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Grandparents Day at Detroit Institute of Arts promises Fun for all Ages: Puppet shows, art-making, free photo, and more at first-ever Grandparents Day

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

May 3, 2011 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is hosting its first-ever Grandparents Day on Sat., May 14. Grandchildren get in free with an adult general admission or DIA membership. Activities are free.

Among the programs offered on Grandparents Day are puppet performances of Little Red Riding Hood by Paul Mesner Puppets at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In this version, Little Red Riding Hood finds the wolf disguised in her grandmother’s clothes and uses self-defense moves to teach the wolf a lesson. Kids and their grandparents can also make their own spinning toy in a drop-in workshop, and have a complimentary photo taken as a memento of the special day.

In addition, grandparents can take advantage of free valet parking available at the circular drive off John R Street and pick up a coupon at the museum to receive a 20% discount in the Museum Shop.

Other activities of interest to kids and their grandparents include playing the popular “Eye Spy” game, interspersed throughout the galleries; taking a self-guided tour including “10 Things to Do with Kids,” “Knights in Shining Armor” and “Game Day,” among others. The special exhibitions It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals and the 74th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition will be on view, as well.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899