20+ Fun Summer Activities For Kids in Huron County

Summer is an exciting time in Huron County. Whether your kids are on summer break or you’re on vacation there are a number of fun events and activities for them to enjoy in Huron County.

Forget, “I’m bored”, take a look at this list and have some fun!

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#1 - Go to the Beach

A beach is a place for summer fun for the whole family. We have many beaches here in Huron County for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Click here for a full list of public beaches in Huron County.

#2 - Go Kayaking or Canoeing

For an adventure on the water then kayaking or canoeing is a must! If you or your child are new to kayaking, Port Austin Kayak can not only set you up with a rental kayak but their friendly team can help you get started with some basic kayaking instructions. Another area where you can find kayak rental in Huron County is Harbor Beach Kayak. For more on kayaking or canoeing in Huron County, check out this list.

#3 - Go Hiking & Experience Nature

The Huron County Nature Center is an excellent place to take the kids for a hike and experience nature. The nature center also offers one-of-a-kind nature programs the kids are sure to love.

#4 - Take a Step Back In Time

Huron County is rich in history and offers many local museums and historical sites for you and the kids to explore. You can find a full list of Huron County Museums and Historic Sites, here. You can also learn more by visiting the Huron County Historical Society website. Another event to keep in mind is the Huron County Free Museum Weekend that takes place in late September. You can learn more about the Huron County Free Museum Weekend, here.

#5 - Experience the Night Sky Like Never Before

There are many activities your kids can enjoy during the daylight hours, but what about at night? Why not experience the wonders of space and and all that is above us? The Huron County Dark Sky Preserve, located in Port Crescent State Park, is just the place! Noted as an excellent place to view the night sky, this special initiative has taken measures to reduce and eliminate light pollution in the area. For more information and resources about the Huron County Dark Sky Initiative read our article, “Huron County Dark Sky Preservation” and also on the Port Austin Outdoor Adventure website.

Beyond the wonders of the night sky, two months from now the moon will completely block the face of of the sun, treating part of the U.S. to a total solar eclipse. Although Michigan is not on the path of seeing the full eclipse, there may be ample opportunity to view a nice partial eclipse right here in our own backyard! You and your kids can watch the full eclipse on NASA TV. It is important to not stare at the full or partial eclipse without proper eclipse glasses.

#6 - Watch Fireworks Together

In addition to stargazing, Huron County offers some pretty spectacular fireworks displays. See below for the full 2017 schedule. 

2017 FIREWORKS SCHEDULE IN HURON COUNTY

  • Saturday, June 17th - Sebewaing

  • Saturday, July 1 - Port Hope

  • Monday, July 3 - Caseville

  • Tuesday, July 4 - Port Austin

  • Saturday, July 8 - Harbor Beach

#7 - Check Out A Local Event or Festival

There are many events taking place throughout Huron County this summer, and each one offers fun activities or experiences for kids. Check out our 2017 Summer Festivals and Events in Huron County article for a full list of dates and details. 

#8 - Parks & Rec

Parks and Rec programs are an excellent way to help your child engage with nature, learn social skills on the playground, create lifelong healthy habits, and cultivate sportsmanship and teamwork. Here are two local parks and rec programs to check into for your child. 

#9 - Kids Art Camp

Who doesn’t love bringing home a child’s art project and displaying it for all to enjoy? You don’t have to wait for school to start back up, because TurnerArts in Pigeon is hosting a Kids Art Camp July 24-28th and August 21st-25th.

Kids will explore acrylic painting by completing a series of 4 paintings during the camp. There will be an opportunity to display their work in a future "Kids Camp" art show at the gallery. The cost for the week is $75 and includes all supplies. Spots are limited, so make sure to register early. Register for one or both camps, as the paintings will be different. To register your child or learn more, click here.  

