Rather than holding a typical kid's party at an arcade or playground, make your child's birthday party an unforgettable adventure. Detroit parents can take advantage of the area's many unique, educational and entertaining options for kids' parties. Here are five great options for your child's next bash.
Kids love animals, and the Detroit Zoo offers more than 1,500 animals from more than 260 species for kids to visit on their special day. The Zoo's wild safari birthday parties include a private party location with pizza, chips, unlimited fountain beverages and ice cream cups. It also includes a gift bag and zoo admission for each guest. Numerous add-ons are available, including zoo-themed birthday cakes, magic or puppet shows, additional menu items or an educational tour of the zoo.
The Detroit Children's Museum is the third oldest children's museum in the country. It was established in 1917 as a partnership between Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Science Center. The museum collection includes more than 100,000 artifacts, multiple cultural and historical exhibits and a planetarium. Parties include museum admission, three hours in a private party location, a planetarium show and a themed hands-on activity.
Party packages at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum include a private party area, guided tours through the museum, a private party room, hands-on activity, 15 invitations, goody bags for party guests and a special present for the birthday child. The museum opened in 1982 and features more than 250 interactive exhibits focusing on math, geology, music and science.
Hold a kid's party down on the farm to meet the animals and learn about the farming industry. Party packages include pizza and beverages, a group hayride and admission to the petting farm. Domino's Petting Farm is also home to many rare breeds of livestock, such as Highland cattle, Watusi, and Poitui donkeys.
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Hours: Sun - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Tue to Wed -11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thur to Fri -11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Mon - closed
The Bee's Knees offers several types of craft-making parties, including pottery, mosaics, T-shirts and jewelry. Each guest can create their own custom item, providing both a fun activity and a great take-home gift. Food and beverages can be brought in for a complete party experience.
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Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer living in Detroit. She earned her Bachelor's degree in animal science from Michigan State University. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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