Fall in for some family fun with unique activities for kids at your Metroparks

 BRIGHTON, Mich. – The end of summer is approaching, but the fun doesn’t have to stop for families in southeast Michigan. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks will be hosting a variety of fall-themed events across parks in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne and Livingston County children and families in southeast Michigan.

A variety of events are slated to take place at the Metroparks this fall for all ages, from fun learning sessions on the lifecycles of trees to pumpkin picking hayrides and corn mazes. Families can also take advantage of outdoor activities in the parks, such as hiking or biking trails to witness the takeover of unique fall colors. Families can even add a unique perspective to their fall color viewing and paddle a river or lake instead.

“Fall is an exciting and special season around the Metroparks,” said Amy McMillan, Director at the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority. “It’s a great time to visit the parks and experience the fun activities they have to offer, not to mention the special mix of colors that spread across the trees. There are chances for families and children of all ages to take advantage of the fun at their Metroparks.”


Opportunities to fall in for some family fun will continue throughout the season and some of the most popular events are quickly approaching, including:

  • Tons of Trucks on September 14 at Kensington Metropark
    • The free event allows families and kids to see and touch construction, farm, maintenance, police, fire, educational and many more vehicles up close and personal.
  • Hawkfest on September 21 and 22 at Lake Erie Metropark
    • This is the 30th year of Hawkfest, which lets the whole family learn about the annual fall hawk migration over Lake Erie Metropark. Live birds of prey will be present for families to learn more, as well as games, crafts and guest speakers. The event costs $2 to attend.
  • Evening Lantern Tours on October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at Oakwoods Metropark
    • Families can take a hayride and then follow a lantern-bearing guide through the pumpkin-lit woods to encounter various characters and uncanny situations. This tour showcases Michigan’s legends and local history. The events start at 7:30pm and cost $12 per person.
  • Pumpkin patches and hayrides are popular attractions for Kensington Metropark Farm Center and Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center throughout the entire month of October. Families, enjoy the ride to the patch, pick your favorite pumpkin and enjoy the fall colors of your Metroparks. Visitors can also enjoy a corn maze and other activities on certain days.

Some events have age restrictions or require preregistration. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $35 annually for regular admission, $24 annually for seniors or $10 daily. To learn more about all the fall events across the Metroparks, please visit




About Huron-Clinton Metroparks

One of America’s premier metropolitan park systems, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks have served the people of Southeast Michigan since 1940. Managed by the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, the Metroparks are made up of 13 properties in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. Available activities include fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, nature study, biking, golf, winter sports and more. The Metroparks also provide educational resources on science, nature, history and the environment. Learn more at