GLAMom’s has you covered if you’re already hearing “I’m bored!”
We’ve rounded up a list of things to do in the Greater Lansing area-indoors and outdoors! Many places have extended Winter break hours and special pricing too. Looking for a little more adventure? We are lucky to live in an area where just about an hour or so in any direction will lead to FUN!
We would like to thank Capital City Market for being our generous sponsor of this Winter Fun Guide. Be sure to start your fun at Capital City Market – it is the perfect place to pick up some snacks for your adventure or dinner after your day! Check back often, we will be updating this list with more ideas all Winter long☃️
Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Closed Mondays, Open Sunday 10a-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10a-5p
A playground for the curious mind, a place that inspires people of all ages to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.Pre purchase your tickets HERE
141 N. Center Street, Suite 201 Northville
Play center for children that encourages the use of science, technology, engineering, and math. Snack bar too! Want a peek, check THIS out from a visit earlier this year!
Frederik Meijer Gardens beautiful holiday displays, open until 9p Dec 27th-30th.
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum open daily, two floors of hands-on interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs that encourage discovery and learning through play.
Robert B. Chaffee Planetarium multiple shows weekly, shows run about 40 minutes, purchase tickets online
Grand Rapids Art Museum open Tuesday,Thursday and Saturdays, 5,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper.
Grand Rapids Public Museum open daily, the museum educates and entertains with three floors of engaging exhibits accompanied by special programs.
LegoLand Discovery Center Auburn Hills, the ultimate indoor Lego® experience, 2 hour play time tickets now available, purchase tickets in advance
SEA LIFE Michigan Auburn Hills, come face to fin with over 2000 sea creatures at Michigan’s only underwater tunnel, purchase tickets in advance
Detroit Zoo Detroit, Wild Lights show thru January 9th. Purchase tickets HERE
Ford Wyoming Drive in Theatre Dearborn, experience the nostalgia of the drive-in theater with in Metro Detroit, open weekends, purchase tickets on-site or online.
Michigan Science Center Detroit, features over 220 interactive exhibits, LIVE science demonstrations and Michigan’s largest IMAX theater, purchase tickets online
The Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, purchase tickets online, multiple exhibits, something for everyone!
The Henry Ford – Ford Rouge Factory Tour Dearborn, experience the auto industry tour that shares past, present and future ideas, purchase tickets online.
Air Zoo Portage – discover science, history, aviation and innovation, purchase tickets online
Allegan Event Allegan, Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course, want a sneak peek, check out our visit HERE!
Gilmore Car Museum 90-acre historic campus midway between Detroit and Chicago. It’s North America’s Largest Auto Museum. And the ultimate experience for everyone in your family.
Kalamazoo Nature Center Over 14 miles of hiking trails wind through some of the most special habitats in Michigan.
Kellogg Bird Sanctuary paved, ¾ mile accessible trail to Wintergreen Lake to see hundreds of waterfowl in their natural habitat. Open all seasons.
Bell’s Brewery When in Kalamazoo, take time for a quick stop. 🙂
FRANKENMUTH, MIDLAND AND SAGINAW
Dow Gardens One of our favorites is Dow Gardens in Midland, it is the nation’s longest canopy walk through the trees, a ¼ mile long! It is beautiful in every season!
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland -Frankenmuth, World’s largest Christmas store. Bronner’s amazing store is the size of 1 1/2 football fields.
Chippewa Nature Center Midland, 19 miles of walking trails, learn about taping a tree for maple syrup and snowshoeing in the winter. They also offer nature programs for children and birthday parties!
Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum– Saginaw, open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Explore, learn new things, and have fun! Designed for children birth to 10 years old.
Plymouth Park Midland, Plymouth Park is known for the Fun Zone- a 6,000 square foot wooden community-built playground.
Saginaw Art Museum Saginaw, open Wednesday-Friday 12-5pm, charming local museum with a diverse collection of fine art, sculpture & photographs.
Birch Run Outlets Birch Run, the largest outlet mall in the Midwestern United States. Lots of options for everyone in your family!
