Along with dozens of dazzling permanent attractions Detroit has to offer, there are plenty of events making their way through the D in the month of January. From new museum exhibits to touring Broadway plays, there’s something for everyone.
Detroit Institute of Arts
The DIA is celebrating 40 years of films in their extravagant auditorium on the weekend of January 10–12. They’re showing 10 of the most memorable titles they’ve featured over the years, starting with the very first movie they ever screened, “Mon Oncle Antoine.” The best part? Every seat that weekend is conveniently priced at $2, the price they charged when they first opened in 1974! You can view the show times here.
Michigan Science Center
Conveniently located right behind the DIA, the Michigan Science Center also has special activities planned for this month. Starting January 11, you can enter the Wish Upon a Butterfly exhibit to walk among hundreds of different butterflies and learn about these unique creatures. The exhibit has a small ticket fee of $3, and you can see the accompanying IMAX movie for $5. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the dozens of permanent kid-friendly exhibits about space, health, motion and engineering.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
If you haven’t had the chance to visit Belle Isle recently, head there soon to check out “A River’s Roar” before it moves on this April. You’ll learn more about the surprising hydroplane racing history in Detroit and have the chance to see priceless artifacts.
The Detroit Red Wings
Hockeytown fans have the opportunity to go to the Joe Louis Arena and see the Detroit Red Wings on seven different occasions this month. We’re right in the middle of the season and it’s the perfect time to take your friends and family downtown to cheer on the team. View game dates and buy tickets here.
The Detroit Pistons
The Pistons need your support too! They’re scheduled to play six home games in the month of January, giving you plenty of opportunities to pick up some tickets and have a night out. Check out their complete schedule and buy your tickets here.
Are traditional sports not really your thing? Luckily, Monster Jam is making its annual stop in Detroit on January 11. Snag tickets to the event and take your family to the Palace of Auburn Hills to be amazed by the tricks and stunts of dozens of different famous monster trucks and their drivers. Get the official tickets here.
Drama and Laughs
Metro Detroit has a great comedy scene; we even have quite a few talented improvisers who write for the Zing blog. Go! Comedy in Ferndale has a particularly jam-packed month full of improv and sketch comedy, with stacked shows four to five days a week. You can learn more about their shows and purchase tickets at GoComedy.net. You can also attend a variety of improv shows at the Planet Ant theatre in Hamtramck, where the audience can suggest ideas every Monday at 8 p.m. Every Saturday they feature a different show, with everything from improv to storytelling to live music. Check out their full schedule and purchase tickets at PlanetAnt.com.
“Girls Night Out: A Musical” is coming to the Detroit City Theatre from January 9–19! The modern hit takes a “Sex and the City-esque” approach as it tells the story of a high-energy group of friends who take a night out to “relive their past, celebrate their present and look to the future.” You can get tickets here.
“Sesame Street Live” returns for its 2014 tour, this time spending 11 consecutive days at the Fox Theatre with multiple shows per day. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take your little ones out for the day to see their favorite characters on stage. You can get tickets here.
From the very end of January through the beginning of February, you can catch the Tony Award-winning show, “American Idiot.” With hit songs by punk band Green Day and some of the best young Broadway actors around, it’s sure to be a lively night. You can purchase tickets here.
What fun things do you have planned this month? Tell us about them in a comment below!