Summertime Fun For All Ages

By: Carolyn Hall | June 19, 2024
children standing in front of a dinosaur display - summer time fun

Photo courtesy of Cranbrook Institute of Science

Summer in Metro Detroit is a time of excitement, exploration, and endless family fun. Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures, educational experiences, or just a good old-fashioned day out in the sun with the kids, the Metro Detroit area has something for everyone. Here are some of the top spots to make the most of your summertime in Metro Detroit…

DETROIT ZOO

8450 West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak

A Metro Detroit staple, the Detroit Zoo offers a delightful day of exploration and learning. From the majestic lions and playful monkeys to the stunning Butterfly Garden, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, where you can watch the fascinating penguins swim and play, or the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest, with a rope bridge to cross and get a better view. The zoo’s focus on conservation and education makes it not only fun but also informative for all ages.

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INDIAN SPRINGS METROPARK

5200 Indian Trail, White Lake

Part of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks system, Indian Springs Metropark offers a wide range of activities for outdoor lovers. Hilary Simmet, Interim Chief of Marketing and Communications tells us, “Huron-Clinton Metroparks have served the people of Southeast Michigan since 1940. Managed by the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, the Metroparks are made up of 13 properties in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. The Metroparks provide educational resources on science, nature, history, and the environment.” At Indian Springs, your family can find picnic spots, an extensive golf course, horseback riding, a splash pad for those unbearable hot days, a playground for hours of fun, and the Environmental Discovery Center for those looking to add a bit of education to their kiddo’s summer agenda. This Metropark is great for recreation and learning this summer. 

huron clinton metroparks summer playground
Photo courtesy of Huron-Clinton Metroparks

MARVIN’S MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MUSEUM

31005 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills

Step into a world of wonder at Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum. This unique spot is a 5,000-square-foot treasure trove of vintage arcade games, mechanical oddities, and rare memorabilia. It’s an adventure back in time for both kids and adults. Spend hours exploring the quirky exhibits, trying out the old-school games, and marveling at the bizarre and fascinating collections that Marvin and his family have curated over the years. Grab a snack at the cafe, play pinball to your heart’s desire, and experience the oddities that makeup Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum. 

RED OAKS WATERPARK

1455 East Thirteen Mile Road, Madison Heights

Beat the summer heat at Red Oaks Waterpark. This park features a wave pool, water slides, and a children’s water playground, making it a perfect destination for a family day out. The lazy river is a favorite for those looking to relax, while the water slides offer a thrill for the more adventurous. The SplashTown features 52 interactive water features, including a dumping bucket. It’s a refreshing way to spend a hot summer day. Grab your sunscreen, pack a lunch and snacks, and have a great day at Red Oaks Waterpark. 

CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

1 Institute Way, Bloomfield Hills

The Cranbrook Institute of Science offers an immersive educational experience for the whole family. With interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of objects and artifacts, and a planetarium, there’s always something new to discover. Stand beneath a T.rex, feel a mastodon’s fur, or touch a meteorite. The institute’s engaging programs and special events ensure that visitors leave with a deeper understanding of the natural world. For the science fans, this is a great chance to explore. 

mastedon at cranbrook institute of science
Photo courtesy of Cranbrook Institute of Science

TREERUNNER ADVENTURE PARK

6200 Drake Road, West Bloomfield Township

7553 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester

For those looking for outdoor adventure, TreeRunner Adventure Park is a fantastic choice. The aerial adventure park in West Bloomfield features over 250 different obstacles ranging from beginner to advanced. There are 47 zip lines, various trails, and dedicated areas for kids. While the Rochester location is smaller, it also features fields perfect for kite flying, mini golf, and gem mining. This spot offers a great way for families to bond while tackling challenges together. Safety is a top priority here, and trained staff are always on hand to assist.

HERITAGE PARK PETTING FARM

12803 Pardee Road, Taylor

Located in Taylor, the Heritage Park Petting Farm is a charming spot where kids can get up close with the animals. Media Center & Event Specialist Samantha Rickard shares, “The Heritage Park Petting Farm is a community hub for rural animal life in an urban city. Directly attached to the popular Heritage Park, the farm is home to over 100 animal residents. The farm features several special events and offers birthday party packages, field trips, and other possible experiences. Here, you’ll find your favorite farm animals like goats, pigs, ponies, and more, plus some unexpected characters as well. Stop by for a memorable experience, we’re open year-round.” For frequent visitors, this petting farm offers Family Farm Passes, which permit entry to the farm and all of the events put on by the facility. 

ducks at heritage park petting farm - summer visit
Photo courtesy of Heritage Park Petting Farm

FUN ZONEZ

27200 Joy Road, Redford Charter Township

For high-energy entertainment, Fun ZoneZ is a must-visit. This dinosaur-themed indoor playground offers a variety of activities that will keep children entertained for hours. With bumper cars, arcade games, play structures, and laser tag, it’s the perfect place to let the kids burn off some energy while having a blast. Plus, there are comfortable seating areas for adults to relax in the Quiet Zone, with the opportunity to play with their kids 12 and up. With an extensive menu, you can certainly plan a day around running around Fun ZoneZ. 

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