Things To Do in Michigan In Winter For Kids

Find fun things to do for the whole family in the Mid-Michigan area. With cold, winter days, there are still tons of great things to do in Michigan in winter for kids!

Find fun things to do for the whole family in the Mid-Michigan area. With cold, winter days, there are still tons of great things to do in Michigan in winter for kids!

Things To Do in Michigan In Winter For Kids

Winters here may be long, but we Michiganders are known for making the most of each season. There’s no need to feel cabin fever when there are so many things to do! Whether you’re ready to get out and enjoy the cold weather, or would prefer to stay warm and toasty inside, there’s no shortage of Mid-Michigan winter activities to partake in! 


Potter Park Zoo – Open year round, this zoo is home to more than 500 animal residents, 160 of which are threatened or endangered species. There’s plenty to do there; Kids can even fly like a bird in the $7 bungee jump!

Snowshoe S’more RaceLearn how to snowshoe in this fun, family event taking place every February! Walk or run the one-mile course through Fitzgerald Park. Stations will be set up throughout the course where participants can grab pieces to put together s’mores at the finish line! Limited snowshoes are available for rent, so email to reserve a spot.

Grand Ledge Winterfest – There’s something for everyone during this three-day celebration, with proceeds benefitting the Grand Ledge Opera House. There’s the Grand Ledge Voice singing competition on February 23rd, the Michigan Craft Beer and Chili Cook-Off on the 24th, the Cardboard Sled Racing and the Wine and Chocolate Party on the 25th. {be sure to check their website for updated information for 2018} 

Ski and Snowboard at Mount Brighton – No snow? No problem! This “mountain” makes its own. Though it won’t exactly be an inexpensive day out, there’s certainly plenty of active, outdoor, fun for the entire family.

Snow Tubing at Hawk Island Park– A less expensive (and less athletic) option is to load up the family and head out for a day of tubing! Snow tubes are included in the rental fee, which starts at only $8! There is a vehicle fee of $3 for Ingham County residents and $5 for non-residents. Snowmaking machines are used to extend the length of time the hill can be enjoyed.

Ice Skate at The Summit – Located in Dimondale, this complex has both public skate availability and lessons. Admission is only $6, while kids 4 and under are free. Skate rental is only $2.

Michigan Nordic Fire Festival – February 23rd through the 25th, celebrate Nordic culture in Charlotte with hammer throwing, horn blowing, cardboard long ship racing, belly dancers, snow sculpting and so much more!

Go on a Winter Shoe Hike at the Fenner Nature Center. The next one is scheduled for February 9th.


Impression 5 – This hands-on museum has tons of fun and educational activities to keep kids busy all day long (except Mondays, the only day they are closed). They can explore a “building zone,” the many natural environments of Michigan, make their own music, and even walk into a giant eyeball!

Allskate Fun Center- There’s always a special event going on at the roller rink and laser tag facility in Jackson!

Meridian Mall– Aside from tons of shopping and dining choices, this mall houses Extreme Fun, a reasonably priced, indoor play space for kids up to 12 years of age.

PJ Story Time and Teddy Bear Sleepover – Preschool and elementary school-aged children are invited to dress in their pajamas and bring a parent to evening story time at Grand Ledge Library at 6:30 p.m. on February 23rd. Kids are encouraged to leave a stuffed animal at the library overnight, which can be picked up the next morning. Kids can see what their stuffed animal is up to through pictures posted on the library’s Facebook page!

Abrams Planetarium, Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm. Special Show designated for families on Sundays at 2:30 pm (adults $4, students/senior citizens, $3.50 / children under 12, $3.00)

District 5. This is a great place for kids to let off some steam and have fun. You can always find discounted tickets by going here.

Here are other things you can do during the winter around Lansing, Michigan:

  1. First, grab a FREE Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) to find FREE activities going on ALL over Michigan!
  2. Did you know you can start doing tours at the State Capitol again? If you can, make time for a visit to the State Capitol, too!
  3. Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center has a hands-on gallery to help kids (and adults) of all ages understand the judicial branch of the state government.
  4. Open daily for tours, the Ingham County Courthouse would make the perfect homeschool field trip. The courthouse is over 100 years old, and rich in history.
  5. The Bug House will teach you quite a bit, including the fact that there are more kinds of beetles in Michigan than there are varieties of birds on Earth! The kids found it fascinating that flies have taste buds on their feet. Check out the awesome pinned displays, and check their calendar before heading out.
  6. Preuss Pet Store {Lansing}- Come join us 4-5 pm on the first Sunday of each month for story time!  We will read a story together and follow it up with an activity that relates to the story. *Ages 5+
  7. MSU Museum
  8. Spare Time Entertainment Center
  9. City Limits Bowling Center 
  10. Celebration Cinema {$5 movies on Tuesday} 
  11. Michigan History Center

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What are some other things you would add to this list? Drop me a line and let me know!

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