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Free & Fun Family Activities for Memorial Day Weekend

It’s the unofficial start of summer and we’re ready to have some fun! Here are five fun things to do for Memorial Day weekend.  Go to The Beach The forecast calls for 80 degree weather and the Metro Park beaches are open! Kensington Metropark Martindale & Maple Beach (Milford) Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach (Harrison Township) Stony Creek Metropark Eastwood (Shelby Township) If you would rather stay home, pick up a new splash pad for the yard. Here are some good buys. Visit the Farmers Market Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for a holiday BBQ. Eastern Market // Saturdays, 6am to 4pm Royal Oak Farmers Market // Saturdays, 7am to 1pm Ann Arbor Farmers Market // Saturdays, 8am to 12pm Plymouth Farmers Market // Saturdays, 8am to 12:30pm Rochester Farmers Market // Saturdays, 8am to 1pm Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market  // Saturdays, 9am to 2pm Birmingham Farmers Market // Sundays, 9am to 12pm Shelby Farmers Market // Saturdays, 9am to 2pm Go On A Family Bike Ride Hit the road/paved trails for a family bike ride. Here are some tips (and equipment) for biking with kids. Parker Mill County Park (1 miles) –  Ann Arbor Detroit Riverwalk (3.5 miles) – Detroit Island Lake Trail (4 miles) –  Brighton Lake Erie Metropark Trail (3 miles) – Brownstown Clinton River Trail (16 miles) – Rochester Hills, Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills Hines Drive (19.5 miles) – Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Westland, Livonia & Northville Macomb Orchard Trail (23 miles) – Rochester, Washington, Romeo, Armada & Richmond Enjoy A Picnic With A View Pack a lunch or pick up a meal from your favorite restaurant and eat outside. Here are some beautiful spots around town. Please note that public restrooms are not currently open at all locations. Marshbank Park – 2805 Hiller Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48324 Budd Park – 19000 Clinton River Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038 Cranbrook House & Gardens – 380 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 Belle Isle – 900 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207 Matthaei Botanical Gardens – 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Lakeshore Park – 601 S Lake Dr, Novi, MI 48375 Milford Central Park – 195 N Main St, Milford, MI 48381 Remember Our Heroes Take a moment to say thank you to those who have serviced our country and visit a local memorial. Michigan War Veterans Memorial – 500 Temple, Detroit, Michigan 48201 Veterans Memorial Garden – 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185 Melvindale Veterans Memorial – Oakwood, Melvindale, MI 48122 Veterans Memorial Park – 32400 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48082 Photo credit: Frank McKenna

Avoid the traffic and plan a staycation for the three-day weekend, here are five fun things to do for Memorial Day. 


Remember Our Heroes
Pull out the stars and stripes and don some red, white and blue for parade day, most cities host a Memorial Day Parade to commemorate the lives and sacrifice of American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Take your littles to Greenfield Village and learn about war between the states at the Civil War Remembrance.


Go to A Festival Or Fair
Memorial weekend is the unofficial start of summer and there’s no better way to celebrate than with food on a stick and sky high views from the top of a ferris wheel.


Visit the Farm for Ice Cream
Take a road trip for some farm fresh ice cream and see what life is like on a local farm.


Play & Have A Picnic in Detroit
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the city and plan a Memorial Day picnic downtown.

  • Murphy’s Playlot – Order sandwiches from Mudgie’s and eat at the playlot across the street. The littles can slide, swing and shoot hoops while you sit back and enjoy from the picnic table. Make it a late night and stick around to watch The Mighty Ducks in the Courtyard at Trumbull & Porter Hotel down the street – it’s FREE!
  • Cullen Plaza – Explore the Riverfront and hop on the play equipment at Cullen Plaza. Show your kids Canada, stop by the Outdoor Adventure Center or rent a bike from Wheelhouse Detroit (located at Cullen Plaza) for more fun then grab a bite to eat from inside the Renaissance Center (10 minute walk).
  • Detroit Institute of Arts – Pack a lunch and grab a spot at the DIA’s outdoor picnic area to watch the cars and QLine go by before or after exploring the museum (it’s FREE to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb residents).
  • Beacon Park – Eat on the patio at Lumen and take a spin on Los Trompos, the colorful interactive art exhibit is a fun ride for all ages.


Get Wet & Go Wild
Let the kids burn off some energy and cool down at a local splash park, most open on Memorial weekend. Check out our Guide to Metro Detroit Splash Parks to find one near you.




Photo credit: Frank McKenna



About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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