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

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The Grand Rapids Summer Bucket List for 2021

Summer is short and sweet in Michigan and even though summer 2021 is still going to look a little different than normal, we’re going to enjoy every minute.

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.

Discover the excitement that awaits you this season.

Camps, outdoor adventure, arts and theatre, fairs and festivals, old school fun, 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.

Grand Rapids Summer Things to Do
Walking the Sand Dunes at Saugatuck Dunes State Park

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!

Thank you to our Summer Fun Guide sponsor, The Mud Room at Knapps Corner!

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Need some creative staycation plans? Add a visit to The Mud Room to your summer bucket list and see why the studio has won multiple Grandtastic Awards!

Visit during open studio hours to paint pottery and make wood signs, or book a private Potter’s Wheel class for your family or friends group. In-studio activities are fun for all ages and no experience is necessary. Their friendly staff will help anyone feel like an artist!

Be prepared for a rainy day or fun at the cottage with take-home projects or Art Box kits. Online ordering and curbside service are available, too!

1971 E Beltline Ave NE Suite 103, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(616) 259-7269

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.

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Things to do in the Summer

The Summer Fun Never Ends at Craig’s Cruisers

Summer starts ‘where the fun never ends!’

Craig’s Cruisers is your family’s destination for food and fun.

Even your pickiest eater will enjoy the 3-hour access to our buffet! Choose from our full salad bar, pasta, breadsticks, pizza (gluten and dairy free pizza is available upon request), roasted chicken, mac-n-cheese, cookies, ice cream, Pepsi products and more!

Plan your visit rain or shine with over 120,000 square feet of indoor recreation. Featured Indoor offerings: • Trampoline Park • Go-Karts • Laser Tag • Cruiser Coaster • Virtual Reality • Arcade Outdoor offerings: • Go-Karts • Mini-Golf • Zip Line • Bumper Boats

See the fun in action at craigscruisers.com

5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

(616) 530-2900
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BattleGR Summer Fun Guide 2021

Things to do in the Summer

Get Battle Ready at BattleGR

BattleGR can help you with your summer fun plans – with options to come to our newly built 23,000 sq ft + indoor facility or we can come to you.

Yes, we can come set up at your location for your backyard BBQ, family or neighborhood party, and even stress-free birthday parties. Choose from Laser Tag, Archery Tag, Video Game Theater, and Grand Rapid’s 1st Foam Party!

Indoors we have Laser Tag, Archery Tag, Arcade, and basketball, volleyball or futsal on our sport courts.

Every Thursday is Family Fun Night 5-8pm (June 3rd – Labor Day), Friday night Teen-ish Night (10yrs +) 7-10pm. Reservation is highly recommended.

284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49321

(616) 345-0698
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Legacy Stables Summer Fun Guide 2021

Things to do in the Summer

Saddle Up a Horse at Legacy Stables

Come enjoy the horse-human connection with our well trained horses and ponies.

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

Riding Lessons feature a holistic lesson in a small group setting. Students learn safety, grooming, tacking, riding! Learn how to ride English, Western & bareback.

Riders ages 2-6 can have a 30 minute lesson in our KinderPony program. Equestrian vaulting for ages 3+!

Vaulting combines elements of gymnastics and dance performed on a moving horse. Teaches balance, rhythm, confidence, teamwork & social skills. Come try it out every Saturday from 12-1pm or join our team!

Also available: Therapeutic Riding & Adaptive Vaulting, Birthday Parties, One-Time rides, & Own-A-Horse Camp!

8001 Patterson Ave. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

(616) 570-1106
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Take Fun to New Heights at Allegan Event

Allegan Event Summer Fun Guide 2021

Things to do in the Summer

Take Fun to New Heights at Allegan Event

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® walls, arcade, and food and beverage area.

During the summer season, soar through open air on our 600-foot outdoor zip lines spanning the Kalamazoo River.

439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010

(269) 430-3961
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GRPL Summer Fun Guide Summer Reading Program

Things to do in the Summer

Summer Reading Challenge at Grand Rapids Public Library

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create your own summer adventure at the Grand Rapids Public Library!

