Winning Spring Break Ideas for Lansing Families

Lansing Spring Break Fun Made Easy

Are you sticking around town this Spring Break?

If you’re looking for some fun ideas for your kids during the week or something fun for the whole family, we’ve got you covered.

Butterfly House MSU Childrens Gardens

Exciting Spring Break Ideas for Lansing Area Families

Staying close to home doesn’t mean you can’t still do something for Spring Break! There are so many fun places to check out that we don’t always have time to do during our daily routines.

MSU Museum Dinosaur Michigan State University

Plus, if you decide last minute to take a trip we have some great suggestions that will ensure you have a Spring Break your family will remember for a lifetime.

Below you’ll find a list of FREE ideas for the week, Spring Break Camp options, Greater Lansing fun ideas, and Short Trips that are worth the drive and packed with fun for the whole family!


FREE Spring Break Ideas in the Greater Lansing Area

If you're staying in town this Spring Break and need some ideas but don't want to break the bank these places are a blast and FREE! Who doesn't love free adventure? Some of our family's best quality time memories have been at these places! Have fun and let us know if you find something you end up loving too.

Butterfly House MSU Childrens Gardens

MSU Butterfly House Don’t miss the amazing experience of holding a butterfly in your hand! They will be around until April 30.

Family Day The Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum host this event. It is so much fun and falls right during Spring Break week!

MSU Museum (Dino) No matter how many times our family takes a trip here we have a blast! If it’s nice out you may want to take a walk to shops on Grand River, or the MSU Dairy Store’s two locations!

Fenner Nature Center Eagle Kids Play Lansing

Stop By a Nature Center See the Beauty in our City at Fenner, Woldumar, Harris

Make a Craft at Where the Wild Things Bloom in Old Town every Saturday making this fall twice during spring break.

Potter Park Zoo  Head here on Monday morning till Noon for FREE! And if you happen to have Spring Break a little later this year check out the Night at a Living Museum for the MSU Science Festival.

Take a Tour!

  • Capitol Building (guided or self-guided)
  • Justice Building (guided or self-guided
  • Beaumont Tower

Jolly and Dunkle McDonalds Lansing

Jolly/Dunckel Road McDonalds  Visit the newly renovated play structure in the Jolly/Dunckel Road McDonalds. Trust me, it’s tons of fun for all-ages of kids! Located at 2530 E Jolly Rd, Lansing, MI 48911

Easter Egg Hunt at the Capitol  Not only will the kids get to hunt for eggs but bonus - Zoo animals, clowns, and crafts will be there too.

Play at a Park Visit one of the Parks on our big list of the best playgrounds in our area!

Visit the Library


Preuss Pets Fish Kids Indoor Play Lansing

Visit the Animals

  • Preuss Pets Take a trip to feed the Koi fish in the indoor or outdoor pond, hear the parrots and birds, and say hi to the store counter/pet rat!
  • Horses at MSU Bring a Treat (apples and carrots) to the feed these beautiful animals.

ALL ages DIY Craft Time on Thursday at the Delta District Library.

Explore Greater Lansing's Art DistrictsThat’s right, we have pockets of fun all around town now that can’t wait for you to stop by! ReoTown (Blue Owl Coffee, ReoTown Marketplace and more!), Old Town Art District (Creole, Vintage Shops, Art Galleries and More!), Grand Ledge Bridge Street (Antique Heaven), Downtown Dewitt (Sweetie-licous and The Crafted Bean, are here! Don’t forget to stop by their great park!), East Lansing has it all, Williamston (a fun and great little quick trip for delicious food and fun)

Lansing Greenhouses Horrocks

Walk/Tour Greenhouses Take some time to wander through Van Ettas on the East Side, Horrocks on the West Side, Lansing Gardens on the Southside, and Cottage Gardens near Holt.

Family-Friendly Film Series Take a little drive to Ann Arbor on Sunday’s. Kids are free for ages 12 years old and under!

Spring Break Camps & Programs

Fun and educational camp options for your kids this spring break. Each of these locations offer something for kids over spring break.

