Sep 15, 2017

Top Twenty Spots for Family Fun in Detroit {giveaway ends 9/30}

There is no doubt that the city of Detroit is in the midst of a comeback.  Whether you are looking to buy your first home, a family home, a place to retire, a fixer upper or a house that is move-in ready, Detroit is a great place to live, work and play.

Today, we are focusing on all the great family-friendly fun Detroit has to offer.  If we missed your favorite venue, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Here are our top twenty choices for family fun in Detroit.
Check out our full list of Family Fun in Detroit with over 50 venues/locations.

1. DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

DNR Outdoor Center
Address: 1801 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: 1-844-622-6367
Read about our experience: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center brings "Up North, Downtown".  This family friendly Detroit destination features Michigan's woods, water and wildlife inside a three story 40,000 square foot building formerly known as the Globe Building.  The facility provides hands-on recreational experiences for all ages through a variety of activities and exhibits that engage the senses.  Opening in July of 2015 this unique gem has gained popularity through word of mouth from all who go and enjoy their time.  

2. Kidz Kingdom - Open Play & Party Center

Address: 18602 Fenkell Street, Detroit, MI. 48223
Phone: (313) 296-1741 
Read about our experience: Kidz Kingdom in Detroit

Owner and Founder Danielle is amazing.  Wife, mother of two boys, and former Deputy Director of of the Office of Charter Schools at Detroit Public Schools, her experiences in education and as a parent have contributed to the creation of the first commercial indoor play space in Detroit. The facility offers a wide range of activities from dramatic play to a bounce house, your children will be entertained for hours. 

3. Detroit Flyhouse (Circus School)

Detroit Flyhouse

Address: 1321 Watson Detroit, MI. 48207
Phone: (313) 674-6424

Detroit Flyhouse Circus School! Classes & Workshops in aerial yoga, trapeze, aerial ring, partner acrobatics, fire performance and more!

4. Punch Bowl Social

Address: 1331 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone:(313) 749-9738
Read about our experience: Punch Bowl Social in Detroit

With so much to offer, Punch Bowl Social is the perfect destination for a social gathering, family outings, parties and so much more.  They offer bowling, darts, marbles, ping pong, shuffle board, vintage arcade games, private karaoke rooms, Scrabble and more.  Their menu consists of classic american items with a unique culinary twist.  

5. Detroit Puppet Theater

Detroit Puppet Theater
Address: 25 East Grand River Ave. - Detroit MI. - 48226
Phone: 313.961.7777
Read about our experience: 
Detroit Puppet Theater

PuppetART is located in the heart of Detroit's Theater District, surrounded by the Michigan Opera Theater, Music Hall, and the Gem and Century Theaters.  The Center accommodates an audience of up to 70, hosts a museum of puppets and features various puppetry workshops. Performances are every Saturday at 2 p.m. and occasionally a Thursday performance at 10 a.m.

6. Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

Address: 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 471-3200
The Fox Theatre offers a wide variety of shows perfect for the family or date-night. You can purchase discounted tickets to select shows by phone at 313-471-3095 and mention Metro Detroit Mommy, or you can purchase tickets online at use the Promo code: MOMMYIf you having trouble using Internet Explorer, please use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
Questions can also be directed to Ashley via email

7. Michigan Science Center

Michigan Science Center

Address: 5020 John R, Detroit
Phone: 313-577-8400

The Michigan Science Center is host  to the Chrysler IMAX Dome Theatre, Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, DTE Energy Sparks Theater, Chrysler Science Stage, a Science Hall for traveling exhibits and hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science. 

8. Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts

Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Phone: 313-833-7900

Detroit is blessed to have such a fantastic museum within its borders, housing about 65,000 works of art.  The DIA offers free admission to residents of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties and is regarded as among the top six museums in the United States, offering a collection that spans the globe both geographically and throughout time.  Their collection includes favorites such as "The Nut Gatherers", "a Self-Portrait" by Vincent van Gogh,  the Diego Rivera murals "Detroit Industry", and the Bronze Donkey (that demonstrate the danger of touching artwork over time).
The DIA offers so much for families such as live concerts, movies at the Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit City Chess Club, docent led tours, make and take art projects, drawing in the galleries, in gallery games, and so much more.  

9. Detroit Historical Museum

Address: 5401 Woodward, Detroit
Phone: 313-833-1805

The Detroit Historical Museum is located in the heart of the city's cultural center in Midtown Detroit, on Woodard.  The 78,000 square food facility hosts a variety of signature, changing and traveling exhibitions to keep their guests on their toes.  The Streets of Old Detroit is certainly the one exhibit that has stuck in my mind since my childhood.  

