Top 5 Family Activities for Ferndale Michigan

With Ferndale being such a popular hub for nightlife, bars and live music, it tends to get less attention for its more kid-friendly activities. From bowling, parks, indulging in delicious foods and more, Ferndale is a wonderful community with entertainment options for people of all ages.

#1 Ferndale Parks System

Ferndale, Michigan is a relatively small city, making up for just 3.88 square miles of Metro Detroit, but it has a surprisingly large amount of parks. In fact, there is on average a park for more than every square quarter mile of the city, each having their own amenities. Whether you want to get out to enjoy a game of basketball, play at the baseball field, grill out and have a picnic, hit the ramps at the skatepark, visit the playground, take the family dog out to play, or stretch your legs walking some trails, the Ferndale Park system has you covered.

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#2 Restaurants

You’d be hard pressed to talk about Ferndale without getting into the many delicious local restaurants and the variety of types of foods that can be found there. When it comes to dining with the family, here are our top three picks for restaurants that the kids will love to visit!

Anita’s Kitchen
22651 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

Anita’s Kitchen, located on Woodward Avenue, is a wonderful choice for a family friendly restaurant and serves up a large selection of fantastic Lebanese foods. If you’re a fan of Shawarma, it comes highly recommended from Michael Perna himself. As a note, they also offer craft cocktails & beers, raw juices & smoothies, along with catering and event services!

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Pop’s for Italian
280 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

If you love Italian food as much as we do, Pop’s for Italian is a must! This family owned restaurant does Italian right, with a wide range of family style dishes, all homemade using only the freshest of ingredients. The well rounded menu provides numerous options including mouth watering appetizers, wood fired Neapolitan pizzas, handmade pastas and Italian classics that no self-respecting Italian restaurant could go without. Whatever your choice may be, it is hard (maybe impossible?) to go wrong when dining here.

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Detroit Fleat
1820 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

Our third pick for best family restaurants in Ferndale is Detroit Fleat. This isn’t your typical restaurant. There is a rotating fleat (hence the name) of 18 food trucks that switch weekly that you can choose from, or order a selection from the year-round street food inspired menu. Seating is half indoor, half outdoor, so on nice days this is a phenomenal place to sit outside and enjoy your meal. Detroit Fleat is also dog friendly, so don’t be afraid to bring your pup along!

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#3 Luxury Lanes & Lounge Inc
600 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

For a fun day indoors, we highly recommend a visit to Luxury Lanes & Lounge Inc, located on 9 Mile Road! With 16 lanes, all offering bumper-bowling for the little ones, Cosmic bowling every Friday to Sunday (Fri & Sat are 21+ only, with all ages on Sunday from 5-8PM), leagues for all ages, youth programs, and an awesome snack bar featuring Perky’s Pizza & Sully’s Subs, this is the go-to place for family fun when the weather prevents you from being outdoors.It also doubles as the perfect location to throw a birthday party or event!

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#4 Rust Belt Market
22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

For a unique shopping experience, visit Rust Belt Market. Previously home to Gap, then Old Navy, this large building sitting right at the northwest corner of 9 Mile Road and Woodward Ave has now become home to 40 little, eclectic shops in a warehouse setting that even the kids will enjoy. Their mission is to make small business / entrepreneur space and sales attainable through low rent, and they have done a wonderful job in doing so. There is also a bar located along with the shops, so you partake in a cold beverage while shopping if you so choose.

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#5 Desserts

Yes, more foods, because who doesn’t love dessert? Trust us, we won’t judge if you choose to order dessert before dinner, and Ferndale has some excellent options for you and your family to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Detroit Cookie Co.
23421 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

First up for our top three recommendations for dessert in Ferndale is the Detroit Cookie Co., located on Woodward Ave. Here you will find a plethora of different cookie options, all baked fresh daily. However, with options such as the Big-3, packed full of chocolate chips, Michigan dried cherries and Better Made potato chips, these are not your average, everyday cookies. You can also find treats like their XL Stuffed cookies, vegan & gluten free cookies, ice cream, cereal treats, cinnamon rolls (weekends only), coffee, and more!

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Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium
22965 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

Treat Dreams of Ferndale is a popular and delicious spot to visit for your dessert fix, but be warned, there is a good chance of leaving here with either a sugar rush, a food coma, or both! Their expansive menu includes their Super Sammies (ice cream sandwiches taken to the next level), both traditional & vegan ice cream options with an awesome assortment of creative flavors, traditional & gluten free cookies, and more! Be on the lookout for one of their food trucks at local events as well!

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Kitty’s Cheesecakes & More
681 E 8 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

Last, but not least, visit Kitty’s Cheesecakes & More for the go-to for cake & pie lovers alike! Kitty’s offers a staggering number of flavored cheesecakes from the Original New york Style to the creative Pineapple Upside Down cheesecake, and nearly everything in between. Cakes and pies can be ordered by the slice or whole, and to top it off, the customer service is phenomenal.

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The next time you’re searching for a fun day out, or inside with the family, or are deciding on a place to grab a bite, make your way over to fantastic Ferndale! These are just our top recommendations to get you started, but Ferndale is loaded with options to keep a smile on your face, and your belly full!


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