Greenfield Village reopens for the season

 One of the sure signs of spring in Southeast Michigan is the reopening of Greenfield Village for the season.

 The village sprang back to life this week, and this summer visitors will see a few new things, including a pair of actors impersonating Henry Ford at different times in his life. Look for a young, curious Henry Ford at the Miller School, where kids can tinker with clock parts and machines that challenged the future Industrialist. An older Henry Ford will share his ideas behind the creation of the Model T near the Bagley Avenue Workshop.

 A one-of-a-kind historically themed playground is under construction near the carousel and will be ready in the fall. The playscape will resemble a 1920s construction site. Kids can dig in the sand or play with the levers of an interactive steam shovel. Swings, a water tower, rock climbing wall, a boardable 1931 Ford Model AA truck and a 20-foot-long boiler tunnel are among the other fun things. The playground will be accessible to children of varying physical, developmental and sensory abilities.

 “It was always very important to Henry to create immersive spaces where children could learn by doing and be inspired by their surroundings, something that is still very important to us today,” Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford, said in a press release.

 Greenfield Village is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, visit

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.