Five Kid-Friendly Alternatives To The Super Bowl In Detroit

January 24, 2014 8:00 AM

(credit: Olympia Entertainment)

(credit: Olympia Entertainment)

(credit: Olympia Entertainment)

If not everyone in your household is into the Super Bowl, head out of the house and let the sports fans stay home and watch the big game. Take the gang on a kid-friendly adventure to a local attraction or museum. From working on a construction zone to sharing space with a vampire bat, there are plenty of exciting places to explore in Detroit.

Michigan Science Center
5020 John R. St.
Detroit, MI 48202
(248) 577-8400

The Michigan Science Center has created a special exhibit perfect for kids who love to build and explore. The Kidstruction Zone Exhibit features 10 construction zones made for the architect in every kid. Use an extreme array of building components, including some beloved favorites like K’Nex and Legos, to create an unbelievable structure using your imagination and a little muscle. Parents, consider yourself warned, it will be nearly impossible to get the little engineers to leave. As an added bonus, the museum also features another limited exhibition, Wish Upon a Butterfly, which includes hundreds of live butterflies flying around.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Hall
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 576-5111

Exposing children to music at an early age has many benefits, including an appreciation for the arts that may stick with them throughout their lives. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is holding an event, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra: A Family Classic at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. This is a wonderful opportunity to take children to Orchestra Hall so they can get a first-hand view of what a live symphony sounds like. They can catch a glimpse of master musicians immersed in their craft. Kids will hear the amazing qualities of each instrument as the orchestra demonstrates a composition by Benjamin Britten.

Shalom Street
Jewish Community Center
6600 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
(248) 661-1000

Shalom Street is a museum for children that features over 30 interactive exhibits. Limited engagement exhibitions are featured at this expansive space that promotes education and inspiration for kids. The displays were created to inspire children’s natural interest in exploration and desire to learn using interactive exhibits that showcase Jewish values. Important elements of the museum include Jewish traditions, embracing diversity, cultivating a relationship and responsibility towards nature and the Jewish arts.

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Cranbrook Institute Of Science
39221 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
(248) 645-3200

Visit Cranbrook Institute of Science for an in-depth, guided tour of the Bat Zone, a sanctuary that houses around 150 bats. An expert will explain the unique characteristics of this often misunderstood animal and is available to answer questions from curious minds. Witness the thrilling experience of seeing bats flying around and stick around for an introduction to more interesting creatures, as the sanctuary also has a sloth, flying squirrels, owls and a colony of vampire bats. In addition, Dinosaurs: The Lost World will also be at Cranbrook on this date.

Sesame Street Live
Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3200

If you have little ones, you are in luck! “Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing” is coming to a theatre near you on Super Bowl Sunday. This theatrical show is geared towards toddlers, so pack up the sippy cup and some alphabet crackers and make your way down to Sesame Street, or rather Woodward Avenue. Tiny tots will love the humorous escapades while parents will appreciate the enriching experience of this popular musical performance.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and