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!
Before you go, check online for each locations hours of operation and new COVID policies.
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. Please call ahead to make your reservation so your visit is smooth and easy.
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! Please call ahead for hours and to make your reservation.
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! The Capitol is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed for state holidays.
Located in the Meridian Mall, High Caliber Karting offers some terrific family-friendly activities, from Pocket Soccer, to high speed go karting, axe throwing, a rage room, Nerf wars and more.* Drivers must be 54″ tall and 8 years old to race!
This trampoline park, offers a abundance of jumping fun, an arcade, an escape room and snack/food bar.
Spare Time has a new Escape Room called Escapology. Great for families with a bit older kids that like to solve real-life puzzles. An arcade and bowling are also available. Fun for all ages!
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 with kids on-the-go!
Have an artsy family, or maybe you need some inspiration for an at home craft? First Saturday means Family Day at the MSU Broad Art Museum! Visit the museum to collect your free take-home art kit and enjoy a scavenger hunt tour of the galleries together with your family. Make a reservation to visit this thought-provoking art museum and experience a whole new world of art in different artforms. .
Nature Centers & Outdoor Fun
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.
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, MSU Broad