By Chase Hunt

One more year is soon to be over and we ring in another making goals, resolutions, and wish our loved ones health and happiness. Kick off the year by enjoying activities to do with family members and make memories right off the bat. This quick guide will provide ideas for the day that are much more than just going to a movie.

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 982-6001
www.thehenryford.org 

Who doesn’t love a good Pixar movie? The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn currently has an interactive exhibition highlighting the process behind creating the beloved movies. Visitors who add an additional $5 to admission price will learn about the technology and concepts while having hands on experiences as well as seeing characters recreated.

Brain: The World Inside Your Head
Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl St. N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 929-1700
www.experiencegr.com

Plan a drive to Grand Rapids. After stopping for lunch along the way, take a step into a giant brain where you will learn how complex our advanced organ is. The exhibit made for all ages is an experience-based event where virtual reality, special effects and hands-on learning all come together to explore what we know about the brain, its inner workings and the potential to discover more about something we only know so much of.

Big Bright Light Show
South Main St.
Rochester, MI 48307

January 1, 2018 will be the final day to see the Big Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester concluding the holiday season. With over a million points of lights, street corners are lit from end to end illuminating stores in its path. With stores open until at least 9:00 p.m., enjoy one last sparkle while stopping in shops to see what goodies can be found. Lights will be lit from 5:00 p.m. until midnight.

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The Rink At Campus Martius
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-9393
www.downtowndetroitparks.com

Always a year round favorite, Campus Martius located in the heart of Detroit once more changes its scenery to set up The Rink. If you’re looking for a more laid back New Year’s Day but still want to get out, grab those skates and head downtown for a day on the ice then head on over to one of the local restaurants for a bite to eat.

Buddy’s Pizza
17125 Conant St.
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 892-9001
www.buddyspizza.com

Not everyone wants to do something on New Year’s Day that requires too much energy. Head down to Buddy’s Pizza, home of the original 1946 Detroit square style pizza, and indulge together on food made with family recipes. Grab the family and test out the thin crust Sicilian-style pizza, a loaded antipasto salad or homemade soup. Buddy’s was once named “One Of The Nation’s Best Pizza Places” by the Food Network.

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