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2019 Fun, Free and Low-Cost Summer Ideas in Metro Detroit

Are you looking for some fun summer ideas?  We have a lot of free and low-cost summer ideas in Metro Detroit to fill your summer days.

2019 Free & Low Cost Summer Fun

over 50 spray parks, splash pads, waterparks, and outdoor pools listed:

My Top Picks:
Heritage Park in Farmington Hills
Pop Jet Fountains at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township
Clay Township Splash Pad
The Brand NEW H2O Zone Spray Ground in Westland
Mt. Elliott Park on the Detroit Riverfront

Free Concerts in the Park 

Updated for 2019: We have compiled a list of all the great concerts in Metro Detroit, all sorted by county:

My Top Picks

Wild Summer Nights every Wednesday at the Detroit Zoo
Park It 4 Fun – Free Concert and outdoor movie with locations all over Metro Detroit
Friday Night Live at the DIA
Campus Martius Park in Detroit


Many Metro Detroit communities offer free fireworks display events you can find them listed by date here:

Other free and low-cost summer ideas in Metro Detroit Ideas:   

Admission to the DIA is now free for Metro Detroit Residents
They offer some great programs like Friday Night Live! and Family Sundays.
They also offer Drop-In Workshops for children 12 and under where kids can create their own artists inspired creation to take home, free with museum admission.
Many communities offer some great opportunities for youngsters to learn and have fun over the summer.

Many Libraries offer story time, free movies, group activities and more.

Detroit Tiger’s Baseball Game:
The Sunday Family Value Deal is available for all Sunday games! Bring the whole family for as little as $18, $20 or $25 per ticket for any Sunday regular season home game.  Plus Kids Run the Bases after Sunday Detroit Tigers home games!
Sunday Family Value:

Local Nature Centers offer learning programs and communities offer free movies in the park, concerts and other fun family activities. Check with your local recreation department, nature center, library or city hall for more information about programs near you.

Kids Bowl FREE… it’s a great program where parents just have to sign up and they get two free games of bowling for their youngster for the summer at one of over 30 different locations.  It is a national program and I have participated a few times.

2019 Emagine Summer Kids’ Movies for Just $2

2019 Emagine Summer Kids’ Movies for Just $2

Visit a local park – here are our top ten favorites –

Visit a local farm.  There are many places families can visit to see farm animals up close, including our favorites, Upland Hills and Maybury Farm.

Be sure to check out our calendar of events for other fun and low-cost events in Metro Detroit.


Amber Louchart
Author: Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud mother to four beautiful children, Damian (27), Rosaleigh (14), Carlyn (11), and Naomi (8). Her family also includes four cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy. In addition to Metro Detroit Mommy, Amber has a passion for hosting karaoke with Malibu Entertainment.  She enjoys the metro Detroit nightlife especially, singing, dancing and meeting new people.