• Things To Do In Michigan Before Summer Ends

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    Fall officially arrives on Sept. 22. That means just six weeks remain to enjoy all the aspects of a proper Michigan summer.

    So, hurry!

    Read on for things to do before the leaves start turning vibrant reds and oranges.

    Summer means one thing to Michigan baseball fans: Tigers time!

    The Detroit Tigers have been slumping a bit as of late, but they’re in the middle of a pennant race. They still have 24 regular-season homes games left at Comerica Park, starting with Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and ending Sept. 28 against the Minnesota Twins.

    For the full schedule, visit the Tigers’ website.

    New Center Park offers free movies Wednesday nights at dusk. Here’s the lineup: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Wednesday; “Slumdog Millionaire,” Aug. 6; “March of the Penguins,” Aug. 13; “Breakfast Club,” Aug. 20, and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Aug. 27. Details: http://www.newcenterpark.com.

    Catch a drive-in movie

    Summer isn’t complete without a trip to a drive-in movie theater to watch big Hollywood flicks and eat popcorn and cotton candy behind the wheel — parked, of course.

    Here are a few of the Lansing State Journal readers’ favorite drive-in theaters:

    • Danny Boy’s Drive in Movies at 3615 South State Road in Ionia, www.dannyboysdrivein.com

    • The New U.S.-23 Drive-in Theatre at 5200 Fenton Road in Flint, www.us23drivein theater.com

    • Capri Drive-In Theater at 119 West Chicago Road in Coldwater, www.capridrive-in.com

    If you don’t want to drive to an actual drive-in, mid-Michigan still has ways to watch a movie outdoors.

    Campus Martius Park screens a free Academy-Award winning or nominated film as part of the Faygo Movie Night in the D. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., “The Grand Budapest Hotel” on Saturday; “Lego Movie” on Aug. 2; “Gravity” on Aug. 9, and “American Hustle” on Aug. 16.

    Milliken State Park will show “Lego Movie” starting about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

    New Center Park offers free movies Wednesday nights at dusk. Here’s the lineup: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Wednesday; “Slumdog Millionaire,” Aug. 6; “March of the Penguins,” Aug. 13; “Breakfast Club,” Aug. 20, and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Aug. 27. Details: http://www.newcenterpark.com.

    Splash in a water park

    No matter your age, water parks are simply a fun way to stay cool in the midst of summer’s hottest days.

    Besides, what’s more fun than slipping and sliding down twisting water slides all day?

    Two popular local offerings: the splash pads at East Lansing’s Family Aquatic Center and at Ingham County’s Hawk Island park. Hurry if you haven’t taken your little ones to frolic amid geysers or stand in the spray yet. Labor Day is the last day for both outdoor facilities. Learn more: on www.cityofeastlansing.com/AquaticCenter/ or http://pk.ingham.org/WherecanIgoto/SplashSwim.aspx

    You’ve got more time for these water park offerings attached to hotels:

    • Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel in Mt. Pleasant. Soaring Eagle’s waterpark offers several attractions: Biish Falls, Otter’s Run, Loon’s Loop, the Courtyard, the Cyber Quest Arcade, FlowRider, Little Beaver’s Ben, Makwa’s Mountain and more. It’s obviously convenient for parents with plans to visit Soaring Eagle Casino, too, which is right down the road.

    Find out more online at www.soaringeaglewaterpark. com.

    • Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. The Great Wolf Lodge has locations across the country, with Michigan’s located in Traverse City. The Lodge offers a huge, 84-degree indoor water park with 38,000 square feet of water fun, everything from mega-slides to zero-depth entry areas for the kiddies.

    Find out more online at www.greatwolf.com/traverse/ waterpark.

    • Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth. Zehnder’s Splash Village is Frankenmuth’s largest and only indoor water park. The park offers more than 30,000 square feet of aquatic fun, including a landing play area, dumping bucket, Giggling Gorge and Perilous Plunge four-story tube slides.

    Find out more online at www.zehnders.com/waterpark.

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