Youth Activities in Detroit, Michigan

Youth Activities in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan, has a wide variety of activities for young people. The city has numerous museums including the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit Science Center and Detroit Children's Museum. Detroit also has a water park, a theater and professional sports arenas. The Detroit Public Libary has many branches with various youth activities. For example, the Chandler Park Library has video games and movies for tweens and teens. Younger children can participate in make-and-take crafts and after-school stories. Many events such as parades, fireworks on the Detroit River, and muscial events such as jazz festivals and country hoedowns help keep young people busy year round.

Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park

Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park is Detroit's only water park. It is located near a golf-course, athletic field, children's playground, walking trails and historic landmarks. The water park has two giant waterslides and a wave pool. Additionally, there is a "splish splash" pad with 100 sprays for young children to enjoy. Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park offers lounge chairs, bathrooms with lockers and showers as well as picnic areas to enjoy snacks from the concession stand.

It is open Monday through Sunday. Prices for Wayne County residents are $2 for children and $3 for adults. On the weekend, prices are increased by $.50 for both children and adults. For non-Wayne County residents, prices are $4 for children and $5 for adults during the week. On weekends, children cost $5 and adults cost $7.50 for non-Wayne County residents. Parking is free for all.

Family Aquatic Center at Chandler Park
12600 Chandler Park Drive
Detroit, MI 48213
313-822-7665
chandlerparkonline.com

Detroit Children's Museum

According to the Detroit Children's Museum's website, the museum was originally created as a partnership with the Detroit Public Schools as a place where children can have "fun and imaginative learning experiences." Exhibits at the Detroit Children's Musem include a bird room, mounted Bengal tiger, natural history and artifacts of Native Americans. Additionally, the museum includes an art gallery and planetarium.

General admission is free. But reservations and fees are required for all program activities. Program fees are $5 for non-members and $3 for members. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the second Saturdays of the month October through May.

Detroit Children's Museum
6134 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
313-873-8100
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Fox Theater

Fox Theater is a National Historic Landmark. The theater can accommodate more than 5,000 people and features numerous children's shows. For example, Sesame Street Live, Wiggles and Dora have all held shows at the Fox Theater. Check the website for available shows.

Fox Theater
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
313-873-8100
olympiaentertainment.com

Sporting Events

Detroit is well-known for its professional sports teams and offers youth a great place to watch Detroit Lions' football at Ford Field, Red Wing hockey at Joe Louis Arena, or Detroit Tigers baseball games at Comerica Park. Ford Field and Comerica Park are recent additions to Detroit.

Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
313-962-4000

Ford Field
2000 Brush St.
Detroit, Michigan 48226
800-616-6550

Joe Louis Arena
600 Civic Center Dr.
Detroit, Michigan 48226
313-567-6000

Tri-Centennial State Park

The Tri-Centennial State Park is the first urban state park in Michigan. It is located on the Detroit River banks and is on 31 acres of grassy land. There are biking and walking trails as well as covered picnic areas. The park has a wetlands area with all plants native to Southeast Michigan and many animals such as geese, foxes, hawks, pheasants, and muskrats have been observed. Tri-Centennial State Park also offers shore-line fishing and a 63-foot lighthouse.

Article Written By Lynn Mancini

Lynn Mancini was an elementary teacher in Michigan for five years. She has been a high school reading teacher in Florida for five years. Mancini holds a bachelor's in education with a major in language arts and a minor in social studies from University of Michigan. Mancini also holds a master's from Marygrove College.

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