110+ Things to Do in the Summer – Your Grand Rapids Summer Bucket List

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The Grand Rapids Summer Bucket List for 2022

There are few things as magical as summer in West Michigan. We love that the days are long because we need all that extra light to enjoy being outside and exploring America’s high five.

This list of all the things to do in the summer in Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore is your ticket to West Michigan summer fun.

Summer is short and sweet in Michigan and we’re going to enjoy every minute.

There are Summer camps, outdoor adventure, arts and theatre, fairs and festivals, concerts, swimming, u-pick fruit farms and so much more.

Many organizations have weekly or daily activities for local families.

If you are hoping to make the most of each day this summer, you’ll want to use our events calendar to find even more Grand Rapids activities.

No matter how you choose to enjoy the summer, you can say there are lots of summer activities near me.

Get ready to tackle your Grand Rapids Summer Bucket list!

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THE MUD ROOM @ KNAPP'S CORNER

1971 E Beltline Ave NE Ste 103, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Mud Room summer fun guide 2022

Had so much fun. My daughter loved it and asked if we could go back. She wants her birthday party here next year 🙂 -Hannah S


Need some creative staycation plans this summer? Add a visit to The Mud Room to your bucket list!

Visit during Open Studio hours for an impromptu creative day out. Pottery painting is fun for all ages and no experience is necessary! Just drop by; seating is FCFS. Also, don't worry if you're "not creative." Their helpful staff will help anyone feel like an artist!

For a truly unique hands-on experience, try a Potter’s Wheel class. Private appointments are available for family and friends ages 7-adult, or you can drop off ages 7-15 for one of their popular Camp Mud Potter's Wheel sessions. Pre-registration is required and classes fill up, so sign up early!

Open since 1996, The Mud Room is now conveniently located at Knapp’s Corner. Plan a visit and see for yourself why this Grandtastic studio has been a West Michigan favorite for the past 25+ years!

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Summer Highlights

Partners regularly step up to help support the mission of Grand Rapids Kids. These business partners embody the West Michigan spirit and we’re proud to work with them.

Take a trip to one or more of these special West Michigan attractions and it’ll be a summer highlight for sure.

It’s time to scout out your favorite adventures on your list of things to do in the summer in the Mitten.

Summer Fun in Grandville

3330 Fairlanes Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418


We are open for skating this summer!

Thursday afternoons: 12:30-2:30 ( June 16 - August 18)
Thursday evenings *Adult Night* 18+ only: 8:30-11pm
Friday evenings: 7-10pm
Saturday evenings: 6:30-9:30pm

Check our FB or website for updated info & events!
Birthday party availability during public sessions or rent the whole rink for a private party!

$8 Skater admission
$2 Roller skate rental
$3 Rollerblade rental
Parent admission only $5
Non-skaters don't pay
Fisher-price skates available

Tarry Hall Roller Rink mega fall fun guide 2021

(616) 534-8235

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Summer Fun in Rockford

39 Courtland St, Rockford, MI 49341


Immerse your kids in the wonderful world of art this summer!

Summer Programming at pour-d invites young artists to explore quality art classes in a unique environment that nurtures a love for art and creativity.

Classes are happening throughout the summer culminating in a special exhibition, celebrating the work and talents of our young artists!

For more information see our website.

Pourd mega summer fun guide 2022

(616) 884-5014

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Summer Fun in Wyoming

5730 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
651 Chicago Dr, Holland, MI 49509


Sun’s out, fun’s out! Summer memories start at Craig’s Cruisers.

Open daily all summer long!

Craig’s Cruisers is West Michigan’s destination for family fun with four locations, including Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and Silver Lake.

Heat up the competition with a round of mini-golf or go-karts. Laugh and play on the arcade floor and refuel with pizza.

Plan your visit at craigscruisers.com.

