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The coronavirus has brought a lot of late-spring and early summer fun to a halt and while things are slowly opening back up, not everything will. So, your typical summer plans are probably going to be quite different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! There are still plenty of ways to make it enjoyable and create ultimate at-home experiences. Your kids’ best summer memories are waiting to be made in your own backyard!

Movie Night

Break out the snacks and enjoy a movie that everyone in the family will enjoy. Looking for movie ideas? Check out this list of family movies: Best Family Movies (2000-2017)


Make your own instruments; then, lead a marching band parade through the living room.

30 of the best hiking trails and recreational parks

With the weather changing, many of you want to spend more time outside! Not only is spending time outdoors fun, it is also healthy for the body and the mind! Outdoor play increases bodily fitness, promotes environmental-based learning and provides adventure for the whole family.

Here are 30 of the best hiking trails and recreational parks in southeast Michigan that you and your family can explore all while staying close to home.

  1. Bird Hills Trail (Ann Arbor)  There are 4.8 mile and 2.3 mile loops available at this park. FREE.

  2. Barton Nature Area (Ann Arbor)  This hiking loop is 2.4 miles and is good for all skill levels. FREE.

  3. Matthaei Botanical Gardens (Ann Arbor) — There are a 1.6 and 4.2 mile trails available. FREE.

  4. Brighton State Recreation Area (Brighton) — There are 5 trail options here. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  5. Island Lake State Recreation Area (Brighton) — There are 7 different trails here to explore with a variety of lengths. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  6. Oaken Transformations (Brighton) — This .5 mile loop trail features poetry and sculptures throughout the woods. Open Monday – Friday. FREE.

  7. Kensington Metropark (Brighton/Milford) Lots of options here with 15 different trails. Metroparks pass required.

  8. Lower Rouge Parkway (Canton) There are two short hiking trails here. FREE.

  9. Waterloo State Recreation Area (Chelsea) This park features 13 different trails to explore. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  10. Belle Isle Park (Detroit) This park has two shorter trails, not to mention tons of extras for kids to do! Michigan Recreation passport required.

  11. Dequindre Cut Greenway (Detroit)This is an urban 2 mile point-to-point trail. FREE.

  12. Heritage Park (Farmington) There are two trail options here — both a 2 mile and 3.2 mile trails. FREE.

  13. Deerfield Hills Nature Area (Fenton)This park features a 3.8 mile loop that features a lake and forests. FREE.

  14. The Ledges of Grand Ledge (Grand Ledge)Visit Fitzgerald Park and hike the trails for beautiful views that look like the upper peninsula!

  15. Highland State Recreation Area (Highland)  There are 8 different trails to explore here. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  16. Seven Lakes State Park (Holly) This park has 3 shorter trails available. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  17. Holly State Recreation Area (Holly) There are several trails available. The Wildwood and Valley Lake Trail is a 2.5 mile loop. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  18. Bald Mountain State Recreation (Lake Orion)This park features 6 trails, with two that are less than 5 miles. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  19. Rotary Park Loop (Livonia) This park has a 1.6 mile loop that features a river. FREE.

  20. Leonard Preserve (Manchester)This loop is 3.7 miles and features wild flowers and nature. FREE.

  21. Proud Lake State Recreation Area (Commerce/Milford)This park features 4 trails for long or shorter hikes. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  22. River Raisin National Battlefield (Monroe) This national park has a 1 mile loop that features a river. FREE.

  23. Crosswind Marsh Preserve (Belleville) This park features 6 hiking trails, including 2.5 mile and 1.1 mile loops. FREE.

  24. Maybury State Park (Northville)There are a few trail options here, including a 1.3 mile loop. There is also a farm near the trails that is fun to explore when open! Michigan Recreation passport required.

  25. Pinckney Recreation Area (Pinckney/Dexter)This park features 13 different trails, including three that are less than 3 miles. Michigan Recreation passport required.

  26. Cranberry Lake Park Trail (Rochester)This park has a 1.1. mile loop for all skill levels. FREE.

  27. Stage Nature Center Loop (Troy)This trail is a 1.5 mile loop that is good for all skill levels. FREE.

  28. Marsh Bank Park Loop (West Bloomfield)This park has a 1.3 mile loop. FREE.

  29. West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve (West Bloomfield)This trail is 2.1 miles and features woods. FREE.

  30. North Bay Trail (Ypsilanti)North Bay Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ypsilanti, Michigan that features a river and is good for all skill levels. $3 pass entry fee.