Celebrate 313 Day with These Kid-Friendly Detroit Activities

March 13 is Detroit Day and it is celebrated throughout the city.

There is a lot to celebrate in the month of March including Women’s History Month, St. Patrick’s Day, Maple Sugaring events and 313 Day!

313 Day (named after Detroit’s area code) takes place on March 13 and is the celebration of all things Detroit.

Me and my son, Jordan love spending time in downtown Detroit. We enjoy going to family theater shows, seeing the Red Wings play at Little Caesars Arena, grabbing a seasonal Biggie Shake and Onion Ring tower at JoJos ShakeBAR and exploring the many wonderful museums. We always seem to find something fun to do while we’re in Detroit!

Be sure to check out our ideas (and maybe find some of your own) to celebrate 313 Day with your kids this year!

This article was written on March 6, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. Her work included her research in finding 313 Day-related events to this post, aligning with Metro Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to kari@metroparent.com.

Things to do with your kids on 313 Day

Get up early for breakfast delights

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at Joe Louis Southern Kitchen. Griddle options include Banana Foster French Toast, Key Lime Pie Flapjacks, Cinnamon Roll Flapjacks and more. Breakfast options for the kids are French toast, eggs with hash browns and meat, Mickey Mouse pancakes and chicken and waffles.

Discover Detroit’s art and history

Photo credit: Detroit Institute of Arts

Have a museum morning at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum and the Motown Museum to learn more about the city’s art and history.

Visit the Detroit Public Library

Head across the street from the DIA, to see the beautiful stained-glass windows, arched ceilings and historic artwork at the Detroit Public Library -Main. Be sure to grab a copy of Metro Parent magazine while you’re there.

See GM Plaza’s car showroom

Go inside the Renaissance Center, check out the latest General Motors automobiles in GM Plaza’s car showroom and the many restaurants and shops to enjoy.

Get you selfie on

Take pictures in front of the Spirit of Detroit and the Joe Louis fist.

Be a foodie

Get lunch at Brass Rail Pizza Bar or Eminem’s restaurant, Mom’s Spaghetti.

Check out the sports-themed statues

Photo credit: Kari Zaffarano

Go across the street to take family photos in front of the tiger at Comerica Park and Barry Sander’s statue in front of Ford Field.

Go on the RiverWalk

Take a stroll on the Detroit RiverWalk to take in the views of the city, Detroit River and Canada.

Take your kids to the park

Check out Gabriel Richard ParkElliott ParkWilliam G. Milliken State Park and HarborRobert C. Valade Parkand Cullen Plaza along the Riverfront.

Find some Detroit merch

Go shopping for Detroit gear at Three Thirteen, DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER and Detroit vs. Everybody.

Take your family to Hockeytown

Get dinner at Hockeytown Café. They serve Detroit-style pizza and amazing apps (baked pretzels and garlic bread) and have a kid’s menu designed for ages 12 and under. Walk around the restaurant to view all of the Detroit sports history, as well.

Enjoy Detroit Basketball

Photo credit: Detroit Pistons

See the Detroit Pistons take on the Toronto Raptors at Little Caesars Arena at 7 p.m. Make sure to use our family guide for tips to checking out a game with your kids.

Have a sweet evening

End the day with dessert at JoJo’s ShakeBAR Detroit. They have Biggie Shakes, Basic Shakes, Hot Chocolate, Floats, Shake BARS, milk and cookies and their Birthday Bonfire sundae.

Other 313 Day-Themed Events in Detroit:

Photo credit: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

313 Day Cookie Decorating Class

March 9, 2024

Get ready for 313 Day with an interactive cookie decorating class with Chef Leah from Sweet Peas Baked Goods. Tickets include five sugar cookies to decorate and light refreshments. Advanced tickets required.

Detroit 313 Day Celebration

March 13, 2024

Join the Local 4 squad and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to celebrate 313 Day with music, comedy and more.

The 313 Day Detroit Health and Wellness Fair

March 13, 2024

Enjoy exciting day of health and wellness to celebrate 313 Day! There will be fitness classes, nutrition workshops, various booths and more. RSVP required.

The First 313

March 13, 2024

Celebrate Detroit by honoring Native Americans, who have lived here the longest. Learn about Native culture through oral history, song and dance, courtesy of the North American Indian Association. Raffles, too.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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