Things to do in Grand Rapids with kids
Did you know that Grand Rapids was once voted the BEST city in America for raising a family? You can’t win that without having incredibly fun things to do with kids! (And well…they do!)
Museums! Kids get so much out of a museum, and Grand Rapids has plenty! Kids can experience the joys of learning at the very fun and very interactive Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, where they can explore, create and experiment until their heart’s content!
Kids of all ages can also enjoy the Public Museum, with an actual working antique carousel and a planetarium - pretty amazing! The whole family can enjoy this city with places like AJ’s Family Fun Center with carts and boats, and John Ball Zoo is great for a fun day out with over 1100 animals!
Don’t forget about nature! Blandford Nature Center has gardens, play areas, and a pioneer village! Carnivorous plants? They sound scary! But don’t worry kids, at Fredrick Meijer Gardens you can learn all about how wonderful they are!
An incredible city for kids in Michigan!
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.
Visit one of the oldest historic museums in the Midwest, where kids can learn about the history of Grand Rapids!
Seasonal animal fun in Grand Rapids filled with exhibits that feature animals from all over the world! ROAR!
Showcasing tropical, carnivorous and Victorian gardens indoors, outdoors you can find the vast sculpture park, farm garden, boardwalks and nature trails plus the children's garden.
Outdoor trails and natural play area, pioneer village, community gardens and Youth Farm Team program plus Summer Day Camps, Outdoor Education Programs and Wildlife Sleepover Program.
Go-Karts, batting cages, bumper boats and lots more family fun at AJ's Family Fun Center in Michigan!
West Michigan’s largest indoor child entertainment center, where kids can play and parents can relax!
Indoor play for under 12s with loads of age zoned features from bounce houses and the trolley run to the Foam Forest and beyond!
Great fun in Michigan for active kids, with laser tag, go-karts, mini golf, high ropes course, and much more!
Amazing animal safari in Michigan, along with hands-on farm fun for the whole family! And delicious homemade ice cream too!
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park is home to exotic varities of animals from all over the world including rare and endangered species
Step back in time over 100 years ago to the beautiful Netherlands with this unique theme park...
So much family fun in Holland, Michigan, with bumper boats, batting cages, go-karts, mini golf and more!
Explore the history of Holland, from the Dutch immigrants to today's diverse community, all at the Holland Museum
Lunch & dinner cruises available on the Holland Princess, in West Michigan offering a tour across Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan!
Experience life as a working-class family in the 19th century at the historic Settlers House in Holland, Michigan
The historic Cappon House was the home of Holland’s first mayor and local tannery proprietor, Isaac Cappon, built in 1874
Michigan's Outdoor Discovery Center is a beautiful place for the whole family to get lost into nature, with over 4miles of beautiful trails winding through a variety of landscapes.
The Tri-Cities Historical Museum gives kids opportunity to look through the windows of time into the history of Northwest Ottawa County!
Go Karts, kiddie karts, bumper boats, batting cages, and other great things to do for active kids in Michigan!
Kangaroo Palace is indoor bouncing fun with inflatables for kids and toddlers with birthday parties too!
Spend the day floating as you cruise the beautiful Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan!
Michigan's largest amusement park and water park! Great family fun with something for everyone!
The Kalamazoo Nature Center features dozens of public programs each month for all ages, in addition to our 11 miles of hiking trails and indoor and outdoor exhibits. The whole family will enjoy our regular family program every Sunday at 2:00pm. There....
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!
Indoor / outdoor water park in Battle Creek with big slides, leisure pools & interactive splash play area! Plus trampolines, basketball courts, water wars cannon game and an inflatable jungle play area with slide!
A fun packed science and aeronautical day for the whole family to spend flying around this exciting flight based theme park!
A fun day out for active kids 40” and taller! Crazy karts, an 18 hole mountain mini golf course and even a thrill ride!
A fun, colorful and bounce filled family fun center with inflatables, climbers and slides!
