Fun-Filled Places for the Kids in Traverse City

Designed for kids, these mindfully planned Traverse City spots are both educational and fun, rain or shine. Find things to do with kids in Traverse City from twenty-five cent matinees, art activities, laser tag, Great Lakes ecology and much more!

Pirate’s Cove

Take the kids because they’re aching to go, but don’t forget to have some fun yourself. With two 18-hole mini golf courses (voted the best in Michigan by AAA), go-carts, zip-lines, a ropes course and full arcade, there’s no reason the whole family won’t smile. 1710 U.S. 31 N., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.938.9599, PIRATESCOVE.NET.

Great Lakes Children’s Museum

A captivating rainy-day spot to bring young kids, this hands-on venue is equal parts entertainment and education. Children learn all about the magnificent Great Lakes watershed as they pilot freighters, become raindrops in the water cycle, and splash around in the “water table”—a free-flowing water installation that’s the museum’s most popular exhibit. $6 for all day admission; kids under age 2 are free. 13240 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.4526, GREATLAKESKIDS.ORG.

Dennos Museum Discovery Gallery

A solid bet for kids of all ages, this permanent gallery at Dennos puts a focus on both the arts and sciences. Highlights include the Laser Harp, Anti-Gravity Mirror, Sound Wall (an interactive sculpture that creates music when you touch it), and the Hubble Space Telescope Theater, which features an ongoing transmission from NASA. 1701 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.995.1055, DENNOSMUSEUM.ORG.

Pebblebrook Fun Park

Another solid choice for an afternoon of mini golf, featuring two 18-hole courses, go-carts, an arcade and a snack bar stocked with Michigan-made Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream. 2072 U.S. 31 N., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.938.2066, PEBBLEBROOKGOLF.NET.

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