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5 Kid-Friendly Activations Coming To The Detroit Auto Show

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The North American International Auto Show returns to the Motor City this fall and brings with it new kid-friendly adventures the entire family will enjoy. Enter to win FREE tickets to the Auto Show below.



From a ‘pre-historic’ Flintstone vehicle to the world’s first electric Monster Truck, the Detroit Auto Show will be an indoor and outdoor attraction families won’t want to miss.


The North American International Auto Show’s public days are September 17th to 25th. Admission to the general show is $20 per adult and $10 for kids ages 3 to 12. A 5 person Family Pass is available for $50. Reserve your tickets here.


Pre-Historic Fun With Dinosaurs + The Flintstones

Travel back in time to the Mesozoic Era at the new Dinosaur and Off-Road Vehicle Encounter, a Jurassic walk-thru experience featuring life-like and life-size dinosaurs, including T-Rex, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus and more. The unique rugged off-road SUV and truck display will feature a collection of more than 80 massive dinosaurs ranging from babies to some creatures standing over 28 feet tall and spanning over 60 feet long. It will also feature interactive and educational activities, including Story Time, hands-on crafts and fossil digs, in addition to an animatronic Dinosaur Band and realistic dinosaur babies and dinosaurs roaming throughout.


No prehistoric experience would be complete without seeing how “the modern Stone Age Family” drove around the town of Bedrock. On loan from LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, Fred Flintstone’s original car will be on display at the Dinosaur and Off-Road Vehicle Encounter.


Vehicle Rides and Experiential Activations

You can do more than look at cars this year, you can also experience ride activations, including active tracks inside the Huntington Place convention center. Attendees can climb high with Camp Jeep and Bronco Mountain, experience the F-150 Lightning and Ram Truck ride activations and take a Volkswagen or Chevrolet for a spin on a street course ride-and-drive along a portion of the 2023 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix downtown circuit.


Monster Truck Throwdown

Complete with Bigfoot #20, the world’s first battery-powered Monster Truck, Monster Truck Throwdown will entertain and amaze auto show audiences daily in Hart Plaza. Touching all the senses and enjoyed by all ages, Monster Truck Throwdown presents Monster Truck Car Crush Exhibitions by Bigfoot #20, Sinistar, and Raminator, Freestyle Motocross performances, and world-renowned Monsters on display – including Bigfoot #1, the original Monster Truck that started the worldwide phenomenon and Showtime, Michigan’s iconic “Motor City Monster” seen at Cobo Hall and the Silverdome in the 1980s.


“Air Mobility Experience” + “World’s Largest Rubber Duck”

Bringing science fiction to reality over the skies of Detroit and Windsor, the “Air Mobility Experience” will feature flight demonstrations and displays by six mobility companies originating from five countries. Flight demonstrations will take place outside on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18, with air mobility displays and experiences featured inside Huntington Place throughout the duration of the show.


When your eyes aren’t on the sky, they’ll be on the riverfront checking out the “World Largest Rubber Duck” displayed in Hart Plaza throughout the auto show.


Round One Gaming Lab

Guests 6 and older will be able to experience luxury gaming in a unique 26-foot climate-controlled, theater-style arcade on wheels that will be located in Hart Plaza. Round One Gaming Lab is a mobile gaming arcade featuring five 50-inch televisions, equipped with PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch, in addition to hundreds of games to choose from. Two 50-inch televisions located on the outside of the Round One Gaming Lab will allow for additional participants to join in the gaming fun at the auto show.



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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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