School’s out for Holiday Break and there are two weeks to fill with memory-making activities for kids and families. Michigan’s capital region makes a perfect getaway for a couple of days of family bonding and fun. With so much to see and do, we’ve compiled a handy list of ideas to choose from. Take a look.

Local Attractions

Impression 5 Science Center

Special holiday hours open December 20-23, closed December 24-26, open December 27-31 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • First Impression Room
  • Pop! A Bubble Experience
  • SMASH: A Nuclear Adventure
  • FLOW: A Water Experience
  • Spectrum
  • Chew on This
  • Throwing Things
  • Nano
  • Build
  • MI Nature

Register for L.A.B.S. (Learn About Basic Science) Dec 20- 31  from All classes run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Find Snow Day Science, Beach Day Science, Colorific Science, Lego Builder, Cash Counts, Sow What? Marvelous Machines, Geology Rocks! and New Year’s Eve Science days.

Also don’t miss the last days of Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! Help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges with hands-on, STEM-focused opportunities! This traveling exhibit will stay at Impression 5 through January 9, 2022.

Michigan History Museum

Holiday hours open December 20-23 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed December 23-26, open December 27-29 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
With three floors of Michigan history, this museum lets you walk chronologically through eras and decades of Michigan beginning with the native peoples, fur trading, Michigan's struggle for statehood, the Civil War, and more. Walk through a copper mine, stand next to the giant wheel in the lumbering exhibit, then window shop in a streetscape. Duck into the old time theater and take a seat. The exhibits continue through the war years and up until the 1960's with some Motown music.


Entertainment Centers

High Caliber Karting and Entertainment

Open December 20-23 Noon-10 p.m. Closed December 24-25, Open December 26 Noon-8 p.m., December 27-30 Noon-10 p.m. and December 31 for special New Year's Eve hours Closed January 1..

  • Get your adrenaline pumping driving European electric go karts with speeds up to 50 mph on two different tracks or try the Combat Karting when you can embrace High Caliber’s Infinity Combat System ™, the world’s only live, first-person shooter go-karting experience. *Drivers must be a minimum of eight years old and at least 54″ tall to race.
  •  Axe Throwing Channel your inner lumberjack *Axe throwers must be at least 13 years old.
  • Rage Room *Participants must be at least 13 years old.
  • ThrowBowling    *Players must be at least 13 years old.
  • Nerf Wars *Players must be at least 8 years old.
  • Pocket Soccer and Arcade *No age restrictions
  • Plus great food and bar  

Launch Lansing

Launch Lansing is the premier Family Entertainment destination in the Greater Lansing Area. At Launch, we have over…

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Launch Trampoline Lansing

Open December 20-24 Noon-9 p.m., Closed December 25, Open December 26 Noon- 9 p.m., Open December 27-30 10 a.m.-9 p.m., December 30-31 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

  • Bounce, bounce and bounce. There's special separate toddler hours, combat beams, dodge ball, basketball and more.
  • The Mine Shaft Escape Room 
  • Laser Tag
  • Arcade
  • Slack Line
  • Tumble Traks
  • Hit Crave for great food, desserts and beverages.


Spare Time Entertainment Center

Open December 20-23 3-11 p.m., Closed December 24-25, Open December 26 1-11 p.m., December 27-31 3-11 p.m..
*Attractions may have separate hours. Please call for details. (517) 337-2695

  • Bowling
  • Arcade
  • Bumper Cars
  • Axe Throwing
  • Escapology
  • Plus great food and drink at the Grand River Grill

Zap Zone Lansing

Zap Zone is Lansing's premier family fun center. Our 30,000 square foot building is home to laser tag, indoor mini-golf…

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Zap Zone (517) 327-0747

Open December 20-23 Noon-11 p.m., December 24 Noon-6 p.m., Closed December 25, Open December 26 Noon-10 p.m., December 27-30 Noon-11 p.m., December 31 Noon-Midnight

  • Laser tag
  • Glow Golf
  • Trampolines
  • Bear Factory
  • Bumper cars
  • Arcade


Sports, Entertainment and Recreation


Bowling is always a great family outing and Greater Lansing has multiple options available. Get out there and show them how you roll.

Royal Scot Golf and Bowl

BEAUTIFUL. That word comes to the minds of golfers when remembering their Royal Scot golfing experience. Our expertly groomed…

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City Limits Bowling Center

Each location features 24 lanes of bowling, bumper bowling for the kids, birthday and corporate parties, cosmic bowling. We offer…

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Movies over Christmas break are totally a family tradition. Get ready for the theater experience with popcorn, pop, Junior Mints and the latest movie.

Celebration Cinema

Mid-Michigan’s finest movie theater, Celebration Cinema is where story happens! We are a state-of-the-art facility with 20 screens…

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NCG Eastwood Cinema

An 18-screen state-of-the-art theater offering the latest film releases. All theaters are equipped with stadium seating…

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Studio C!

Located in Okemos near the Meridian Mall, the theater is a one-of-a-kind experience! Coupled with Oscar’s Bistro serving chef…

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Who's in town? Spartan Hockey!
Spartan Men's Hockey at Munn Ice Arena
December 30 - MSU vs Western Michigan (Great Lakes Invitational)
December 31 - MSU vs Michigan Tech (Great Lakes Invitational)

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When it’s time to pack up the family and head for a stay in Michigan’s capital region, you may want to look for a hotel that offers something that everyone can enjoy. safely. And what we mean, is to look for accommodations that come with a pool following safe protocols. It’s a fact that kids return from a vacation that's chock full of new adventures, yet all they remember is the pool time!

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Great Family Friendly Dining Options

Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company serves fresh Asian, European and American cuisine, sautéed and grilled to order. From healthy to indulgent and…

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Fleetwood Diner

We are an upbeat, casual diner. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full menu available during all times of operation. Open 24…

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Culver's of West Lansing

Locally-owned and operated serving freshly made to order food including. ButterBurgers: pressed and seared fresh, never frozen…

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Crunchy’s, an East Lansing tradition, is a casual restaurant adjacent to the MSU campus. We feature the “Best Burger in Town,” and…

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Sweetie-licious Bakery Café

We have the best pies in the country! Five of our delicious pies took home 1st place and the coveted Best of Show at the 2009…

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Falsetta's Casa Nova

Since 1951, Casa Nova has been honored to serve Lansing. Specializing in Italian food. Enjoy pizza, pasta, steaks, seafood and…

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Gump's BBQ

Savor a rack of tangy ribs at Gump’s BBQ. Craving tender, juicy barbecue that’s been smoked to perfection? That’s why Gump’s BBQ…

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