“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”
— State of Michigan motto
Let’s be honest; we’re pretty lucky to raise children in Michigan. Sure we may not be the richest state in the union, but no other state can beat us on beauty and spectacular natural resources. It’s our duty as parents to share this great state with them.
From Monroe to Marquette, Michigan offers parents countless opportunities on making the most of those summer vacations. And the best trips are those planned as a family.
So gather the family around the dinner table, put the phones down and plan your next Michigan adventure — puremichigan.com is a great place to start your planning.
Here are a few fun ideas:
Spring Lake Heritage Festival
June 9 – June 14, 2014
In the shadow of summer hotspot Grand Haven sits the small town of equally artsy Spring Lake. Each year this picturesque west Michigan town opens its arms to visitors for the annual Spring Lake Heritage Festival. Fun for the entire family, this festival offers a dedicated family night (June 11 this year) followed the next night by Wing on the Water — a barbecue cook-off featuring chicken wings. To learn more about this week-long celebration of Spring Lake, visit slheritagefestival.com.
USA Curling Arena Championships
June 12 – June 15, 2014
Visit the Lansing area to witness 32 of the best teams in the nation battle for the USA Curling 2014 Arena National Championship. This four-day event features both men and women’s divisions and admission is free. Slide on over to lansingsports.org/curling for more information.
Chalk & Chocolate Festival
August 16, 2014
Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to take part in the annual Chalk Festival in Petoskey’s Bayfront Park. Compete, or just watch, the Open Division where artists feature original work. A Master’s Reproduction Division has artists recreating a Renaissance or other Master’s work. Chocolate fans, for a mere $5, can sample delicious chocolates from around the world — including Petoskey’s own Kilwin’s — while strolling the chalk masterpieces. For more information on the festival, visit petoskeyfestival.com.
– Jim Pesta, Parenting Program participant and father of two girls