Looking for family-friendly fun while the kids are out of school?
Muskegon County offers both outdoor and indoor recreation that will keep the whole household happy and entertained.
Here are Ten Spring Break Ideas for Families when you visit our Lake Michigan beach-town.
Bowling! It’s right up our alley!
There are no less than 5 bowling centers located around Muskegon County. Perhaps this is because Muskegon is steeped in bowling history. Did you know Brunswick began operations in Muskegon in 1906 and manufactured bowling equipment here for 100 years!
Did You Know That Was Made Here?
After your bowling adventure, see how the pinsetters actually work at the Muskegon Heritage Museum. This 3-story museum is filled with hands-on history. Watch a full-size, working Corliss Steam Engine, see a 1961 Brunswick Pin-Setter in action and work a spring winding machine on the first floor. On the second floor, look for made-in-Muskegon toys such as Raggedy Ann and the first snowboard (the Snurfer). Be sure you get to the top floor and visit the Old Fashioned Store.
Climb a Mastodon
Bring the kids to meet Moxie the Mastodon and have your camera ready! Moxie is a life-sized bronze representation of the Mastodons that roamed Michigan 10,000 years ago. Fun fact! The Mastodon is Michigan’s official state fossil. After your photo ops there, stop into the Lakeshore Museum Center to pick up a “Mastodons on the Loose” guide. There are 20 “Mini” Moxie’s hidden throughout downtown Muskegon. While you are there, bring the kids to explore the STEM room, full sized Mastodon diorama, see how the lumberjacks lived, check out the special programming and more!
Let’s All Go to the Movies
Spring days bring rainy days, perfect for a family outing to a movie.
- Multi-Screen Theaters – Cinema Carousel is a 12-screen theater located in Norton Shores…and there really is full sized carousel in the lobby! Movie times HERE. Find three screens of entertainment at NorthStar Cinema in White Lake. Check their WEBSITE for movie listings.
- Drive in to one of Michigan’s few remaining drive-in theaters. Getty Drive-In offers good ol’ fashioned double features on 4 large outdoor screens. Check their website for showtimes.
- A Free Flick in a Historic Movie House. How would you like to eat popcorn in a former movie palace while you watch a free movie? On April 3rd, the beautiful Frauenthal Center will screen The Secret Garden with no admission. The setting will be as theatrical as the story on the screen. The Frauenthal is a historical and architectural monument; considered to be one of the best theaters in Michigan. More information HERE
Got a Soccer Fan in the Family?
Go cheer for United Premier Soccer League Muskegon Risers at their indoor arena home games. Mercy Health Arena plays host to both the Men and Women’s teams. You can even get a view of the action over tasty tacos from Rad Dads Tacos.
Love Our Libraries
Muskegon County libraries are not only brimming with books, but also with kid-friendly programming, take and make crafts and a STEM and Storyville play area.
- Kids will think they are in a castle when they visit the Hackley Public Library; with a turret tower, winding iron stairway, stained glass windows, mosaic floors and seven stone fireplaces. See the schedule for events, playtimes and crafts HERE. (Don’t miss the LEGO events on April 9 and April 16 – and snap a picture in the Shakespeare Garden)
- Your little ones will want to spend hours playing in the bright STEM and Storyville play area at Montague Public Library and Norton Shores Branch Library. All Muskegon Area District Library (MADL) events, games, story times and a free movie schedule can be found HERE
- For outdoor library adventures, follow the Story Time Trail at the White Lake Community Library and visit their Butterfly garden.
Mini Golf at the Muskegon Museum of Art
Yes, you read that right! Through May 22nd, the main gallery of the Muskegon Museum of Art has been turned into a fun and visual 9-hole mini-golf course. Each hole is based on a work of art from the museum’s permanent collection. While you are there, check out the student art exhibit. Admission to the museum is free on Thursdays (not including mini-golf fees)
Take a Nature Walk
Spring is popping up on our trails and in our parks.
The take-a-stroll options are endless!
- Take a turn on the trails at Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park (and get a sneak peek of the zipline that opens in May!).
- Walk the channels and pier to visit our three light towers and houses: Muskegon South Breakwater Light, Muskegon South Pierhead Light and the White Lake River Station.
- Listen to the spring-song of the birds at the newly opened Dune Harbor County Park.
- See what’s blooming at one of our nature preserves, three state parks, six county parks, and more than 50 city and public parks.
- Pedal Muskegon’s paved trails. Rent bicycles from Lake Effect Sport and Waterdog Sport. Use the Movatic app and check out a bike in front of the Visit Muskegon Union Depot Visitors Center and Muskegon Farmers Market
See a Submarine
The USS Silversides Museum is open year-round. The two-story museum center is filled with historic naval and interactive exhibits. In addition, you can tour the U.S. Coast Guard cutter and submarine. During her service the USS Silversides received 12 battle stars and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for cumulative action over four patrols. She is credited with sinking 23 ships and has the most prolific combat record of any still extant American Submarine. Plan about 2 hours for your family to see everything.
Spread Your Wings Like a Spring Butterfly
Stop by the Kelsey Montague mural “What Lifts you” for family photos. This is the perfect place to reminisce over your newly made spring-break family memories!
Find more events, including Spring-Break Camps, on the Visit Muskegon Calendar of Events. Use the dropdown function to set the dates for your visit.
Book your family getaway at one of Muskegon’s welcoming hotels!
- Shoreline Inn offers the convenience of a downtown location, views of Muskegon Lake and a salt water pool and hot tubs.
Delta Hotels Muskegon Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, walking distance to museums, dining, outdoor art and activities.
- Kids also love to play in the pools at Fairfield Inn & Suites, Choice Quality Inn & Suites and Comfort Inn