Ages- Any age
Cost- $22 (over 12 years old); $16 (5-12 years old); FREE (4 and under)
Location- 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone- (313) 982-6001
Parking- Free with membership; $5 without membership
Places to eat nearby- Several eateries on the premises (most of them are decent, Al Ameer (Middle Eastern), Buddy’s Pizza, Big Fish (Seafood), pf Chang’s (Asian), Bravo Cucina Italiana (Italian)
Why to go there: You’ve read about my overall affinity for the Henry Ford/Greenfield
Our kids really enjoyed watching the horse drawn carriages and Model Ts whizzing by us as we walked. They also liked the historic homes, all decorated for the holidays. We met a couple of chimney sweeps. They sang a couple of “Mary Poppins” songs for us. Our family also enjoyed the fires set throughout (smell great), as well as the hot cocoa.
I captured a fife player leading us in song and Santa leading Jingle Bells as a couple of examples. Santa also will mention your kids and tell them to be good for the the holidays (look for the ladies dressed in female Santa outfits).
Though not as “light” as zoo or park displays, the interactivity makes learning seem like fun. The performers who work there also will throw a funny line or two to the adults. It is a trip back in time, and the experience varies based on what your kids are interested in seeing or doing.
Be careful: Get there before your ticketed time to get good parking. Try to have a plan for drop off and pick up. Parking can be a hassle. Bring some cash for snacks.
Summary: Though slightly inconvenient with parking and a little steep on price, the overall experience is a mix of activity (walking around the village), interaction, and the excitement of the holidays.
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