Kids Rule

Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Johnny QuirinFeatured in Pure Michigan 2014 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 29.

Toddler, tween or teen, kids know fun. Giving them a say in where to go and what to do on summer vacation is a sure-fire way to ensure the whole family has a blast—even the people who are only kids at heart.

More Kids Rule – More Kids Destinations

Adventure Island Family Fun Park, Cadillac
After hitting the Hydrotube Speed Slide and open-body slide, take the family out for a round of mountain golf, or get some friendly competition going with go-karts and bumper boats.

Cast-a-way Bay Waterpark, Mackinaw City
Located in the Fairview Beachfront Inn & Waterpark on Lake Huron, this indoor waterpark offers water cannons and geysers, and a sandy private beach awaits.

Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills
Acheson Planetarium gives visitors a 360-degree experience with 3-times brighter and crisper images. Catch a show Friday or Saturday evening, and every Saturday and Sunday.

DeYoung Family Zoo, Wallace
Large, natural habitats let animals roam in this hands-on zoo in the Upper Peninsula. Educational programs and a petting zoo mean kids can get close to the wildlife.

Dow Children’s Garden, Midland
Get the kids to eat their veggies—let them play with their food! Kids can sample what’s in-season, clean a dirty pig and help take care of the plants.

Flint Children’s Museum, Flint
Kids under 10 will love climbing a rock wall in the Health and Fitness exhibit or getting ready to fight fires in their gear and fire truck at Transportation Alley.

Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum, Albion
Little doctors can perform surgery or take a ride in an ambulance at the Oaklawn Hospital exhibit. See how sound is created by a piano in the Music Room.

McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field, East Lansing
Located in the heart of Old College Field, the Michigan State University Spartan’s diamond overlooks the Cedar River.

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw
The creative juices flow in the Art Mart gallery and youngsters 12 and under navigate through aMaze, all while sharpening their cognitive skills.

Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt. Pleasant
The hands-on museum aims to spark creativity and nourish learning in this eco-friendly facility. Exhibits like Beemazium get kids inside the hive and engaging with science and other subjects.

Mystery Spot Zip Lines, St. Ignace
Two zip lines let visitors sail through the fun zone at Mystery Spot.

Nelis’ Dutch Village, Holland
A 1924 Herschell-Spillman carousel, known as the Draaimolen, attracts visitors to this seasonal theme park.

Ray Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor
The home of the University of Michigan’s Wolverines has been seeing baseball games since 1923.

Red Oaks Waterpark, Madison Heights
The Soak Station children’s water playground has 68 features, including bubbler jets, a tipping bucket and slide. A triple-flume waterslide and wave-action pool call to the more adventurous.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Saugatuck
Located along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, the more-than-1,000-acre park has a varied terrain that moves from rolling hills into freshwater coastal dunes that reach more than 200 feet in height.

Snow Snake Zip Line Tour, Harrison
Ten zip lines cut through woods and over deep valleys in this 4,000-foot long zip-lining course.

Surfari Joe’s Indoor Waterpark, Watervliet
Inside the Fairfield Inn & Suites is 20,000-square-feet of waterpark fun, including two extreme slides, a lazy river and Pygmy Pond Play Place for youngsters.

Theunissen Stadium, Mt. Pleasant
The Central Michigan University Chippewas’ baseball field premiered in 2005 and is named for former coach Bill Theunissen.

Van Hoosen Farm Children’s Garden, Rochester Hills
Follow the “Yellow Brick Road” to the Butterfly Garden, Five Senses Garden and Pizza Garden, all in this free destination. Kids can become human sundials or try the gate swing.

Wildwood Rush Zip Line, Boyne City
Race friends, admire the view of Lake Charlevoix or take in Michigan’s largest canopy tour adventure with more than 5,000 feet of zip lines and five aerial suspension bridges.

Molly's Mystic Freeze, Dundee. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Jason LindseyMore Kids Rule – More Ice Cream Shops

Baraga’s Drive-In, Baraga
This old A&W still keeps its sweet taste of days gone by with car hop service and classic treats like frozen custard, draft root beer, shakes and burgers (906/353-6202).

Country Dairy, New Era
Start at Moo School and take a tour of the working dairy farm. End the tour at the Farm Store and Deli and sample ice cream.

Guernsey Farms, Northville
More than 70 years of family experience has created 48 tasty flavors of ice cream. Try a cone at the restaurant, and add some of Guernsey’s own toppings.

Hill Top Soda Shoppe, Benzonia
Toasted coconut ice cream, pear and port wine sorbet and ice cream cookies are all homemade with local ingredients at this family-owned favorite.

Jilbert Dairy, Marquette
Look for Jilly, the life-size cow that welcomes customers. Grab a cone or spoon to indulge in a sundae special at one of the UP’s favorite ice cream shops.

Mooney’s, Saginaw
With more than 42 flavors, it’s easy to satisfy a sweet tooth with ice cream cones, splits and shakes at this local hotspot (989/793-1460).

Screams Ice Cream, Hell
Spookily-named flavors scooped out of a coffin give the shop a mysterious mood, as do the Halloween decoration and specialty masks sold in the store (734/878-2233).

The Parlour, Jackson
Old-fashioned hand-dipped ice cream has satisfied Jacksonians since the 1940s, and new flavors like PB&J sundaes delight newcomers. Burgers and sandwiches complete the meal (517/783-1581).

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