Double JJ Resort is home to the Gold Rush Indoor Waterpark, 60,000 square feet of pure water park excitement.
Huge petting zoo, jumping pillows, pedal carts, 8-acre corn maze, wagon rides, weekend entertainment (music, magicians, balloon tying, face painting, etc.), 800-acre fruit farm, in-store bakery, gift shop, over 50 animals (Camel, goats, miniature pon....
Seasonal zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan where kids can spend the day with animals from all over the world, with conservation education too!
Transport yourself into a real life video game with indoor or outdoor laser tag!
Andy T's family fun farm with a fresh fruit and vegetable market, flowers, nursery stock, u-pick, hayrides, holiday trees, a farm fresh bakery, 6 acre corn maze, petting farm , straw maze and make your own caramel apples. Stop by for locally grown pr....
Enjoy tours of this iconic Capitol Building in Lansing, with visits to the House and Senate galleries included. Fascinating!
River adventures with kayak rentals and tours with this Lansing adventures company ready to challenge those active kids!
Kids can learn all about science through interactive play that focuses on their senses! Great hands-on fun for curious kids in Lansing!
Bouncing heaven for 2 to 12 year olds, with seven big inflatables that include obstacle courses, slides, and bouncers - perfect for kids with endless energy in Michigan!
The Potter Park Zoo is a 102-acre zoo located in Lansing, Michigan, within Lansing's Potter Park, where kids can enjoy meeting animals from all over the world!
Come splash the day away in 18,000 sq ft of indoor water park fun in SW Michigan!
Astronomy and space exploration for the whole family at this fascinating planetarium in Michigan.
Indoor rink and open year round. Weekly under 7s only session open to parents with strollers and kids with ride ons, push toys and other non pedal toys.
East Lansing's own eco-friendly, indoor playspace full of activities for infants, toddlers, and children up to six years old.
Visit hundreds of rescued reptiles, where kids can get up close to alligators, tortoises, bearded dragons and more!
Jollay Orchards offers a unique entertainment experience -- blending a working Orchard with Family Activities. Jollay Orchards is a "family friendly"" farm. Our helpful staff is glad to assist you and answer any questions you or your family might h....
An exciting and highly interactive museum in Michigan with fun, hands-on programs for kids under 10 years!
Suited for kids 3 to 12 years, Discovery Zone is filled with interactive exhibits that encourage learning through play!
Beach fun in Michigan perfect for kids, with playgrounds, sports, fishing, and special events!
It's hands-on learning for curious kids at this fun Michigan museum, filled with interactive exhibits to encourage learning through play!
Nottawa Fruit Farm is a family-owned business which specializes in home-grown produce and family experiences. We take great pride in providing the highest quality products possible in our farm market and wholesome activities which help your family c....
A Michigan campground perfect for families, with RV sites along the Pine River. With a playground, pool and sports!
Over 25 miles for nature loving families to spend the day in, with stunning scenic hiking trails, picnic tables and grills, a 500ft. sandy beach, fishing areas, a public shelter plus campground.
Create, discover and explore at this Michigan children's museum, with hands-on discovery and fun ways to use their imagination!
Looking for a nice time out with your kids of all ages! Come see Imagine Planet and our animal ambassadors! A free indoor hands-on science center with live animals, rocks, fossils, astronomy activities and more.
Horseback trail riding for kids with rescued horses who have been re-habilitated.
Castaway Play in Michigan is indoor play fun with slides, bounce houses, toddler area, laser tag, & parents are welcome to play too!
An indoor ice skating rink open year round which welcomes families and beginners.
A quiet campground on Boot Lake, Michigan where the family can enjoy time away in nature, fishing, and other activities.
It's all about family fun at Kokomos with lazer tag, mini golf, arcades and even a wild coaster!
Over 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions solely for under 10s at this children's museum in Michigan!
