Fun Activities for the Kids Before Summer’s Over

By: In The D Staff | August 10, 2020
Kids Summer Activities - Museums, Science Centers, Etc.

Can you believe it’s already the second week of August? This summer has undoubtedly been unlike any other summer, but thankfully there are still ways to stay entertained. Going for a bike ride, kayaking at your favorite lake and catching a local baseball game online are just some ways to keep things exciting. But if you want to treat your kids to a field trip that is fun yet educational, here are four great attractions in Metro Detroit. 

Detroit Zoo

What could be better than a trip to the zoo as we wind down the summer? With so many animals to see, your day will fly by like a kookaburra. What’s a kookaburra? You’ll just have to plan a trip to the Detroit Zoo to find out!

The Zoo is open to the public via “timed ticket entry.” This means you have to pre-purchase your ticket to the Zoo with a specific time slot you plan to attend. Zoo staff also ask that you wear a mask and maintain a distance of six feet between you and other guests.

Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center in Detroit is home to all kinds of exhibits for kids that show them how math is used in boats and planes, the science behind space travel and more. The Spark!Lab is where kids get to ideate and create to their heart’s content. Visitors must “pre-reserve” their spot online before attending and must wear a face mask indoors while maintaining a distance of six feet from others. You can read more on MSC’s COVID-19 reopening policies online.

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Detroit Institute of Art

After providing resources and education online through “At Home with the DIA,” the world-renowned art museum has opened its doors with free admission until Labor Day. Face masks and social distancing are required and a temperature check will be administered to every guest that enters. The DIA currently has exhibits on display featuring the art of Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí, as well as an exhibit of Jeff Gaydash’s Great Lakes of Michigan photography.

Charles Wright Museum

With a mission to celebrate African and African-American history and culture, the Charles H. Wright Museum is the premier destination in Detroit for all things related to black culture, history, art, politics and more. “And Still We Rise” is an exhibit that examines a history that begins with the tragedy of the Middle Passage and continues through the fight for equal rights today. “Detroit Performs!” features dancers, musicians, actors and more from the Detroit performing arts scene. And the “Ring of Genealogy” is an amazing 37-foot floor installation that introduces guests to different figures from African-America history. The Museum is employing timed ticketing to control the level of occupancy indoors and will be open Thursday through Sunday with limited hours.