New Family Attractions to Enjoy in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Kick off the new year at one of these new things to do in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor with your family.

Some exciting things kick off a new year of fun for families, from the coolest dog around to an immersive experience that will have you singing the entire car ride home. Here’s a start on what to look for.

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience

Opens Feb. 9

Sing along and experience your favorite Disney songs and movies in an all-new immersive experience. You’ll be able to see some classics like The Lion King and Aladdin and some newer movies, such as Moana and Encanto. $27.99-plus, Lighthouse ArtSpace Detroit. 

Scooby-Doo! Mansion Mayhem

Opens Feb. 12

The newest exhibit at The Henry Ford is all about using courage and teamwork to solve an interactive mystery in a spooky mansion. Kids will love rediscovering their parents’ childhood cartoon, Scooby-Doo, while combing through clues in the Hall of Portraits with Daphne, exploring the library and music room with Velma, hanging with Fred in the Tinkering Workshop and of course, hitting the kitchen with the always hungry Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. Then grab a selfie with all the meddling kids when they unmask the villain. The exhibit promises something fun for all ages. $27, $20.25/ages 5-11, free/ages 4 and younger. The Henry Ford, Dearborn.

Motown Museum

Opens in February

The museum is opening back up after being closed since July 2021. Tour “Hitsville USA” and the legendary place where music history was once made. $20/adult, $17/ages 5-17, free/ages 4 and under. Motown Museum, Detroit.

Nature all around you

Rediscover the Belle Isle Nature Center, which finished its $2.5 million renovation last year and is ready for families with kids of all ages. From murals that illustrate built and natural spaces, to Bee Vision and its re-imagined Nature Play Area full of interactive exploration, the nature center puts a spin on nature that is as unique as Detroit itself. Watch for winter hikes and family programs. The admission and programs are free, Recreation Pass required to drive on to Belle Isle, Detroit. 

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other

Opens in June

Clark undertakes an exploration through everyday fiber materials — hair, flags, found fabric — and craft practices to show issues on race, history and reconciliation. $10/general admission, $6/students with ID, free/ages 12 and under and members. 


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