One of my favorite things about having a little one is I get to see things through a child’s eyes all over again.
To get excited about our future adventures together, I’ve compiled a list of 25 places/events I am super stoked to take Little K to in metro Detroit.
1. Detroit Zoo
I have so many fond memories of visiting the zoo as a child. I can’t wait to see what animals K likes the most. I’m always partial to the polar bears and penguins.
One of my fondest memories of working in the RenCen was witnessing kids playing in the fountain on the RiverWalk in the summer. I loved how some parents even let their kids go fully clothed, not anticipating how wet they would really get. Little K will love it I’m sure.
I remember asking to go to Greektown for a birthday when I was young. I thought it was so magical. Being about 25% Greek, I can’t wait to share this cool part of the city with K to tell her about her own heritage.
I remember seeing my first play here – The Secret Garden – and so began my love for live productions. Such a great venue to see a show and be astonished by the beauty of the building.
5. The Whitney
We might not be able to get her to sit still for a formal dinner, but I would love to take her to this famous landmark for dessert when she’s the right age. While we wait for our sweet treat, we’ll be sure to walk around and admire the home’s historic beauty. We’ll just save the third floor, the might-be-scary Ghost Bar, for when she’s 21.
Love these wonderful historic spots. Can’t wait to see K’s wonderment when she sees where butter really comes from. Plus, like my nephews below, I’m sure she’ll love getting in the hot dog and covering herself with toppings in front of the Oscar Weiner Mobile at the museum.
I didn’t see my first Tiger’s baseball game until I was in college. I don’t want that to be the case with K. As a little one, she may not understand what is going on in the actual game, but I can’t wait to see her face covered in mustard from a ball park dog and see her take a ride on the beautiful Tiger-themed carousel.
Rochester’s premier festive event featuring thousands upon thousands of lights is perfect for little eyes to witness one of the magical parts about the holiday season. I can’t wait to see K’s face light up in amazement.
I have so many fond memories of picking blueberries with my mom at Hazen’s Farm. Can’t wait to take K to this special spot to show her the ropes.
This Detroit landmark of hodgepodge is a living work of art that seems to be inspired by Dr. Suess himself. This will be a great spot to show K that art is in the eye of the beholder.
This is the play structure children dream about. It’s 10,000 square feet of pure playful bliss, complete with tons of fun nooks and crannies for kids to explore. Plus, it’s located adjacent to the Mill Pond, a beautiful spot for photos and family walks. We’ll be sure to also stop by the ultra-cute Yum Yum Tree for ice cream afterward.
The cider mill I grew up loving is in Fenton (an hour drive from Detroit). It’s not as crowded as many of the metro Detroit mills, plus I love the historic value and amazing scenery and trails. Another fab spot for photo ops.
I personally hate crowds and parades. But, that doesn’t mean I won’t put my negative feelings aside for my daughter, who has to bundle up, get some hot cocoa in a mug and experience this, just like I did growing up. I don’t doubt she’ll be in awe…especially if Elmo makes an appearance.
Love, love, love this place. We’ll swim in the lake, rent paddleboats, have a picnic and check out my favorite spot – the petting farm! Also, a great spot to watch fireworks while hearing the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the summer or go sledding in the winter.
Even if you don’t go anywhere in particular, this is a must-do for kids of all ages when in Detroit.
Another childhood favorite of mine from my hometown of Howell. Absolutely stunning to see hot air balloons up close.
Nothing like eating a giant leg of turkey like a barbarian. This fest is such an fun thing to do, even if it’s not so easy on the wallet. I’ll just have to learn to sew better so I can make Little K a medieval princess baby costume.
18. Milford Memories
I used to love craft shows as a kid and I’m hoping my daughter feels the same. I could stroll around this event for hours checking out artist booths, live music and food tents.
A kid in a candy store. Need I say more? (Disclaimer: I have never been here, but am dying to go…might have to go even before she can technically eat chocolate!)
Of course we have to see some sort of show here…and since I am a former ballerina, of course I hope it will be the annual showing of The Nutcracker.
Every child needs to witness the magic of ice skating in the middle of the city in winter.
The famous historic landmark has fantastic children’s programs, many of which have little or no cost. Can’t wait to see what creations K can make that I can collect over the years.
You haven’t tasted melon until you’ve tried a Howell Melon. So delicious and farmed to perfection. I’ll get melon ice cream for K while the DH and I opt for delicious melon wine.
Not always known for being child-friendly, this is a place I can’t wait to take K when she’s a bit older. But, they do have great children’s programs as well, so that’s a starting point.
Such a cool little gem. Best part? There’s a great area for kids under five so no need to wait until she’s too much older.
I know there are TONS of other great places in metro Detroit and beyond. Fill me in! Where is a cool place to take kids?