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9 Things to do with Kids on a Spring Staycation in Traverse City

Is a vacation or staycation in Traverse City on your mind this spring? The kids have been cooped up at home long enough. Spring Break is a popular time for the locals to get-away, which means it’s a little less crowded on the streets and in the hotels. So here’s my list of 9 things to do with kids on a Traverse City staycation. Watch the videos for more details on each destination!


Breakfast at Round’s

If you’re traveling for vacation odds are nobody has to cook. So, I think it’s fitting that a staycation includes going out for breakfast. If you’re an early-riser check out Round’s, a true local hang-out, where the raspberry french toast is out of this world. Look for their menu in our Dining Guide.


Free Movies at The State

The State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay have a once-annual free movie fest, which lines up with Traverse City’s spring break. That means free movie tickets, and lots of family-friendly films all week! If your break doesn’t match ours don’t despair! These arthouse volunteer-run theaters offer great kids programs including $.25 kids matinees EVERY Saturday. And you can’t beat the popcorn and candy prices either.


Bounce it Out at Busy Bodies

Sometimes you just need a place to let the kids run, skip and bounce out that energy they’ve been storing all winter. Busy Bodies Bounce Town is the solution. With wristband access you can spend an hour, go grab a bite to eat and come back later that day to wear them out before the car ride home.


Hike through the Art Park

The Michigan Legacy Art Park is a hidden gem, and worth a drive to Crystal Mountain in Benzie County. Discover larger than life sculptures tucked between the trees along a beautiful hiking trail. These permanent art installations are impressive any time of year. March and April can still be snowy in the woods, so wear your boots, or rent a pair of snowshoes.


Eat Lunch at Scalawags

Scalawags Fish & Chips in downtown Traverse City is the perfect lunch spot for the whole family. The restaurant is decorated tip to tail in fishing-themed memorabilia and artwork. The fish is incredibly fresh and prepared right after you order. Tell the kids to watch for Spongebob as he pops up every time the front door opens.


Bowling and Laser Tag at Lucky Jacks

If you’re entertaining teens or tweens and the weather isn’t cooperating, I’ve got just the place for you. Lucky Jacks has indoor fun for the whole family. From bowling and laser tag, to arcade games, bumper cars and did I mention they have a full restaurant and bar? Yep, this spot checks a lot of boxes for some good old fashioned family fun.


Explore History at The Village

One of the nation’s largest historical renovations is taking place just off the beaten path in Traverse City. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a former state asylum with stunning 19th century architecture, and a fascinating history. Sign-up for a guided historic tour of the buildings, or spend your time hiking the trails all around Traverse City’s central park. Ask for the path to the hippy tree for an instagrammable discovery.


Play at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum

Traverse City is blessed to be surrounded by water. As Michiganders we want to ensure the importance of the Great Lakes is not lost on our youngest adventurers. Kids can explore our watery resources in hands-on exhibits, playscapes and activities at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum.


Discover Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is always on our list of things to do with kids. On a sunny day the views of Lake Michigan are blue and beautiful no matter the season. Hiking the dunes or riding a bike along the Heritage trail are great springtime adventures. Start at the Visitors Center in Empire and ask about the Jr Ranger program for some activities that will entertain and educate the youngest visitors.


So when it’s too warm for snowmen, but too cold for swimming, there are still plenty of things to do with kids of all ages in Traverse City. If you live here, it’s a good reminder to get out and enjoy the reasons why. If you’re traveling to Traverse City…welcome! The trees might be leafless, and the pot holes large, but activities abound for you and your traveling band.

By |2018-12-12T09:14:57+00:00March 21st, 2018|Adventure, Family Fun, Travel Tips, Videos|0 Comments

ArtOff at Right Brain Brewery

 Most artists will tell you it takes days, often weeks or more to create a work of art. But the creators of the ArtOff are here to challenge that notion.

On Saturday June 14th at the Right Brain Brewery up to 20 artists will create a work of art right before your eyes, in only three hours. This unusual competition, created by designers Sean Tobin and Skyler Nelles, will benefit Little Artshram. Participants will be working in various forms of media including painting, welding and even needlepoint.

Come and experience art first-hand, and get a unique glimpse into the creative minds of Northern Michigan. The cost is $10 and includes a glass of local wine or beer and catered appetizers from Chef J.W. Pascoe of Pearls. Proceeds benefit Little Artshram, for scholarship to summer art-farm camps. The audience has the opportunity to cast a ballot for their favorite work, and may even purchase finished pieces via silent auction. The winning artist receives a cash prize.


For more information the ArtOff visit the website for Little Artshram.

Right Brain Brewery is a sponsor of the event. The doors open at 6:45pm. They are located in the Warehouse District in downtown Traverse City. For a detailed map of their location click here.

By |2008-06-12T10:35:49+00:00June 12th, 2008|Art Scene, Check This Out, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments

Downtown TC Art Walk

Downtown Traverse City will host the semi-annual Art Walk on Friday May 2nd. Take a self-guided tour of the participating shops and galleries downtown, enjoy wine and snacks along the way and discover the many talents of the artists on display. Visit all participating shops, collect a stamp at each location and enter to win a $500 gift certificate.

For more information visit the Downtown Traverse City website or call 231.922.2050

By |2008-04-30T09:34:20+00:00April 30th, 2008|Check This Out, Events, Traverse City|0 Comments

Lightpaintings Exhibit Opens at the Dennos Museum Center

April 13 – August 31, 2008

The internationally renowned artist Stephen Knapp will present an exhibition of his spectacular light paintings. Knapp fills the walls with vibrant color using only mirrors, dichroic filters and focused light sources. The exhibition will feature a broad selection of his stunning creations in light.

Stephen Knapp has over thirty years experience creating installation art and exploring the possibilities of light. His work can be found in museum, public, corporate and private collections. To learn more about Knapp’s work go to www.lightpaintings.com

By |2008-04-13T21:18:43+00:00April 13th, 2008|Attractions, Check This Out, Entertainment, Traverse City|Comments Off on Lightpaintings Exhibit Opens at the Dennos Museum Center