DNR Outdoor Adventure Center



Being outside is probably Ari’s favorite thing in the world. He is a typical boy and just loves getting his hands dirty. It’s always hard to keep him from going stir crazy during the cold winter months. We thought Spring was finally here in MI, but the weather seemed to have other plans.  Last week I took a few days off work to spend time with my sister in law and we planned some activities with the kids.


{ Ari’s zip up is from Old Navy, jeans are Target, and shoes are Children’s Place | Giada’s pants are Matilda Jane, top is Old Navy, jean jacket is Target, and Bow is from Bow Kay | My ripped jeans are American Eagle High Rise jeggings and I will never wear another brand of jeans after getting these! }

The weather was dreary and instead of staying inside we visited the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center in downtown Detroit. I’m always looking for an excuse to head downtown so this was the perfect opportunity!


As you can see it was extra dreary out so we were anxious to get in and burn off some energy!


The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center is located at 1801 Atwater and it’s right along the riverfront. If we were to return when the weather was a little nicer I would definitely pack a picnic lunch to enjoy outside!

When we first got inside the babes ran straight to the giant tree house. It is a tree fort with a slide and a ladder to climb to the second floor. I liked that there was an employee standing near the second floor exit of the treehouse in case a parent didn’t follow right away.


The activity center is in an old warehouse and features 3 floors of activities and hands on exhibits for kids of all ages. At 2.5 and 4.5 the babes were engaged the entire time! It was definitely age appropriate for them!


All of the activities were related to the outdoors. From a fishing simulator to kayaking to snow mobile driving to crossing a stream of water. There was so much for them to touch and do. IMG_9133IMG_9144IMG_9170

I think they liked the helicopter the best! They took turns being the pilot and they loved touching all the buttons!


I’ve taken the kids to several activity centers and nothing really kept their attention as much as the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center did. We were there for almost 2 hours and I had to bribe the babes to leave!



If you are looking for an excuse to get out of the house and down to Detroit, I definitely recommend checking it out! Prices are super reasonable as well!

OAC Prices

Adults (age 13-61) $5
Seniors (age 62 and older) $3
Children (ages 2-12) $3
Children under age 2 Free
Annual family membership $50



Fall Bucket List

Fall is OFFICIALLY here and before we know it, IT will be gone in the blink of an eye. It always seems that time flies during my favorite season!


Here’s my ambitious bucket list for the Month of October!


Pick apples at a local orchard!


Bonfires with friends!

Cider mill for fresh cider and doughnuts! We are lucky we live super close to Yates and they have the BEST doughnuts around!


Zoo Boo! The Detroit Zoo hosts trick or treating on the weekends for the babes. They can dress up and see the animals!



Scary movie night. Halloween jammies + popcorn + Hocus Pocus? Doesn’t get much better!


Pumpkin picking with our pumpkins!!!


Pumpkin carving!

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Visit the Firehouse. My brother is a firefighter and we love to go to their Fall open house!




…and wear all the plaid!

What’s on your agenda for Fall?