We took the kids to the Stony Creek Nature Center inside Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township last weekend. We were planning on going to the beach to play some track ball and bocce ball, and to take a quick trip to see the somewhat newly built Stony Creek Nature Center. Last time we were out there was a couple of years ago when the old Stony Creek Nature Center building was still standing. Here is my review:
When we got to the park, we headed to the Stony Creek Nature Center first. The wooden balcony deck that overlooks the creek is still there. We were thrilled because we love it and were worried they tore it down with the old Stony Creek Nature Center. The new Stony Creek Nature Center is very nice. The kids loved it. When we entered the foyer, we saw some aquariums. There's the usual occasional facts here and there to read. Lots of hands on activities at the Stony Creek Nature Center for the kids keeps them busy as well. There was one fun center where the kids could feel an object and had to guess what it was, another where they had to guess smells. We had fun putting together block puzzles, looking at the adorable turtles, reading about bird eggs, and watching the bees go in and out and work on the indoor/outdoor hive. It was educational and fun.
We spent quite a bit of time there. When we finally got the kids to leave, we stopped outside the Stony Creek Nature Center to view the caged crow and hawk (and read their stories and facts), and then we headed to a beach area to play some games. After the kids were tired (and dirty) enough, we decided to head home. As we were leaving, my son kept asking if we could go back to the Stony Creek Nature Center the next time we returned to Stony Creek. They really enjoyed it.
Basically, you can visit the Stony Creek Nature Center to see live snakes, turtles and fish, along with seasonal exhibits. Additionally, Park interpreters host nature walks and interpretive programs including programs aboard a 34-foot Voyageur canoe. For additional information, contact the Stony Creek Nature Center at 586-781-9113.
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