10 Family-Friendly Indoor Fun Spots
Is the weather telling you to stay inside? Are the kids telling you they need some active play time? Here are ten great indoor options to keep everyone happy and satisfied right in the heart of Michigan.
We love this space because people of all ages enjoy this museum. Grandparents can reminisce, while children discover how the state evolved by exploring eras and decades of Michigan history. Walk through a UP copper mine, stand next to the giant logging wheels, sit down at a desk in the one-room schoolhouse and more. *Note: Each Saturday, the Michigan History Museum has a self-guided scavenger hunt in the museum galleries that comes complete with prizes! Find six themed scavenger hunts that rotate throughout the year and are suitable for ages 4 through adult and are included with the cost of museum admission. Also note that Sunday admission is free.
This hands-on center has multiple spaces and exhibits for everyone in the family to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. Our favorites are the First Impression Room for the littlest explorers (age 0-4) and the two-story water room, making bubbles in the bubble room and launching tennis balls. And the giant light wall and making shadows. And the physics room. And building things. There’s so much to explore and figure out here. *Note: Impression 5 has all kinds of special events and camps over school breaks.
Sure, there’s great fun bowling here at Spare Time, but there’s actually way more to do. Find an arcade, bumper cars and virtual reality. There’s also a great escape room experience – Escapology with multiple rooms. *Note: There’s an adjoining restaurant, Grand River Bar & Grill to keep your appetite and thirst quenched.
Located in Delta Township near the Lansing Mall, Zap Zone is the place for multi-level laser tag, bumper cars, trampolines with two story ninja course, glo golf, a bounce house, roller coaster simulator and an arcade. This will keep the whole crew busy and active for hours.
- Bowling - City Limits, Spare Time, Royal Scot
A great activity for the whole family, whether you need the bumpers up or not, Greater Lansing has quite a few bowling centers. Check out Royal Scot, Spare Time and City Limits with its two locations in Mason and in East Lansing.
This trampoline park located in the Meridian Mall features trampolines, dodge ball, basketball, battle beams, a ninja obstacle course, laser tag arena and a fun arcade. Snack at Krave for great food, desserts and beverages.
This is the area’s newest entertainment spot with two indoor racing tracks, racing simulators, arcade, pocket soccer and axe throwing. *Note: Axe throwers must be at least 13 years old, karting drivers must be 54″ tall and 8 years old to race.
Memories will come rushing back to the parents as you roller skate on the wooden floor with the disco lights on. EDRU also offers laser tag, arcade, and a snack bar.
While visiting Preuss Pets is not an activity, this family-owned and operated destination in Old Town Lansing is certainly entertaining. Find walls and walls of tropical fish, on-premises propagated coral, small animals and a fabulous (and loud) area of tropical birds. For a small donation, kids will love feeding the koi in the river that runs through the interior of the store!
While Suburban Ice is home to figure skaters, hockey players and ice dancers, they also open at specific times for a public skate. Check the times before you head out.
10 Kid-Friendly Food Options
When hunger strikes, there's no time for fancy places and long lines.Step right up and sit right down. Greater Lansing has these and plenty more to serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- MSU Dairy Store
- Punk Taco
- Noodles & Company
- Pizza House
- Fleetwood Diner
- Fidler’s On The Grand
- Grand Café Sir Pizza
- Deluca's Restaurant
- Finley’s Grill & Smokehouse
Thomas Genarra, Valeri Gill