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School’s Out for Summer!!

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.

Have fun!


  1. Visit the DIA
  2. Visit the Michigan Science Center
  3. Visit Eastern Market
  4. Go to a Tiger’s Game
  5. Sea Life Michigan – an aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing
  6. CorkTown
  7. GreekTown
  8. MidTown
  9. Mexican Village
  10. Belle Isle
  11. Detroit Zoo
  12. Toledo Zoo
  13. Potter Park Zoo
  14. Henry Ford Imax Theater
  15. Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
  16. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  17. Spring Break Art Days @ Cranbrook Art Museum
  18. Cranbrook Institute of Science
  19. Pick any Michigan Lighthouse and go check it out.


  1. Sleep in and have breakfast in bed
  2. Make a fort big enough for adults
  3. Movie Day
  4. Spa Day
  5. Wash the cars
  6. Have a bonfire
  7. Chalk, bubbles, hopscotch, hula hoop, play catch!
  8. Ride bikes, take walks, fly kites!
  9. Find a spot for your garden and let the kids plan it and prep it
  10. Read a book together, take turns with each chapter
  11. Redecorate a room
  12. Really learn how to play all those Wii games!
  13. Culture Day – eat, dress and talk in that vein!
  14. Game night
  15. Arts and Crafts Day
  16. Scavenger Hunt
  17. Science Experiments Day
  18. Beauty Day
  19. Do nothing Day

4 the Kids:

  1. Sky Zone
  2. Open Gym at  Troy Gymnastics
  3. Open gym at YMCA’s or your gym
  4. Find a new playground
  5. Detroit Kid City or Java Jungle offer indoor fun
  6. Go bowling
  7. Go to the movies
  8. Creative Arts Studio – Royal Oak
  9. Kids classes at Home Depot/Lowe’s or Michael’s
  10. Visit your local library
  11. Play Putt-Putt
  12. Have a multi-family playdate
  13. Take them shopping for Summer clothes
  14. Kalahari or Great Wolf Lodge for waterpark fun
  15. Scavenger Hunt on a Nature Trail
  16. Camping
  17. Carnivals
  18. Tour Morley Candy Makers
  19. 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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