Summer has arrived and we’re ready for it! From sunny days at the splash pad and u-pick farms to late nights cuddled up under the stars for movies and fireworks. Here are the big events and every day activities to keep you busy until and after school lets out.


It’s never been easier to plan for summer break because LittleGuide Detroit has put all the fun family ideas in one place – the LittleGuide Detroit Magazine Summer edition lists the best beaches + waterparks, festival and fair schedule, can’t miss playgrounds and more!


Summer Bucketlist Activities

Looking for a signature summer activity? Here are things you can do when time allows but for this summer only.


Fireworks + Festivals

Fireworks and festivals are summer essentials. Here’s where you can find both!


Make A Splash

Keep it simple at a splash pad or pack up all the things and visit a waterpark or beach. From FREE to fee, here’s a county by county guide to local splash pads, pools and beaches. Be safe this summer, consider signing your little up for swim class to give them water safety skills they need – we love our weekly lessons at Aqua-Tots Swim School.


Join The Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Cereal Drive

School’s out this month and for some kids it’ll mean missed meals. Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s annual Cereal Drive collects trucks full of cereal for Gleaner’s to distribute to families in need. This year, LittleGuide Detroit has joined the effort and are asking readers to help us by one-click ordering cereal on Amazon and having it delivered to our officies before June 9th (Select “LittleGuide Detroit’s Gift Registry Address” under “Other Addresses”).


Go to a U-Pick Farm

Food tastes just a bit better when you work for it. Check out our guide to U-Pick Farms in metro Detroit and start making plans to pick fresh produce. We’ll be heading to Blakes to gather ‘pick’ our dinner, pick up donuts for the kids and hard cider for late nights by the bonfire.


Plan The Perfect Picnic

Put away the phones, pull out the kites/balls/frisbee and pack the picnic basket for dinner. Whether it’s fresh finds from a local farmer market or a pizza you pick up on the road, here are the best places to picnic in metro Detroit.


Hit The Road

Whether it’s a day trip or overnight stay, pack up the kids and the car and enjoy a little getaway. Here are our favorite places to escape to.


Celebrate A Successful School Year

Start summer vacation off right and grab a scoop of ice cream at one of these ‘cool’ ice cream shops in metro Detroit.

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