Valentine’s Day is here and it is the time of year when we tell those we love just how much we care. But this holiday isn’t just reserved for the romantic type of love. It can be shared with families as well, especially children. There are plenty of places around the Detroit area to spend time with your young ones in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Refer to this list for some great ideas.
Farmington Hills Daddy Daughter Dinner and Dance
Glen Oaks Golf Course
30500 13 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Date: Feb. 18, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mom and dad went out for a quiet dinner on Valentine’s Day and now it is time for dad to take his little girl out for a Valentine’s Day dance. Held at the Glen Oaks Golf Course, the Farmington Hills Daddy Daughter Dance offers dinner and dancing for all of those who attend. Immortalize the evening with a photo taken by a professional photographer with packages beginning at $15. It will be a time that both dad and daughter will never forget.
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
If you just want to spend some quality time with your son or daughter, consider heading to The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Not only is there the Henry Ford Museum with plenty to see and do, but there is also the 3D Imax Theater where taking in a movie with the kids will take on a whole new look and feel.
The Henry Ford Museum
Spending a day at the Henry Ford Museum is, in a very simple term, cool. There is so much to see that odds are you will miss something. From some of the biggest steam locomotives ever made to a history of auto production, historic airplanes hanging from the ceiling and hands-on exhibits, there is always something to keep you and your child interested as you spend that well-deserved time with them. You will have the chance to expose them to a world of wonder and interesting exhibits.
When you take the kids to see a movie on the big screen as a Valentine’s Day treat, it is family time that will be enjoyed by all. And when they refer to the “big screen” at the IMAX, they are not kidding. It is six stories tall and the largest IMAX screen in the state. Presenting current first release films and special presentations, like the movie “Avatar” in 3D, it is an experience that will change the way you think of “going to the movies.”
8450 W. 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
If you or your child have never watched a polar bear swim of have butterflies land on your hands, then a trip to the Detroit Zoo is the perfect Valentine’s Day activity for you and the kids. You will find exhibits like The Butterfly Garden where there is a huge variety of these beautiful fliers floating through the air and you and your child will have the chance to walk among them. The Arctic Ring of Life exhibit takes you through an underwater tunnel where you can watch the seals zoom by and the massive polar bears swim. It is the perfect place to take a child for a Valentine’s Day treat that can be enjoyed together and will create memories for a lifetime.
Morley Candy Makers
Home of Sanders Candy
23770 Hall Rd (M-59)
Clinton Township, MI 48036
(800) 682-2760 Ext. 2218
It is no secret that Valentine’s Day and chocolates go together, but for a real treat for the kids, consider heading to Morley Candy Makers in Clinton Township for a tour of the chocolate factory. You can take a tour of this fantastic facility that also produces the Detroit favorite Sanders Candy. You will get the chance to walk along a 100-foot-long observation platform to watch the chocolates being made and, best of all, at the end you get to sample the luscious creations. Reservations are needed so call ahead.
Award winning freelance writer and photographer Lawrence DiVizio is based in Southeast Michigan and works to convey in words and images the world around us. His work can be found at Examiner.com.