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Storybook walks make the perfect outdoor adventure for kids to engage in literacy and for families to spend time together outside. If you’ve never been before, pages of children’s picture books are displayed at several stations throughout the trail, making it a fun hands-on learning experience for children.
My family loves visiting our local storybook trail- shout out to Baldwin Library’s story book trail at Beverly Park! My little guy can’t wait to see what the new book is each month and we always have fun walking (mostly running) from “page to page.” The best part is that most Metro Detroit storywalks are located in local parks. So pack a picnic, enjoy a good book, and have fun exploring these local storybook trails with your littles.
Location: 3400 E Seyburn Dr, Auburn Hills
Additional Family Fun: Stroll over to Civic Center Park to explore the nature trails, a fishing pond, disc-golf course, play structures, and picnic tables.
Location: Beverly Hills Village Park, 18801 Beverly Rd, Beverly Hills
Additional Family Fun: Playground, disc golf course, sports fields and two minute drive to Douglas Evans Nature Preserve.
Location: 3325 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills
Additional Family Fun: Explore over 2 miles of trails where you’ll find animal wildlife habitats and an 1800s homestead where kids will love playing on a natural see-saw and tree swing.
Location: 1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton
Additional Family Fun: Playground, walking track, and pond. Please note the splash pad is not open this year.
Location: 11914 Trinkle Rd, Dexter
Additional Family Fun: Stock up on trail snacks and visit Dexter Blueberry Farm.
Location: 6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston (trail begins behind the library at the entrance to the woods)
Additional Family Fun: Take a 5 minute drive to Independence Oaks park and visit the beach, go on a boat, play archery or take a hike.
Location: 12000 Davisburg Rd., Davisburg
Additional Family Fun: Explore the playground or baseball fields at the end of the trail or hop in the car for a short drive to Springfield Oaks County Park which has a beautiful historic barn and walking trails.
Location: Highland Township Public Library, 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland
Additional Family Fun: 15 minutes south is Proud Lake Recreation Area with nature trails, fishing docks and boat rentals.
Location: 32777 Five Mile Road, Livonia (located behind the library).
Additional Family Fun: Get ice cream across the street from the Handi-Dip or take a dip in one of the city’s public pools (reservations required in 2020).
Location: 30300 Hales St, Madison Heights
Additional Family Fun: Nature Center play area, educational children’s classes, paved trails, and picnic tables
On display during the month of July
Location: Begin at Northville District Library & follow signs through downtown Northville. Signs will be on display throughout downtown in local shop windows.
Additional Family Fun: From ice cream to indoor playgrounds, Northville is full of family fun!
Location: 34100 King Richard Drive, Sterling Heights
Additional Family Fun: Picnic area, baseball diamond, playground, toddler play area, tennis court
Location: Raintree Park, 3775 John R. Rd, Troy
Additional Family Fun: The storybook trail is located on a paved, stroller-friendly trail. The Park also has a playground with an accessible toddler play structure and separate play structure for older kids along with a disc golf course.
Photo credit: Overton Park Conservancy
ABOUT ASHLEY HUBBARD-PORTER
Ashley Porter is a Chicago native who now calls Birmingham home. Ashley and her husband Mike and son Jake love attending local festivals, exploring Detroit’s diverse food scene, and venturing outside of Metro Detroit to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. With a background in Early Childhood Education, Ashley loves connecting with and supporting families in her community, which is why she is so excited to be a part of LittleGuide Detroit.