Looking for kid-approved activities and attractions to keep your youngsters busy this winter? Whether it’s a snow day or the weekend, kids lose themselves in fun indoor and outdoor pursuits that are guaranteed to please parents, too! Playing or learning, we have a few cool ideas to keep kids amused this season.
Soar through an extensive history of flight. Take control of a shuttle headed to the International Space Station, glimpse into the past with some of the world’s earliest airplanes and experience a bombing mission during a movie in the 4-D theater.
Beaver Island Toy Museum
Kids navigate aisles filled to the brim with candies, trading cards, figurines, cars and trucks. Score the toys of yesteryear and collectors items for just a few pennies.
Chelsea Teddy Bear Company & Toy Museum
Kids enjoy gazing at the rare toys from around the world and learning their history at the Chelsea Toy Museum. Afterward they head to the company’s factory for free tours and to purchase teddy bears from a wide selection of cuddly friends.
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Prehistoric creatures are invading the museum starting Oct. 26. Animatronic beasts roar to life in the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit and fossils help young historians understand the lives of the extinct animals.
I Love Toy Trains Store
Locomotives chug on tracks in a room full of antique steam engines, wooden railways and Take Along Thomas toys. Little hands operate buttons and switches that turn on lights and lift gates on an electric train set.
Oh My Lolli!
Step through the door and into a colorful land of candy—a rainbow of swirled lollipops handmade in dozens of flavors. Be sure to grab a free sample!
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
The 2014 Winter Olympics may be in Russia, but eager participants (eight and older) can speed up to 30mph on the luge track at this West Michigan sports complex.
Winter Sports Park
Bring your sled, or rent a pair of ice skates at the recreational park, which also has designated areas for skiing and snowboarding. The warming house has a fireplace, concession stand and free WI-FI.