As the only mother on the creative team here at Quicken Loans, I often have to turn down a lot of outings and fun Detroit nights out that a lot of my coworkers have. But I’m determined not to let the experience of enjoying Detroit go by the wayside just because I have a kid.
Fortunately, the Compuware building is amazing enough to have a childcare/school facility in the building so I’m able to bring my son, Jude, to work with me, and as a result, expose him as much as I can to this awesome, awesome city.
I’ve been keeping a list of things I want to show him and experience with him in the city and thought I’d share my list with the readers of this blog (in the off chance someone out there might be a parent looking for fun things to do with their kids in the city).
Eat and take in the view at Coach Insignia at the top of the Renaissance Center. Though I may have to just settle for a quick lunch at this fancy restaurant (my son is only 4 – a little too young for the white linen crowd) the views alone are worth it.
Soak in everything I can at the Henry Ford. From the giant steam engines at the Henry Ford museum to watching the blacksmiths hammer away at Greenfield Village, you could spend days here enjoying everything they have to offer. For Halloween, Greenfield Village decorates the village to the nines, with upwards of 800 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns lighting your way, not to mention at least 11 treat stations and costumes galore! While Christmas at Henry Ford and Greenfield Village is the stuff memories and family traditions are made of – a giant Christmas tree, trains, visits with Santa. It truly is a magical experience.
Touch everything you can at the Detroit Science Center. This place is a staple in my family. The museum really does an amazing job at keeping both adults and children interested. There’s a good mix of hands-on learning with demonstrations and exhibits to help round out the day. From there you can let your imagination run wild at the Detroit Children’s Museum or stargaze at the Dassault Systemes Planetarium.
Sing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" at a Tiger's Game. It goes without saying that if you’re in Detroit you should catch a Tiger’s game. The food is awesome, there’s a carousel and a ferris wheel, a batting cage and every Sunday home game kids 14 and under can run the bases!
Take advantage of the beauty of the riverfront. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is take Jude down and let him run with wild crazy-kid abandon through the fountains. It's fun, a good way to cool off in the summer, and we love counting the ships as they ferry down the Detroit River.
We also like to go on adventures around Belle Isle. You never know what you're going to find on this quiet island in the middle of our fair city. I always like to make up scavenger hunts before we go.
Then there are the summertime art staples of Dally in the Alley and the People’s Arts Festival . Both celebrate local music and arts – and are a great to expose kids to the creative side of our fair city.
Last but not least – Eastern Market. I love going here not just for the great food and flowers, but also because it’s a prime people watching spot. And while you’re here you should take your bikes and ride down the Dequindre cut to the riverfront.
I'm so happy to have this opportunity to share this city with my son and show him that Detroit is a great city full of people who are committed to its growth and building a place people can be proud of.