Family Friendly Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer in Northville

Family Friendly Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer in Northville

Monday, 07 June 2021 15:43

Summer is in full swing here in Northville, Michigan. For many families, this is the best time of year. It is the few months each year when you can finally forget coats and gloves and really enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful area. Plus, the kids are out of school, and you can spend some quality time together as a family. 

The challenge, however, can be staying cool while the mercury rises. 

Here are eight tips for getting a break from the heat that parents and kids can enjoy together. 


Eight Tips for Beating the Heat for Families in Northville, MI

1) Get Outside Early in the Morning or Late in the Day

Northville is surrounded by pristine, fun parks. We have fantastic playgrounds, fishing areas, walking and biking trails, and even a quality disc golf course. All of these are good activities for families; however, many people make the mistake of leaving their house too late, putting them outside during the hottest part of the day. Being outdoors when the sun is high dramatically increases the chance of hearing things like:

  • "It's too hot!"
  • "I'm sweating!"
  • "I'm thirsty!"
  • "I want to go home!"

If you miss your morning departure time, the next best option might be to wait until the sun is going down. However, if you choose to go outdoors during the evening, you need to prepare to guard against mosquitos and bugs. 

2) Go for a Hike in the Woods 

This might seem counterintuitive to staying cool, but tree cover blocking the sun can make it feel considerably less hot. Hiking is a great way to get exercise and explore nature. If you can time it with your family to hike earlier in the morning, the low sun and forest canopy will make you forget it's the middle of summer. Plus, you might just find a shallow, fast-moving creek into which to wade. 

3) Visit Maybury State Park

Maybury State Park is right up the road from Northville and features plenty of activities for people trying to get out and enjoy nature. You will find plenty of beautiful forest canopy to help keep you cool if you choose to go hiking. Otherwise, bike trails traverse the park, so you can tour the area with the wind in your helmet and a breeze on your face. 

4) Hang Out on the Beach at Island Lake Recreation Area

Island Lake Recreation Area is just 20-minutes northeast of Northville. If your family enjoys mountain biking, you will enjoy the 15 miles of fast and flowy singletrack. After your ride, you can cool off on the beach. You might even see a hot air balloon.  

5) Have a Picnic at Kensington Metropark

A few miles up the road from Island Lake, Kensington Metropark is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon. There is a playground, as well as picnic tables sheltered by umbrellas, so the kids can play while parents get a break from the sun. There are also walking/biking trails and a beach if you want to swim after your picnic (assuming you wait the appropriate amount of time). Regardless of where you go, remember the sunscreen and lifejackets.  

6) Visit the Waterfront of Lake St. Clair at the Lake Front Park

One of the best places to visit and somewhere you might go multiple times this summer is Lake St. Clair Metropark. Some of the amenities that your family will enjoy include: 

  • A large swimming pool
  • Some excellent water slides for endless fun for your kids
  • A beach
  • A playground next to the beach
  • Picnic tables and shelters
  • A nature center
  • Kayak tours

There is so much to do at Lake St. Clair Metropark. This is a must-visit for beating the heat this summer.

7) Schedule a Visit to Belle Isle

Who doesn't want to hang out on an island? Belle Isle is a park on an island in the Detroit River. There are bicycle and walking trails, playgrounds, a giant slide, a museum, and a beach. 

8) Go See a Movie or Two

Sometimes the best way to get out of the house during summer still involves staying inside under air conditioning. As much as you want to spend time outdoors, there is nothing wrong with popcorn, soda, and a good movie. 

St. Paul Lutheran School | Private Christian Education in Northville, MI

When summer is finished, and it is time to return to school, make sure you and your family are happy with the quality of education your children receive. One of the best ways you can do that is by enrolling them in a Christian private school in Northville, Michigan. 

St. Paul Lutheran School's mission is to help children reach their God-given potential. This involves providing a Christ-centered education with multiple opportunities to hear the gospel each day. 

If you are ready to hear more about how our school can be the perfect place for your child to thrive, take some time to reach out to us this summer