Fall Family Festival Recap and {Exclusive Membership Deal}

Sunny and a high of 70 degrees for October 29? A beyond perfect forecast for our Fall Family Festival! When registration opened, 650 people poured through the gate and it warmed our heart to see so many donations of toiletries and warm outerwear for Pope Francis Center, before they immersed themselves in family fun.


The Venue :: Cranbrook Institute of Science

A venue of gorgeous landscaped grounds with leaves turning everywhere? Cranbrook Institute of Science was an amazing host offering lots of hands-on activities amongst our festival of local sponsors offering food, shopping and play. 

Cranbrook hosted six science stations at the festival! Some of the biggest hits among families were liquid nitrogen demonstrations,


holding live Madagascar hissing cockroaches,


and pretending to be paleontologists using tools to dig for bones.


(Make sure you read this post to the end! There’s a CRAZY deal from Cranbrook!)

Our Lovely Co-Title Sponsors: Fairytale Entertainment & Goldfish Swim School 

Fairytale Entertainment painted lots of little faces 


inspired song with Belle  


and wowed superhero fans with Captain America and Spiderman. 

fff-superhero-featuredGoldfish passed out bubbles and tattoos to the kiddos while parents learned about swim school packages to foster safe and strong swimming habits. Bubbles made his way all over Cranbrook. Did you get a chance to hang out with him?


A huge highlight of the day was Bloomfield Hills Fire Department driving in a fire truck and opening the doors for kids to explore!


Table and Activity Sponsors 

Of course part of the fun was shopping and food from local companies!


Huge shoutout to all of our table sponsors for highlighting their products and services that make families’ lives easier and better: H20 IDSand Stain and Stencil, Costco, Madison Boutique, Essential Family Chiropractic, The Dailey Method, Usborne Books, CycleBar, Mickey’s Travel, Queens of Shine and RUNdetroit.

Food Sponsors: Costco, Queens of Shine & Michael Dean Law

Who doesn’t love Costco’s signature cake?! We could sit with a fork and just eat it up! There is something so delicious about it. A huge thank you to Costco for bringing cake, waters, juice boxes and snacks for everyone. We hope you indulged in a HUGE piece of cake! 


Along with their signature, and some adorable seasonal products {think foot scrubs!}, Queens of Shine shared some amazing homemade sweets with the crowd. Their Energy Bites, Mini-Cupcakes and Peppermint Brownies, made with all natural ingredients and essential oils, were a hit with kids and adults alike – YUM!


Another thank you goes out to Michael Dean Law for providing the popcorn. Popcorn is one of those snacks you could unconsciously eat a tremendous amount of. We’re pretty sure several of us did that!


Photography: Emma Burcusel Photography

And an even bigger shoutout to the amazing Emma Burcusel for the beautiful photos of our event! We think she did a fantastic job capturing the feel of the whole event. Don’t forget to check her out.


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Trunk or Treat: Eastman & Wozniak Pediatrics

Midway through, a few hundred kids enjoyed Trunk or Treat with their families. A huge thank you to Eastman & Wozniak Pediatrics for providing the candy for each trunk. Not only was the candy great but have a trunk that was decorated to the theme of the Teal Pumpkin Project was so fun! You never really realize just how many children are affected by allergies. 



and we wrapped up the Festival with AMAZING giveaways 


from Goldfish Swim School, ezpz, OrthoticShop.Com, Usborne Books, Nature’s Playhouse, “…have you any wool?”, Detroit Kid City, Bricks for Kidz, Toledo Zoo, The Law Offices of John M. Leh, P.C., Keys to Success, Costco, Sand, Stain and Stencil, LolëQueens of Shine and RUNdetroit.

Afterwards, many families took advantage of the free museum admission and spent the remainder of the day inside Cranbrook Institute of Science. They explored collections from minerals to Native American artifacts, stood under T. Rex, pet mastodon fur and enjoyed admission to the special Megaladon exhibit. Cranbrook was delighted so many families enjoyed the museum and they want you to return.

>>> Membership Discount <<<

They’re offering 20% off every level of membership (go here and use code DMB20) . That’s right, even the enhanced memberships including all kinds of perks! Let’s break this down to see the benefits…

A family of four attending the museum for the day would spend $13 per adult and $9.50 per child 12 and under for admission. Planetarium costs $5 per person and Megaladon special exhibit costs $6 per adult and $4 per child. Your day would cost a minimum of $85.

There are many different membership levels, but let’s say you purchase All Access Pass for $200 (retail $250) with your DMB discount. You receive admission to thmuseum plus access to planetarium and Megaladon exhibit. Plus, you get to bring TWO guests per visit for FREE and they can enjoy planetarium passes too! This membership would pay for itself in 2-3 visits! Another added perk is unlimited access to Cranbrook Art Museum ($10 retail) and Cranbrook House and Gardens. This deal on all membership levels only lasts until November 30. Perfect family gift for the holidays! Your membership also gains you invites to members-only events and discounts at the science shop and cafe, and a percentage off on birthday parties and camps. And…as if all of this isn’t intriguing enough…your Cranbrook membership card gets you free or discounted admission to almost 300 science museums nationwide. How cool is that for family travel!? 

Enjoy 20% off all levels of Cranbrook Institute of Science memberships until November 30.

Use code DMB20 here.

From the whole DMB team we thank YOU for taking time out of your day to attend our first Fall Family Festival at Cranbrook Institute of Science. We can’t wait to see you at our next event! 


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Erica Owens
Erica lives in Oak Park. She's married to Matt and they have an inquisitive and charismatic six-year-old son named Padraig. Erica has worked in the fiber arts industry for years and is currently a knitting instructor at her local yarn shop in Berkley. She has a thirst for knowledge and a passion for exploring new places. By 30 she had traveled to all seven continents. She still has that spontaneous, adventurous spirit and so does her little guy. Her family loves to do anything at the drop of a hat and enjoys exploring the local areas. You'll find them in and around Detroit at museums, unique restaurants, festivals and sporting events. Erica loves to share local finds on Instagram (@FrugalOnTheFly) so more families can join in the fun!


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