Recently, Kelsey, my 5 year old became a Daisy Scout. I have to admit, I had a bad attitude about the entire thing. However, I regret even feel that way, because in the short time she has been a member, she has already earned three patches, and is SO proud – it just takes my breath away. She looks darling in her uniform and shows her blue tunic off to everyone! She is experiencing new and exciting things, and along with her – we as a family are too!
Over the weekend, her Daisy Troop attended a field trip at The Parade Company. My father and I took her, because my husband had to work. Neither my father nor I knew you could actually take a tour of The Parade Company, see the floats up-close and personal, and learn some interesting history. This year, the Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100 year anniversary & as a result there is a float in their honor! The girls were lucky enough to get a picture with their troop leaders by it!
The Parade Company provides information on their site all about the tour they offer. The Parade Company’s tours are available all year round. The Parade Company, in partnership with Eastern Michigan University, has developed an education program for the Studio Tours Program for grades PreK-5 . Being a former teacher, I really liked that aspect of it too. These curriculum units are meant to give lesson plan ideas and educational talking points for student before, during, and after your tour of the Parade Studio. The children each received a coloring book that had some great stuff in their too, that is downloadable on-line.
I spoke with a gentleman who informed me that tours are generally 1 hour long, however, you can request a longer tour, with a large or small group. People have had birthday parties there, with crafts, and other activities. The parents & the girls enjoyed our tour, BUT just keep in mind the attention spans of 5 and 6 year olds are not that long. Also, dress VERY warm. It is a large warehouse. It was chilly in there! There are plenty of photo opportunities for everyone. We were able to learn specific information about The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade, now known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade® and the Foundation itself.
Did you know the parade was founded in 1924 and it is Detroit’s most visible civic event? Most importantly, the Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, which means funding is derived from corporate sponsorships, foundations and individual donations. This is just some of the information you and your family will be able to learn about!
- Tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Discounts available!
- $8.00 for children ages 3-17
- $12.00 for adults.
For more information, call Renée at (313) 923-8368 & feel free to visit The Parade Company’s web site!
DISCLOSURE: Please note, I received nothing in return for my review. This was written to inform our readers of an amazing piece of history to share with their families. Opinions & feelings represent my point of view. Thank You!