Fenner Nature Center Camp

Fun Ideas for things to do in Lansing

Spring Break is the perfect oportunity to plan some "getaway" time before the busy end of school year season catches up with us all. Lansing has some fun ideas to do just that. We can clear our heads, learn something in a cool setting, or just have some good old fashioned fun. And we can do it in our own neck of the woods.

Impressions 5 Lansing Kids

REACH Art Studio Enjoy a week of art for Spring Break.

Spring Carnival Join the fun at this super fun event at Lett’s Community Center.

Lugnuts game Go Nuts! At the first game of the season!

Play Indoors Find options like jumping parks, gymnastics, roller skating, and much more on our Indoor Play guide!

Michigan Historic Center Museum Lansing Kids Families

Museums Plan a week of Museums. There are enough museums around here to fill up your entire week. Impressions 5, Michigan Historic Center, MSU Museum, ReOldsmuseum, Curwood Castle in Owosso, All Around Africa World Museum, Nokomis Learning Center

High Ropes Courses Try out a new adventure at this course in Howell, MI.

The Tree House Play all day in the Chelsea Tree House using their spring break sale.

FunTyme Aventures Head here for put-put golf and batting cages and have a - you guessed it - fun time!

Strange Matter Donuts Treat Tour

Go on a unique-treat taste tour Taste hand rolled ice cream and bubble tea at Unicha in EL, flavored popcorn at Cravings and Horrocks, pan dulce at Don Panchos, donuts (GF and Vegan options) at Strange Matter, tea and treats at ReoTown Marketplace, macarons in East Lansing at Le Bon Macaron.

ELFF Want a night out with your main squeeze? Go to the  one day Screening of YOUNG HEMINGWAY & HIS ENDURING EDEN.

Sun Theatre Catch a flick for $2 in Grand Ledge!

See a Movie  It's always a good time at NCG, Studio C, Celebration Cinema, and Regal Lansing.

Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival The whole family will have a blast during this event! You'll learn something and leave with a full happy tummy.

Fun Spring Break Trips Close By and Worth the Drive!

Short road trips can be really fun and doable with just a little bit of planning. Packing minimal in just a few bags makes traveling with kids pretty smooth. We pack some drawing kits, books, a couple of small toys, and head out when we know they are going to either sleep or be ready to relax with said items. We are so lucky being in Lansing right in the middle of some fun options. Here are our top choices for Spring Break destinations.

Grand Rapids GRAM Art Museum

Go to an Indoor Waterpark!

Grand Rapids has made an amazing spring break guide for families so you’re sure to find amazing things to do that suit your family's needs. The Holiday Inn Express South has a water park inside and is a great place to stay on Spring Break! 45 min to 1 hour drive from Lansing. Also, check out GR’s new Airport Viewing Area! Pack a picnic and watch the planes come in and and take off.

kalamazoo Valley MuseumKalamazoo Check out Kzoo with Kids! The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is FREE to the public and a great destination for Spring break weather in Michigan. Lots of coffee shop options are close by for parents and Kzookids has all the attraction info you’ll need to make it a great trip! 1 hour drive from Lansing. Just next door is the Kingman Museum in Battle Creek and is newly FREE to the public as well!

Detroit Head over to Detroit for so much fun! Belle Isle is free to the public and their Conservatory, Aquarium, and Nature Center are a blast for both the kids and parents! Plus check out other amazing things happening around the waterfront and Campus Martius for guaranteed fun during the week! 59 min to 1 h and 30 min from Lansing.

Curwood Castle Owosso

Owosso Visit Owosso for the day! There are so many adorable shops, great coffee at Fosters, and amazing food at Lula’s Louisiana Cuisine and her sister’s restaurant Lily Pearls Lounge next door. Visit the Polar Express Train, or tour the Curwood Castle and walk the cities suspension bridge.

Chicago Take in the sites, check out Shedds Aquarium and the museums, shop the Magnificent Mile, and visit Navy Pier! If you plan to do it all the City Pass is a great option to save money and skip having to stand in lines! Chicagokids is a great place to start if you’re wanting tips and ideas.

My family will be staying around town for Spring Break this year and I can’t wait to tell you all about our adventures we get into! Stay tuned for our Spring Break details. Also, we’d love to hear from you! What will you be doing this year? What ended up being a family favorite or a place you’d like to let more families know about?


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