Craigs Cruisers mega summer fun guide 2022

(616) 530-2900

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Summer Fun in Comstock Park

284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park, mi 49321


Our goal is to provide safe, fun, and entertaining experiences through strategic team-on-team games, bringing families, friends, and co-workers together to create unforgettable memories.

Activities at BattleGR
• Laser Tag
• Archery Tag
• Axe Throwing
• Basketball/Volleyball/Futsal
• Esports (PC Gaming)
• Gel Blasters

We can also bring the fun to your location.

Laser Tag, Archery Tag, Video Game Theater, and Foam Parties. We bring all you need and run all the entertainment.

BattleGR mega summer fun guide 2022

(616) 345-0698

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Summer Fun in Caledonia

8001 Patterson Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316


Come enjoy our thirty kind, well trained horses and ponies.

Any level, age or ability welcome! Open year-round.

RIDING LESSONS feature holistic teaching in small group settings. Our KINDERPONY PROGRAM is for kids 2-6. EQUESTRIAN VAULTING is an awesome alternative to traditional horseback riding!

Come try it out every Saturday from 12-1pm or join our team!

Also available: THERAPEUTIC RIDING, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ONE-TIME RIDES, TRAILS & OWN-A-HORSE CAMP!

"For the Love of Horses and People!"

Legacy Stables summer guide 2022

(616) 570-1106

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Summer Fun in Grand Rapids

1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Join us this summer at John Ball Zoo and see two Koalas that are visiting for the summer.

Kids will also enjoy the 16 grand Washed Ashore art pieces that are made from trash found along the beaches of the Pacific Ocean.

Also, check out our website to get a list of all the exciting events happening this summer such as Princess Days, Kids Day and more.

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(616) 336-4300

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Summer Fun in Allegan

439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010


Looking for a summer fun destination with a major "wow!" factor?!

Conveniently located 30-minutes from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Holland, Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course and offers endless adventurous activities for guests of all ages to connect, get active, and make lasting memories.

Attractions include the heart-pumping bi-level Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, Sky Tykes® course for small children, QUICKjump free-fall simulation, Vertical Drop Slide, Clip ‘n Climb®

Allegan Event summer guide 2022

(269) 430-3961

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Summer Fun in Grand Rapids

1300 Plymouth Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505


At Kids' Food Basket, we provide barrier-free access to healthy evening meals that nourish children to reach their full potential.

We can't do this critical work without the help of our West Michigan community!

Anyone age five and older can volunteer at Kids' Food Basket because we believe everyone can make a difference.

Kids Food Basket summer guide 2022

(616) 235-4532

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Summer Fun in Cedar Springs

7850 14 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319


Deer Tracks Junction Adventure Park is all about Family, Animals, and Fun!

Hang out with piglets, goats, camels, bunnies, and more. Tons of new fun for 2022.

Huge, award winning play areas and delicious homemade ice cream.

Don’t miss Michigan’s only drive thru safari: Site 57 Safari, where you get up close and personal with some amazing animals like bison, ostriches, and so much more.

Come on out and GET WILD! See website for details.

Deer Tracks Junction Summer Fun 2022

(616) 863-3337

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Summer Fun in Grand Rapids

111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Become a world explorer this summer!

Join the Grand Rapids Public Library's Summer Reading Program to discover the people and places that make our world so special.

Track your reading journey on your map and get inspired with fun, free events and activities. Complete your reading map to earn a prize pack.

Sign up today to get started on your journey.

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(616) 988-5400

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Summer Fun in Rockford

114 Courtland St, Rockford, MI 49341


Pinball Land is West Michigan's ultimate retro arcade experience.

Here, you don't need any quarters or tokens - just pay admission and the games are free to play!

We have beautifully maintained pinball machines and all of your favorite classic video arcade games. Come in and play whenever you'd like, or host a birthday party or field trip.

Relive your favorite arcade memories and make new ones with your kids at Pinball Land!

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Summer Fun in Grand Rapids

11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


GRCM is two floors of hands-on interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs that encourage discovery and learning through play.

