Summer is in the home stretch, but there’s still time to make great family memories before school starts. In a few months, we’ll all be hunkered down indoors for another Michigan winter, so it’s time to enjoy warm weather outdoor activities with your kids before they are back on the school bus.

Here are five cool ways for your family to make the most out of August:

1) Take Me Out to the Ballgame
No summer is complete without a trip to a baseball game where you can see the green grass, hear the crack of the bat and taste a ballpark hot dog. The Lansing Lugnuts will play at home in downtown’s Jackson Field with special game days throughout the month of August and September. Post-game fireworks will blast off Aug. 13-14, 27-28 and Sep. 17-18. New this year are Capital City Market Kids Days—where kids can run the bases after the game! Aside from the action on the field and in the seats, there’s a playground and bounce house to keep kids happy through all nine innings. Get tickets here.

2) Make A Splash

Hawk Island Splash Pad
Did you know Greater Lansing has swimming beaches? Find public beaches at Burchfield Park, Hawk Island Park, and Lake Lansing Park-South, open now through Labor Day. Be sure to visit the amazing Hawk Island Park, a 100-acre former gravel pit with everything you could want for a summer day in the sun including a swimming beach, splash pad, fishing, playground, trails, and boat rentals.

3) Get Active Outdoors
Kayaking the GrandPaddle around with RiverTown Adventures, which puts you eye to eye with turtles and other river critters on several kayak tours around the Capital Region as well as hourly rentals for floating around downtown. Load up the bikes and helmets and explore the paved Lansing River Trail as a family for quick trips or rides of 20 miles or more.

4) Do Something Wild
Zoo FamilyBring your dog and go Howl at the Moon at Harris Nature Center where you can take a guided walk through the woods and peer through the night sky at a full moon for just $3 per person. Potter Park Zoo has a great selection of animals in exhibits that are easily walkable for all ages. Come face to face with a kingly lion, cute red pandas, naughty monkeys and goofy penguins. Admission is $12 for adults outside Ingham County and $5 for kids age 12 and under.

5) Experience a Unique Slice of Summer

Lansing 5:01 Block Aid FestivalNothing captures the experience of a Michigan summer quite like a good old-fashioned festival. Williamston is celebrating 100 years with it's Red Cedar Jubilee. The Jubilee over the years has hosted many events such as blue grass festivals, rodeos, big time wrestling matches, carnivals, all the fun things one thinks of when talking about a small-town festival. Plus, there are many other events full of fun during the last few weeks of summer: carnival and fireworks at the DeWitt Ox Roast, oodles of kids’ activities at the St. Johns Mint Festival, and don't miss Common Ground Music Festival, returning to Jackson Field with artist G-EAZY headlining on September 11 and special guests Tee Grizzley, Duckwrth, Yung Baby Tate and Jahmed. Pick a festival to experience here.


Photography: Explore Michigan More, Tom Genarra, Eric Palmer