#10 - Port Austin Adventure Camp

Port Austin Adventure Camp invites all kids ages 8 to 18 to come and explore Port Austin this summer! Kids will experience all sorts of fun outdoor activities including kayaking, dune-trekking, Geocaching, hiking, games and more There are three sessions for kids 8 - 14 to choose from: July 11-13, July 24-27, and August 15-17. There will also be an Extreme 4 day adventure camp from July 31-Aug 3 for the older kids (13-18). Kids can attend as many sessions as they would like. You can learn more about the events on the Port Austin Outdoor Adventure website. If you have any questions call Port Austin Kayak (989) 550-6651 and ask for Sarah.

#11 - NEST Kids Center

NEST stands for natural enrichment for spirited thinkers. The NEST Kids Center believes that children learn best when the experience is designed to promote individual personalities and interests. So while your child may be on break from school they can still learn and play in a setting that fosters their need for exploration, learning and creativity. You can sign your child up for programs taking place each week throughout the summer, here. You can learn more on the NEST Facebook page and nestkidscenter.com.

#12 - Play Golf

Golf is a great way for kids to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors during the summer months. Just about everyone can enjoy a round of Mini-golf. Click here for a list of mini-golf locations in Huron County or here for a list of golf courses in Huron County.

Here are some local golf programs and tournaments going on this summer:

#13 - Paint & Find Huron Rocks!

Recently, Huron County has become even more fun to explore. A group called Huron Rocks! Is a community-building initiative meant to inspire creativity in all ages and energize people to explore the beautiful area we live and visit. By painting rocks to “hide” all over Huron County they spread joy and brighten people’s day. You can get your kids involved by learning more on the Huron Rocks! MI Facebook page, and get started!

#14 - Get them involved with 4-H

4-H clubs provide wonderful opportunities for kids to learn skills they can use throughout their life. Kids learn by performing hands-on activities and projects in areas like health, science, agriculture, and citizenship, in a positive environment where they can receive guidance from adult mentors. There are approximately 35 4-H clubs located throughout Huron County.

To find out more about where you can find a 4-H club in Huron County visit the MSU Extension website or check out Huron County 4-H on Facebook.

#15 - Go to the Fair

The Huron County Community fair has been celebrating agriculture, youth and community spirit since 1868! From animals big and small to amusement rides, games, food and more this year’s fair is shaping up to be one to remember! You can learn more on the Huron County Community Fair website.

#16 - Kids Day at the Farmers Market

The Port Austin, Harbor Beach, and Pigeon farmers markets host special market days for kids throughout the summer. Here children can play, create, and learn as well as enter to win special prices! Here are the kid’s days for the farmer's markets in Huron County. Learn more about these farmers markets in our recent article, Farmers Markets In Huron County.

  • Kid’s Day at the Pigeon Farmers Market: First Friday of each month
  • Kid’s Day at the Harbor Beach Farmers Market: June 16th, July 21st, and August 18th
  • Kid’s Day at the Port Austin Farmers Market: June 17th

#17 - Experience Art

Port Austin and the surrounding area is dedicated to creating and display art of all forms. Learn more about where and what to expect in our article, "Port Austin Art Centric".

Events Kids Can Enjoy in Huron County

  • Kids Night in the Backyard

    • Saturday, June 30th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Location: PAK’s Backyard, Port Austin

    • Kids will enjoy free entertainment, songs. games, and smores around a campfire 

  • Harbor Beach Maritime Festival

  • Ubly Homecoming

    • July 13th-16th

    • Free kids day on Saturday when kids can enjoy a grand parade, free games and prizes, and more. 

    • Check out the Ubly Homecoming Facebook page for more information. 

  • Firefighters Family Fun Weekend

    • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 14th - 16th

    • Location: North Park Campground, Harbor Beach

    • Camping and Firefighter themed games for the kids including a light show, barrel train rides, fire truck rides, smoke trailer, inflatables for the kids, kid water ball, kid bucket brigade, dunk tank, water slide, petting zoo, and plenty more!

We will be updating this article throughout the summer with new events and activities so check back regularly for more ideas! Did we miss something? Email us at info@huroncounty.com to get your event added to the list.