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National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th to October 15th and the perfect opportunity to celebrate Hispanic culture with your kids. From museum trips and take-out to movie nights and family dinners, here are ways to have mas divertido.
Visit The DIA
The Detroit Industry mural by Diego Rivera is an iconic work of art and defining piece of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection. Bring your kids to see the reknown Meixcan artist interpretation of the Motor City. Now through the end of the year, you can also visit the temporary exhibit featuring works of Surrealist Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí.
The annual Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos exhibit opens on September 26th and celebrates the popular Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. Take your kids to see the exhibit and follow up the experience with free online learning lessons, available on the DIA website.
Admission to the DIA is always FREE for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Take A Trip To Mexicantown
Supporting small business is always important but it has extra value these days. Skip the kitchen and get take-out from one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. And be sure to treat your kids (and yourself) to something sweet from La Michoacana or the Mexicantown Bakery.
- Armando’s // 4242 W Vernor Hwy
- Evie’s Tamales // 3454 Bagley Ave
- Los Galanes // 3362 Bagley Ave
- Mexican Town Restaurant // 3457 Bagley Ave
- Mexican Village // 2600 Bagley St
- Xochimilco Restaurant // 3409 Bagley Ave
Watch Ballet Folklórico
You can’t see the Ballet Folklórico De Detroit live right now but you can catch their performances on Facebook. The local dance troupe dedicate their time, passion and talent to showcase beautiful traditional dances from Mexico. Check out the video from their recent outdoor performance for Detroit Out Loud. Keep cuddled on the couch and watch more traditional Mexican dance on A Celebration of The Music From Coco, available on Disney+.
Expand Your Home Library
- Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña
- Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
- Little People, Big Dreams: Frida Kahlo by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
- Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor
- La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya
- Tito Puente, Mambo King/Rey del Mambo by Monica Brown
Celebrate Hispanic culture at home. Tell Alexa to put on a Latin Hits playlist and get cooking in the kitchen with your kids. Local mom Sarah shares delicious authentic Mexican recipes on Instagram @growingupsarita.
Photo credit: Omar Abdel-Baqui/Detroit Free Press
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..