Kid-Friendly Activities to Celebrate the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit

Countdown the days until the actual NFL draft takes place at the end of April.

The 2024 NFL Draft is quickly approaching at the end of April. Downtown Detroit is already starting to build the stage and feature fun events throughout the month. Football fans throughout the country saw how much spirit Detroit Lions fans have, and the Motor City is excited to host this annual event for the first time ever.

We’ve put together a list of tips for families when they’re having fun at the NFL Draft events and activities. We’ve also found other activities that you and your family can check out in other metro Detroit areas if you’re not attending the actual draft.

This article was published on April 10, 2024 by Metro Parent’s audience development coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. The post included her research and fact-checking expertise to provide the best information on things for families to do to celebrate the 2024 NFL Draft, aligning with Metro Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to kari@metrooparent.com.

Quick details about the 2024 NFL Draft

Photo credit: Bijon Stigger

  • Address: Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
  • Cost: Free; adults must register with NFL OnePass
  • Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 25-27, 2024
  • Getting there: If you’re coming from DTW, take 1-94 East. If you’re coming from northern Oakland County, take 1-75 South. If you’re coming from southern Oakland County, take I-696 East and M-10 South. If you’re coming from Macomb County, take 1-94 West and then I-75 South. If you’re coming from Ann Arbor, take M-14 East or 1-94 East. If you’re coming from the downriver area or Toledo, take I-75 N.

The NFL Draft Experience

  • Round 1 will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Rounds 2-3 will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26. Rounds 4-7 will be at noon Saturday, April 27.
  • Attractions include the Draft Stage, Look Like a Pro, Autograph Stage, Taste of Detroit, Bud Light Backyard Bar, Pepsi Team Helmets, Invisalign NFL Draft Photo Frames, NFL Locker Room, Super Bowl Rings, The Vince Lombardi Trophy and NFL Shop presented by Visa.
  • Games include 40-Yard Dash, Hail Mary and Vertical Jump.
  • Corner Ballpark will include kid-friendly activities such as Field Goal Challenge, Gear Up and Go and Play Football Field. There will also be food trucks there – Da Bomb Taco Truck, Grobbel Food Truck, Curt Got Crabs, Chicken on a Stick and Aj Authentic Jamaican. The hours for Corner Ballpark are 3-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Tips for attending the 2024 NFL Draft with kids

  • Strollers are permitted but will be screened by x-ray and physically inspected. All items must be removed from the stroller at security to do so.
  • Reusable water bottles are allowed but must be empty at entry.
  • Small cameras and binoculars are allowed, however, professional-grade cameras and recording equipment are not (unless you have been permitted beforehand).
  • There is a clear bag policy and bags should not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Small bags will be checked. Large bags can be put in lockers, but there is no guarantee since they’re on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Check out the street closure map before the draft to determine which roads to avoid.
  • If you’re looking to do public transportation, take your family on the People Mover, the QLine or the bus. You can also rent scooters or MoGo bikes, located throughout the city.

Other kid-friendly NFL Draft events and activities

Photo credit: Bijon Stigger


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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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