Michigan February 16, 2020
9 Kid-Friendly Places In Michigan That Are Perfect For A Family Outing
Michigan is home to all sorts of exciting destinations for grown-ups, from breweries and outdoor gems to cultural attractions. While there’s plenty to be said for a special date night or a day on the town with friends, family-friendly spots offer excitement for kids and adults alike. Here are nine must-visit destinations throughout the Great Lakes State that the entire family will appreciate.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Potter Park Zoo (1301 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing)
This underrated zoo features 20 acres to explore. In addition to boasting the title of Michigan’s oldest public zoo, this fun spot is home to 500 individual animals and 160 incredible species. From lions to monkeys to reptiles and kangaroos, there’s so much to explore. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the opportunity to learn about the animal kingdom while getting up-close and personal with some fascinating creatures. To find out more, read our previous piece
2. Putting Edge (44225 W 12 Mile Rd, Novi)
Ready for an indoor mini golf course that will take you on a vibrant family adventure? Putting Edge fits the bill. This blacklight golf course in Novi is home to a wonderland of colors, bright designs, and endless fun. After a round or two of everyone’s favorite game, be sure to check out the on-site arcade and snack bar. If you’d like to learn more, check out our
about Putting Edge.
3. Gold Rush Waterpark (5900 S Water Rd, Rothbury)
When you head to Gold Rush Waterpark for an exciting family adventure, you’ll find 60,000 square feet of thrills and splashes. This awesome destination, which operates as part of Double JJ Resort, is home to everything from slides to a wave pool to waterside relaxation areas. No matter what your age or what the weather is like, you’ll love Gold Rush. Find out more by clicking
4. Doc Sweets’ Candy Company (135 N Rochester Rd, Clawson)
Who doesn’t love a candy store? Whether you’re eight years old or eighty, nothing beats the experience of strolling through aisle after aisle of sweet and sugary treats. Doc Sweets’ is an expansive destination in Michigan where you’ll find some of the tastiest options in the state, from vintage favorites to newer arrivals. Whether you’re craving chocolate, jelly beans, or something else entirely, you’ll adore Doc Sweets’. Learn more by reading our
5. Card Table Republic (8427 Davison Rd, Davison)
Nothing says quality family time like game night, so why not head out for hours of fun at Michigan’s most exciting board game lounge? Card Table Republic is home to hundreds of games, from classics like Monopoly to newer games like Apples To Apples. When you bring the kids to Card Table Republic, they might never want to leave. If you want to know more, read our focused article
6. Allskate Fun Center (1313 W North St, Jackson)
If your kids are overflowing with energy, take them to Allskate Fun Center to blow off some steam. This unique spot offers a variety of activities, including roller skating, laser tag, arcade games and more. While it’s perfect for hosting a birthday party or special event, it’s equally wonderful as a family day trip option. If you’d like to know more about Allskate, you’ll enjoy checking out
7. Whiting Forest Canopy Walk (2203 Eastman Ave, Midland)
For kids who adore nature, there’s no better destination than Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens, which houses the nation’s longest canopy walk. As you stroll along this 1,400-foot walkway, you’ll find yourself immersed in fresh air and gorgeous views of the surrounding foliage. Before your outing is through, be sure to snap a few family photos. Read our
to learn even more.
8. Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium (22965 Woodward Ave, Ferndale)
There’s no wrong time to have dessert, so you and your loved ones will enjoy Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium no matter when you stop by. This is anything but an ordinary sweet shop. In fact, Treat Dreams even offers an ice cream sandwich known as the Dreamwich that weighs in at a whopping five pounds. You’ll also find traditional ice cream, stuffed cookies, cake, and so much more. Click
if you’d like to know more about Treat Dreams.
9. Delta College Planetarium (100 Center Ave, Bay City)
For budding scientists, head to Delta College Planetarium and learn more about the many wonders of the universe. From a rooftop observation deck to a digital theater to a floor display of constellations, there’s an endless array of sights to see here. This unique spot is an ideal option for kiddos who dream of growing up to be astronauts - and adults will be equally as impressed. To learn more, read our
Are there any other kid-friendly spots throughout the Great Lakes State that we should be aware of? Have you checked out any of the places on our list? We would love to hear from you, so drop us a line with your top recommendations in the comment section below!
Searching for some fun with your adult pals? Read about some of
Michigan’s best breweries.