Zehnders of Frankenmuth the FAMOUS chicken dinner that is served family style, a tradition that began 160 years ago! Once your’re done exploring, this is the perfect place to end your adventure.
We are so lucky that Michigan has some great options for beginners and intermediate skiing! Northern Lower Michigan
Boyne Mountain Boyne Falls
Boyne Highlands Harbor Springs
Crystal Mountain Thompsonville
Mt. Holiday Traverse City
Nub’s Nob Harbor Springs
Shanty Creek Resort Bellaire
The Homestead Glen Arbor
Southern Lower Michigan
Alpine Valley White Lake
Pine Knob Clarkston
Mt. Brighton Brighton
Mt. Holly Holly
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING *check back for opening dates
Burchfield Park 881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt
Lake Lansing North 6260 E. Lake Drive, Haslett
Fitzgerald Park 133 Fitzgerald Park Dr, Grand Ledge
Lincoln Brick Park 13991 Tallman Rd, Grand Ledge
Woldumar Nature Center 5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing
Sleepy Hollow State Park 7835 E. Price Rd, Laingsburg
Harris Nature Center 3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos
Six miles of trails wander through 200 acres of varied habitat and the nature center building features a variety of live animal exhibits
Woldumar Nature Center 5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing
Trails open to the public dawn until dusk daily. $2/visitor trail fee may be paid at the trailhead.
Fenner Nature Center 2020 E Mt Hope Ave, Lansing
34 acres of rolling glacial esker, towering maple groves and native prairie ecosystems, 4+ miles of trails and a universally inclusive Visitor Center.
Lake Lansing Park North
Offers 10 miles of trails. A 2.4 mile loop of the trail system is marked with interpretive signs.
Located in Bath with over 10 miles of trails
Sleepy Hollow State Park 7835 E Price Rd, Laingsburg
OUTDOOR ICE SKATING
Marketplace on the Green 1995 Central Park Drive, Okemos, synthetic ice, open daily dawn to 9pm, need skates
Downtown Lansing 124 E Michigan Ave, City Hall Plaza, synthetic ice, need skates
Granger Meadows (ice) 1275 Granger Meadows Lane, Lansing, free, need skates
Washington Park (ice) 2700 S Washington Ave, Lansing, free, need skates
North Meridian Road Park 5191 Meridian Rd, Williamston
Granger Meadows/Valley Farms Park 1275 Granger Meadows Ln, Lansing
Ehinger Park 325 Chesterfield Pkwy, East Lansing
Hayes Park 851 W, Columbia St, Mason
Ranney Park 3201 Michigan Ave, Lansing
TUBING *check websites for opening dates
Burchfield Park 881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt, Snowtube rentals $3
Hawk Island Park, 1601 E. Cavanaugh Rd, Lansing, Pre-purchase tickets HERE
Park Lake, Bath
Lake Lansing, Haslett
Free Fish Weekend, February 19 & 20, 2022 – all fishing license fees are waived for any Michigan inland lake. Families and friends can enjoy one Michigan Fishing, for FREE!
Art Unlimited 4692 Okemos Rd, Okemos
Great for all ages, paint your own pottery, glass fusing, mosaic, and clay studio.
Follow their Facebook page for special events!
Spare Time Entertainment Center 3101 E Grand River Ave, Lansing
Find their holiday special HERE.
Variety of 31 lanes of bowling, arcade, axe throwing, bumper cars, escape rooms, large party rooms, and numerous TVs.
City Limits Bowling Center 2120 E. Saginaw Hwy, East Lansing
Bowling, Nightly food and drink specials, birthday parties, Family Value packages, Big Screen tvs, weekend cosmic bowl
GO KARTS & MORE
High Caliber Karting & Entertainment Located inside Meridian Mall, Okemos
Great for tweens and up! Go-kart racing, axe throwing, throw bowling, pocket soccer, nerf arena. Purchase tickets HERE
Kiki’s Gymnastics 1161 East Clark Rd Ste 330,DeWitt
Open Gym-Saturday & Sunday 1-3pm, $10, up to age 23, under 5 requires parent supervisionTumblestar Time, 10a-1pm, Monday thru Thursday, preschool ages.
