This past weekend we celebrated our independence with fireworks and family. The 4th of July weekend has come to signify the official start of summer vacation. A time when kids go to the beach and parents are finally getting into the summer groove.
Our children love the summer for one reason, NO SCHOOL! What they fail to understand however is that school gives them something to do. Without school and proper guidance, summer will quickly turn into the longest 3 months of the year. Before you become your children’s prison guard, plan a Judy Moody “Not So Bummer Summer”!
Here are 5 things to do with your kids to kill the Summer blues…
1. Greenfield Village
- Henry Ford, the inventor that gave the common man wheels, once said “We ought to know more about the families who founded this nation, and how they lived. One way to do that is to reconstruct as nearly as possible the conditions under which they lived.” What better place to do this than to visit Greenfield Village in Dearborn. Situated on 80 rustic acres just outside of the Motor City lies 83 authentic historic structures, from the lab where Thomas Edison gave the world light to the workshop where the Wright Brothers gave us wings. Greenfield Village is a perfect place to teach your children about life before iPods and Playstation. A place that brings out the child in all of us time and time again.
2. Go Fishing
- Growing up, I can count on one hand the number of times I went fishing. My father didn’t like the outdoors, preferring indoor air conditioning to humid jaunts around marshy Michigan waters. Every since my kids could hold a fishing pole, I have taken them to fish. Fishing is a fun, family friendly activity that everyone can enjoy not to mention the fact it’s almost free! There are many local ponds and even public docks that provide a perfect place for your kids to cast their 1st lure. Our favorite place to fish is Mill Pond in downtown Brighton. Packed full of hungry bluegill, your kids will catch a fish with every cast! Get out and make some fishing memories. I promise you won’t regret it!
3. Blueberry Picking
- Michigan is synonymous with delicious apples. Ranging from the tart Granny Smith to the fan favorite Honey Crisp, there are hundreds of apple orchards scattered around our great state. Apple picking however, is a Fall activity with little to do there in the Summer. If you are looking for a fun Summer picking activity to do in Michigan, look no further than blueberry picking. From mid July to mid August, many Michigan fields turn a deep purple as blueberries blossom from the Earth. Whether you enjoy a blueberry pie or something more creative, blueberries make a healthy and satisfying treat. Your kids will love picking blueberries as the activity will turn their little fingers blue!
4. Detroit Zoo
- Opening in Detroit August 1st, 1928, the Detroit Zoo has long been a Summer go to for many Michigan parents. The Detroit zoo provides naturalistic habitats for more than 2,400 animals across 125 acres of land situated in the heart of Royal Oak. With award-winning attractions such as the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and the Arctic Ring of Life, the Detroit Zoo has something for everyone in your family to enjoy. The Detroit Zoo’s newest exhibit, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center is considered to be the most extraordinary penguin exhibit in the World! At a size of 33,000 square feet, the Polk Penguin Center is home to over 80 different penguins and nearly 326,000 gallons of ice-cold water! You will have a hard time dragging your children out to see the rest of the zoo.
5. Boyne Mountain Resort
- For the last 3 years, my wife and I have crammed our car full and lugged the kids to Boyne Mountain for the 4th of July weekend. Quickly becoming a family tradition, spending the 4th of July weekend at Boyne Mountain Resort is a great way to get the Summer started. Whether you take the chairlift to the top of Boyne Mountain or spend the day ridding the water slides at Avalanche Bay, Boyne Mountain Resort has something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Drag your children from their tablets and spend a relaxing evening in the courtyard talking while your kids play volleyball and soccer on the lawn.
Spending time with your children is one thing you will never regret! Whether you are carting the kids off to baseball practice or a cheerleading competition, life is busy during the school year. Take advantage of the Summer downtime to make memories with your children that will last a lifetime!
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