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 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.
Impression 5 Science Center
Impression 5 Science Center 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.
State Capitol Building
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.
High Caliber Karting & Entertainment
Located in the Meridian Mall, High Caliber Karting & Entertainment 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!
Lansing Launch trampoline park offers an abundance of jumping fun! Trampolines feature dodgeball, basketball, battle beams, Launch Pad, and much more! In addition to trampoline-inspired activities, Launch Lansing offers an escape room, laser tag arena, game arcade, and a full cafe.
Spare Time Entertainment Center
Along with over 30 lanes of bowling, Spare Time Entertainment Center has an Escape Room called Escapology. This is great for families with older kids that like to solve real-life puzzles. Bumper cars, sand volleyball, and an arcade are also available. Fun for all ages!
Zap Zone is a big hit with multiple activities that are great for family fun! Enjoy a huge arcade room, trampoline jumping, bumper cars, a roller coaster simulator, and a multi-level laster tag. This is a perfect place for a the family on-the-go!
Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum
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.
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!