Family Guide to Dearborn: 10 Fun Things to Do with Kids

This metro Detroit suburb is a haven for car and history enthusiasts. 

Dearborn is known for the Ford Motor Company headquarters and its rich historical attractions. The city also boasts a vibrant Arab American community, offering a deep dive into its culture and culinary heritage. Families can also explore museums, parks and more.

This article was recently updated on April 11, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Audience Development Manager, Katina Beniaris. The update included her research to feature the latest information on the best things to do in Dearborn with kids. Questions? Please reach out to

Quick stats about Dearborn

Photo credit: Greenfield Village

  • Population: 108,414
  • County: Wayne
  • Median house value: $245,000
  • School districts: Westwood Community School District, Dearborn City School District
  • Top schools: Haigh Elementary School (B-plus), Bryant Middle School (B), Dearborn High School (B-plus)
  • Transportation: Walk Score 58/100 (Somewhat Walkable,) Bike Score 47/100 (Somewhat Bikeable)
  • Fun fact: If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll find plenty of over-the-top dessert options here such as House of Chimney Cakes and La Gelati. 

*Some information provided by Redfin and Niche.

Kid-friendly spots in Dearborn

Photo credit: Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford

There is plenty of room for family fun in Dearborn like:

Check out some of our top picks for things to do with kids below.


Known for authentic Mediterranean cuisine, Al-Ameer features an extensive menu of favorites, including shawarma, grape leaves, fattoush, hummus and so much more

Avenue Brunch House

Avenue Brunch House in Dearborn offers a delightful breakfast and brunch experience, perfect for family gatherings or a cozy morning meal.

Arab American National Museum

The first and only museum in the United States devoted to documenting and sharing Arab American contributions that shaped the economic, political and cultural landscapes of American life – telling the Arab American story through the voices and experiences of Arab Americans.

Ford’s Garage

Address: 21367 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

Fuel up at this auto-themed restaurant – a neighborhood burger and beer joint where everyone is welcome. The menu features popular American comfort food entrees.

Kidcadia Play Cafe

Children can let their imagination run free on the expansive play structure. The cafe area spans two levels with a barista menu and a kid’s menu.


Coined America’s Best Baklava, Shatila has a long-standing reputation for high-quality, authentic Mediterranean sweets. Pick up a tray of pastries, cookies or even a custom cake for any occasion.

Speckles and Splatter

Ready for some creative fun? Reservations are preferred or call ahead to check walk-in availability for pottery painting, wood signs and mosaics. Pottery wheel sessions and painting classes are available for booking online.

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village

At The Henry Ford Museum, past innovations fuel the imagination, allowing you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds. Then journey into America’s past at Greenfield Village and explore seven historic districts for an inspirational experience.

Unburger Grill

Plant-based goodness for all. This vegan restaurant features burgers, hot dogs and lots of other palate-pleasing dishes garnering many accolades – all made without any animal products.

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Since 1986, the Metro Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for metro Detroit families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.


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