Keep the Fun Flowing with these Metro Detroit Rainy Day Retreats

By: Karen Dybis | October 27, 2021
Rainy Day Activites

Photo Courtesy of Garden Bowl

Mother Nature can cancel fall fun plans in a moment. Having a rainy day backup is something every family should have ready to roll when clouds come charging in and the rain falls in buckets. 

Metro Detroit has many indoor areas that make you feel like you’re outside or provide so much entertainment that you’ll forget all about the rain. Shifting to these locations, whether it is a museum, a library story hour, an escape room or a climbing wall, will make you feel like you got to see something new and experienced just enough activity to make the rest of the day at home inside seem like a great way to spend time together.


What makes for a perfect rainy day activity? It should involve some “stretch of the legs,” like walking around the Detroit Historical Museum or the Detroit Institute of Arts. It needs a food component if you want to have snacks or some kind of lunch option.

If you are going to one of these locations, call ahead to make sure the hours are as they are listed online. You also will want to bring umbrellas and raincoats just in case you have to make a mad dash back out to your vehicle when it is time to go home. 

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Here are five places that make for a great rainy day excursion in Metro Detroit. 


Talk about a stretch of the legs – this is a whole-body workout for kids. Kidcadia has a huge play area as well as a café for the parents who want to enjoy a cup of coffee or a cold beverage. The indoor space has a large playset for older kids that features a climbing tree, slides, trampoline and multiple climbing apparatus. If you have a smaller tot, you can check out the dedicated play area for toddlers as well as sensory walls and coloring quarters. Kidcadia is available for two-hour play blocks Thursday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $14.99 for kids 24 months and older, $6.99 for children 12 months to 23 months and free for adults. Remember to reserve your playtime online.

Lines Skate Park

If you’re a Gen X parent, chances are you were a skater or friends with someone who was. If you want to develop this interest in your children, then this is the indoor activity for you. Formerly known as Transitions Ramp Park, Lines Skate Park in Dearborn Heights has a variety of skating ramps and related equipment. There are lessons available for newcomers. There also is a small concessions area.  You must have a parent present at the skatepark if you are 12 years of age or younger. No kids under the age of 8 are permitted to use the skate park. 

Trampoline Park

Jumping to your heart’s content is a great way to expend energy and exercise everyone in the family. A newcomer to the scene is DEFY Detroit on Union Lake Road in Commerce Charter Township. DEFY Detroit features over 35 trampolines for open jump and games, a foam pit, ninja course, zip line, rock wall and more.


Did you know that Detroit has the oldest continuously operating bowling alley? Kids of all ages love this Midtown spot. For more than 100 years, The Garden Bowl has served as the destination for recreation with the focus on fun and family. In addition to 16 historic lanes, the Garden Bowl offers a full-service bar and lounge as well as a shaded patio. If you get hungry, go for some pizza from Sgt. Pepperoni’s.

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront

Though mostly outdoors, there is a shaded, covered area where kids can sit and listen to stories read by local celebrities. At Reading & Rhythm, you will hear great, age-appropriate tales of fiction and non-fiction that everyone will remember and enjoy. This typically is a weekly activity along Detroit’s celebrated riverfront and registration in advance is encouraged.