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More places to visit and activities to keep your family busy & entertained:
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The Air Zoo features rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, flight simulators, a 3D theatre, and educational activities in Kalamazoo

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Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Inspire your family to discover the wonder of science, math and technology. 


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Storytimes and other activities, check local store for details.

Earn a free book through their summer reading program!

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Belle Isle Nature Zoo

Bring the wilds of Michigan to the heart of Detroit.

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City of Rochester Hills

Get information about parks and special events.


Cranbrook Institute of Science

Michigan's Museum of Natural History


Detroit Institute of Arts Family Sundays


Take in family performances, storytelling, art-making workshops and more.


Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and Den   


Sixteen heavily wooded acres full of trails.  Families will find lots of hands-on activities.

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 Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Celebrating 50 years of providing Michigan with exhibits and program about the history of the Great Lakes and the Detroit River.

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The Ewe Revue 2, Farmers Market and more.

Environmental Education Programs

Programs for adults and children may be held at various park sites.


Home Depot   


Free kids' workshop program.  Home Depot has wood projects for kids to build.  First Saturday of each month; 10 a.m. - noon, call your local store for type of craft to be made each month.


Huron-Clinton Metroparks

A special regional park district encompassing the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston.


Jo-Ann Superstores       


Free Creative Kidz Events.  Third Saturday of each month; 10 a.m. - noon for make and take crafts.  Call your local store for additional details.



Free Build and Grow Kids' Clinic.  Wood crafts to make and take, second Saturday of each month; 10 a.m. - noon.  Call your local store for type of craft to be made each month.

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Michigan 4-H Children's Garden

Indoor and outdoor gardens, including a pizza garden and a storybook garden, to explore on the campus of Michigan State in Lansing


Paint Creek Trail                             


The Paint Creek Trail is a 8.9 mile linear park, located in northeast Oakland County.  The non-mortorized Trail is 8 feet wide, and traverses through Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township and the /village of Lake Orion.


Upland Hills Farm                           


Old fashioned hayrides, visit and feed the animals, enjoy farm demonstrations.  Visit the website for special events held at the farm.


Van Hoosen Farm                           


Historical tours and outdoor programs for families.  Open year round, Wednesday through Saturday.


Village Mall of Rochester


Craft and storytime activities, check the website for additional information.
Check the RHPL events calendar to find out when your favorite librarians will be at the Village leading storytime!


Waterford Oaks Waterpark

Buy one ticket, get one free after 4pm Monday through Friday.




Discover the variety of programs the Y offers for any interest, age, ability.  Call for programming schedules.  North Oakland Family YMCA 248 370-YMCA

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Great sites for more information on entertainment and education possibilities:
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Destination Oakland

Information on recreation and tourism in southeast Michigan.

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Great Parents, Great Start

Michigan's initiative for school-readiness and success for young children.  Find out about parenting classes, special programs, assessments and other resources.

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Macaroni Kid

What's happening in Rochester and surrounding areas.

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Metro Parent Calendar of Events

Events and attractions in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties

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Michigan Department of Education

Literacy & Math activities for prekindergarten through 2nd grades.  (printable in PDF format)

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Museum Adventure Pass

Free or discounted passes to museums all over southeastern Michigan.  You can check them out on line with your library card number and PIN.

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Park & Read Program

Get a free pass from the library for a day at any state park.

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Pure Michigan - Attractions for Kids & Families

Lots of ideas for adventures all over the state.

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Other Rewards for Reading
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Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

A free book, summer reading kit, and more!

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Book Adventure

A free reading program from Sylvan Learning

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Family FUNdamentals, PreK-3 Reading Activities

from the State of Michigan's Department of Education

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The iVillage PBS Kids Summer Reading Community Challenge

Activities, downloads, discounts, daily chances to win $1000 and other prizes.

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Michigan Reads 

The Detroit Tigers and Michigan Education Association have teamed up to make it easier for your family to see a Tigers game this summer!  REGISTER, READ 10 books, and RELAX at Comerica Park.

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Pizza Hut Summer Break Reading Challenge Workshop

Your chance to win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid prize package!

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Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge

Read and win books...maybe even a backpack full of them!

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Scholastic Summer Challenge

Read.  Log minutes.  Win prizes.

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