Baby's Day Out in Detroit, MI
Detroit Kid City’s motto, "Where imagination grows and coffee flows," speaks not only to tots, but also to parents who dig a good cup of local joe. In a modern world filled with electronics, video games, computers and so many other distractions, children rarely get the chance to exercise their imaginations in a free play setting. Detroit Kid City offers it up in the form of a variety of pretend play exhibits, including an auto factory, bank, barber shop, post office, art center, school house, and more. The adjoining café offers organic coffee, freshly made organic juices, and Michigan made snacks and salads. Admission is $10 for children. Adults and infants under the age of 12 months are free.
For a sunny day, a great pick for baby is Maybury Farm in Northville. Operated by the Northville Community Foundation, the working farm is open year-round for visitors to explore and enjoy. Stop in for tours, hayrides, a corn maze, a picnic area, and more to stimulate baby’s senses. Additionally, there are old-fashioned farm demonstrations that mom and baby can watch too, such as sheep shearing, honey extracting and grain harvesting. Wheel baby over to see the animals, too – cows, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, llamas, and more, roam the property. Admission is $4 for adults; ages two and under are free.
During the summer and fall, Spicer’s is the perfect pick for a new adventure for baby. The Spicer family has been growing fruit in southeastern Michigan for five generations. The first farm was near Detroit and fruit was taken by horse and wagon downtown. Times have changed though, and the farm, now located in Fenton, has a variety of kid’s activities, including farm animals, a train, a huge sandbox, a corn bin, plenty of tractors, and more for little hands to explore. When you’re done playing, step inside the farm market to taste local produce from sweet corn to peaches, and of course – fresh apple cider and donuts. There’s also a wine tasting room for parents to enjoy. Admission to the children’s play area is $2.
Tiny Town is a pint-sized community-inspired play lounge designed to unite parents and children and encourage imagination. While parents relax in the lounge enjoying free Wi-Fi and coffee, tots can roam around the town to check out the house, supermarket, library, and more. Tiny Town is suitable for children ages six and under and even has a designated infant play area so crawlers can have fun, too. If you’re coming in with a playgroup of more than seven kids, call ahead to receive $1 off all admissions. Otherwise, infants six months and under are free with a paid sibling, or $2.50 without; infants seven to 11 months are $4.50; and one year and up is $7.50.
Baby can shake his or her groove thing at Boogie Babies, an indoor play and learning facility located in Rochester Hills. The fun spot is great for the whole family, with a variety of options to please all ages, including infants. Little ones can dance and sing in the “Groove Room,” or swing and slide in the Tree House PlayScape, while older siblings enjoy the computers, Xbox & Wii and crafts. The kid-approved spot also has a bistro with healthy snacks and offers dance classes, storytime, language classes, including sign language, and parenting classes. Stop in with baby in tow and prepare to get down and boogie!