Four Great Activities with Kids in Detroit
Not long ago, the IHG Points Break hotel stay for only 5,000 points per night at the Farmington Hill, Michigan Holiday Inn Express.
The promotion made for a perfect opportunity to spend a short weekend away as a family and take in some of the activities within the region. While we initially planned this trip to maybe do 1 or 2 things, we ended up finding four Great Activities with Kids in Detroit plus have a list of many more places to go in the future.
The Detroit Zoo had been a number of years, 2011 to be exact, since our family made the pilgrimage up to this zoo.
While I recall fond memories of the animals encounters at the Detroit Zoo, we were excited to finally get up there since we knew the new food service manager who has been creating great, fresh new meal options at the park.
We visited on a chilly Saturday morning, and after bundling up for our visit, found the park nearly empty. With so few guests in the park, it provided the perfect opportunity for the kids to take their time throughout the exhibits.
The exhibit allowed up close encounters with the penguins & undersea views. Make sure to pay attention in the walkway down to the lower level, as the experience is “chilling.”
Get an opportunity to try some of the food at the Arctic Cafe. The cafeteria style restaurant offered a variety of freshly made food options that step up the game of quality.
Guests can enjoy everything from secret recipe hand breaded chicken tenders, freshly made-to-order salads & personal favorite, the custom crafted mac & cheese, which was amazing.
Outdoor Adventure Center
There is one place that struck our fancy was the Outdoor Adventure Center in downtown Detroit. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources bought an old warehouse, and after an extensive remodel, brought the outdoors in.
The building is packed full of fun activities for families to experience, which is especially helpful during the winter months.
Guests can experience what it is like to sleep in a yurt, see and try your hand at the many different types of fishing, climb a multi-story tree , explore the canopy, touch the many furs of animals in the region, walk behind a two-story waterfall & ride virtual snowmobiles and four-wheelers.
Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford Museum is different from when I was a kid on our many family outings to the museum.
Nowadays, the Henry Ford Museum is packed full of kids activities and exhibits throughout the facility. What used to be rows of machinery and historical technology over the decades is an information driven experience to help drive curiosity in kids minds.
The most notable change I noticed was the classic car collection. As a kid I remember it being just rows & rows of vehicles, which I had an interest in, but my little legs just could not take another step. The cars have been rearranged in multi-level platforms and a more user-driven experience to tell the historical past of the cars we love.
Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum
The museum was said to be packed with intricate details that would spike the curiosity of the littlest minds. However, as our lives got busier, Marvin’s fell off our radar.Marvin has collected the most magnificent, historical mechanical machines on the planet. As amusement and theme park bloggers for the CPFoodBlog.com, we see various attempts at mechanical machines, but they never quite live up to the experience. Such as Cedar Point has a whole museum full of several old mechanical machines, but none of them work, and the magic is lost.
That is where Marvin’s is simply marvelous.
The museum is free to get in, and everything works off of quarters. I am not much of an arcade money swallowing connoisseur, but Marvin’s could gladly empty my wallet.
Every square inch from floor to ceiling had amazing, historical things to look at from carnival banners to old amusement park props. The museum was simply amazing.
Over the years Marvin had collected some of the most amazing old mechanical machines known to exist.
However, what gets even better was that if Marvin could not find what we wanted, he had it custom made.