Howell is a small town, just a one-hour drive from Detroit, Michigan. This community is home to about 9,400 residents. If you're a parent living in Howell, or are planning to make a visit to the area, you'll find an assortment of fun things to do with your kids, whether they are toddlers or teenagers.
Take your kids to the Howell Carnegie District Library (howelllibrary.org), where they can participate in an array of free activities. Your teens can enter photography contests, play Guitar Hero or drop in for Boredom Busters, with video games, board games, and arts and crafts. School-age kids can sign up for family reading and science workshops or drop in for building fun. Younger children can come by the library for story times that include stories, music, movement and age-appropriate activities. Or, you can take your kids to the Howell Area Historical Society Museum (howellareahistoricalsociety.org) to check out the railroad, depot and the caboose. Attend special events too, like the Howell History Days Celebration.
Attend some of the annual events that take place in Howell throughout the year. During the summer, there is the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest (michiganchallenge.com), with a dog show, family fun tent, carnival, arts and crafts, skydivers and, of course, lots of beautiful hot air balloons. In November, participate in the annual Fantasy of Lights Parade and Town Activities (fantasyoflights.info). Aside from the parade, your kids can see ice sculptures, make crafts and gingerbread houses, and participate in a 5K. Another event to consider is the Howell Melon Festival (howellmelonfestival.com), held annually in August. Kids can eat sweet treats, do some summer ice skating, attend a classic car show and participate in all sorts of exciting children's activities.
Parks and Recreation
Take your kids to play at one of the parks in Howell. Howell City Park (no website; Barnard St. and Thompson St., Howell; 517-546-0693) has swings, picnic areas and a swimming beach. Play on the large playground at Don Miller Park (no website; Maple St. and Tompkins St., Howell; 517-546-0693) or go for a walk with your kids at the Genoa Township Fields and Walking Trail (no website; Dorr Rd., Howell; 517-546-0693). Sign your kids up for some of the programs through the recreation department, such as art workshops, lock-ins or late nights for your teens at the Howell Teen Center (no website; 415 N. Barnard St., Howell; 517-546-6025). Younger kids can take swim lessons, participate in an art or dance class or sign up for some of the sporting activities.
Take your kids for some play time at the Great Escape Family Fun Center (greatescapefun.com). Your kids can ride go-karts, play mini golf or bounce in the inflatables. In the Great Shot Court, your family can drive bumper cars, while trying to pass a ball back and forth to score a goal. Or, check out Castaway Play (castawayplay.com), where they can jump on the inflatables inside the giant indoor playground, play some laser tag or try their luck at some of the games in the arcade room.