Great indoor play with awesome slides, baby and toddler areas, swinging bridges, and a simply gigantic tree house to climb and explore! Grown ups welcome to join in!
A legendary family destination in Southeast Michigan - Mt. Brighton Ski Area is a great place for kids of all ski levels to come and enjoy themselves!
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!
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!
Enjoy the largest indoor water park in Frankenmuth with over 50,000 sq ft of water fun for all ages! Includes a 6-story family raft ride!
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 tumultuous 20th century history in the Flint and the Am....
Visit Longway Planetarium - Michigan’s largest planetarium where kids can enjoy classes, shows, and lots of learning fun when exploring space!
A fascinating indoor zoo experience for kids and families featuring unusual reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and other exhibits.
Experience the �modern� way travelers moved across the county and the country in the early 1900s when you climb aboard the narrow gauge Huckleberry Railroad. The 40 minute ride takes you through scenic woods and meadows and alongside beautiful Mott L....
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons available, offering 9 green runs. Plus 2 snowboard terrain training parks with a variety of equipment.
The Creature Conservancy is open to the public weekends where they inspire compassionate connections to wildlife, with amazing learning opportunities!
A fun hands-on experience in Ann Arbor with 4 floors filled with over 250 interactive exhibits exploring the wonders of science, math & tech!
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, geology, and a Planetarium.
20 acres of beautiful petting farm for kids to explore in Ann Arbor, with cute domestic animals waiting to make friends!
Adrian Skatery provide skaters of all ages a clean friendly environment to enjoy skating with their families and friends!
Epic 54 hole outdoor mini golf plus batting cages and large games room.
A roaring safari themed indoor fun center with an arcade, bowling, skeeball and birthday parties!
Go Karts, Laser Tag, soccer, mini golf, climbing wall, and arcade....if you love the sound of that you really will be in paradise!
A fun a creative atmosphere and indoor play center that kids AND the parents can enjoy! With a wide variety of play areas, kids are sure to be entertained! We love indoor fun!
Mini golf with a difference with this glow in the dark course, with an arcade too!
Go Whalers! Spend the day enjoying the atmosphere at a The Plymouth Whalers hockey team game!
Miniature Golf, Go-Carts, Driving Range, Golf Simulator, Hand-Dipped Ice Cream, Winter/Cold Weather Facility, Heated/Covered Range, Golf Lessons, Junior Golf Program.
Kids over 5 can take on a variety of rope course challenges as they make their way through the treetops!
Adventure awaits in the trees at this fun adventure park for the over 5s, with canopy challenges of all difficulties!
Indoor jungle themed fun in Canton where a great indoor playground for kids under 10 years, with a toddler area too...and parents can play too!
Indoor inflatable play and great birthday parties at Pump It Up...great for those excitable active kids in Michigan!
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.
Great indoor fun for the over 3s in Auburn Hills, with LEGO inspired play, including 4D theater, rides, and learning through creativity!
Fun indoor play in Michigan, with open play, birthday parties, pajama parties and inflatables!
A super fun indoor trampoline park great for kids to stay active - giving kids the same feeling as flying!
Bouncing fun for everyone over 2 years, with open jump and birthday parties at this Michigan indoor trampoline center!
Kids can go wild at this jungle themed indoor play center in Michigan, with toddler areas and birthday parties - where adults can play too!
Fun indoor water park in Michigan featuring adventure slides, lazy river, zero entry Lil’ Squirt Pool, a Treehouse area and a family spa!
Skateland West is one of Michigan's finest roller skating family fun centers and music venue.
Lake Huron Metropark features a par-3 golf course, paved hike & bike trails, fishing & canoeing, pond skating, water park & more!
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!
Fun waterpark with two waterslides, a lazy river to float along, 300-gallon dumping bucket and a zero-depth entry pool with lap lanes.
Robots! Kids can get their hands busy actually creating working robots! They can play, design, create, build and destroy using the fun block available.
