Kids Up North: Fun Ideas for Sharing Northern Michigan with Your Children

We all want to raise healthy and happy kids. And lucky for parents, teachers and anyone who cares about a child, Northern Michigan offers many opportunities for getting kids outside and active, exposed to the arts and ways to fill their lives with good food, lots of fun and wonderful memories.

MyNorth.com wants to make it a bit easier to raise healthy kids and share Northern Michigan with the young people in your life. Kids Up North will get you and your kids diving into Michigan's spectacular outdoor recreation, provide hand-picked events and help you get your kids outside and active. Each week you'll find everything from nature hikes to fishing holes, from music outings to pick-your-own farms. Regularly we share new ideas so subscribe for more fun with your kids!

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Kids Up North: Tips and Tricks for A Happy and Safe Swimming Season

Kids Up North focuses on swimming safety this week, chatting with Cory Werner, director of Aquatics at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City about how to keep your family safe in the water this summer…Read more…

Kids Up North: Kayak Camp in Harbor Springs

This week's Kids Up North has kids picking up their paddles and gliding with The Outfitter’s three-day Kids Kayak Camps happening from June 29-August 17 in Harbor Springs.  Each Tuesday-Thursday session…Read more…

Kids Up North: Paddling the Crystal River in the Sleeping Bear Dunes

When it comes to safe, family-friendly waters, Glen Arbor’s Crystal River that winds through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is THE place to paddle. MyNorth caught up with Becky Sutherland, whose family owns The River, a livery and old-timey fun hangout on its banks, to get the inside scoop…Read more…

Kids Up North: Rent-a-Chicken in Traverse City Makes Urban Farming Child’s Play

Join the growing flock of Traverse City families who have signed up to rent a chicken from Leslie Suitor, who along with her husband Mark, started a Rent-a-Chicken, a new company that has parents and children clucking with joy… Read more…

Kids Up North: Fun Facts to Share on Your Way to Historic Mackinac Island and Colonial Michilimackinac

Heading to Mackinac Island and Colonial Michilimackinac for a field trip or Michigan family vacation? Stock up on these exciting, silly, weird and yes, even gross, facts to keep kids engaged on the car ride and to make the most of your visit… Read more…

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Junior Rangers Program

Help raise the next generation of National Parks lovers by encouraging your wee ones to become Junior Rangers  at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is a fabulous way to get kids outside with Junior Ranger workbooks in hand, learning about the park's wildlife, resources and history…Read more...

Video: Two Kids Harvest Wild Leeks and Make Potato Leek Soup

 Experts come in all sizes, as is evidenced by our 12-year-old leek specialists Keefer and Reiss.  The young men take us into the northern forest to locate the seasonal vegetable, and then into the kitchen for an overview of the famous Potato Leek Soup…Watch the video...

Sunday afternoon at Dennos Museum then on Sundays Kids Eat Free at Traverse City's Blue Tractor

There's no one saying "don't touch" at the Dennos Museum Center's Thomas A. Rutkowski Discovery Gallery in Traverse City. The gallery is all about children—and all about hands-on activities…Read more…

Grow a Pizza

Easy to maintain, critter-resistant and delicious, a pizza garden in a pot is a great gardening introduction for Up North kids. Start with a plastic pot – they're lighter and retain moisture better than clay pots – that measures 24 to 36 inches in diameter…Read more...

Biking the Little Traverse Wheelway from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix

Families can pedal the day away along the blue waters of the bay from Harbor Springs through Petoskey and on to Charlevoix on the Little Traverse Wheelway.  The 26-mile bike path is mostly-asphalt dedicated surface that winds from one downtown to another, with lots of perfect places to stop along the way…Read more…

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