10 things to do in Metro Detroit this Memorial Day weekend
As the first holiday weekend approaches since major pandemic-related safety restrictions were lifted, many will be looking to get out into the world and have some fun this Memorial Day.
Many municipalities have canceled their annual fairs, festivals and patriotic parades out of caution, but some, like the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade, are underway this weekend. Entertainment for the whole family can also be found at the Detroit Zoo and Canterbury Village, which hosts a “Dino Stroll” ride in Lake Orion.
For adults-only parties, the Movement electronic music festival may be on the ice for a while, but that doesn’t stop promoters and DJs from maintaining the stage in clubs and other venues.
Here are the details on 10 ways to venture and have fun this Memorial Day weekend in the Detroit subway.
Dino Promenade in Canterbury Village: An interactive Jurassic experience for all ages, Dino Stroll features over 75 lifelike, life-size animatronic creatures, including the T-Rex, Velociraptors, and Stegosaurus. The attraction offers free admission for children under 2, serving military personnel and veterans. 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9:15 p.m. Fri (Dinos After Dark), noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. and from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 30. $ 19.99. 2359 Joslyn Ct., Township of Orion Charter. Dinostroll.com. (Next month there are two drive-thru events taking place in town: Dino Safari at the Suburban Collection Showplace from June 11 to July 5 and Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru at the DTE Energy Music Theater from June 18 to July 4.)
Monroe Street Midway: An outdoor recreation spot in downtown Detroit opens this weekend, a project between Bedrock’s Decked out Detroit initiative and Detroit’s long-running RollerCade. Rollerblade or play basketball and other sports surrounded by colorful pop designs by Detroit artist Sheefy McFly. Rent skates or bring your own. The project continues throughout the fall. 7:30 p.m. Fri and noon Sat-Mon $ 10, $ 3 for skate rental. rollercadedetroit.com/midway to be reserved in advance, but walk-in sessions are available.
After: Bedrock is planning a roller rink and sports fields for the Monroe Block site
Detroit Zoo: Stroll through the award-winning 125-acre zoo for a glimpse of animals from the jungle, prairies, arctic, and even those native to Michigan. The Detroit Zoo also has restaurants and places to stop for snacks, shopping, and other attractions. Some interior features may be temporarily closed or on standby. Animal lovers can purchase general admission tickets and parking passes online in advance. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, including Memorial Day. $ 14 – $ 19 adults, $ 10 – $ 15 ages 2 to 18 and seniors, $ 8 parking. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717. Detroitzoo.org.
St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade: A tradition for 68 years, this annual celebration includes a procession through Jefferson with marching bands, veterans and celebrities like former Detroit Tiger Dave Rozema and “The Munsters” star Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday. and travel from Nine Mile to 11 Mile on Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. Friday at 6 p.m., the city will host a motor show, meet Butch Patrick and a screening of “Munster, Go Home!” on the lawn near the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena in 20,000 Stephens. scsmdp.com/2020-parade. A few other communities also hold Memorial Day parades, most notably Westland at 1 p.m. on Sundays. and Romeo at 10 a.m. on Monday.
TreeRunner Adventure Parks: Hike the treeline at TreeRunner Adventure Parks in West Bloomfield and Rochester Township. Now open for the season, the two locations host “bright nights” on weekends. Rochester Park has two new trails, a Grass Hopper Family Trail and the Golden Grizzly, which has a 250-foot zipline that runs from one end of the park to the other. In addition to the zip lines, there are also ropes courses and obstacles of different levels of difficulty. Open all weekend, including Memorial Day with tickets starting at $ 36. 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield. 7553 Meadow Brook, Rochester. Visit
Opening weekend at the Troy Family Aquatic Center: If it warms up enough to warrant a dip in the pool, the Troy Aquatic Center reopens for the season this weekend. The main swimming pool, still at a 50% capacity until June 1, is open from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Saturday to Monday. The swimming lap is open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Saturday. Single entry tickets start at $ 7 for residents and $ 12 for non-residents. 3425 Civic Center, Troy. (248) 524-3514. rec.troymi.gov/facilities/troy_family_aquatic_center.
Doors open at Ford House: To present a major expansion project, the historic Ford House is organizing an open house until Saturday. Guests can see the new, state-of-the-art and energy-efficient visitor center with a new waterfront restaurant, exhibition spaces and venues for events. Stroll through the updates, view exhibits related to the Ford family, and see the grounds and gardens. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. $ 5. 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Buy your tickets in advance at fordhouse.org.
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Driving Movies in Freedom Hill County Park: Get on and enjoy a movie on a 32ft LED video screen in the safety and comfort of the family vehicle all weekend in Sterling Heights. Choose from a mix of newer and classic family-friendly movies like ‘The Croods: A New Age’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ from 1993 on Fridays, ‘Trolls: World Tour’ and ‘Jaws’ on Saturday and ‘Incredibles 2’ and “Avengers: End Game” Sunday. $ 25 per vehicle per film, which includes 15 feet by 20 feet to spread out. Chairs and blankets are welcome. 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights. macombcountydriveinmovies.com to buy tickets.
Kensington Metropark Art Fair: Browse paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, pottery, glass and other art forms, surrounded by the natural beauty of Kensington Metropark. The sworn art fair also has food trucks and live music. 10 am-6pm Sat-Sun and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Mon. Free entry with the Metropark pass. 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford. (810) 227-8910. kensingtonartfair.com
Micro movement: The big party at Hart Plaza will have to wait until later, but event production group Paxahau is hosting a series of electronic music events with top Detroit DJs. Listen to music from Kevin Saunderson, Matthew Dear, Waajeed and more at venues like TV Lounge (2548 Grand River), Magic Stick Alley Deck (4120 Woodward) and Spot Lite (2905 Beaufait). No admission fee, but must wear a mask and be 21 years of age or older. Visit paxahau.com for more details.