New Attractions Coming to Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in 2022

Looking for something new to explore in 2022? Michiganders of all ages will look forward to these upcoming events and new attractions in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor this year.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to create more family memories, these new attractions for 2022 can lend a hand.

Say goodbye to 2021 with a new batch of exciting exhibitions, events and attractions throughout metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Spend the day out at a new space exhibition at The Henry Ford, then look face to face with some of King Tut’s personal objects. Or, if you’d like to expand your horizons at one of the most celebrated art museums in the world, stop by the Detroit Institute of Arts for a celebration of Van Gogh.

Many locations are operating with different hours and rules as the state’s COVID-19 pandemic guidelines evolve. Be sure to follow the links below to see helpful information about whether you need to buy tickets in advance or follow special safety guidelines.

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon

This traveling show touches down at The Henry Ford from Feb. 19-May 8, 2022. More than 100 objects from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center will be on display, including space suits and a space simulator.

Challenger Learning Center

Michigan’s only Challenger Learning Center is set to open on April 30, 2022. Visit for a fully-immersive space and STEM experience. Plus, learn about the Challenger mission and honor the crew lost in the tragic accident.

Day out with Thomas

Buckle up for a ride on Thomas the Train this summer. Aug. 19-21 and 25-28, the iconic train will be stopping into metro Detroit for kid-centered activities and a roughly 30 minute ride on Thomas.

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party

From Feb. 17-20, little ones can experience the magic of Mickey and his friends up close. Guests can expect visits from classic Disney characters like Tinker Bell and to travel through new Disney creations like Arendelle, the town from Frozen.

King Tutankhamun at the Charles Wright Museum

One hundred years ago, the tomb of King Tutankhamun was discovered. This special exhibit brings 120 replicas of the young king’s objects to Detroit.

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!

One of the world’s most famous streets comes to visit Detroit Jan. 20-30 for an exciting, interactive event.

Sloan Museum of Discovery

After a $30 million renovation, the Sloan Museum of Discovery will reopen in Flint in summer 2022. Visitors can expect more kid-focused elements, including activity labs, an early childhood gallery and much more.

Trolls LIVE!

The Trolls universe comes to life in their first ever live tour March 4-6 in Detroit. Families can expect an evening of elaborate lights, silly dances and catchy songs.

Tunde Olaniran: Made a Universe

Take your teens to see an immersive exhibit covering “what it means to unlock your power in the face of fear and repression,” inspired in part by comic book characters and created by Detroit multimedia artist Tunde Olaniran.

Van Gogh in America

  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: To be determined, but entry is free for residents of Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties

In celebration of 100 years since the purchase of Van Gogh’s “Self Portrait,” the iconic Detroit art museum will bring together roughly 60 of his works.

Winter Blast

  • Address: Main Street south of 11 Mile Road, near the Royal Oak Farmers Market and Centennial Park, Royal Oak
  • Free

This year, the Winter Blast will move to Royal Oak from Detroit. Visitors can still expect live music, a food truck rally and the giant slide.

This post was originally published in 2021 and is updated regularly.

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