As Michigan's thermometer inches up, we're seeing signs of spring everywhere, and Earth Day is nearly upon us. Looking for fun activities in and around metro Detroit this April 19-21, 2013, weekend? Read on for events for every taste and age.
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Redford Township District Library
25320 W. Six Mile Road, Redford
Meet and greet other library patrons for dinner, cocktails, and music. Ticket price includes food and two drinks. Visit the "geek the library" photo booth, participate in live and silent auctions, and enjoy a cash bar. This fundraiser benefits the library's digital programming. Suggested attire is semi-formal for this adults-only event.
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m.
2115 Woodward, Detroit
The 22nd annual DMA ceremony honors Detroit legend Suzi Quatro and features performances from her band, plus Ife Mora, Katie Grace, Passalacqua, Cybertrybe, Sweet Crystal with David Winans, BlackByrd Revue, and Mike Ridley.
Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
2211 Woodward, Detroit
If you're young or just young at heart, this Emmy-winning, Tony-nominated Broadway musical is for you. Now in her 23rd year as the boy who will not grow up, Cathy Rigby charms audiences with high-flying romps and fantastical fun. Brent Barrett alarms and thrills as Mr. Darling/Captain Hook. Join Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, and Tinkerbell as they journey to Never-Never Land and back, singing, dancing, and adventuring all the way.
5020 John R. St., Detroit
$12.95 adults, $9.95 kids 2-12 (add $5 per ticket for IMAX or planetarium or $8 for both)
Enjoy hands-on telescope demos and sun observations with the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club. Register to win a telescope with purchase of a planetarium show ticket. Make solar system bracelets. Play in the Centennial Lab. See special programs in the Dassault Systemes Planetarium. Engage in a crater-making activity on the Chrysler Science Stage. Make a day of it for a total package price of $23.95 ($20.95 for kids) -- get museum, IMAX, and planetarium, plus the "Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion" interactive exhibit.
Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena
600 Civic Center, Detroit
$37.50 for six beer tokens, plus Street Eats Passport
This adults-only event happens right on the Joe's ice, with music, food, brews, and tours. Sample beer from popular Michigan breweries: Bell's, New Holland, Brewery Vivant, Motor City, Founders, Saugatuck, Arbor, and more. Local Detroit food trucks from Corridor Sausage, El Guapo, Green Zebra, Mac Shack, Ned's Travelburger, Treat Dreams, and Cheli's Chili serve goodies.
Saturday, April 20, 9 p.m.
St. Andrews Hall
431 E. Congress, Detroit
$25.50, $59.50 VIP
On a 50-city tour, Down to Foam features high-energy entertainment combining foam cannon, electronic music, bubbles, lights, ultra-violet dancers, fire performers, and more. This event is for ages 18 and up.
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak
$14 adults, $9 kids 2-14, $12 seniors 62+ and active military, members and kids under 2 free
The Detroit Zoo celebrates Earth Day with earth-friendly crafts, an endangered species scavenger hunt, animal enrichment activities, a rock climbing wall, family yoga lessons, composting demonstrations, a visit from the Arts and Scraps ScrapMobile, live entertainment, exhibits by local conservation groups and DZ's Green Team, and zookeeper talks. GreenFest is free with admission, but separate fees apply for zoo rides and some animal activities.