Spending quality family time with kids is valuable to their overall development. Though there are tons of outdoor activities for your family to partake in during the summer, it can be a bit more difficult to come up with new, exciting experiences to try during the colder months. Get your family out of the house and spending quality time with a visit to one of these fun, family-friendly Michigan locations that you can visit year-round.


  • Outdoor Adventure Center: This location brings the outdoors to urban Detroit. Located in Detroit’s historic Globe Building, your kids will be able to experience hands-on activities like fishing, snowmobile simulations, archery range and more.
  • Belle Isle Aquarium: The Belle Isle Aquarium is perfect for a day of family fun. This aquarium, dating back to 1904, reopened in 2012 and has seen its attendance triple within the last year. The aquarium contains one of the largest collections of air-breathing fish and is a great way to educate your kids on Great Lakes marine life as well as marine life from around the world.

Grand Rapids

  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: Founded in 1997, this museum, full of exciting and fun hands-on exhibits, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary since being. This museum features 11 kid friendly exhibits including the “kidstruction zone,” where kids can learn about construction by building foam brick walls, PVC pipe mazes and more.
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum: Established in 1910, this art museum continues its mission to connect “people through art, creativity, and design.” On Tuesdays, admission is free for the whole family. On Saturdays from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. your kids can join the drop-in studio where they can create their very own unique pieces of art!


  • Impression 5 Science Center: This science center is a great way to combine family fun while also allowing your kids to learn more about science. If you have little ones that are two to four years old, the center offers “discovery time,” a 45-minute hands-on experience where the kids explore the “Space Adventure”, “Science of Magic” exhibits in a way that’s designed to engage the little ones in an imaginative and educational way.