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Posted on: June 19, 2023

Schools Out for the Summer: 8 Kid-friendly Activities to do in Sterling Heights


It’s time for unforgettable summer adventures! If you’re looking for family-friendly to create lasting memories, look no further. We’ve rounded up some exciting experiences that you can take part in right here in Sterling Heights!

1. Dodge Park Splash Pad

Beat the heat at the Splash Pad. Conveniently located in Dodge Park, residents can enjoy this amenity free of charge. Kids can explore the thrilling splash zones, slides, and more while parents relax nearby. Grab your towels, sunscreen, swimsuits, and head over to Dodge Park for some splashtasic adventures.

2. #MYSHPR Programs

Don’t miss out on the chance to sign up for our Parks and Recreation programs. Join us in our Little Learners classes, cheer camp, gymnastics, karate, and more. Each program is a great opportunity to develop new skills, make new friends, and create lasting memories. Learn more and register online at

3. Nature Center

Take your young explorers to the Nature Center this summer. The Nature Center is located on Utica Road near Van Dyke, and is right by the Clinton River! Get an up-close look at still life exhibits that host living reptiles and amphibians, as well as a 900-gallon aquarium with fish from our local lakes and rivers. You might also find yourselves wanting to go on a nature walk at the adjoining park for views that many cannot believe you can find in a bustling city like Sterling Heights!

4. Sterling Height Public Library

Unlock a world of imagination this summer at the Sterling Heights Public Library. The library offers unique youth events almost every day throughout the summer! Kids can enjoy Paws for Reading, Preschool Story time, Toddler Time, Kids Yoga, and so much more. Our library events provide a safe and nurturing environment for your little ones to grow this summer.

5. Sterling Heights Community Center

Energetic youth and active families should be sure to make their way over to the Community Center for drop-in activities. Gym activities change daily and provide the chance for children to explore a world of fun-filled games. Make sure to check out the schedule online to find out when to come in for Indoor Adventures, youth basketball, youth volleyball, pickleball and more. Let’s get active together at the Sterling Heights Community Center!

6. Sterlingfest – Kidzfest Tent

Enjoy free activities and live family entertainment at the Kidzfest Tent and at Sterlingfest! From July 27 - 29 at Dodge Park, join us for the long awaited Sterlingfest. This vibrant atmosphere makes for an exciting summer adventure, and the Kidzfest Tent features music, nature, magic, jugglers, crafts, and more!

7. Rookie Recreators

Watch your child thrive in our Rookie Recreators class designed to promote sportsmanship and teach sports skills through basic motor skills. Each week your child can participate in activities that will allow instructors to evaluate motor development, listening skills, agility and hand-eye coordination. Learn more about how you can help your child develop strong kicking, catching, throwing and batting skills online at

8. Sporties for Shorties

Unleash your child’s athletic potential with Sporties for Shorties. This program is designed to introduce children to the basics of a different sport each week. Children ages 3-5 have the opportunity to learn the rules and core fundamentals of sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer, football and volleyball. Learn more online at

With all of these family-friendly activities available in Sterling Heights, summer is sure to be full of memories and fun! Enjoy activities outside in the sun, or keep the summer magic alive indoors with us this summer. Did we miss your favorite summer activity with your children? Let us know what other kinds of family fun you will be having in Sterling Heights using the social media and mail icons below!

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