Still time to enjoy National Family Fun Month!

Summertime may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean an end to the fun. Michigan offers families a wide variety of outstanding late summer and early fall outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing and attending local festivals.

August is National Family Fun Month and there is still time for residents to take advantage of our state’s numerous outdoor activities like taking in a round at one of our world-class golf courses or kayaking on 36,000 miles of rivers.

Family fun does not necessarily mean extravagant vacations. There is plenty to do here in Michigan that is not only budget-friendly, but often within an hour or two of your home.

We are blessed to have natural and cultural resources in Michigan that make our state such a great place to live and raise a family. A good way to have fun and support your local community is to get out and enjoy all the activities available right here in our own backyard.

There is plenty of time left to visit one of more than 40 Michigan water parks or aquatic centers, spend a day in the sand at one of Michigan’s beautiful beaches or take a family bike ride along miles of bike trails throughout our state. Michigan is also home to thousands of inland lakes, where families can go to swim, hike, water ski or just enjoy a picnic.

It is not just about fun and games. Children with involved parents tend to fare better in school and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. Spending more time together as a family strengthens your family bonds, improves academic performance in children and helps kids develop positive parenting skills.

No matter what the activity is, make sure that the entire family is involved and that you cherish the time spent together. For ideas for your late summer family outing, visit www.michigan.org/outdoors.