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Summer has arrived and we’re ready for it! From sunny days at the splash pad and u-pick farms to late nights cuddled up under the stars for movies and fireworks. Here are the big events and every day activities to keep you busy until and after school lets out.
It’s never been easier to plan for summer break because LittleGuide Detroit has put all the fun family ideas in one place – the LittleGuide Detroit Magazine Summer edition lists the best beaches + waterparks, festival and fair schedule, can’t miss playgrounds and more!
Summer Bucketlist Activities
Looking for a signature summer activity? Here are things you can do when time allows but for this summer only.
- Cranbrook On The Green
- Monroe Street Midway
- Disney’s Heroes & Villian Exhibit @ The Henry Ford
- Glenlore Trail’s PULSE
- Dinosauria @ Detroit Zoo
Fireworks + Festivals
Fireworks and festivals are summer essentials. Here’s where you can find both!
Make A Splash
Keep it simple at a splash pad or pack up all the things and visit a waterpark or beach. From FREE to fee, here’s a county by county guide to local splash pads, pools and beaches. Be safe this summer, consider signing your little up for swim class to give them water safety skills they need – we love our weekly lessons at Aqua-Tots Swim School.
Join The Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Cereal Drive
School’s out this month and for some kids it’ll mean missed meals. Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s annual Cereal Drive collects trucks full of cereal for Gleaner’s to distribute to families in need. This year, LittleGuide Detroit has joined the effort and are asking readers to help us by one-click ordering cereal on Amazon and having it delivered to our officies before June 9th (Select “LittleGuide Detroit’s Gift Registry Address” under “Other Addresses”).
Go to a U-Pick Farm
Food tastes just a bit better when you work for it. Check out our guide to U-Pick Farms in metro Detroit and start making plans to pick fresh produce. We’ll be heading to Blakes to gather ‘pick’ our dinner, pick up donuts for the kids and hard cider for late nights by the bonfire.
Plan The Perfect Picnic
Put away the phones, pull out the kites/balls/frisbee and pack the picnic basket for dinner. Whether it’s fresh finds from a local farmer market or a pizza you pick up on the road, here are the best places to picnic in metro Detroit.
Hit The Road
Whether it’s a day trip or overnight stay, pack up the kids and the car and enjoy a little getaway. Here are our favorite places to escape to.
Celebrate A Successful School Year
Start summer vacation off right and grab a scoop of ice cream at one of these ‘cool’ ice cream shops in metro Detroit.
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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..