Fun Things For Kids to Do in Michigan

Fun Things For Kids to Do in Michigan
Michigan is called the Great Lakes state and offers plenty of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages. Finding a place to get away for the day or for a few days is easy to do throughout the state. While many locations are great for the whole family to have endless hours of fun, many provide an educational source as well.

Soo Locks

The Soo Locks are located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in Sault Ste Marie. The locks are composed of a mechanical device that raises and lowers water levels to allow boats to safely travel from the St. Mary's River to Lake Superior and on to the other Great Lakes. The Soo Locks boat tour is a great visual opportunity for kids to see how the locks work. During the two hour boat ride, participants experience the twenty one foot drop between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. A tour guide informs guests of the area's history. Guests return to the starting point after seeing the International Bridge that the United States and Canada. They also witness the eye-popping spectacle of the St. Mary's Rapids. Adults are charged $21 and children ages 5 to 12 $10.50. Children under 4 are free.

Soo Locks Boat Tours
Dock #1, 1157 E. Portage Ave.
Dock #2, 515 E. Portage Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783
(906) 632-6301

Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, located in Ann Arbor, is geared toward all ages including teens and parents. The museum houses science exhibits and natural illustrations of the human and animal life force. What sets this museum apart from many others is that everyone can touch many of the exhibits to feel how they work. Examples of what kids may find interesting include the Egg of Columbus---a hands-on exhibit that shows how electric motors operate. The Lights and Optics Gallery shows kids a kaleidoscope of color and designs that they can change and alter. Pricing is at $8.00 per person and kids under 2 get in free.

Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum
220 E Ann St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
(734) 995-5439

Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village is part of the Henry Ford family of attractions located in Dearborn near Detroit. This is a great place for kids to explore the 80 acres that has been tediously recreated to transport guests back to the 19th century. There are historic structures, buildings and laboratories in which some of the most important historical events in America's past time have taken place. Buildings relocated to Greenfield Village are those where the first American dictionary was written, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law and where the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Parents and kids can ride in an authentic Model T and see where Henry Ford got his start. Prices are $22 for adults; seniors over 62 $21; ages 5 to 12, $16. Children under the age of 5 are free. The village is open from April 15 through December 28, seven days a week and closed on major holidays.

The Henry Ford-Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124-4088
(313) 982-6001

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland

Bronner's is located in Frankenmuth in the thumb of Michigan. Bronner's is the world's largest Christmas store, about the size of 5.5 football fields. Even in June, children and adults can marvel at the half mile of Christmas lights and Christmas displays. There is a life size nativity that is perfect for picture taking and sharing with kids the birth of Christ. This store leaves nothing out, with over 50,000 different types of ornaments, garlands and lights including ornaments in over 70 different languages that carry the "Merry Christmas" message. This is a great place for children to observe the many different Christmas tree displays, decorations and the chance to meet Santa.

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland
25 Christmas Lane
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
(989) 652-9931

Uncle John's Cider Mill

Uncle John's Cider Mill, in St. John's, is a great place for entertaining children. Apples, blueberries and pears can be picked when in season. There is a pie barn, bakery and gift shop where families can enjoy home-baked treats and gifts. Through September and October, kids can see how a real cider mill works and operates. Throughout the harvest season, there are train and wagon rides for kids and families to enjoy before picking out their pumpkins. Uncle John's opens in April and closes for the season on New Year's Eve.

Uncle John's Cider Mill
8614 North US 127
St John's, Michigan 48879
(989) 224-3686

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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