Awesome activities, venues and events ready to amp up summer.

Family fun from Memorial Day to Labor Day is waiting in our FREE 2017 guide!

Dear Southeast Michigan Parent,

You know the drill. School’s out. Fun’s in! While the official first day of summer is June 21, 2017, that magical Monday that is Memorial Day is way sooner – May 29. If you track that to Labor Day, on Sept. 3? That’s – well, let’s skip the math, shall we? It’s summer, after all! Let’s just say it’s just about 100 days. To fill. With the kids. At home. Alllll summer long.

But don’t freak out just yet. Luckily for southeast Michigan families, Metro Parent’s got you covered! When it comes to fun things to do in southeast Michigan – plus fairs and festivals in Michigan – our FREE 100 Days of Summer Family Activities and Attractions in Michigan is packed with fun stuff to do every single day of the summer season. And then some.

For fun places for kids in Michigan, this jam-packed downloadable PDF is a prime place to start. A pool of cool is waiting for you and the kids. So let’s dive right in!

Another tough school year in the bag definitely calls for a celebration. How about 10 frames, no charge – twice a day?  With Kids Bowl Free, your tykes can bowl two games per day, all summer. Wondering, “Where are there bowling alleys near me?” There’s a link in our guide with answers. If you prefer literature to lanes, try summer reading programs at your local public library.

Fairs and festivals in Michigan are off and running too. Hit St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair in Orchard Lake for some pierogi and midway rides. Or if you’ve got the need for speed, don’t miss the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit.

And that’s just the start. With your FREE 100 Days of Summer Family Activities and Attractions in Michigan at your fingertips, you’ll find loads of family activities in Michigan – conveniently broken into months (late May, June, July, August and early September) to keep the good times rolling all summer long.

Here’s a sampling of the exciting places, indoors and out, brimming with boredom-bursting family fun here in metro Detroit and beyond.

  • The Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena has outdoor movies in Plymouth (double features alert).
  • Wondering what new Cedar Point rides are in store at the popular Sandusky, Ohio amusement park? Find out here (and snag some discounted tickets).
  • The Huron-Clinton Metroparks, with 13 locales sprinkled all around the region, offer hiking, nature programs, water fun, events and loads more.
  • AirTime and Sky Zone have several high-flying trampoline spots.
  • Science museums are sweet. Cranbrook Institute of Science covers has King Tut’s stuff and planetarium shows. Get STEM-y at Detroit’s Michigan Science Center in Detroit – or have a blast at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
  • Waterparks, spraygrounds and souped-up public pools: Seriously, what’s summer without ’em? We’ve got your link to the area’s hottest cool spots.
  • Roller skating rules. Get answers to “Where are roller skating rinks near me?” with our hookup to some of the region’s coolest old-school rinks.
  • LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE Aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills are can’t-miss destinations.
  • Miniature golf is a staple. Discover a putt-putt haven by you. Where else can you see windmills and waterfalls in the same place – and a pink elephant?
  • The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield offers breath-taking zip line fun through the trees for its third year.

Sure: You could Google and hunt for details on these destinations. But we’ve done the work for you! The FREE 100 Days of Summer Family Activities and Attractions in Michigan delivers digestible tidbits on each summer idea. And, in many cases, we link you directly to a website where you can quickly get more info.

And, when it comes to fun things to do in southeast Michigan, this is just the beginning. When you download your guide, you can also get a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine. That gives you access to our super popular monthly calendars, which are packed with family activities in Michigan. For at-a-glance listings for every day of the month, it’s really tough to beat.

All that bumming in the sun can work up a big appetite. And the FREE 100 Days of Summer Family Activities and Attractions in Michigan won’t leave your tummy grumbling! Risk a bit of brain freeze and lick up some delicious ice cream from local independent shops. Or draw lines and have a Detroit-style Coney-dog showdown (does your family prefer Lafayette or American?). There are even food-focused festivals (we’re looking at you, Belleville National Strawberry Festival, Romeo Peach Festival and Camp Bacon Street Fair in Ann Arbor!)