Do you like to move? Do you like puzzles? Are you an artist? Pick your favorite activities this summer to discover your mystery team. The library invites all kids in the city under the age of 18 to read this summer. Get ready to be part of a super secret mission in the city of Grand Rapids for summer reading fun.

We also have many exciting programs and events to inspire and entertain you all summer long.

Multiple Locations Across Grand Rapids

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Air Zoo Summer Fun Guide 2021 1

Things to do in the Summer

Launch into Learning at the Air Zoo

Looking for inspiring, immersive, hands-on STEAM learning? We have you covered. From interactive exhibits and aerospace exploration to in-person and live-virtual summer camps, we have something for adventurers of all ages!

Visit our two exciting centers and explore the people, artifacts, history and innovation behind flight and space exploration for hours.

Daily admission is affordable and family memberships are just $100/year and the benefits include discounts, pre-sales, insider information and reciprocal memberships at more than 1200 museums world-wide. We are open 7 days a week to inspire.

Check out airzoo.org/plan-your-visit for admission, experience, and policy info prior to your visit!

6151 Portage Road,  Portage, MI 49002

(269) 382-6555
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Outdoor Activities   

There are few things as magical as summertime 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.

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

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Parks, Playgrounds & Beach Days

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…

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


March through the covered bridge at Fallasburg Park.


Leap down the dune climb at Tunnel Park in Holland.


Climb the rock wall silo at Roselle Park.

Roselle Park Climbing Wall
#3 Thing to Do This Summer: Climb the Rockwall at Roselle Park


Paddle around in a tandem kayak at Millennium Park.


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

Rosewood Park two story slide
#5 Things to do in the summer: Rosewood Park, Jenison

Cool down at the splash pad at Pinewood Park or other nearby locations.


Go on a visual scavenger hunt at Wahlfield Park or find art on the Mural Crawl.

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#7 – Things to do in the summer: Downtown Grand Rapids Mural Crawl

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


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.


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

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#10 Things to Do This Summer: Play on the Swings at Cascade Township Park

Stroll the boardwalk at Pickerel Lake.

Pickerel Lake Park
#11 Things to Do in the Summer Walk the boardwalk at Pickerel Lake.


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


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

versluis park beach
#13 Things to Do in the Summer: Hit the Beach at Versluis Park.

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


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

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#15 Things to Do in the Summer: Hit the River in a tube, boat or kayak.

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

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#16 Summer Thing to Do: Watch planes take off and land at the Airport Observation Park

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. Here are a few ideas:


Get up close and even feed exotic animals at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

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#17 – Things to Do in Summer: Feed the Animals at Boulder Ridge Wildlife Park

Ride the funicular and enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Rapids skyline when you explore John Ball Zoo.


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.

grand rapids summer activities - frederik meijer gardens water play fountain
#19: Things to do in the Summer: Play in the water fountains at Frederik Meijer Gardens

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


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

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#21 Things to do in the Summer: Zipline through the trees at TreeRunner Adventure Park

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


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

WINDMILL ISLAND GARDENS during Tulip Time in Holland MI
#23 Things to do in the Summer: Visit Windmill Island

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


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

Fulton Street Farmers Market farmer fresh produce

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


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

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#27 Things to do in the Summer: Picking your own fruit is one of the most treasured summertime Grand Rapids activities

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

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#28 Things to do in the Summer: Stop by the fish ladder on your urban hike

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


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


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

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#31 Things to do in the Summer: Catch a movie in the car at the drive-in movie theater

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


Root, root, root for the home team at a West Michigan Whitecaps game. (Ticket packages available for 2021 and a very limited amount of single game tickets)


Be Dutch for the day at Nelis’ Dutch Village

Nelis Dutch Village boy on swing Rudd
#34 Things to do in the Summer: Be Dutch at Nelis’ Dutch Village

On Hold til 2021

Spread a blanket and catch a family-friendly flick under the stars at Allendale Township Park during Movies in the Park.

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.

Fairs and Festivals are Different This Year

Some remain canceled for 2021. Others are adding virtual components – or going entirely virtual. And others are still waiting to make decisions. Find the full list of area fairs and festivals this season here.

