Campus Martius: The Sand and Swings

The sand at Campus Martius

“Are we in Florida?” Jack asked. Nope. It wasn’t Florida buddy. We were in Campus Martius Park on a beautifully sunny day in Detroit.

For the third year in a row, half of the park has been transformed into a “beach.” There are lounge chairs, umbrellas, shovels and buckets. The only thing missing was the tiki bar. I’m guessing there’s no bar this year because of the closing of The Fountain Bistro. Oh well. Next time I’ll just BYOB.

Hudson at Campus Martius

The boys and I met up with friends for a play date. We packed snacks, picked up coffees nearby and lounged away while the babies all played. And played. And played. We were there for hours.

To get the kids to leave, we bribed them with the Musical Swings in Cadillac Square. If you haven’t been, GO! Seriously. It ends Sunday. What are you waiting for? The swings are built for all ages and as you use them, they play different instruments and different notes. You control the music with your movements.

musical swings detroit

As we were leaving the swings, we stopped for Detroit Water Ice. It’s the same shaved ice you get for $1 all summer long from every street corner in New York but now it’s in Detroit, $2, and its proceeds go to charity. Works for me.

Detroit Water Ice

We arrived at Campus Martius at 10 am and didn’t leave downtown until after 2 pm. We came home for naps followed by more time outside. If you ask me, today was perfection.

Well, actually, I take that back. I just remembered. On our way to the park, I was walking alone with all three boys. A man noticed us (we’re a pretty noticeable crew) and said, “Don’t tell me the third one’s a boy too.” I answered with a smile, “Yup, all three boys.” To which he replied, “I feel bad for you.” Through clenched teeth and a more forced smile I responded “You shouldn’t. Im incredibly lucky to have these boys.”

I’m sure the man was trying to make small talk. Im sure he thought he was being funny. But my boys were listening and I hope the only thing that stuck with them was how grateful I am they are mine.

Detroit Parade Company at Campus Martius

You know what, I’m over that man’s silliness. Today was still perfect.

With love from Detroit,


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  • Ashley
    May 6, 2016

    Perfect day! And yes, forget the “silly” man. Love you and your tribe of little men!

  • Linda Staley
    May 15, 2016

    Yes. I’d say that was a pretty perfect day! Why in the world would someone say they feel sorry for three amazingly prefect little boys??? You are a very lucky momma!! So wonderful to hear there’s a sandy beach area in Detroit. Why don’t the swings get to stay? Sounds fabulous!

  • Christine
    June 13, 2016

    I get this a lot too. People look at Henry and say “poor kid! FOUR SISTERS?!?” as if it’s such a bad thing. Annoying.

  • Mom
    July 17, 2016

    You took a picture with a clown!?! ❤️

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