Did we mention this guide is also bursting with festivals, period? After all, summer in southeast Michigan just isn’t complete without some midway rides, corndogs and al fresco entertainment (just be sure to bring that sunscreen!). When it comes to fairs and festivals in Michigan, the southeast area has some of the best.

A sampling of stuff we love? River Days gets summer rolling in Detroit with giant sandcastles, Jet Skis and tall ships (it’s all topped off with the big Ford Fireworks – do you know the date? Our guide’s got it!). New Baltimore’s unique Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival is a June can’t-miss in Macomb County, while the Oakland County Fair makes July jump with agricultural and midway fun.

Whether it’s Mud Day in Westland, Woodward Dream Cruise, the Armada Fair, Greek Festival in St. Clair Shores, the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, Royal Oak Arts, Beats and Eats, Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair in Novi or Hamtramck Labor Day Festival, you’ll get the score in our guide.

What about the inevitable rainy day? It’s child’s play with this handy PDF. The 100 Days of Summer Family Activities and Attractions in Michigan guide has family activities in Michigan you can do right at home.

We’re big fans of getting crafty. If you’re on the search for a few good DIY tutorials for kids, this FREE resource is your ticket. Discover how to bling out your flip-flops, mix your own “Flubber” (it’s crazy easy!) and whip up some finger paint. Ever made something out of Legos without directions? Give it a whirl. And for the really ambitious, we’ve got the 411 on making your own water rocket.

Stir up your creative juices with other tips too. In no time, you’ll be embarking on bike tour adventures, serious hammock loafing and even some sidewalk games. Oh, and don’t miss out on a really fascinating science experiment that involves wintergreen-flavored Life Savers (see if it “sparks” your kids’ fancy!).

And be sure to add a little cultural enlightenment to your agenda of fun things to do in southeast Michigan. Head over to the Detroit Institute of Arts for a bit of Drawing in the Galleries. While in the D, check out kid-friendly puppet shows at PuppetART or loads of other shows around town. And again, speaking of shows, be sure to unwind with a double feature at The Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena, which is also the awesome sponsor of this free guide.

Whether it’s a family movie marathon or a jump in one of the Great Lakes, make this summer memorable and amazing. Get your planning gears going with the FREE 100 Days of Summer Family Activities and Attractions in Michigan. It’s got you covered from late May through early September of 2017. (And, if you want the “cheat sheet” version, be sure to print out page 27 for all 100 in one spot!)

Best of all, our guide is – you got it – totally FREE. And it comes with a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine, packed with fresh content every month. From local events to the best southeast Michigan attractions for families to kid-friendly restaurants, crafts and activities, Metro Parent is your trusted go-to resource for all this and loads more.

Prepare to dive into some of the best family activities in Michigan for kids and parents alike. You’ll wonder what you did without it! It’s as easy as getting your FREE copy of Metro Parent’s 100 Days of Summer Family Activities and Attractions in Michigan PDF – and your FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine. This teaser page makes it a cinch-and-a-half to sign up.

We’re thrilled to get your family connected with tons of fun around Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. When it comes to fun things to do in southeast Michigan this summer, it’s tough to beat this all-in-one source!

PS: Hurry! The quicker you get this guide, the more summer fun you can enjoy – whether it’s that The Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena or some summer fun at home. Download your FREE copy of Metro Parent’s 100 Days of Summer Family Activities and Attractions in Michigan – and FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine – right now.

PSS: From fairs and festivals in Michigan to kid-friendly venues and activities, this guide is truly jam-packed. We had such a riot compiling and designing it, and we can’t wait for you to discover all 100 little gems waiting for you. Nab your free download today – and we hope 2017 is your best summer yet!

  • Can i get a “100 days of summer ” brochure mailed to me ?
    Unfortunately we are unable to print out this brochure.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Thank you,
    Kathy McGowan

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    My address is 3249 Michael, warren Michigan 48091
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