Summer Fun 2021
Summer is here and families can’t wait to get outside and have fun. And after the last year, we all need fresh air and family time away from screens. Here are some resources for activities in the Metro area:
The Clinton Huron Metro Parks are ideal for families. Each park hosts a variety of activities and special events.
Belle Isle, Detroit became Michigan’s 102nd State Park in 2014 and there is a fee to enter. There’s a sandy beach with restrooms and a concession stand. While you are there, enjoy Belle Isle’s Aquarium, Nature Center, Conservatory, and the Detroit Historical Society’s Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Belle Isle Nature Center hosts the Nature Tots program, guided mindfulness, full moon hikes and an outdoor macrophotography exhibition featuring local pollinators.
Downtown Detroit Parks
Among them are:
Urban Beach at Campus Martius is in the center of Downtown Detroit with 4OO,OOO pounds of sand and colorful, comfortable lounge chairs for a relaxing atmosphere in a beach-like setting during the spring and summer.
Beacon Park has expansive green space, year-round events, interactive light installations and restaurant featuring rooftop seating with panoramic views of the park and city skyline.
So many activities, bike rentals and carousel and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront program offers kids the chance to hear books read by local celebs and community leaders.
Museums and Art
Most museums have family and child-centered evets in addition to their exhibits and tours. It’s never too early to introduce your child to museums and culture.
Detroit Historical Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts
Charles Wright Museum
PS: Don’t miss the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth June 17-20.
The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, The Rouge and Giant Screen Experiences
Arab American National Museum
Michigan Science Center
Cranbrook Science Center
Major exhibits include the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Reptile Conservation Center and Butterfly Garden.
Many community centers and organizations and museums offer camps. These are just a few:
- CAMP AFRICA 2021: HIDDEN FIGURES OF THE DIASPORA at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Monday, July 5, 2021 – to Friday, August 6, 2021 weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Most every public library in Michigan hosts fantastic summer programs. Check your local library.
Here is a sample from Southfield Public Library. All of them are listed at:
Program #1 Kitten Around in the Kitchen with Shari — Fridays in July 9,16, 23 and 30 2:-2:30 p.m. ZOOM
Foodie Fan and Youth Librarian Shari in the library kitchen leads families through simple recipes with an “animaltastic” twist!
Program #2 Artistic Animal Antics Basics with Brad – Tuesday, June 29 2:00-3:00pm ZOOM
Artist Brad Johnson eads you through the basics to create you very own cartoon creature.
Program #3 Outdoor Story Times with Rec on the Move! Outdoors at different parks- masked and socially distanced fun including craft kits, books and more giveaways plus Family Storytime
Program #4 Storytime Al Fresco– Wednesdays June 23 August 25 2:00-2:30pm- Outdoors in Person
Program #5- Movie Magic Under the Stars Monday, August 9 6 to 8pm- In Person
Movie on a giant LED screen. Masks will be required for those over 5.
Nearly every community has music, and most are free of charge.
Drive-Ins / Movies
Drive in Movies in Ferndale: Pandemic-friendly Drive-In movie events will be held at South Parking Lot of Ferndale High School
New Center Movies Wednesday and Friday nights at New Center. Park free and enjoy outdoor screenings. Newcenterpark.com
Hit the Beach
Michiganders are never far from water and beaches are closer than you may think. Check out this list of nearby surf and sand.
Practically every weekend you can find an art fair. This list is just a sample. To link to details, please click on the art fair’s name.
Grand Haven Art Festival, June 26-27
Art in the Park, July 8-10, Plymouth
Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 15-18
Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, July 24-25, West Bloomfield
Belle Isle Art Fair, Aug. 7-8, Detroit
East Lansing Art Festival, Aug. 7-8
Hazel Park Art Fair, Aug. 24-25
St. Clair Art Fair, Aug. 28-2