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 (you can try your first lesson for FREE!).

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”).

FREE Family Fun

Enjoy an outing that won’t break the budget and enjoy these special free admission days at popular local destinations. You can also find a list of places that are always free here.

Touch-A-Trucks + Car Events

Calling all car lovers, here are some places to find HANDS-ON fun in June!


June is Pride Month, Juneteenth and the official start of summer. Celebrate it all with a these ‘cool’ ice cream shops in metro Detroit.

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Drive into June with a new Ford. If you need to upgrade to accomodate another car seat or more sports equipment, Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers have what you need, find a location near you.

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