On days of no school, any age can come. Parent must be on floor regardless of age.
Open Gym at LCC 422 N. Washington Sq, Lansing
A ‘recess’ for students, faculty, staff and alumni to enjoy the many benefits of physical and recreational activity.
East Lansing Public Library 950 Abott Rd, East Lansing
Closed December 23rd-26th, Dec 30th-Jan 2nd
Capital Area District Libraries
Along with visiting the library in person, CADL will be having LIVE Storytime TV Shows on Facebook. Staff will be reading stories, singing songs and conducting fun activities. Every Monday and Wednesday,10:30a and 7pm. Find the link HERE
Celebration Cinemas 200 E. Edgewood Blvd, Lansing
NCG Cinemas Eastwood Towne Centre, Lansing
Studio C 1999 Central Park Drive, Okemos
Williamston Sun Theatre 150 W. Grand River Rd, Williamston
Abrams Planetarium 755 Science Rd, East Lansing
Located on the Michigan State University campus, serves as an astronomy and space science education resource center for central Michigan.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Registration is required. Adults, $5.50, Students and senior citizens, $5.00, Children (age 12 and under), $4.50
Closed December 24, 2021 – January 3, 2022
IQ hub 1130 S. DeWitt Rd, St. Johns
Fun for the whole family at the IQhub. IQhub is located at the AgroLiquid Headquarters. There are activities for everyone from the young to the young at heart. There are twenty-four museum quality exhibits to explore, a tractor simulator to test your planting skills and a Kids’ Korner for the young ones in the family.
Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM Art Explosion art exhibit runs through February 24, 2022. Admission is free
Michigan History Museum 702 W. Kalamazoo St. Lansing
The Michigan History Museum offers a walk through Michigan’s past, from the time of the state’s earliest peoples to the late 20th century.
Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM., Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Adults $8, Seniors (65+) $6, Youth (6-17) $4, Children 5 and under are free. Admission is free to all on Sundays.
MSU Museum 409 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing
Onsite Michigan State University; frequently added exhibitions, many that focus on Michigan focused collections, the Great Lakes, and the world beyond.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed Dec. 24, 2021-Jan. 3, 2022
Registration is required. Admission is free.
Lets Say Cheese Selfie Museum located inside Meridian Mall, Okemos
Colorful interactive selfie wonderland that has been created for fun picture taking!
Love Your Selfie Factory 2910 Towne Centre Blvd, Lansing
A “selfie museum” is a type of art gallery or installation designed to provide a setting for visitors to pose in photographs to be posted on social media or kept as a keepsake for memories.
Edru Skate 1891 Cedar St, Holt
Rollerskating! Winter Break Matinee Hours 12/20-12/23-1-4pm, 6-8pm, $8 admission
Munn Ice Arena 509 Birch Rd, East Lansing
Suburban Ice 2810 Hannah Blvd, East Lansing
Adult Public Skate: $6/person (Ages 18 and older only), Mid-Day Skate: $6/person (All Ages) , Weekend & Evening Public Skate: $6/person, all ages, Skate Rental: $3
Goldfish Swim School 5135 Times Square Dr, Suite B Okemos
Jump Start Clinics What: 4 consecutive lessons, same time, same instructor, Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday When: December 20-23 or December 28-31 Cost: $104/members, $129/non-members
Launch Trampoline Park Located inside the Meridian Mall, Okemos
Trampolines, dodgeball, ninja course, arcade, laser tag, an escape room, and the Krave Cafe. Pre-purchase tickets HERE
DEFY 820 South Waverly Rd, Lansing
Purchase tickets HERE.Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, Flying Trapeze, Warped Wall, Ultimate Dodgeball
A special thank you to the GLAMom’s Winter Fun Guide sponsor, Capital City Market.
Capital City Market is located at 600 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing.