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Children's Activities in Southeast Michigan

by Amy Sutton, studioD

Southeast Michigan is situated in the lower peninsula of the state and is home to more than half of the state's population. Included in the area is Michigan's largest city, Detroit, as well as some smaller cities, including Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Troy. Families will find a broad range of children's and family activities to enjoy together in southeast Michigan.


You and your family can enjoy some activities together at the Detroit Zoo. Explore this 125-acre zoo, checking out exhibits like the Australian Outback Adventure, Arctic Ring of Life and the Holden Reptile Conservation Center. You'll see more than 3,300 animals representing 280 various species. Attractions at the zoo include the carousel, Tauber Family Railroad and the Giraffe Encounter, where your kids can feed a giraffe. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is situated inside the Belle Isle Conservancy in Detroit and covers 6 acres of forested wetlands. This zoo is home to 15 fallow deer and offers an assortment of family programs that are nature-based.


You can make your way through the Detroit Institute of Arts with your children, taking in the collections on display, or plan to participate in one of the programs, such as Family Sundays, where your family can enjoy art workshops, stories and family performances. Children can also participate in camps and classes at the museum, including summer camp and The Potter's Wheel for Adults and Children. Alternatively, kids can get hands-on with a variety of exhibits at Ann Arbor's Hands-On Museum. Your children can experiment with water at the water table, experiment with simple machines in the Legacy Gallery, learn about nature in the Michigan Nature exhibit and play at the Bubble Capsule and Climbing Wall at the World Around You exhibit.

Family Fun Parks

Your family can have some memorable times together at one of the area's family fun parks. At the American Fun Centers in Flint, Troy and Warren, you and your children can enjoy arcade and redemption games such as Guitar Hero, air hockey, pinball, Skee ball and Dance Dance Revolution. In Detroit, your family can visit the Bayou Adventure Entertainment Center to enjoy laser tag, miniature golf, a high ropes course, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, mini bowling and an inflatable shark slide.

Nature Areas

The City of Ann Arbor maintains the Dolph Nature Area, a 57-acre park where your family can go for a nature hike, fish in the only naturally formed lakes in the area and picnic together. At the Leslie Science and Nature center in Ann Arbor, your children can go for hikes, tour the DTE Energy Nature House, meet birds of prey in the Birds of Prey and Raptor Enclosures and observe animals like snakes, rabbits, turtles and frogs in the Animals and Critter House. Kids can also attend nature camps and participate in programs like Nature Tales, Tykes and Tiny Tots, to learn more about nature.

About the Author

Amy Sutton began writing professionally in 2010. The majority of her work has been published on fitness, health-related and parenting websites. Sutton is well-versed and passionate about parenting, fitness and health issues.

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