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Happy Holidays, Core Detroiters!
Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or just getting ready for the New Year, we hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season.
Some of you might have out of town relatives visiting, or maybe you need something to keep the kids occupied besides baking yet another batch of snowman cookies. There’s lots of options around Detroit, but most of the museums and such as closed already for the holiday.
We’ve rounded up a few family-friendly, last-minute activities you can enjoy today. Read on for our suggestions.
Go See a Movie
Two movie theaters within the city limits are open today. The Ren Cen 4 downtown (in the Ren Cen, duh) is showing Annie, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Whatever age groups you’re working with, one of those choices is bound to be a crowd pleaser. Bel Air 10 is also open, screening Annie, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Hobbit, Night at the Museum, Penguins of Madagascar, and Top Five.
No one said you all have to see the same movie (though, you should probably go to the same theater complex). Sending small groups to different screens might even give you more to talk about over dinner.
Go Ice Skating
Few things impress out of town visitors more than taking them down to Campus Martius and blowing away all their misconceptions about Detroit. The rink is open today from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and skating costs $8 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors.
If anyone in your group is curmudgeonly about lacing up, park them at a table inside the warm and cozy Rink Side Bar where they’ll have a front row view of all the action on the ice. Maybe an Irish coffee will lift their spirits.
Bowling is another activity that just about anyone, regardless of their age or skill level, can enjoy. Take your family over to the historic Garden Bowl inside the Majestic Theater complex – oldest bowling alley in the country – or pop over to the new Punch Bowl Social downtown.
It’s one less holiday meal you have to cook. Hey, maybe everyone will take a nap afterward. Below are just a few of the spots that are open today.
Dime Store 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Slows 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gold Cash Gold 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Detroit Beer Co. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HopCat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Red Hook 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hope this helps! Happy Holidays again, friends. Thanks for reading.