Fall season is here and ripe for fun family activities! From pumpkin picking and apple orchards, to Fall Festivals and…
It’s hard to believe but there are only a few weeks left of summer. Before we know it the kids will be back in school and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will soon follow. Hold on to the warm days, long nights and relaxing time with your family by checking off these last few items from our Summer Check List For Busy Families.
Splash & Play
Put on the swimsuits and sunscreen and get ready to beat the heat. Whether you want a quick trip to a local splash park or an afternoon in the sand, here are our favorites you can try.
- Lily Pad Springs (West Bloomfield): NEW to 2021 and so much fun
- Heritage Park (Farmington, Canton or Taylor): You can’t go wrong with Heritage and two of the three are FREE!
- Handy Park Splash Pad (Redford): Small, cute, easy to access and FREE
- Turtle Cove Waterpark (Van Buren Township) + Rolling Hills Waterpark (Ypsilanti): Both are winners with play and splash areas for kids, water slides, lazy river and more!
- Lakeshore Beach (Novi): The easiest (and best) beach day – it’s easy access, clear shallow water for kids and FREE
Special Events + Festivals
Close out the summer with tickets to a special events or eat all the corn dogs you can at a fair.
- A Day Out With Thomas @ Crossroads Village (Flint) August 20th -29th
- Blippi The Musical @ EMU Convocation Center (Ypsilanti) – August 25th
- Woodward Dream Cruise @ Royal Oak – August 20th & 21st
- Michigan State Fair @ Suburban Collection (Novi) – September 2nd – 6th
- Arts, Beats and Eats @ Downtown Royal Oak – September 4th – 6th
- Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited Exhibit @ The Henry Ford (Dearborn) – ends September 6th
- Glenlore Trails (Commerce) – ends September 12th
Pizza Playdate at the Park
Call up some friends, grab a few Hungry Howie’s pizzas (and giant cookie), then let the kids run around while you (try) to relax. If anyone bumps heads, don’t panic -take the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Concussion Quiz to know the right next steps.
- Greenwood Park (Livonia)
- Halmich Park (Warren)
- Kiwanis Park (Southgate)
- Gallup Park (Ann Arbor)
- Central City Park (Westland)
- Thorn Park (Brownstown)
Try Something NEW
Pick up your ingredients at the farm or farmers market, pack a picnic blanket and find the perfect place to sit al fresco. Whether you’re looking for waterfront views or a picture perfect setting, metro Detroit offers some great picnic spots. After you eat, don’t forget to stop for a cool treat.
- DYNO Detroit
- iFly Detroit (Novi)
- Beyond Van Gogh (Detroit)
- Oxford Park & Splash Pad (Berkley)
- Normandy Oaks Park & Splash Pad (Royal Oak)
- River Bends Park Inclusive Playground (Shelby Township)
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..