10. The Heidelberg Project
Address: 3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: (313) 458-8414

From their website: "The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art environment in the heart of an urban area and a Detroit based community organization with a mission to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art."
The ever-changing canvas consists mostly of recycled materials and objects found on the streets of Detroit and is carefully designed to reflect a current issue or struggle.

11. Comerica Park (Home of the Detroit Tigers)

Address: 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 962-4000
Sunday Kids Day: Tigers Fun for the Whole Family
Nursing Lounge at Comerica Park

Sunday Kids Days are perfect for families.  Start the excitement with the "Every Kid, Every Sunday" giveaway that guarantees every fan 14-and-under will receive a free promotional item.  YAHOO!  Kids can particiapate in the pre-game festivities and enjoy free rides on the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel and Carousel, presented by Kroger and free face painting.

12. Little Caesars Arena (Home of the Detroit Red Wings)

Detroit Red Wings
Address: 2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

The brand new arena opened its doors this year.  Chances are if you are a hockey fan, Little Caesars Arena is already on your radar.  In addition to hockey games and concerts, the arena will host Disney on Ice in October of 2017.

Belle Isle Playscape in Detroit

Belle Isle is host to a wide variety of activities and is a classic Detroit family destination. Home to the Anna Scripts Conservatory, Aquarium, Livingstone Lightnouse, Nature Zoo, plenty of playgrounds, picnic areas, beach, and Dossin Great Lakes Museum, visitors will find plenty to do and see.  

14. Detroit Riverfront

Detroit River Front

Visit Harbortown, Hart Plaza, Milliken State Park (with harbor, wetlands and lighthouse), Mt. Elliott Park, Rivard Plaza, Riverwalk Garden Rooms and the Dequindre Cut Greenway.  

15. Historic Fort Wayne

Historic Fort Wayne 
Address: 6325 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209

Take a trip back into time every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm at the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit.  Visit the original 1848 limestone barracks building, 1845 start fort, the commanding officers house, the Spanish-American War guard house, an ancient Native American burial mound, and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum. 


Along Woodward in Detorit
Read out about our experience on the QLINE.

The Q Line is a "circulating street car" that runs along 3.3 miles of Woodward from Grand Blvd. to Congress Street.  Or, what you'd consider New Center to the heart of Downtown. 

17. Campus Martius Park

Address: 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 963-2225

Detroit's Gathering Place!  A great public space in downtown Detroit providing a spectacular skyline view with a wide range of opportunities to connect with friends and family.    The park offers a wide variety of free events, programs, classes, and amenities for families, including the region's most popular ice skating rink and in the summer an urban downtown beach.

18.Hard Rock Café

Address: 45 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 964-7625
Read about our experience at Hard Rock Cafe
The iconic Hard Rock Cafe is a must visit in the city of Detroit for those that love music and music memorabilia.  We love the kids menu featuring the Hard Rock Roxtars and the all American menu.  

19. Buddy’s Pizza (with Boccelounge)

Address: 17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212
Phone: (313) 892-9001
Do you love Detroit-style pizza?  Why not visit the home of the beloved square, deep-dish delight at the original Buddy's Pizza in Detroit?  As an added bonus, they still offer Bocce Ball, making the experience even better for families. 

20. American & Lafayette Coney Islands

Address: 114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 961-7758

 Lafayette Coney Island
Address: 118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 964-8198

These two competing Coney Island locations are right next door to one another.  As the story goes, both locations are/were owned by different members of the same family.  The competition has created loyal customers to both restaurants, but the competition itself adds to the novelty and success of both.  Stop by and have a coney at both locations, then decide which is best: Lafayette or American?

What is your favorite family-friendly venue in Detroit?  Leave a comment below!

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Metro Detroit Mommy Writer:


  1. Such a tricky one but we love the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center!

  2. We enjoy the Michigan Science Center and Detroit Riverwalk. I haven't yet gone to the DNR Outdoor Nature Center, but I really need to take my kids! They would love it.

  3. The DNR is a great place for us to take the grandchildren. We need to do it again!

  4. The circus school looks like so much fun! This is a great list of things to do with the fam!

    1. Lisa, it does look like a lot of fun. Hoping to stop by and check it out soon so I can share with our fans.

  5. These all sound like great places to visit with the family. Detroit is really starting to turn around, it seems.

    1. Ben, it is amazing to see all the progress. We have a long way to go, but there is so much more now! We are there a couple of times a month doing all sorts of fun stuff with our family!

