School is out and Summer break is officially here!
Finally, no more schedules and lunches to pack or gym shoes forgotten in the back packs. Gone is the guilt of getting to bed late and forgetting to finish homework. Easy mornings and carefree days have arrived.
If you are lucky enough to stay at home with your kids, you also know that feeling will be tested many times over the next 11 weeks. Below are some great ideas to keep you and your kiddos happy. Even if you’ve already got them all camped up and your schedules are set, there is still plenty to enjoy and mix up your summer.
- Visit the DIA
- Visit the Michigan Science Center
- Visit Eastern Market
- Go to a Tiger’s Game
- Sea Life Michigan – an aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing
- Mexican Village
- Belle Isle
- Detroit Zoo
- Toledo Zoo
- Potter Park Zoo
- Henry Ford Imax Theater
- Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
- Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
- Spring Break Art Days @ Cranbrook Art Museum
- Cranbrook Institute of Science
- Pick any Michigan Lighthouse and go check it out.
- Sleep in and have breakfast in bed
- Make a fort big enough for adults
- Movie Day
- Spa Day
- Wash the cars
- Have a bonfire
- Chalk, bubbles, hopscotch, hula hoop, play catch!
- Ride bikes, take walks, fly kites!
- Find a spot for your garden and let the kids plan it and prep it
- Read a book together, take turns with each chapter
- Redecorate a room
- Really learn how to play all those Wii games!
- Culture Day – eat, dress and talk in that vein!
- Game night
- Arts and Crafts Day
- Scavenger Hunt
- Science Experiments Day
- Beauty Day
- Do nothing Day
4 the Kids:
- Sky Zone
- Open Gym at Troy Gymnastics
- Open gym at YMCA’s or your gym
- Find a new playground
- Detroit Kid City or Java Jungle offer indoor fun
- Go bowling
- Go to the movies
- Creative Arts Studio – Royal Oak
- Kids classes at Home Depot/Lowe’s or Michael’s
- Visit your local library
- Play Putt-Putt
- Have a multi-family playdate
- Take them shopping for Summer clothes
- Kalahari or Great Wolf Lodge for waterpark fun
- Scavenger Hunt on a Nature Trail
- Tour Morley Candy Makers
- Jump in puddles
It’s fun to let the kids pick one outing and one at home idea each week. Anything else you do is a bonus! And you’ll still get to enjoy summer and not be so very busy! While it is summer, don’t forget to keep them learning! Hit the library to keep their reading skills growing and make sure they don’t forget how to add, subtract, multiply or divide!!
Here’s hoping you don’t have to hear “I’m bored” too many times!!
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