Historical Attractions in LANSING with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Lansing, Michigan!)

Lansing is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Great Lakes State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Lansing’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Lansing when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Michigan Memories

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    (67 miles) Bay City

    Michigan Memories

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  • Impression 5

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    Lansing

    Kids can learn all about science through interactive play that focuses on their senses! Great hands-on fun for curious kids in Lansing!

  • Abrams Planetarium

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    (4 miles) Lansing

    Astronomy and space exploration for the whole family at this fascinating planetarium in Michigan.

  • Kids N Stuff Childrens Museum

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    (35 miles) Albion

    An exciting and highly interactive museum in Michigan with fun, hands-on programs for kids under 10 years!

  • Flint Childrens Museum

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    (47 miles) Flint

    A friendly, child oriented museum in Flint, packed with fascinating exhibits and hands-on learning experiences for kids from ages 2 to 10. Learn through play!

  • Sloan Museum

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    (49 miles) Flint

    Regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science are major features of the Sloan Museum. Dramatic settings, video programs and hundreds of artifacts and photographs portray the area’s ...

  • Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

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    (52 miles) Ann Arbor

    Science and Technology Center with 4 floors filled with over 250 interactive hands-on exhibits to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology.

  • University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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    (52 miles) Ann Arbor

    Exhibits for the kids to explore and learn from that include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in all of Michigan, as well as Michigan wildlife, anthropology, ...

  • Mid Michigan Childrens Museum

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    (57 miles) Saginaw

    Over 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions solely for under 12s, spanning a world's worth of topics.

  • Grand Rapids Childrens Museum

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    (59 miles) Grand Rapids

    An interactive and fun environment that inspires learning and exploration for kids of all ages, as they learn about the world and how it works.

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum

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    (59 miles) Grand Rapids

    Visit one of the oldest historic museums in the Midwest, where kids can learn about the history of Grand Rapids!

  • The Kalamazoo Valley Museum

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    (61 miles) Kalamazoo

    A museum for all ages in Kalamazoo, with hands-on exhibits featuring science experiments, the natural world, history, cultures, and self-guided tours just for kids!

  • Air Zoo

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    (62 miles) Portage

    A fun packed science and aeronautical day for the whole family to spend flying around this exciting flight based theme park!

  • Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum

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    (62 miles) Farmington Hills

    A unique museum featuring Marvin's personal collection of coin operated machines plus amusing and confusing oddities, covering nearly 6,000 tightly packed square feet.

  • Michigans Museum of Natural History

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    (67 miles) Bloomfield Hills

    Explore the wonders of the world and space at Michigan's Museum of Natural History, located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. A hands-on day out for all ages!

  • Automotive Hall Of Fame

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    (73 miles) Detroit

    he Automotive Hall of Fame is both a visitor attraction and an educational resource for inspiring others to higher levels of achievement in their own work and lives. Visitors will experience ...

  • Motown Historical Museum

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    (79 miles) Detroit

    Feel the beat at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit! A rhythm filled family day out that's all about those great sounds of Motown.

  • Detroit Historical Museum

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    (80 miles) Detroit

    Explore 300 years of rich Detroit history at this Historical Museum. Step back in time for your family day out in Michigan!

  • Walter P Chrysler Museum

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    (80 miles) Detroit

    Plan a visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum where automotive history is learned and explored. Take an hour, or spend the day to experience the history of Chrysler vehicles, learn from interactive ...

  • Detroit Institute of Arts

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    (80 miles) Detroit

    Over 100 galleries to explore, enjoy the art world with guided arts tours, talks, and special exhibitions. Art fun in Detroit!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit MOCAD

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    (80 miles) Detroit

    A cultural day surrounded by art at this Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, with exhibits, programs, and activities for kids.

  • Toledo Firefighters Museum

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    (88 miles) Toledo

    A history of local firefighting plus a training room where kids learn how to manage and escape from a fire in the home. Free, with very limited opening.

  • Toledo Police Museum

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    (88 miles) Toledo

    A FREE day out in Toledo designed with kids and families in mind where kids can enjoy interactive fun all about the police!

  • Toledo Museum of Art

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    (90 miles) Toledo

    The Toledo Museum of Art collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. In our more than 35 galleries, Sculpture Garden, and new Glass Pavilion, discover ...

  • Potter Park Zoo

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    (1 miles) Lansing

    The Potter Park Zoological Society, a non-profit private sector organization, is dedicated to the support of the Potter Park Zoo through preserving, protecting, and exhibiting selected members of the ...

  • Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park

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    (40 miles) Alto

    Exotic varities of animals and reptiles from all over the world including many rare and endangered varieties with whom they are working on conservation.

  • Binder Park Zoo

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    (45 miles) Battle Creek

    Seasonal zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan where kids can spend the day with animals from all over the world, with conservation education too!

  • Great Lakes Zoological Society

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    (47 miles) Ann Arbor

    A fascinating indoor zoo experience for kids and families featuring unusual reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and other exhibits.

  • The Creature Conservancy

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    (53 miles) Ann Arbor

    The Creature Conservancy

  • Dominos Petting Farm

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    (53 miles) Ann Arbor

    20 acres of beautiful petting farm for kids to explore in Ann Arbor, with cute domestic animals waiting to make friends!

  • Wilderness Trails Zoo

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    (55 miles) Birch Run

    Over 50 species of exotic and native animals in specially constructed enclosures for close up animal viewing. Plus animal petting and feeding areas and an adventure playscape to go wild on!

  • Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

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    (56 miles) Athens

    Visit hundreds of rescued reptiles, where kids can get up close to alligators, tortoises, bearded dragons and more!

  • John Ball Zoo

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    (60 miles) Grand Rapids

    Seasonal animal fun in Grand Rapids filled with exhibits that feature animals from all over the world! ROAR!

  • The Detroit Zoo

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    (74 miles) Royal Oak

    Learn about the Detroit Zoo's mission, the SSP program and the orgin of the animals at the Zoo. You'll see how the Zoo participates in world and state conservation efforts and the role of the Zoo in ...

  • Indian Creek Petting Zoo

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    (82 miles) Lambertville

    A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!