50 things to do before you head off to college

  1. Go to the drive-in movies. Check out the drive-in theater at the Compuware Complex in Plymouth at  http://summerdrivein.com.
  2. Go camping with your friends at Bishop Lake Campground or various campgrounds on the west side of the state.
  3. Have a Walmart scavenger hunt with a group of bffs.
  4. Go fly a kite with your friends at Kensington Park.
  5. Spend time with your family.
  6. On a sunny summer day, run through the sprinklers.
  7. Go to a music festival/concert, such as  Mo-Pop in Detroit or Common Ground in Lansing.
  8. Volunteer at an animal shelter. The Howell Humane Society is located on Dorr Road, check it out at http://humane-livingston.org/.
  9. Bring the old folks home-baked cookies. Don’t hesitate to start up a conversation with the elderly; you may learn a lot from their wisdom.
  10. Go to the zoo. You can go to a smaller zoo like the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing or a larger zoo like the Detroit Zoo.
  11. On a rainy day, visit an aquarium https://www.visitsealife.com/michigan/.
  12. Get a tarp, a hill, and a hose, and set up your own slip-n-slide.
  13. Have a tie-dye themed party. You can make your own shirts, socks and blankets.
  14. Host a murder-mystery party. Find some ideas at https://www.nightofmystery.com.
  15. Have bonfires. They are a fun, relaxed, and easy way to make great memories.
  16. Dance in the rain like nobody’s watching.
  17. Grab your camera and head out on a quest with an unknown destination.
  18. Spend time with your siblings. Believe it or not, you will miss them when you leave.  
  19. Go canoeing,
  20. and kayaking,
  21. and tubing.
  22. Try paddleboarding- Check out the available rentals at Kensington Lake Park. http://www.metroparks.com/Boating.
  23. Get donuts from Mom and Pop’s Bakery in downtown Howell and eat the whole box.
  24. Write letters to extended family, and let them know about your future.
  25. Create your own TED talk, or record yourself expressing your legacy.
  26. Play a game of pick up baseball.
  27. Go pool-hopping.
  28. Swim in the dark.
  29. Visit your local beach (make sure to check for e-coli).
  30. Visit the waterpark at Kensington.  
  31. Hike the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, or take a dune buggy ride.
  32. Have a movie marathon with friends. Make sure to watch all of your favorite series!
  33. It’s never be too early to start shopping for dorm room materials. Look at Pinterest for inspiration and Target for supplies.
  34. Visit somewhere you have never been.
  35. Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts. http://www.dia.org.
  36. Attend Minor League Baseball games. Check out the Lansing Lugnuts.  
  37. Go mud bogging. Try Perkins Mud Bog.  
  38. Watch a free movie at Thompson Lake http://www.howellrecreation.org/special-events-calendar/.
  39. Play laser tag with friends. Try Castaway Cafe or Zap Zone.
  40. Go to Howell Melon Fest. Sign up for the Melon Run or see the weekend’s events at http://www.howellmelonfestival.com/.
  41. Go to Balloonfest during June 24, 25, and 26. More information on this event can be found at http://www.michiganchallenge.com/.
  42. Go bowling at the Howell Bowl-E-Drome. They have great specials and open bowling times. http://www.bowledrome.com.  
  43. Go to Rollerama and practice your sick skating skills. You’ll never know when they will come in handy.
  44. Go to Great Escape. Don’t forget they have go-karting and whirly ball! http://www.greatescapefun.com/activities.html
  45. Go geocaching. What is geocaching you ask? Here is all you need to know: https://www.geocaching.com/play.
  46. Stay healthy and go for a nice summer jog. Bring your dog for safety.
  47. Teach yourself a new trick. Example: how to juggle.
  48. Get a new pet. Be creative because even bearded dragons need a good home.
  49. Go fishing. Either catch-and-release style or a backyard fish fry.
  50. Most importantly, spend as much time as you can with the people you care about because before you know it, you’ll be moving out of your comforting hometown and into a brand new city.