Lansing Spring Break Fun Made Easy
Are you sticking around the Lansing area for this Spring Break?
If you’re looking for fun ideas your kids will love during Spring Break or outings great for the whole family, we’ve got you covered.
Exciting Spring Break Ideas for Lansing Area Families
Staying close to home doesn’t mean you can’t do something exciting for Spring Break! There are so many fun places in the Lansing area that we don’t always have time for during our daily routines.
The next time someone asks us “do you have big plans for Spring Break?”, we can all say “YES! Right here in Lansing!”
BONUS: If you decide to take a last minute trip, we have some great suggestions that will ensure you have a fantastic Spring Break with your family.
Below you’ll find a list of FREE + more ideas for the week, Spring Break Camp options, Greater Lansing Spring Break events, along with short trip destinations worth the drive and packed with fun for your entire family:
FREE Spring Break Ideas in the Greater Lansing Area
If planning a staycation Spring Break of fun but don’t want to break the bank, here are some FREE ideas your family will love! Some of our family’s best quality time and memories have been at these places. Have fun and let us know which your family ends up loving too.
FREE Spring Break Ideas for Lansing Families
MSU Butterfly House Don’t miss the amazing experience of holding a butterfly in your hand!
Walk-in-Wednesday at REACH Art Studio. You’ll create and make an art project with one of their knowledgable teachers.
Family Day at the Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum is April 6, 2019. You’ll create, make, and be inspired during this family-friendly event.
Play at Jolly/Dunckel Road McDonald’s Visit the renovated play structure in the Jolly/Dunckel Road McDonald’s. Trust me, it’s tons of fun for all ages of kids! Located at 2530 E Jolly Rd, Lansing, MI 48911
Play at a Park Visit one of the Parks on our big list of the best playgrounds in our area! They may be a little slushy but still so much fun if you wear the right boots.
Take a Tour:
Capitol Building (guided or self-guided) Read about our self-guided tour and the 5 ways you can tour!
Justice Building (guided or self-guided
Beaumont Tower Walk the long spiral staircase up to see the carillon being played. Kids are fascinated by the huge bells and castle-like architecture.
Delta District Library Explore thier children’s area, enjoy story times, and fun events all week long!
East Lansing Library Play in their super colorful and fun filled kids area or plan for storytime and other events.
Make buttons and magnets at the MSU Broad Art Lab space.
Fitzgerald Park Ledges and Trails
Potter Park Zoo is FREE to all Ingham county residents on Mondays from open till Noon! 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.
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 feed these beautiful animals. Daily between 8 am and 4:30 pm.
Cows at MSU Cattle Barns Daily between 8 am and 4:30 pm.
ALL ages DIY Craft Time on Thursday at the Delta District Library.
Explore Greater Lansing’s Art Districts That’s right, we have pockets of fun all around town now that can’t wait for you to explore. ReoTown (Blue Owl Coffee, ReoTown Marketplace and more!), Old Town Art District (Creole, Vintage Shops, Art Galleries and more.), Grand Ledge Bridge Street (It’s an “antique heaven”), Downtown Dewitt (Sweetie-licious and The Crafted Bean, are here! Don’t forget to stop by their great park downtown.), East Lansing has it all, Williamston (a fun and great little quick trip for delicious food and fun).
Flicks Family Film Festival at Celebration Cinemas is going through Spring Break. Kids 12 watch for free.
Kids Eat Free all over town throughout the week.
More Things to Do During Spring Break
Find TONS of options in our Indoor Play Guide like jumping parks, gymnastics, roller skating, and much more!
Go on a date with your sweetheart.
Launch Lansing Spring Break Special Unlimited jump & laser tag for $19.99.
REACH Art Studio Enjoy a week of art workshops.
Lugnuts game Go nuts at a home game on the Saturday of Spring Break!
Museums There are enough museums around here to fill up your entire week. Impression 5, Michigan Historic Center, MSU Museum, ReOldsmuseum, Curwood Castle in Owosso, All Around Africa World Museum, Nokomis Learning Center, and The MSU Broad.
High Ropes Courses Try out a new adventure at this course in Howell, MI.
FunTyme Aventures Opening up for Spring – Head here for put-put golf and batting cages and have a – you guessed it – fun time!
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, and tea and treats at ReoTown Marketplace.
Sun Theatre Catch a flick for $3 in Grand Ledge!
Spring Break Camps & Programs
Here are both fun and educational camp options for your kids this Spring Break in Lansing:
Lansing Area Events – Things to do During Spring Break
Spring Break is the perfect oportunity to plan a “staycation” before the busy end of school year season catches up with us. Lansing has interactive and family bonding events to do just that. We can clear our heads, learn something in a cool setting, or just have some good old fashioned fun. The best part – we can do it in our own neck of the woods during Spring Break.
Click the + to find events throughout the week of Spring Break.
Spring Break Getaway Trips Close By and Worth the Drive!
Short road trips can be really fun, doable, and take minimal planning.
Packing light in few bags makes traveling with kids pretty smooth. Along with sleeping in the car – being prepared with drawing kits, books, and a couple of small toys can be immensely helpful when we head out out town. We are so lucky to live in the Lansing area – right in the center of fun getway spots that are – as one our team, Sarah, puts it – “one-tank” options.
Here are our top choices for Spring Break quick-getaway destinations:
“One-Tank” Getaway Spring Break Trips:
- Mt. Pleasant: Soaring Eagle Waterpark
- Grand Rapids/Lakeshore Area – Hotel, Holland Aquatic Center ($6 per person!), Kroc Center, 45 min to 1 hour from Lansing
- Ann Arbor, Splash Universe, 1 h 21 m drive from Lansing
- Go out of the country for Spring Break: Adventure Bay Waterpark, 1 h 35 min drive from Lansing.
Visit Kalamazoo: KZOOKIDS Ultimate Spring Break planner will guide your family through great ideas. Plus, our family loves the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. It’s FREE to the public and a great indoor destination during Spring Break. 1 hour drive from Lansing. Bonus: Just next door is the Kingman Museum in Battle Creek and is newly FREE to the public as well!
Visit 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.
Visit Owosso: 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.
Visit Chicago: Take in the sites, play at Millenium Park, check out Shedds Aquarium and other museums, shop the Magnificent Mile, and visit Navy Pier and more! If you plan to do it all the City Pass is a great option to save money and skip having to stand in lines. Also, Chicagokids is a great place to start if you’re wanting family tips and ideas.
Whether you choose to have a staycation or go on a getaway – have an awesome Spring Break, friends!