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75 Kid-Friendly Activities in Detroit

  • Check Out the Art @ The Belt: Check out some world famous street art as you walk through this newly activated alley space and you just might stumble upon a concert or a gallery show (p.s. also an incredible place to take great pictures).
  • Taste Test Coneys @ American & Lafayette: Do a taste test and judge for yourself who has the best coney in Detroit.
  • Scream Opa! @ Greektown: The lights are always strung and the music is always playing in the lively Greektown area, so head down for a little “Opa”!
  • Take a Ride on the People Mover: It may only go in a circle, but for kids, it’s an exciting ‘train’ ride up high enough for them to see the city surrounding them.
  • Hop on Board the QLine: Liven up your meal with a train ride to and from lunch or dinner!
  • Get Lost (on purpose) in the Renaissance Center: Detroit’s iconic building is perfect for a fun indoor scavenger hunt or meal at some of the top restaurants, and in the summer there’s free concerts on the riverfront and of course, the kids’ favorite, the splash pad fountain!
  • Play Games @ Beacon Park: There’s always something fun happening in downtown parks and Beacon Park has lawn games, food trucks and it’s across the street from a castle!
  • Take a Tour with Detroit Experience Factory: Learn more about the city, it’s history or plan a fun city scavenger hunt, they can do it all for you.
  • Eat, Shop & Eat More @ Eastern Market: Join the thousands that descend on Eastern Market every Saturday morning, rain or shine, sleet or snow, the local farmers and artisans are there to greet their customers. We love grabbing a bite at Stache International.
  • Get a Sugar High @ Rocky’s: While in Eastern Market, make a pit stop into Rocky’s and follow the winding path to the candy section for kid (and parent) heaven!



After 5


  • Welcome Santa to Detroit @ Thanksgiving Day Parade: Wave to Captain Underpants, catch some candy and beads from the clowns, and welcome Santa to Detroit at this Thanksgiving Day tradition.
  • Go Ice Skating @ Campus Martius: Bring your skates or rent them and come slip and slide with the city skyline surrounding you.
  • Catch a Holiday Play @ Detroit’s Theatres: There’s no better time to share an unforgettable memory with your kids, than taking them to a holiday show at one of Detroit’s many beautiful theatres.
  • Light Up the City @ Detroit’s Tree Lighting: Ring in the holiday season as you watch Detroit flip the switch and light up their tree!
  • Noel Night @ Midtown: Explore over 100 participating venues throughout Midtown, Detroit for an evening of live entertainment, family craft activities, music and more.

Museums & Libraries – Get some culture or just escape the cold and head to one our many amazing museums and cultural institutions:

Theatres – It’s showtime:

Sports – Catch a game, on a local or national level:

Just Outside of Detroit…But worth including



About Kerry Doman

Kerry Doman is the founder and CEO of LittleGuide Detroit and After 5 Detroit. She has lived downtown Detroit for 10+ years and still calls the city home with her husband and son. As a relatively new mom, she’s excited to explore downtown with her family and hopes you’ll enjoy doing the same!


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