Family Fun! 5 Ways to End Your Summer on a High Note

By: Scott Davis | August 20, 2018

Summer is almost over. While that is certainly a disappointing thought, the key word is almost. There’s still time for you and your family to take soak up the final days of summer before the fall weather rolls around. Here are five family-friendly activities that will help your family savor the final days of summer.

Detroit Zoo

A trip to the Detroit Zoo in the summer is as iconic as any summertime activity, and there’s still plenty to see even if you’ve already been. The Dinosauria exhibit will run through Monday, September 3 and the Wild Summer Nights concert series has two more performances featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Quartet on August 22 and Olivia Millerschin on August 29. Adults looking to get in some late summer fun can also check out the highly popular Wild Beasts Wild Wine event taking place on Friday, August 24.

New Center Park Movies

We highlighted some animated movies you can check out under the stars this summer, and we hope you took advantage of all of the great screenings. If you haven’t (or want to go again) you have two final chances at New Center Park in Detroit as they will show “Metropolis” on Friday, August 24 and “Sing” the following Friday, August 31. The park will also be showing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Wednesday, August 22, “Black Panther” on Wednesday, August 29, and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” on Wednesday, September 5.

Park It Family Fun Nights

Park It Family Nights has been entertaining families all over southeast Michigan this summer with kid-friendly concerts and screening their favorite animated movies all in one night. On Tuesday, August 21, the Novi Pavilion Shore Park will host a family-friendly concert featuring the rock band Revivors followed by a screening of the animated film, “Sherlock Gnomes.” The final event of the summer will take place at Waterford’s Hess-Hathaway Park where Guy Louis will perform and “Coco” will be shown after.

Red Oaks Waterpark

With a triple-flume water slide, a wave-action pool, a 990-foot lazy river, and a children’s water playground with 68 features, Red Oaks Waterpark has all of the water thrills you and your family could want to close out the summer. The park will feature late season hours, which is 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., so plan accordingly. For more waterparks, be sure to read our water parks story from earlier this summer.

Hiking Trails

There’s nothing more peaceful or relaxing than a late summer stroll through your favorite trail. Whether you like the West Bloomfield Trail, Paint Creek Trail, Milford Trail, or your own personal favorite trail, just be sure to get out there and take in Metro Detroit’s summer beauty. For more, see our suggestions for some beautiful hiking spots from earlier this summer.