Frozen Four fans will have plenty of options for fun things to do in The D before and after the games. From sporting events and museums to shopping and entertainment, there are many choices to fill your weekend.
Detroit, Mich. April 3, 2010 — Frozen Four fans will have plenty of options for fun things to do in The D before and after the games. From sporting events and museums to shopping and entertainment, there are many choices to fill your weekend.
Get your sports fill in The D and check out the action with Detroit Red Wings hockey, Detroit Pistons basketball and Detroit Tigers baseball. The Detroit Red Wings take to the ice at Joe Louis Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets April 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Detroit Pistons will also be playing April 7 at the Palace of Auburn Hills against the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m. The Detroit Tigers home opener is April 9 at 1:05 p.m. at Comerica Park against the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers will round out the weekend playing Cleveland April 10 and 11 at 1:05 p.m. Back at the Palace on April 11, the Harlem Globetrotters 2010 World Tour will be dunking basketballs at 4 p.m.
Head over to the Detroit Historical Museum and learn about Detroit coaches in the exhibit Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Beloved Sports Coaches. The exhibit features outstanding Detroit sports history as represented by five exemplary men: George “Sparky” Anderson, William “Scotty” Bowman, Chuck Daly, Will Robinson and Dick Vitale. Each became a successful team leader, but also stood out as human beings, respected for their honesty, integrity, and dedication to sportsmanship. Visitors can also see the museum’s permanent museum exhibits including the famous Streets of Old Detroit, Frontiers to Factories, The Motor City, and The Glancy Trains.
Catch the last week of the interesting exhibit The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato, featuring 36 accidental mummies, at the Detroit Science Center. Weekend hours will be extended April 5-9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the museum will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the weekend. Visitors can also enjoy more than 200 hands-on exhibits that explore space, life and physical science.
Head over to the Detroit Institute of Arts for Friday Night Live! On April 9, The Northwood Improvisers will perform (7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) a unique blend of avant-garde jazz, modern classical, late 60s Michigan rock and World Music. The group features Faruq Z. Bey, Mike Carey, Skeeter Shelton (saxophones), Mike Gilmore (vibes), Mike Johnston (bass), and Nick Ashton (percussion). Friday Night Live is free with museum admission. Visitors can also see the exhibit Detroit Experiences: Robert Frank Photographs, 1955, as well as other significant pieces such as Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals, Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait and the new Islamic Art Gallery.
Dance over to the Motown Historical Museum and stand in Studio A where greats like Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, the Four Tops and Diana Ross and the Supremes, among others, recorded their hits.
Joe Louis: Hometown Hero on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents the museum viewer with an extraordinary view of boxer Joe Louis and his rise to iconic status. The exhibition presents in two parallel timelines: the Joe Louis Story and the American Story. Louis’ life story, in chronological sequence, is viewed against the backdrop of American history. Other exhibits to see at the museum include Who Am I? My DNA Diary, Life for Me, the Artwork of Robbie Best, Crowning Glories: Status, Style, and Self-Expression, And Still We Rise and A is for Africa, just to name a few.
Take a short drive to nearby Dearborn and spend some time at The Henry Ford. The national touring exhibit, Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller, is on display, drawing upon the museum’s extensive Herman Miller collection, most of which has never been viewed by the public. Other must-see exhibits include With Liberty & Justice for All, Heroes of the Sky, Presidential Limousines, Dymaxion House and Automobile in American House. Take the Ford Rouge Factory tour and see a Ford F-150 being built and the world’s largest living roof. If you have time you can even watch Alice in Wonderland in 3-D at the IMAX Theatre located at the museum.
For 24-hour entertainment head over to one of downtown Detroit’s three casinos MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Greektown Casino Hotel. Each casino offers Vegas-style gaming, fine dining, spas and live entertainment options.
Discover the Great Lakes and save the Earth during Spring Break at the Cranbrook Institute of Science April 5-9 (1-4 p.m. daily). See a life-size Lake Sturgeon and live sea lampreys, play water quality detective and hunt down pollution in a watershed, and discover how you can protect the Great Lakes! Climate change activities and demonstrations will bring the Institute’s current exhibition, The Changing Earth, to life.
Don’t miss the What can you Hemi? exhibit at the Walter P. Chrysler museum, featuring five distinctly-unique, super-powered machines. The special exhibit features a snow-blower, merry-go-round, barbecue grill and ice resurfacer – life-size / oversized inventions built for power with Chrysler’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Rounding out the collection, in the Museum’s lower level Boss Chrysler’s Garage, is a 1956 Chrysler Air Raid Siren powered by a 180-horsepower industrial HEMI V-8.
Take a free Morley Candy factory tour and enjoy a Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff or sundae outside in the sun! Right down the street you can shop till you drop at the open-air Mall at Partridge Creek. In addition to a large number of shops and stores, visitors will enjoy the mall’s unique amenities such as a 30-foot fireplace, bocce ball courts and a dog-friendly atmosphere.
If the weather is nice head over to the Detroit International Riverfront, where you can rent a bicycle from Wheelhouse Detroit or enjoy a stroll along the RiverWalk.
Other shows and performances in Detroit during the week include Celtic woman, Songs from the Heart at the Fox Theatre on April 7, Tim Allen at MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board theatre April 8 and 9, and Daughtry at Joe Louis Arena on April 10.
Whether you’re here for the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four or any of the above great things, you’ll have a fun time in The D. Make sure to go to www.visitdetroit.com for all the latest information about lodging, restaurants and what to do while in The D for Frozen Four.