The Big List of West Michigan Summertime
Summer is a short one in West Michigan, but we certainly know how to pack it full of ice cream, adventure, and even a little downtime.
We’ve put together a big bucket list of ideas for families – from local events or attractions to fun things to do at home – to keep you going all summer long.
I’m a laid back mom, so I don’t feel the pressure to do all of these. I will love using this list as a resource; in between quiet days at home, my kids can pick some fun adventures to go on as a family.
But maybe you’re a competitive parent and see this list as a challenge – ready, set, GO!
We’ve even created a cute summer bucket list printable with some of our fave ideas. Stick it on the fridge and review any time you’re looking for something to do.
66 Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer
Summer is short for my kids this year–only 9 and a half weeks to do every iconic summer activity we can imagine. Who knows how far we will get into this list, but we will have fun every step of the way! How many do you think you’ll manage?
1 – Catch a Whitecaps game.
2 – Meet up with friends at Frog Hollow Park.
3 – Beach day at Tunnel Park near Holland.
4 – Play with bubbles in the backyard.
5 – Watch a free kids’ movie at Celebration! Woodland.
6 – See how many pictures you can tick off of this list of Iconic Photo Spots in West Michigan.
7 – Go on a trail walk at Fallasburg Park.
8 – Feed the goats at Schwallier’s Country Basket
9 – Ride the Grand Haven Trolley. Bonus points for getting ice cream at Temptations!
10 – Ride bikes around Reed’s Lake and end up at Jersey Junction for ice cream.
11 – Surprise a friend by decorating their driveway with chalk while they aren’t home.
12 – Ride the carousel at GRPM.
13 – Make (and eat) homemade popsicles.
14 – Visit the splash pad at Millennium Park.
15 – Fly a kite.
16 – Attend a Summer Day Camp.
18 – Walk out on the pier at Grand Haven and wave at the boats going by.
19 – Feed the giraffes at Binder Park Zoo.
20 – Set up and run through the sprinkler.
21 – Take a family bike ride on the White Pine Trail.
22 – Climb the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
23 – Have a water balloon fight with another family.
24 – Take in a movie or concert in the park.
25 – See who’s brave enough to try one of these Quirky Ice Cream creations.
26 – Put up a lemonade stand.
27 – Sign up for a Summer Reading Program.
28 – Buy tasty, local fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market.
29 – Attend the Grand Rapids Hot Air Balloon festival.
30 – Run through the fountain at Tassell Park in Cascade
31 – Make your own pinwheels.
32 – Visit to the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo.
33 – Have a nighttime photo shoot with sparklers.
34 – Go fishing at the Kroc Center’s catch and release pond (no membership or entry fee required).
35 – Have a shadow dance party in your driveway (wait until after dark, shine your headlights on the garage door, turn up your family’s favorite tunes and make your shadows dance on the garage door).
36 – Go berry picking at a local farm.
37 – Grab the bug spray and hit up a trail.
38 – Take pics at downtown’s newest sculptures: the LOVE sculpture and Roger B. Chaffee.
39 – Cut watermelons in half and let the kids go at them with spoons–yum!
40 – Find a food truck for lunch.
41 – Play at the playground at Hager Park.
42 – Go geocaching.
43 – Pick your favorite park and perform a mini-service project by cleaning up any trash you see on the ground.
44 – Go to John Ball Zoo.
45 – Try out a new playground.
46 – Find the Fish Ladder.
47 – Spend the afternoon at Frederik Meijer Gardens exploring the children’s garden.
48 – Have a sleepover at Grandma’s.
49 – Do a kids road race or bike race from our Fun Runs and Races Guide.
50 – Dinner at Yesterdog in Eastown.
51 – Make S’mores.
52 – Take a picnic to the Gerald R. Ford Airport viewing area.
53 – Visit a West Michigan Fair or Festival
54 – Get ice cream at a new-to-you location.
55 – Plant flowers in outdoor containers and deliver them to friends.
56 – Rent a paddle boat or canoe at Millennium Park.
57 – Catch fireflies in a jar.
58 – Go out for donuts for breakfast.
59 – Go horseback riding.
60 – Watch fireworks and a 4th of July parade.
61 – Make build-your-own grilled pizzas.
62 – Paint the house/driveway with water.
63 – Hit up a new-to-you splash pad.
64 – Wash the family vehicles and don’t worry if everyone ends up soaked (adults included).
65 – Explore Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.
66 – Camp out in the backyard (or in your living room).
What do you have on your summer bucket list? Share with us in the comments.