New exhibit now open! Come play down(town) on the Rapid River Farm as children pick apples, feed animals, grow plants, gather eggs, slide down the corn field slide, and find out what it's like to live, work, and PLAY on a farm!

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(616) 235-4726

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Parks, Beach Days & Sunshine

Beaches beckon, parks provide all sorts of ways to play, and trails are wonderlands of discovery.

So grab a water bottle and slather on some sunscreen…

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Here are some of our favorite things to do in the summer in the great outdoors around Grand Rapids.

13 – fallasburg park

1124 Fallasburg Park Dr NE, Lowell, MI 49331

March through the covered bridge and splash in the stream at Fallasburg Park. details

Fallasburg Park Stream and River

14 – Tunnel Park

66 N, Lakeshore Ave, Holland, MI 49424

Head through the tunnel, leap down the dune climb, and play on the playground at Tunnel Park. details

15 – roselle Park

1010 Grand River Dr NE, Ada, MI 49301

Climb the rock silo at Roselle Park. details

16 – millennium Park

1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534

Paddle around in a tandem kayak or paddle boats at Millennium Park. details

17 – rosewood Park

1899 Rosewood St, Jenison, MI 49428

Whisk down a two-story slide and play in the splash pad at Rosewood Park. details

Rosewood Park

18 – pinewood Park

2000 Wolfboro Dr SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Cool down at the splash pad at Pinewood Park. details

19 – splash pad

multiple locations

Too far from Pinewood? Find another splash pad closer to you. details

20 – mural crawl

multiple locations

Find art on the Mural Crawl. details

Girl jumping in front of Murals near downtown market Grand Rapids.

21 – manhattan Park

331 Cascade RD SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Bring a volleyball to play on the sand court at Manhattan Park. details

22 – hager Park

8212 – 28th Ave, Jenison, MI 49428

Use the nooks and crannies of the Age of Imagination playground at Hagar Park to play some rounds of Capture the Flag or Hot/Cold. details

Hager Park Hunt 2

23 – Cascade township Park

2865 Thornhills Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Play on the swings and then hunt for the geocache that AeroMed teams use in their training at Cascade Township Park. details

24 – Pickerel lake

6001 Ramsdell Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341

Stroll the boardwalk at Pickerel Lake. details

25 – hamlin lake

Glide along the shores of Hamlin Lake when you follow their canoe path. details

26 – versluis park

3650 Versluis Park NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

You don’t have to drive far to hit the beach at Versluis Park. details

versluis park beach

27 – north park beach

18775 North Shore Dr, Ferrysburg, MI 49409

Swing by the shores of the big lake at North Park Beach. details

28 – platte river

Go tubing (or boating, kayaking or stand-up pabbleboarding!) on the Platte River or any other nearby waterway. details

29 – GRR Observation park

4820 Kraft Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Picnic while you watch airplanes land and take off at the airport observation park. details

airport observation park grand rapids

30 – Take a bike Ride

Multiple locations

There are paved paths and off road adventures galore for bike riders in West Michigan. details

Outdoor Amusement Centers & Attractions  

It’s hard to beat the excitement of a day out at a local amusement or adventure park.

West Michigan is home to a variety of outdoor family fun centers for you to explore.

31 – boulder ridge

8313 Pratt Lake SE, Alto, MI 49302

See the new rhinos and take a walking safari tour at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. details

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32 – Meijer gardens

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Search for all the “animals” at the Michigan Farm Garden, take a tram ride, or play in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens. details

33 – Michigan’s adventure

4750 Whitehall Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445

Take a wild ride on Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventure. details

34 – treeRunner adventure park

2121 Celebration Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Conquer one of the seven courses offered at TreeRunner Adventure Park, an aerial park full of climbing and zipline thrills. details

35 – blandford nature center

1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Check out a backpack for a themed hiking experience at Blandford Nature Center. details

36 – windmill island gardens

1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI 49423

Dance to the music of an Amsterdam Street Organ at Windmill Island Gardens. details

