Summer is such a wonderful time to go exploring. While a getaway vacation is great this time of year, my family always makes time to go to our favorite spots on our dayvacy! That’s a mini vacation you do in a day. There are some super fun things to do in Jackson, not to mention give yourself an hour car ride.
One of our favorite things is to go find something new in our home town. Recently we went downtown and visited the newly installed Glidden Parker Mural, ate a hot dog at the Junkyard dog and went to the library. My daughter, Mia loved the mural. She also highly recommends the onion rings with Towne Club pop at the Junk Yard Dog. There are so many new things popping up around town. Next month we plan on checking out the splash pad.
Being cultural junkies, we love living in Jackson because it’s such a central location. Did you know within an hour, you can do so much and some of it is free. Ann Arbor has some fabulous museums. The University of Michigan Museum of Art has interesting exhibits and the docent led tours are great if you’re not an art historian, like I am. I always like reminding myself that I have a degree in art history and have always been employed utilizing some facet of my degree. I enjoy pointing this out to my mother, who when I declared my major, kept on asking me what on earth I was going to do! See mom, it all works out!
You can also google, things to do in Ann Arbor for a list of free events. They have a wide variety of family programs. Going the opposite direction, Lansing has many fun things to do as well. The MSU Children’s Garden is a must and the creamery for ice cream – wow! The Michigan Historical Museum is also a fantastic place to visit. To be so close to our state capital allows us to really become familiar with Michigan history. Our next adventure will be the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Maybe someday you’ll visit and see an exhibit about someone you know!
Going to a different state can be great adventure. We love the Toledo Museum of Art. It has a fantastic collection. We like to go on their website and pick an artist, google the artist and do some research before going to the museum. Then when we are there, we immediately go looking for that work of art. Start with Edward Hopper, one of my favorites! We do this at the Detroit Institute of Art as well. Be an art historian for a day. Did you know that the D.I.A has the 9th best collection of art in the United States. Pretty impressive!
Share with us your dayvacy at #lovejsa! We’d love to see what summer art fun you’re having!