Please check with all venues before heading out for your summer activities.


The vibrant colors and long traditions of Tulip Time return to Holland this May (May 1 – 9, 2021)


Stop by one of the many area county fairs going on this summer.

Favorites include:

Hudsonville Community Fair
Kent County Youth Fair
Lowell Riverwalk Festival
Ottawa County Fair
Allegan County Fair

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#37 Things to do in the Summer: Have a blast at the Kent County Youth Fair

June 4 – 6, 2021

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

(*For 2021, the festival will be spread out through Downtown Grand Rapids. There will be a light show on Calder Plaza in the evenings. Kids paint activities will be “take away.”)


June 11 – 12, 2021

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


June 30 – July 4, 2021

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


July 30 – August 2, 2021

Tour some of the ships of the USCG as they visit Coast Guard City, USA (Grand Haven) for Coast Guard Fest 2021.

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#41 Things to do in the Summer: U.S. Coast Guard Festival

August 12 – 15, 2021

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

Old School Summer  

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.

Here’s a big bucket list of old school summer fun ideas for families – to keep you going all summer long.


Make (and eat) homemade popsicles.


Fly a kite.

grand haven kite festival
#44 Things to do in the Summer: Fly a Kite

Play with bubbles in the backyard.


Ride bikes around Reeds Lake and end up at Jersey Junction for ice cream.

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# 46: Things to do in the Summer -Visit Reeds Lake

Make your own pinwheels.


Have a nighttime photo shoot with sparklers.


Cut watermelons in half and let the kids go at them with spoons–yum!


Make S’mores.

Farm Stay Michigan Smores
#50 Things to do in the summer: Enjoy s’mores

Have a sleepover at Grandma’s.


Catch fireflies in a jar.


Paint the house/driveway with water.


Wash the family vehicles and don’t worry if everyone ends up soaked (adults included).

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#54 Things to do in the Summer Get soaked washing the car

Camp out in the backyard (or in your living room).


Walk out on the pier at Grand Haven and wave at the boats going by.


Climb the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – plus 4th and 5th grade families can visit for free.

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#57 Things to do in the Summer: Hike the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

Put up a lemonade stand.

 Indoor Things to Do in the Summer  

One of my kids’ favorite things on our yearly summer bucket list are 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.

Top on our family’s list of things to do in the summer is visiting GRPL’s main library downtown and hitting up Schuler’s Books for cold drinks while we shop for more favorite reads.

Museums and Libraries


Kids (and kids at heart) love to play and learn at the Grand Rapids Children Museum. (Re-opening soon)

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#59 Things to do in the summer: Play all day at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

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


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


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

GRPM Public Museum Carousel Hunt
#62 Things to do in the Summer: Go for a spin on the carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

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


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

Gerald R Ford Museum outside
#64 Things to do in the Summer: Be President at the Gerald R. Ford Museum

Creativity & Movement


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

grand rapids summer activities - paint pottery at the Mud Room
#65 Things to do in the summer: Paint pottery at the Mud Room

Relax with some coloring during open studio times at Carolyn Stich Studio.


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


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

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#68 Things to do in the summer: Splash the day away the Holland Aquatic Center

Find the hidden word on the bouldering wall at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.


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

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#70 Things to do in the Summer: Be a fish at Goldfish Swim School

Kids won’t tire of all the fun to be had at the two-story-tall Holland Playland indoor playground. (currently closed as of May 2021)


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

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#72 Things to do in the Summer: Bounce away at Altitude

Explore alternate realities at Amped Virtual Reality.


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

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#74 Things to do in the summer: Drive the bumper cars at Craig’s Cruisers

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


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

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#76 Things to do in the Summer: Be part of the game at Rebounderz

Try for a new skee-ball high score or play other arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese, The Lost City, or Dave & Buster’s.


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

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#78 Things to do in the Summer: Get battle ready at BattleGR

Lace-up and skate into fun with KidsSkateFree and sign up for The Fun Spot – Kentwood or visit Tarry Hall for more roller skating fun.


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


Climb to new heights at Allegan Event.

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#81 Things to do in the Summer: Go rock climbing, zipling and more at Allegan Event

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.


