ridge Drive, Brighton, MI 48114810-227-2757Highlight on map | More Details
  20. The Mall at Partridge Creek
    17420 Hall Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48038586-226-0330Highlight on map | More Details