Kids can play in a mini version of Detroit at this play cafe. One of the top things to do in Detroit with toddlers.Suitable for kids between 1 and 8 years of age
Play, create, dream and refresh on your family day out at this amazing National Lakeshore in Michigan. Miles of lush forests, sandy beaches, inland lakes and wildlife all give you a nature filled experience.
AirTime Trampoline & Game Park is Michigan's trampoline and music experience unlike any other! Great for those active kids.
Nature's Playhouse offers parents a place to connect with others in the community while their child plays freely in our all natural environment.
Swimming is an important skill for kids to have, so why not spend the day having fun as they learn!
<p><b>Note: as of April 2019, the home was closed for restoration, but the gardens and grounds are open</b></p><p>Be part of American history with a visit to Fair Lane - home of Henry Ford and his wife Clara Ford for over 30 years. It's a family day ....
Automotive Hall of Fame celebrates the men and women whose automotive innovations changed the world and revolutionized our way of life.
Henry Ford Museum of American innovation lets your imagination run wild in one of the greatest gatherings of everyday genius ever assembled.
Experience firsthand the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s fascinating formation at Greenfield Village, with 300 years of living history!
The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for more than 2,000 animals from anteaters to zebras, with the largest facility for penguins in the world!
A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!
All round fun family water park, with Soak Station and Spray Play for the small ones, One of the top things to do in Detroit with toddlers. River ride for a family paddle, flume water slides and a heated wave action pool.
Indoor waterpark with an aquatic adventure play structure, lazy river, water sports and winding flume slide! Great fun for kids in Michigan
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.
Explore 300 years of rich Detroit history at this Historical Museum. One of the best fun places to go in Detroit with kids.Step back in time for your family day out in Michigan!
Over 100 galleries to explore, enjoy the art world with guided arts tours, talks, and special exhibitions. Art fun in Detroit!
A cultural day surrounded by art at this Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, with exhibits, programs, and activities for kids.
River fun in Detroit with these sightseeing river tours, perfect for kids to explore the city in a whole new way!
A great place to visit for toddlers if you're looking for fun kids activities in Detroit. Indoor inflatable fun and indoor party center for active and bouncing kids ages 1 - 12!
Laser Edge is 11,000 square feet of futuristic excitement in a combat setting, with high tech equipment. This fast paced game will excite kids with the fog, lighting, and heart pounding music!
Located on the historic AuSable River floodwaters above the Alcona Dam, this 1100 acre park has three miles of shoreline on each side of this trophy fish producing river. Surrounded by the Huron National Forest and is a favorite home away from home f....
Tasty tours that take you through the history of chocolate and candy, then see it made and TASTE it! Delicious FREE family fun in Michigan
Single and passenger Go Karts, Miniature Adventure Golf and plenty of space for traditional fun and picnicking.
An interesting museum offering displays of taxidermy animals offering kids an educational experience in Michigan
Located inside the Leelanau StatePark in northern Michigan, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse has been guiding ships and sailors since it was built in 1858.
Splash away at Michigan's LARGEST indoor waterpark, with slides, toddler fun, a lazy river and the steepest drop in water park history!
Enjoy 18 holes of glow in the dark mini golf in Michigan, with laser tag too!
The Great Lakes Maritime Center (GLMC) offers a variety of opportunities to learn about the history and current events of the Great Lakes. A variety of video formats, displays, and speaker programs present a wide variety of information.
For more than 30 years, we have been providing memorable outdoor experiences for guests of all ages and skill levels. Paddle the crystal-clear Sturgeon River on our exciting Canoe, Kayak, Raft and Tube trips. From beginners and families with young ch....
Test your ability while having fun on our 18-Hole Adventure Golf Course or our NEW Ropes Challenge Course and Bumper Boats!
Besser Museum explores & displays cultural experiences in art, history & science, with 8 acres of fine art, historic artifacts & full dome planetarium