While going South to some more sunny states sounds great for a spring break, it may not be so good for the wallet. Stay on budget and plan a Michigan Staycation in Greater Lansing that the family will never forget! Get hands-on with a whole bunch of family-friendly indoor activities, take the family on an outdoor adventure or plan for your weekend at the pool!

Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo is open year-round! It is home to over 160 species of animals, many of which are threatened or endangered, including Amur tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, bongos and more. Even though some of the seasonal components are closed for the winter, a great deal of the animals enjoy the cooler weather and are more active like the Arctic Fox, the wolves, the Red pandas and snow leopards.
Winter Zoo Hours through March 31 are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Winter Admission: adults - $4, children (ages 3-12) - $3.00, and children Under 3 - FREE

Impression 5 Science Center

Impression 5 light board

I-5 is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. “Impression 5” still refers to the five senses and the way that each sense is engaged during a visit to the Science Center!
Open Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday: CLOSED. 

State Capitol Building

Michigan State Capitol Dome

Every year the Michigan State Capitol welcomes over 115,000 people including tourists, schoolchildren, and families that tour the building with a guide or independently. This is a great place to explore, from the unique dome, to the glass floor and many more bits of history everyone in the family is sure to walk away learning something new! And the best part its - its FREE! Guided tour hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Michigan History Center

Michigan History Center

The Michigan History Museum offers a walk through Michigan's rich past, from the time of the state's earliest peoples to the late 20th century. You and the kids can pose by the giant map of Michigan, say "Hi" to Carl, the state tree, learn more about Michigan's mining history and even more!
There is a nominal admission charge and it is FREE on Sundays.

High Caliber Karting

Racing Cart at High Caliber Karting

Located in the Meridian Mall, High Caliber Karting offers some new family-friendly activities, from Pocket Soccer, to high speed go karting, axe throwing and more.* Drivers must be 54″ tall and 8 years old to race! Open Monday - Thursday: 3 - 10 p.m.,  Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., & Sunday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Launch Lansing

Launch Lansing

This trampoline park, offers a abundance of jumping fun, an arcade and snack/food bar. Open Monday - Thursday: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Friday: Noon - 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. & Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Spare Time Entertainment Center

Spare time entertainment team bonding

 Spare Time has a new Escape Room called Escapology. Great for families with a bit older kids that like to solve real-life puzzles. They are open Monday - Thursday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. & Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Zap Zone

Zap Zone

Zap Zone is a big hit with multiple activities like Glow Golf, a huge arcade room, trampoline jumping, bumper cars or a multi-level laser tag. Perfect for the family kids on-the-go! Open Monday - Thursday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday: 1 p.m. - Midnight, Saturday: 10 a.m. - Midnight, & Sunday: Noon - 10 p.m.


Michigan State University

MSU offers a variety of different attractions like Family Day at the Broad Art Museum, looking at the dinosaurs at MSU Museum, finding your favorite flavor of Dairy Store ice cream and much more!

Mom and Son Eating Ice Cream at the MSU Dairy Store

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum
Have an artsy family, or maybe you need some inspiration for a snow day craft? Visit the Broad Art Museum! If you'd like to learn more about the artwork, there are guided tours on Saturday & Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. If you'd like to get more hands-on, every first Saturday of the month the Broad presents Family Day which offers crafty projects, a special tour at 1 p.m. and a unique theme each time. 

MSU Museum

Both the kids and adults enjoy Habitat hall with complete, mounted articulated skeletons of two of the great Jurassic dinosaurs, Allosaurus and Stegosaurus, as well as several smaller displays related to dinosaurs. 

Abrams Planetarium

Get a front row seat to the wonders of the universe. Relax and enjoy the star show that the family is sure to remember for years to come. 
Family-friendly shows are on Sundays at 2:30 p.m and Abrams also offers Sensory Friendly Shows the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

MSU Dairy Store

You can't visit campus without a trip to the Dairy Store. Choose from 24 flavors of ice cream like the crowd favorites Sesquicentennial Swirl and Buckeye Blitz and a variety of award-winning cheese. Try Izzo’s Malted madness or taste the yummy shake of the month! 

Before you go, check online for more holiday hours and closures.


Nature Centers

Stewardship Mornings at Harris Nature Center - Image

Spring is coming, which means Lansing is warming up and it is the perfect time to take the family on an outdoor adventure!

  • Harris Nature Center - offers over five miles of trails set on the banks of the Red Cedar River
  • Woldumar Nature Center - has five miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails to make you feel like you're in the Great North!
  • Fenner Nature Center -  features self-guided nature trails through woods, fields and around ponds. There is a visitor center with exhibits, a gift shop and natural history library.

Make sure to check online for special events hosted at each nature center!


Plan to stay at one of Greater Lansing's many hotels, some offering swimming pools for that perfect spring break feel! 

There is so much to do in the capital region! Lansing also has many great dining options for those picky eaters, or those who are a little more adventurous! Any way you plan it, your family is sure to have the perfect budget-friendly Michigan staycation in Greater Lansing! 

Photo Credits: Brooke Couch, Tom Gennara, James Lenon, GLCVB