Just Friday last my family and I were was once again reminded of the greatness of the City of Detroit. All us, on a whim, jumped into the Chrysler mini-van and visited the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for its "Friday Night Live" festivities. What a treat it was; literally and figuratively. After indulging in some family art appreciation our girls sipped hot cocoa, my gorgeous spouse and I enjoyed some wine and we all shared a stunning, massive Mackinaw Island hot fudge, brownie bottomed sundae. There had to have been half-a-gallon of vanilla ice cream on it, needless to write (well maybe necessary to write given our sweet-tooths), one was more than enough for us all. And it was only $7. The greatest treat was yet to come.
After visually absorbing the incredible art on display at the DIA, followed up by the heavenly taste of dessert and drink at the cafe we found ourselves pleasured into a blissful state of utter relaxation by the music from the piano duo of Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem. Their play and orchestration of Beethoven, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky illuminated further an already perfect evening with loved ones. It's a rarity to go out as a family and manage to indulge all of your senses in just a few hours but we managed to do so on this evening. Here's the point; this evening isn't a once-in-a-while event, it's the type of opportunity that's available throughout the year and not just at the DIA. The metro-Detroit area has a vast array of places to visit and take advantage of for a minimal cost. Here's the Fab-Five of what's out there:
- Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) - Admission is FREE
- Detroit Historical Society - Admission is FREE
- Michigan Science Center - Members FREE (Basic Family $75 year)
- The Henry Ford - Members FREE (Basic Family $145 year)
- Detroit Zoo - Members FREE (Basic Family $79 year)
Look at the City of Detroit from what it has to offer in totality. Get behind your beloved city, support its institutions by attending their functions and purchasing its memberships. You and your family will never regret buying a membership, you'll only regret not using it.