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101 Awesome Kid-Friendly Activities in Metro Detroit

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The question we get most is ‘Have you been there?’ Of course we can’t go to every event but we do go to A LOT! Even with all its craziness in 2021 our team went to over 100 places and events in metro Detroit! We’re recapping 2021 to give you ideas for the year ahead!


The All-Stars

  1. Innovation Hills (Rochester Hills)
  2. LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Auburn Hills)
  3. Lakeshore Park (Novi)
  4. Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores)
  5. Blake Farms (Armada)
  6. Gallup Park (Ann Arbor)



  1. Stickwork Fort
  2. Palmer Park 
  3. Beacon Park 
  4. Belle Isle
  5. Mbad African Bead Museum 
  6. Detroit Historical Museum
  7. Charles H Wright Museum
  8. Monroe Street Drive-In
  9. Winter Markets 
  10. Valade Park
  11. Parker’s Alley
  12. Dequindre Cut
  13. Detroit Abloom
  14. Detroit Institute of Arts
  15. Detroit City Football Club Soccer Tots



  1. Lower Huron Metropark (Belleville)
  2. Kopper Park (Canton)
  3. Dooley Park (Livonia)
  4. Sullivan Park (Royal Oak)
  5. Lakeshore Park (Novi)
  6. Normandy Oaks (Royal Oaks)
  7. Tattan Park (Westland)
  8. Merriman Hallow (Westland)
  9. Greenwood Park (Livonia)
  10. Playful Dragon Playground (Orion Township)
  11. Halmich Park (Warren)
  12. Kiwanis Park (Southgate)
  13. Garbutt Park (Ferndale)
  14. Gilbert Willis Park (Wixom)
  15. Hathorne Park (Pontiac)
  16. Shepherd Park (Oak Park)
  17. Peasley Park (Huntington Woods)
  18. Peninsula Park (Waterford)
  19. Geary Park (Ferndale)
  20. Oxford Park (Berkley)
  21. Maple Beach (Milford)
  22. Sumac Park (Livonia)
  23. Woolley Park (Ann Arbor)
  24. Gunsolly Park (Plymouth)
  25. Rotary Park (Livonia)
  26. Thorn Park (Brownstown)
  27. Thelma Spencer Park (Rochester)


Nature Centers + Trails

  1. Matthaei Botanical Gardens (Ann Arbor)
  2. Crosswinds Marsh (New Boston)
  3. International Wildlife Refuge (Trenton)
  4. Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve (Southfield)
  5. Leslie Nature Center (Ann Arbor)
  6. Paint Creek Trail (Rochester)
  7. Douglas Evans Nature Preserve (Beverly Hills)
  8. Cranbrook House and Gardens (Bloomfield Hills)
  9. Stage Nature Center (Troy)
  10. West Bloomfield Nature Center (West Bloomfield)
  11. Heritage Park (Farmington Hills)
  12. Howell Nature Center (Howell)
  13. Rotary Nature Trails (Livonia)
  14. Rouge Trailhead (Dearborn)
  15. E.L. Johnson Nature Center (Bloomfield Township)
  16. Virginia Matley Nature Trail (Livonia)


Animal Party

  1. SEA LIFE Michigan (Auburn Hills)
  2. Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak)
  3. Bowers School Farm (Bloomfield Hills)
  4. Kensington Farm Center (Milford)
  5. Blue Line Farm (Livonia) 
  6. MSU Tollgate Farm (Novi)
  7. Heritage Park Petting Farm (Taylor)
  8. Wolcott Mill Farm Center (Ray)
  9. Reptarium (Utica)



  1. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (Ann Arbor)
  2. The Henry Ford (Dearborn)
  3. Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills)
  4. Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
  5. Roush Museum (Livonia)


Indoor Fun

  1. Stemville (Northville)
  2. Robot Garage (Birmingham)
  3. Kidcadia (Dearborn)
  4. AirTime (Canton)
  5. SkyZone (Taylor)
  6. Troy Gym (Troy) 
  7. Athletika Sports and Fitness (Livonia)
  8. DYNO Detroit (Detroit)


Michigan Roads Trips

  1. Impressions 5 (Lansing)
  2. Dow Gardens (Midland)
  3. Holland State Park (Holland)
  4. Air Zoo (Kalamazoo)


Make A Splash

  1. Aqua-Tots Swim School (Canton)
  2. Kirskey Aquatics Center (Livonia)
  3. Lily Pad Springs (West Bloomfield) 
  4. Rolling Hills Waterpark (Ypsilanti)
  5. Clement Circle Pool (Livonia)
  6. Lake St. Clair Metropark (Harrison)
  7. Turtle Cove Aquatics Center (Belleville)
  8. Sterling State Park (Monroe)
  9. Bald Mountain State Recreation Area (Orion Township)
  10. Heritage Splash Pad (Farmington Hills)
  11. Normandy Oaks (Royal Oak)
  12. Handy Park Splash Pad (Redford)
  13. Dodge Park #4 (Waterford)


Fall Favorites

  1. Hallowe’en @ Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
  2. Pumpkin Lane (Trenton)
  3. Scarecrows in The Park (Plymouth)
  4. Three Cedars Farm (Northville)
  5. Tillson Street (Romeo)
  6. Yates Cider Mill (Rochester)
  7. Erwin Orchard (South Lyon)
  8. Franklin Cider Mill (Franklin)
  9. Halloween Stroll (Livonia)
  10. Skeletons Are Alive (Northville)
  11. Plymouth Orchards (Plymouth)
  12. Paint Creek Cider Mill (Rochester)


Shows + Special Events

  1. LittleGuide Detroit Stroller Roll
  2. Beyond Van Gogh (Detroit)
  3. Home For The Holidays @ Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Detroit)
  4. Jurassic Journey @ HYPE Recreation (Dearborn Heights)
  5. Imagination Unlimited @ The Henry Ford (Dearborn)
  6. Dino Safari (Novi)
  7. Plymouth Ice Festival (Plymouth)
  8. Family Fun In Riley Park (Farmington)
  9. Salute To America @ Greenfield Village (Dearborn)
  10. Summer Fun Series (Livonia)


Holiday Magic

  1. Downtown Birmingham
  2. Starry Lights (Grosse Pointe Shores)
  3. Holiday Nights (Dearborn)
  4. Swinging Bells @ Beacon Park (Detroit)
  5. Winter Wonder Lights @ Meadow Brook Hall (Rochester)
  6. Perrin Family Light Show (Garden City)
  7. Gift of Lights (Lambertville)
  8. Plymouth Tree Festival (Plymouth)
  9. Wild Lights (Royal Oak)
  10. Wayne County Lights (Westland)




About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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