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

Let’s Eat


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

Downtown Market Loves Ice Cream Flight
#84 Things to do in the Summer: Stop by the Downtown Market for a variety of good eats

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner out in a Unique Setting or take advantage of a Kids Eat Free special.


On Wednesdays, stroll through the Grand Haven Farmers Market and get a yummy treat.

#87 Things to do in the Summer: Get some fresh food at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market

Is it even summer until you get a scoop of Superman ice cream? Check out some of the top-voted places to indulge your sweet tooth. Or discover a new quirky ice cream treat.


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

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#89 Things to do in the summer: Favorite summer activities include visiting food trucks

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.


Combine gymnastics and swimming into a fabulous day camp experience at Grand Rapids Gymnastics.


Tee up and hit the links as your aspiring golf-pro learns from the best at Maple Hill.

Maple Hill Golf Junior lessons
#91 Things to do in the summer: Kids will improve their golf game at Maple Hill Junior Golf

Improve your volleyball, basketball, soccer and more at a sports camp at Michigan Sports Academies (MSA).


Learn all about the responsibilities and joys of caring for horses at ‘Own-A-Horse Camp’ at Legacy Stables.

Legacy Stables 'Own-A-Horse' Camp
#93 Things to do in the summer: Learn how to care for a horse at Own a Horse Camp at Legacy Stables

Explore the science of Harry Potter or Star Wars, learn to code or play the ukulele, or even develop your Magna art skills at one of the many camp options at Hope College.


Get a taste for college life when you bunk at Calvin University as your high schooler explores career options and college life.


Release your inner artist at Grand Rapids Art Museum Virtual Summer Art Camp.

GRAM Summer Camp 2021
#96 Things to do in the Summer: Create a masterpiece at Grand Rapids Art Museum summer camp

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


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

Christian Day Camp
#98 Things to do in the Summer: Explore one of many themes at Camp Kroc

Spend a week designing, building and programming a LEGO Robot at Robotics and Science Camp.


Prevent a summer slide at Lake Michigan Academy with a hands-on activities for kids with learning disabilities.


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

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#101 Things to do in the Summer: Learn how to care for critters at the Humane Society of West Michigan

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.

Michigan Trips

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


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


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

Tahquamenon falls Hunt
#103 Things to do in the Summer: Visit Tahquamenon Falls

You can walk across the Mini-Mackinac Bridge any time of the year when you visit the Michigan Science Museum in Detroit.


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

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#105 Things to do in the Summer: Get back to nature on a camping trip

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


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

Downtown Lansing Capitol Building Path to Michigan Hall of Justice with kids bike
#107 Thing to do in the Summer: Road Trip to Lansing

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


No matter your level of camping experience, Silver Lake Resort and Campgrounds has you covered, from helping to pitch a tent or renting a cabin and loads of options in between.


Put your pedal to the metal as you bike your way around Mackinac Island.

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#110 Things to do in the summer: Play a game of chess at the Grand Hotel

Midwest & Canadian Destinations


Marvel at the majesty of Niagara Falls. Make sure to also take time to check out the surrounding regions, filled with family-friendly activities.


Get a taste of European flair without the long distance when you drive to Toronto.


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

Indianapolis dinosaur museum Kamphuis
#113 Things to do in the Summer: Be Wowed by the Dinosaurs at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Indulge with a Yummi Bunni in Fort Wayne


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


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.

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#116 Things to do in the Summer: Head to St. Louis

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. Let us help you make planning for the upcoming school year easier, so you can enjoy the last few weeks of summer activities without worry.

Your Back to School List


Looking for childcare can be a daunting task. Start here by mentally preparing yourself for knowing what to look for and then continue here with some favorite parent recommendations.


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


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.

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#119 Things to do in the Summer: Our preschool guide is here to help

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.


Curious about all the hubbub over school of choice? Learn how to navigate it here in West Michigan.


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.

#122 Things to do in the Summer: Our schools guide can help find your child’s best fit

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


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


Visit the Summer Highlight Sponsors and thank them for making this list – and GRKIDS.com – possible.

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#125 Things to do in the Summer: Support some our amazing sponsors like the Mud Room

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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