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36 – outdoor discovery center

4214 56th Street Holland, MI 49423

Observe the quiet beauty along the Rabbit River Preserve at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland. details

38 – farmer’s market

various locations

Grab a bag and mosey through a Farmer’s Market to find the freshest ingredients for dinner. details

39 – camping trip

various locations

Unplug from screens and reconnect with family on a camping trip. details

40 – U-Pick Berries

various locations

Fill a basket with a favorite berry from a U-Pick Farm. details

Strawberry picking Upick Malski

41 – Urban hike

various locations

Take an urban hike along the waterfront of the Grand River in the heart of the city. details

42 – tag tour

various locations

Take a walking tour of the city using your smartphone and the GR Tag Tour QR codes posted around the downtown area. details

43 – musical fountain

1 N Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Hum along with the Musical Fountain in Grand Haven, one of the largest of its kind in the world. details

Grand Haven musical fountain

44 – drive-in movie

various locations

Park your car under the stars and catch a flick at a drive-in theater. details

45 – river boat cruise

825 Taylor St, Jenison, MI 49428

Cruise down the Grand River on the Grand Lady River Boat on a themed river cruise. details

46 – whitecaps game

4500 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Root, root, root for the home team at a West Michigan Whitecaps game. details

47 – nelis’ dutch village

12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424

Be Dutch for the day at Nelis’ Dutch Village. details

48 – john ball zoo

1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Visit the koalas visiting for the 2022 season at John Ball Zoo. details

JBZ John Ball Zoo visiting Koala males 2022

49 – movies in the park

Multiple locations

Spread a blanket and catch a family-friendly flick under the stars at parks around West Michigan. details

Fairs and Festivals   

Fairs and Festivals are a big part of West Michigan’s things to do in the summer. We love celebrations. Walking around in the warm sunshine, the sounds of kids laughing and playing nearby, elephant ears, shopping from local artisans.

All while capturing iconic views of endless tulip fields, incredible ships on the shore, or that colorful Ferris wheel reaching to the clouds.

50 – tulip time

Various locations, Holland, MI

May 7 – 15, 2022

The vibrant colors and long traditions of Tulip Time return to Holland this May. details

50 – County Fair

225 S. Hudson Lowell, MI 49331

August 8 – 13, 2022

Stop by one of the many area county fairs going on this summer such as Kent County Fair. details

52 – festival of the arts

Downtown Grand Rapids, MI 49503

June 3 – 5, 2022

Get sticky during the Glue-In, a family favorite, as well other artistic endeavors, at the Festival of the Arts. details

53 – Asian-Pacific Festival

300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

June 10 – 11, 2022

The annual Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival showcases the rich cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The numerous cultural demonstrations, performances, and vendors provides a fun and engaging time for the entire family. details

54 – Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

15551 S Airport Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49015

June 30 – July 4, 2022

Watch as hot air balloons travel by the evening city skyline during the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. details

55 – Coast Guard festival

113 N 2nd St, Grand Haven, MI 49417

July 29 – August 7, 2022

Tour some of the ships of the USCG as they visit Coast Guard City, USA (Grand Haven) for Coast Guard Fest 2022. details

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56 – national blueberry festival

South Haven, MI 49090

August 11 – 14, 2002

Enjoy all things blueberry at South Haven’s National Blueberry Festival. details

 Museums, Activity Centers  & Pools

One of my kids’ favorite things to do in the summer is finding places to “beat the heat.” Playing outside is 100% amazing, but sometimes walking into the cool bowling alley or exploring an air-conditioned museum is the perfect way to spend a hot afternoon.

