Kerry Doman, founder of LittleGuide Detroit, shares the top things to do with kids in Metro Detroit this April.
By Kerry Doman
April showers won’t stop us — it’s going to be a fun month with longer and warmer days that will finally allow us to escape the house without winter gear in tow! Check out our top picks for what to do with your kids in the month of April.
Sunday, April 8
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit
This annual celebration of the aquatic salamander that inhabits the Detroit River features fun and educational activities such as mask making, games and mudpuppy cookie decorating. The event also includes keeper talks and the opportunity to view mudpuppies up close while learning about the species and conservation efforts.
Sunday, April 8
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fox Theatre, Detroit
Coming off her record-breaking finale performance on season 12 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” 13-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne brings her jaw-dropping talent, hilarious puppets and vibrant personality as part of her tour titled “Darci Lynne and Friends Live” to the Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10 – Sunday, April 22
Based on the cult film and with a rocking new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock follows slacker Dewey Finn as he turns a class of straight–A students into an ear-popping, riff-scorching, all-conquering rock band! As they prepare for the Battle of the Bands, can Dewey make them embrace the empowering message of rock?
Saturday, April 14
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Experience firsthand the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s fascinating formation, where over 80 acres brim with resourcefulness and ingenuity. Here, 300 years of American perseverance serve as a living reminder that anything is possible.
Saturday, April 14
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This pre-Earth Day celebration will feature a sustainability tour to learn more about our anaerobic digester, educational rain gardens, farm-to-table food options, composting program and other initiatives as part of our Green Journey. Activities will include chemistry demonstrations, zookeeper talks and more. Additionally, a 16-foot ground-mounted solar system called the smartflower will be featured blooming in the garden just east of the carousel. The system is expected to generate more than 4,000 kilowatts of electricity annually, which will power the 36-foot ride as well as other areas of the zoo.
Saturday, April 21
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Macomb Community College
The Tummy to Todder Expo is wow offering an all-matural market and vintage baby section. Vendors are mostly local to Michigan, offering everything you need for babies, toddlers, moms and your home. You will see everything from products and services to health, entertainment and recreation.
Sunday, April 22
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cobo Center, Detroit
Meet all the Princesses at The Fairytale Ball. This 2-hour event is full of magical moments you won’t want to miss! Dance with Cinderella. Read with Rapunzel. Share sweet treats with Tinkerbell. Create a tiara with Elena! All of the princesses are excited to sing, dance and play with your little ones! The event focuses on making sure your little one feels royal throughout the activities.
Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 29
Witness the full-steam delight when your little engineer sees a real Thomas the Tank Engine chug into the station! Your day will be packed with roundhouse tours of steam locomotives, railroad hobo songs and a railroad turntable feat of strength. Thomas storytelling, photos with Sir Topham Hatt and rides on the beloved cars immerse tiny conductors in the beloved world of Thomas.
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