Family Neighborhood Guide: Exploring Canton with Kids

The city of Canton offers tons of fun for families with kids of all ages. Here are our top tips to visiting and exploring Canton with kids.

Perfectly situated between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Canton is a village that is home to nine parks (plus a new Preservation Park coming in 2021), regular festivals and concerts as well as prime shopping and dining.

Mark your calendar for the Liberty Fest in June, a three-day festival of rides, live entertainment and food in Heritage Park. Every summer, the village hosts a series of summer concerts and variety acts in partnership with the schools and public library.

For art lovers, the Village Theater at Cherry Hill hosts art exhibitions as well as live performances.

Before you head to town, download the ShopCanton app to find ongoing deals and sales at area restaurants and shops, plus a map that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Getting there

Canton is on the western edge of Wayne County, easily accessed from I-275 or Ford Road.

Where to eat

This Canton eateries offer delicious food and adult beverages that mom and dad will love. Plus, eats for the kids, too.

Antonio’s Cucina

Where: 2220 N Canton Center Rd, Canton

Go for the breadsticks and stay for the Italian fare that includes free cannolis on your birthday.

Basement Burger Bar

Where: 42452 Ford Road, Canton

No more asking for toppings to be taken off or put on the side. Kids can build their own burgers with as many as five toppings (any more are just $.30 extra) that include the basics – tomatoes, pickles, onions – and the exotic – carrot strings, basil and fresh jalapeños – added for fun (some premium toppings include Mac & Chez Bacon Bites, peanut butter and Detroit Chili Sauce to really try something new).

Black Rock

Where: 41601 Ford Road, Canton

Steaks here are cooked to perfection on a 755-degree volcanic rock. The result is sizzling with every bite. For an appetizer, you really must try the Dueling Pretzel & Cheese Fondue, a trademarked item that is also served on the volcanic stone.

Carvel Ice Cream

Where: 41990 Ford Road, Canton

From hand-dipped to soft serve, these cones come rewarded with smiles. Stop in for an ice cream treat or a full-on ice cream cake for the family.

Where to shop

Canton is home to Michigan’s only IKEA store and a magnetic toy building company. Here are details on these can’t-miss shops.

IKEA

Where: 41640 Ford Road, Canton

The draw from across the state is Michigan’s only IKEA store. The family-friendliness of IKEA includes kids-only craft and maker classes that are designed to entertain littles while parents shop.

Magformers

Where: 44125 Ford Road, Canton

The magnetic building toy company has one retail location and it’s in Canton. The location is great for sales, deals and speciality items for kids who can’t get enough Magformers.

Where to play

From escape rooms to local parks, Canton is filled with spots to take the kids. Here are four of our favorites.

Parks and Leisure System

Where: 1150 Canton Center, Canton

Canton’s parks and leisure system include a Splash Playground, Story Trail, Sports Center, Dog Park and miles of scenic trails. Visit canton-mi.org for an updated list of events at the parks and on the trails.

Jungle Java

Where: 6481 Canton Center Road, Canton

Kids as little as babies can let the energy escape at this indoor playground. During the pandemic, reservations must be made for open play so that occupancy rates are regulated. The space includes structures for climbing, sliding, running and even a snack bar.

Zap Zone Glo-Golf

Where: 41953 Ford Road, Canton

Play neon minigolf, ride bumper cars or test your skills at laser tag. Reservations are required for now, and a Ninja Jr. Zone will let kids slide, jump and climb while practicing their ninja skills.

Escape Room Zone

Where: 41985 Ford Road, Canton

Great for tweens and teens — or a date night for parents — escape room options include Pirate’s Curse, Witching Hour, Kraken Steampunk Casino and Medusa’s Revenge.

What to explore

No matter your interest, you can find it in Canton. Here are some cool must-see spots including Canton’s history museum, a new outdoor fitness center and some public art displays, too.

Outdoor Fitness Center

Where: Geddes Rd &, S Beck Rd, Canton

Families are invited to check out the newly opened Outdoor Fitness Center near the Park Creek subdivision, an outdoor gym with seven workout stations.

Canton Historical Museum

Where: 1022 S Canton Center Road, Canton

Though the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the history of Canton can be viewed online. When it reopens, the museum is home to a range of ever-changing exhibits and an agricultural exhibition in the summer months.

Public Art Displays

Where: Ford Road, Canton

Check out 10 displays of outdoor art displayed on Ford Road. Highlights include a Hog, Chuck the Rooster and a Woman in Ironwork.

Village Theater

Where: 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton

The 400-seat performing arts center hosts concerts, plays, experiences and art. Seating is also adjusted for dinner theater. Though the theater is closed during the pandemic, it has hosted virtual story times on its Facebook page and, when open, could be counted on for camps for kids and regular performances.

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