It’s officially summer and even with the longer days there never seem to be enough hours to accomplish everything. If you’re lucky enough to have empty dates on your calendar here are some fun and family-friendly activities to check out. There is plenty to do in the city but these free activities are entertaining and light on the wallet.
There is lots to learn and explore at the Michigan Science Center. Experience hundreds of hands-on exhibits and live shows. Visit on July 4th for free admission.
Cool off on the Riverfront at the Mt. Elliott Splash Park. The pirate ship offers hours of entertainment for kids.
July 4th and July 9-12th Orchestra Hall and other Midtown locations will host a series of performers and showcase diverse cultures at the annual Concert of Colors Festival. In addition to multiple musical performances, there will also be local food and merchandize vendors.
Pewabic Pottery can be found inside homes and at landmark locations across the city. Learn more about its history and watch artisans create new pieces, the campus is free and open to the public.
Movie Night! All summer long Wednesday and Friday nights offer movies at New Center Park. Catch all your Disney favorites for free.
A beach, basketball, life-size chess, live music and more! Campus Martius Park has something for everyone – including a gelato shop. Check out the heart of the downtown Detroit and join in on the fun.
Step out of the heat and back in time at the Detroit Historical Museum. Explore the city’s rich 300 year history and walk the streets of old Detroit.
The Charles H. Wright Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary with a three day African World Festival. August 14-16th visitors can enjoy free performances, arts & crafts, African drumming and dance, in addition to hundreds of vendors and ethnic foods.
There are countless adventures on Belle Isle. From the Aquarium to the Dossin Great Lakes museum, the Nature Zoo, play equipment and the beach. Summer days can be happily spent on Detroit’s crown jewel.