You read about bear hunts, sing about Old McDonald and watch Finding Nemo more times than you can count. Now…
Grand Rapids – 2 Hours
Welcome spring at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Parks. Explore that trails and have hands-on fun at the Children’s Garden. Find more hands-on fun at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapid’s Children’s Museum. Get the best family photos and fill the Gram with photos from one of Grand Rapid’s 100 murals! Enjoy friendly competition at Craigs Cruisers Family Fun Center and hit the racing tracks, mini golf course or ninja course.
Kalamazoo – 2 Hours
Plan a full day of fun in K-Zoo. Soak up the sun, explore the trails and visit the fish at Wolf Lake Hatchery. Go on a prehistoric stroll through the WMU Dinosaur Park, the park features six large scale dinosaurs that are FREE too visit. Find more free fun at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Hours are limited and pre-registration is required but the hands-on museum is fun for all ages and currently features a toy exhibit that includes a gigantic Operation and Etch A Sketch. Do something new and make a sand candle at Kalamazoo Candle Company, candles are $10 each and capacity is limited so call ahead.
Lansing – 1.5 Hours
Go Green for spring and visit the Children’s Gardens, Horse Barns and Broad Art Museum on the Michigan State Campus. Head downtown and tour the Capitol Building, explore the Michigan History Museum and have fun at Impressions 5. Check out one of 4 cool nature centers or the picture perfect ‘Ledges’ in Grand Ledge.
Stay Close To Home
Plan a staycation and enjoy a full day of fun all in one place. Visit Great Lakes Crossing for an underwater adventure at SEA LIFE Michigan, hands-on fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Center (and enjoy a 20% off LittleGuide discount at both), check out Peppa Pig World of Play and go on the carousel ride in the Food Court at Great Lakes Crossings. Make a splash at a local waterpark or take a trip to space at Cranbrook Science, The Henry Ford or Michigan Science Center.
Photo credit: WMU Dinosaur Park
About Kerry Doman
Kerry Doman is the founder and CEO of LittleGuide Detroit and After 5 Detroit. She has lived downtown Detroit for 10+ years and still calls the city home with her husband and son. As a relatively new mom, she’s excited to explore downtown with her family and hopes you’ll enjoy doing the same!