57 – Grand rapids children’s museum

11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Kids (and kids at heart) love to play and learn at the Grand Rapids Children Museum. details

58 – storytime

various locations

Get lost in a good book when you visit a storytime. details

59 – summer reading program

various locations

Log some books and earn loot with a summer reading program. details

60 – grand rapids public museum

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Go for a scenic carousel ride at Grand Rapids Public Museum. details

GRPM Public Museum Carousel Hunt

61 – the mud room

1971 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Get creative at The Mud Room, by painting pottery pieces, wooden signs, fusing glass and more. details

62 – accidental art

355 Northland Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341 

Brush up some fun by painting pottery at Accidental Art in Rockford. details

63 – grand rapids art museum

101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Feed your imagination as you explore the Grand Rapids Art Museum. details

64 – holland aquatic center

150 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423

Zipline into the deep end or tackle the obstacle course at Holland Aquatic Center during select open swim times. details

Holland Aquatic Center Wibit Thngs to Do in Holland MI

65 – salvation army kroc center

2500 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Find the hidden word on the bouldering wall at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. (Currently only open to members.) details

66 – holland playland

446 W 40th St, Holland, MI 49423

Kids won’t tire of all the fun to be had at the two-story-tall Holland Playland indoor playground. details

67 – gerald r. ford museum

303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Call the shots and take the seat of the President in a replica Cabinet Room at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. details

68 – goldfish swim school

2845 Thornhills Ave, Suite S, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Take a dip in a tropical setting during Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School. details

69 – altitude trampoline park

3495 Alpine Ave NW, Walker, MI 49544

Swinging from a chandelier is often frowned upon, but swinging from a trapeze at Altitude is sure to delight your daredevil. details

70 – amped virtual reality

2923 28th Ste SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Explore alternate realities at Amped Virtual Reality. details

Amped Reality Feature Image Hunt

71 – craig’s cruisers

5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

Ride the indoor roller coaster or play on the bumper cars at Craig’s Cruisers. details

72 – sky Zone

3636 29th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Bounce off the walls at Sky Zone and jump into fun at this large trampoline park. details

73 – rebounderz

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Play life-sized Foosball in a specially designed arena at Rebounderz. details

74 – The Lost City

12330 James St., Holland, MI 49424

Try for a new skee-ball high score or play other arcade games at The Lost City. details

75 – battleGR

284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to have a blast playing tactical laser-tag at BattleGR. details

BattleGR teammates high five victory Niles

76 – kids skate free

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Lace-up and skate into fun with KidsSkateFree and sign up for The Fun Spot – Kentwood. details

77 – griff’s iceHouse

30 Coldbrook St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Chill out with ice skating at Griff’s IceHouse or Griff’s Georgetown. details

78 – Allegan event

439 River Street, Allegan MI 49010

Master the rope courses at Allegan Event. details

79 – kids bowl free

Get bowled over and save when you sign your kids up at KidBowlFree.com that allow kids to bowl for free all summer long at area locations like Hudsonville Lanes or BAM! in Holland. details

80 – catch air

2978 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Hit the dance floor in a cloud of bubbles when the hourly dance party drops at Catch Air. details

Catch Air dance party

81 – downtown market

435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Grab lunch and check out a Kid’s Wednesday at the Downtown Market. details

82 – Dine at a unique restaurant

various locations

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner out in a Unique Setting. details

83 – get ice cream

various locations

Is it even summer until you get a scoop of Superman ice cream? Grand Rapids is full of ice cream shops to indulge your sweet tooth. details

84 – visit a food truck

various locations

Find a food truck and order something you’ve never tasted before. details

85 – farmer’s market

various locations

Fill your basket with fresh produce at a farmer’s market. details

Summer Camps & Classes

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Your kids can expand their knowledge and skills all summer long, even on break from school.

It’s all about finding the right rhythm and balance for your tribe. Whether you’re a list-making taskmaster or a carpe diem drifter, we’ve brainstormed some of our favorite ways to learn from the classroom of life.