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    1. Sara we love the Detroit Zoo too! Alas the Zoo is not IN Detroit! Do you have another pick?

  7. Been meaning to get to Belle Isle with the kiddos. Thanks for the reminder of all the great things to do in the city.

  8. This is a good list. Not sure what my favorite place is but I definitely enjoy attending musicals at the Fox and the Fisher.

  9. My favorite I have been to is the Michigan Science Center. I also love the Fox Theater. There are a few on this list I have yet to experience & would love to!

  10. I've always wanted to go to the puppet heater but haven't yet. Campus Martius is always a fun time.

  11. These all look like great places to go to in Detroit. I would have to start with the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. I know it would be a big hit with my Son.

  12. I have been to Detroit once and it was for business so I didn't really get to enjoy the perks! I love checking out historical destinations but that Detroit Flyhouse looks ery fun!

  13. Detroit seems like a fabulous place for families! We are big hockey fans, so the idea of catching a Red Wings game sounds especially awesome.

  14. My cousin grew up in Detroit but is now living in Florida. Now I understand why he was upset when my aunt decided that they move to FL. There are so many fun activities and places to see in Detroit!

  15. Detroit has always been on my radar of places to visit. Thanks for sharing this guide. I enjoyed reading it and can't wait to visit your recommendations. You inspired me :)

  16. I have actually never been to Detroit before but I love all of your photos!! These all look like great places to have a little family fun tim!!

  17. I have never visited Detroit but it looks like an amazing place! I would definitely have to hit up Little Caesars Arena to watch the Detroit Red Wings!

  18. So many different things to see love the new Caesars Arena

  19. My family and I look forward to going to the new Little Caesars Arena and the entire District Detroit area.

  20. My family really enjoyed Punch Bowl Social when we stopped in after a ballgame.

  21. LOVE this list. Our favorite is Buddys Pizza!!! We LOVE it!!

  22. I have never went there for entertainment, only work. I would love to do some fun stuff next time we are there!

  23. Outdoor Adventure Center - we can't wait to see the changes when they re-open.

  24. DNR outdoor adventure center is my vote!

  25. Thanks for sharing such wonderful places to visit. I will definitely visit them when I'm in the area.

  26. We really enjoyed the DNR center, educational, hands on and fun

  27. All those selection of places are great though if you are bringing a child with you, I would prefer going to places like Kids Kingdom. Detroit Institute of Arts totally got my attention, I'd love to go there someday.

  28. It would be great to watch our fave, the Atlanta Braves play against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. My husband actually saw a game played at the classic old Tiger Stadium. :)


  29. I've never been to Detroit, Michigan before, but it looks like there are a lot of things to do! Sounds like a busy trip to plan. :)

  30. oh, wow! How cool is that. I would love to visit Detroit someday. That theater looks fancy. Thanks for sharing!

  31. These all look like incredible spots for a family outing! It def makes me want to check out Deteroit.

  32. Detroit sounds like they have a ton of fun stuff to do. I am definitely going to have to visit one day.

  33. Oh wow, so many fun things to do in Detroit, sounds like my family and I definitely need to visit! Thank you so much for sharing.

  34. You know, I'm not that far from Detroit, I really aught to visit. I love visiting and learning about the history so I'd love to check out the fort.

  35. We love to go to Belle Isle. On our last visit, we had lunch at Wahlburgers and got take-out dessert at Astoria Bakery before heading over to Belle Isle. It was a great afternoon!

  36. So many great picks! I love that many of them have been clients of mine. I love this city!

  37. Fox Theater has always been a favorite - so beautiful no matter what show you're there to see :) Thanks for the great list!

  38. My vote is for the Fox Theatre. So many family friendly shows!

    My vote goes for the Heidelberg Project. We took my Chloe Pearl there for the first time and she was blown away by how fascinating Guyton's art is.

  40. We just rediscovered Belle Isle. This past summer, we have visited Belle Isle to fish and head over to the playground by the Nature Center. We love it there!

  41. Our family loves the Fox! It's so beautiful and you feel like a million dollars every time you walk in.

  42. We like the Detroit Historical Museum and the Michigan Science Center!

  43. Belle Isle is a family favorite with a stop at Shake Shack

  44. I will definitely come check this place again with some other awesome friends of mine! It's one of best places for having a good time with a joyous feeling. And San Francisco venues fascinates me with their great style and vibrant atmosphere.