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Did you know August is Family Fun Month? Well, it is and Harry’s Army Surplus is a family owned and run business, so we though it was the perfect month to support!
Family Fun Month is all about spending time with the ones you love and having fun. Families comes in all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors! August is also a great month to spend time with family. You can enjoy the last bit of summer and the time before the kids go back to school. If you are looking for ideas on some fun family activities look no further, Harry’s has got you covered! Here’s a list of activities that are perfect for all types of families.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun, there are plenty of inexpensive and even FREE activities the whole family can do.
1 Spend the day at the park.
You can have a picnic, play Frisbee, play other outdoor games, and more. If you are headed to a state park there may be a beach to relax on and you may even be able to bring the furry members of the family. Most parks have beach volleyball courts as well, so depending on the number of people at your gathering, you could start up a volleyball match. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to spending time at the park.
2. Go to a museum.
Many museums are starting to offer free or discounted admission on certain days or at certain times. The Detroit Institute of Arts offers residents on Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties free admission. If you aren’t located in the Detroit area, research your local museums to find out what the cost of their admission tickets are and if they offer any type of discount. Museums are great for rainy days, which Detroit has had plenty of this summer, and provides a cultural learning experience for everyone.
3. Organize a family game night.
You can take turns letting everyone pick their favorite game. For snacks, before the games get started everyone can get their favorite snack. If people are over 21 then making everyone’s favorite drinks is also an option. Having a game night allows for some healthy competition and clean fun. This could also be a night where the little kids get to stay up just a little bit later than normal or they are allowed to eat their favorite candy. Whatever way you organize it, a game night is sure to be fun.
If you do have some extra cash to spend, you can find some really awesome activities for the whole family.
1. Go to an amusement park.
Amusement parks are a ton of fun especially for kids. With everything from the rides, to the characters dressed up in costume, to the food available, there will be something to please just about everyone. Water parks are also great options, especially for the people who just can’t handle roller coasters. Whichever one you go with, they both have areas specific to the little ones with age appropriate rides and attractions as well as the thrilling rides meant for the older folk.
2. Go catch a baseball game.
Baseball season is in full swing and tickets are typically easy to get. Many MLB parks have other attractions aside from the game. Comerica Park rides for kids as well as fireworks after certain games. The Tampa Bay Rays, who play at Tropicana Field have a 35 foot, 10,000 gallon tank called the Rays Touch Tank that contains live rays that were caught in the Tampa Bay area. You can buy ray food and the proceeds benefit the Florida Aquarium. 50 people are allowed in the tank area at once, but it is free to all people attending the game. Even if you are not located near a MLB team, minor league games are just as fun.
3. Take a road trip.
You don’t have to go anywhere to far, but pick a place that the family has never been to. You guys can all experience a new place together and explore what that city has to offer. While you’re on the trip make sure to try new things, where it’s trying a new food or trying a new activity, you will be able to build memories from experiences like that.
It doesn’t really matter what you do this month, just make sure you dedicate some time to fun and your family. You can even take a family trip to Harry’s! We’ve got something for everyone!
The Detroit area has felt like Seattle recently due to the HUGE amount of rain we have been receiving, but the Harry’s staff firmly believes that we will get some sunny summer days soon! When those sunny days arrive, spending time indoors is absolutely unacceptable. Here is a list of some great outdoor activities that everyone will enjoy!
Golfing is a great activity for couples and for families ( if everyone is involved is interested ) and Michigan has been consistently ranked as one of the best places in the country to go golfing by numerous golfing magazines. Michigan has over 800 public golf courses all at varying levels of difficulty so there will be a spot for every skill level. The Pure Michigan website has an extensive list of golf courses and you can search by city or region making it easy to find a course near your home or vacation spot.
I have talked a lot about hiking and camping in previous posts, but you can’t live in or visit Michigan without enjoying some of the fabulous fishing spots Michigan has to offer. Aside from the Great Lakes, Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes with hundreds or rivers, streams, and creaks. You can catch fish like salmon, trout, perch, and bass. Wherever you are in Michigan, you aren’t far from a spot to fish. You will need to get a fishing license to fish in Michigan, but it is fairly inexpensive. This is an activity that the whole family can easily enjoy and you can have a picnic while you’re at it.
If you are looking for a trip or excursion just for you and your significant other or maybe you are planning a girls trip, visiting a winery ( or 2 ) would make for a really fun trip. The best way to do it would be plan a trip around a wine trail. You can visit the Pure Michigan Wine Trail list to get some ideas. on where to go. Wine Trails are a great idea for a number of reasons. One, there are a number of wineries in the same general location making it super easy to visit more then one. Two, since these trails are located outside of the Greater Detroit area, you experience some awesome views of the wilderness and the lakes. Three, the area around the wine trails feature great restaurants, amazing shopping, and lovely places to stay. I highly recommend this option if you are looking for a relaxing getaway.
4. Diving and Snorkeling
Going diving or snorkeling is a great choice for all you water lovers out there looking for something a bit more adventurous than just going to the beach. The bottom of the Great Lakes is scattered with wreckage from lost ships, its like stepping back in time. A great spot to snorkel is at the North Point Wreckage in Alpena. Snorkeling is a lot easier than diving so it may be a better choice for families. Diving and snorkeling provides a fun, unique experience that can be a historical learning experience for the whole family.
Whether your looking for an adventure or a more relaxing experience, we urge you to get outside because this nice weather won’t last long. From hiking to camping to going to the beach, Harry’s has the gear you need to make your trip enjoyable. Get out and enjoy your summer!