86 – camp kroc

2500 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Check out some of the many themed full or half-day programs offered through Camp Kroc. details

salvation army kroc center campers

87 – vacation bible school

284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Find a nearby VBS program with our West Michigan VBS Round-Up. details

88 – his dance academy

2715 29th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Find your inner dancer at HIS Dance Academy. details

89 – aquinas college

700 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Get hands on Music (Jazz), Science (Engineering), Art (Ceramics), and Adventures (D&D) at AQ Summer Camps. details

90 – humane society of west michigan

3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids MI, 49534

Get a feel for what it’s like to be a doctor to animals during Vet Camp at the Humane Society of West Michigan. details

91 – camp scholarships

various locations

We’ve got a list of Camp Scholarships & Other Affordable Camps around West Michigan. details

Road Trips

If travel plans are on your summer bucket list, then you are in the right spot.

There are so many fun road trip ideas from Grand Rapids to beautiful places around pure Michigan, the surrounding Midwest region, and even Canada. There’s no better time to pack the car and hit the road than during the summer season.

Heading up north to find more things to do in the summer is ritual for many!

92 – sleeping bear dunes

various locations

Climb the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – plus 4th grade families can visit for free. details

sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore dune climb

93 – traverse city

Traverse City, MI 49684

Celebrate all things cherry in Traverse City, home of the National Cherry Festival every July. details

94 – upper penninsula

284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Venture over the bridge to the land of the Yooper when you go to Marquette, Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls and beyond. details

95 – detroit

Detroit, MI

Discover the zoo, Belle Isle, local gems and more when you visit Detroit. details

downtown detroit girls weekend getaway

96 – campground

Get the inside tips from other Michigan families about where they go to unplug and go camping. details

97 – water park

Splish-splash and with just a quick dash, you could be frolicking at a nearby water park destination. details

98 – lansing

Lansing, MI

There’s plenty of Capital fun in Michigan’s capital city, Lansing. details

99 – Glamping

various locations

If camping isn’t your thing, try one of these places for glamping instead. details

100 – Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Immerse yourself in rustic German culture as you stay at “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth. details

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn

101 – Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island, MI 49737

Put your pedal to the metal as you bike your way around Mackinac Island. Stay at the Grand Hotel for the most iconic island experience. details

Midwest Destinations

102 – indianapolis, in

3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Fedoras are optional as you take on the role of archaeologist at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum – an absolute must when you visit Indianapolis. details

Indianapolis Indy sculpture

103 – Milwaukee, WI

779 N Front St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Voyage across Lake Michigan on the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry to Milwaukee and “sneak” into dinner at The Safehouse. details

104 -St. louis, mo

750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103

Walk, crawl, slide, and jump as you wander through City Museum (which some describe as a playground on steroids) when you visit the gateway to the west: St. Louis. details

105 – Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL 60606

Hop aboard the Amtrack and take the train to Chicago. details

106 – kentucky

Visit the horses or explore a cave in Kentucky. details

Mammoth Cave Kentucky Tourism

Back to School

As they say, all good things must come to an end. Summer will come to a close and back to school season will be upon us.

Here’s how you can make planning for the upcoming school year easier, so you can enjoy the last few weeks of summer activities without worry.

107 – Find a daycare

Looking for childcare can be a daunting task, but these local day care providers can make the job easier. details

108 – get haircuts

Take time to get new backpacks and that back-to-school haircut. details

109 – select a preschool

Have a preschooler ready to start their classroom journey? Our comprehensive Preschool Guide will help you figure out the best fit for your little learner. details

110 – opt for young 5s

If your child has mastered preschool, but maybe isn’t ready to dive into full-time, five-days-a-week Kindergarten, check out some Young 5 Kindergarten options. details

111 – choose a school

Looking for more specialized education for your student? With options ranging from religious institutions, museum schools, language immersion and even aviation school, there are a whole of host of possibilities to consider. details

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112 – choose a school

If you are a home-based education family, you can find some helpful resources here to enrich your curriculum. details

113 – Find a field trip

Need to plan some ideas for field trips? Then this is the guide for you! details

What summer activities will your family be doing this year?

Did we miss your favorite thing to do in the summer? We always love to hear from you, so please leave us a comment below!

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