We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children.
Each week, we'll give you information on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, locally and within reasonable striking distance.
Where/when: /6:15-7:30 p.m. Thursday
Why go: Lovable dogs make great listeners for children who are learning to read.
Pricing: Free, but call the library at 248-698-4942, Ext. 3, to register for your 20-minute reading slot.
Where/when: Highland Recreation Area, Lakeside picnic area parking lot, 1-4 p.m. Knee-high boots are strongly suggested.
Why go: Get outdoors and help save the small portion of mesic sand prairie left in Highland Recreation Area by clearing trees and shrubs. Bring waterproof boots.
Pricing: Free (need to fill out stewardship volunteer registration)
Where/when: Kensington Metropark in Milford, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Why go: Enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of the park on a horse-drawn ride from the Kensington Farm Center past fields and through the woods.
Pricing: $3 per child, $5 per adult
Where/when: Rolladium Skating Center, 7:30-11 p.m. every Saturday
Why go: Family-friendly active fun, including games and prizes
Pricing: $8 plus skate rental or $28 for a four-week class card. Skate rental costs $2 for precision skates or $4 for in-line or high-performance skates.
Where/when: , 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday
Why go: It’s a cheap night out that includes pizza and a chance to learn a new game similar to tennis; open to all ages, but children 8 to 11 need to come with parents; bigger children (up to 40-something) also are welcome.
Pricing: $5 per person for pickleball only; $10 per person for pickleball and pizza; $20 per family for pickleball and pizza.