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Cultural organizations like the DIA are finding new ways to boost revenue

Detroit's cultural organizations are finding new ways to boost revenue by rolling out programs for the entire family.


Among the new or revamped offerings are The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Tiny Tots Concert Series, which features shorter concerts to accommodate short attention spans. The series includes a new offering where children can meet members of the orchestra and test instruments. At the same time in the atrium, tots can enjoy face-painting and kiddy fare for sale, such as hotdogs and Cheerios.

The DIA, which incorporated child-oriented aspects throughout the museum's $158 million overhaul, also holds children's workshops and unstructured events where kids can draw in designated galleries.

The Detroit Zoo's tots workshops for 2- and 3-year-olds were so popular that Zoo Tots II for 3- and 4-year-olds will be added in February. The Detroit Symphony's Tiny Tots Concert Series consistently is a top seller.

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