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6 Great Family-Friendly Activities at Sleeping Bear Dunes

PAID CONTENT With an afternoon promising sunshine, a slight breeze and zero percent chance of precipitation, our family’s planned ride on the...

10 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Traverse City

Northern Michigan Vacations: Kids may be out of school, but with 25 cent matinees at the State and enriching museums, it’s hard to get bored in TC

Elk Rapids Students Raise $21,000 for Great Lakes Preservation

Three eighth-grade students from Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids raised more than $20,000 for Great Lakes preservation on the 46.2-mile...

Winterlochen Brings Free Virtual Arts Event to Northern Michigan

Winterlochen, the annual family-friendly festival brought to you by Interlochen Center for the Arts and featuring arts exploration and creative fun...

Five Fun Ways To Stay Connected to Kids and Family Virtually

These five, kid-friendly ways to stay in touch virtually with loved ones are especially welcome during COVID-19, but they will be valuable long...

East Jordan Middle-Schoolers Raising $70,000 for Solar Array

The East Jordan Middle School “Shoe Club” announced plans today to raise $70,000 to build a 30KW solar array at the school—and have it installed by...

National Writers Series Classes Help Students Develop Cooking & Writing Skills

The National Writers Series in Northern Michigan is creating classes that will help young people cook, create a children's book, and publish a...

5 Things to Do This Winter at Traverse City’s Farm Club

Farm Club has become a welcome escape to country living simplicity, dressed up at a clean and contemporary Leelanau County haven. Already a massive...

Stoney Cabin Toy Store in Elk Rapids Makes Finding Joy Easy

When Becky Lancaster purchased the iconic stone building in 2016 that's home to the Northern Michigan toy store, Stoney Cabin Toys, she planned to...

Northern Michigan Child & Family Services, Hope & Healing

Northern Michigan’s Child and Family Services nurtures neglected children and struggling families so they can become healthy and whole. On a good...

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center Intervenes for Kids

Ten years ago, Northern Michigan professionals dealing with child abuse recognized the damage created when children, already traumatized by abuse,...

Kids Find Home at Northern Michigan’s Innovative Eagle Village

With love, support and a new state-of-the-art learning center, traumatized kids can find a path to peaceful adulthood and lifelong success at Eagle...

14 Northern Michigan Toy Stores with Holiday Gifts & Games

Discover the magic of shopping locally at these Northern Michigan toy stores, and find the perfect Hanukkah and Christmas gifts for everyone on your...

Battle of the Books Grand Traverse Launches Pandemic Edition

Battle of the Books Grand Traverse is launching its annual reading competition for area fourth- and fifth-graders with an information session via...

Piper’s Project Has Given 100+ Bikes to Northern Michigan Kids

Piper Shumar believes every child who wants a bike should have one, and she’s dedicated to making it happen. Every week for the past three years,...

Michigan Nonprofit MIAEYC Helps Children & Educators Thrive

The potential loss of early education centers and early childhood educators could spell disaster for Michigan’s families and workforce. But not if...

Traverse City Children’s Garden Hosting Safe Halloween Event

Looking for a safe, family-friendly Halloween event? Through the end of October, Grand Traverse Area Children's Garden is hosting a Spooky Halloween...

Parallel 45 Theatre Announces Fall Drama Classes, Coaching

Parallel 45 Theatre in Traverse City is expanding its youth educational programming with after-school classes for grades K-8 and private coaching...

Crystal Mountain Ready to Peak with Fall Family Activities

As autumn paints its exquisite colors across Crystal Mountain’s 1,500 acres in Thompsonville, the best place to watch the changing leaves is from a...

7 Northern Michigan Farms & Markets to Visit (Pumpkins!)

These local farms and markets all offer plenty of fall fun (think cider, doughnuts, animals), plus plump pumpkins in all colors, shapes and...

New Educational Guide Brings Sleeping Bear Dunes to Life

A new educational guide is out just in time for school—in whatever form school is taking. "Exploring Sleeping Bear: An Educational Guide" has been...

Northern Michigan Celebrates International Walk to School Day

Norte once again invites families across Northern Michigan to join others from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on...

TBCAC Virtual Fundraiser Event to Protect Children from Abuse

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center (TBCAC) has taken its annual Circle of Friends fundraiser online. In lieu of its annual luncheon, TBCAC is...

Check Out Norte’s New Elk Rapids Bike Library

Norte Executive Director Ty Schmidt shares some awesome news about a new Elk Rapids Bike Library. In the winter of 2016, Norte moved out of the...

Don’t Miss Pond Hill Farm’s Fall Fest Weekends!

2020 has brought about changes and cancelations to numerous events in Northern Michigan. In Harbor Springs, Pond Hill Farm has been working with its...

How to Have Best Outdoor Movie Night in Northern Michigan

Let nature dim the lights as your yard sets the stage. Here are tips, popcorn recipes and more on how to have an awesome outdoor movie night in...

TOPOnexus in Harbor Springs Launches Learn Local Academy

Kids in the Little Traverse Bay area have an exciting opportunity to take their learning to the next level with Learn Local Academy. Families opting...

United Way of Northwest Michigan Hosting School Supply Drive

Join United Way of Northwest Michigan in supporting teachers in its five-county region.United Way of Northwest Michigan invites community members in...

Ludington Offers New Visitor Attractions, Splash Pad, Exhibits

Visitors still have time to enjoy a warm-weather trip to the beachfront resort community of Ludington, and plenty to do and see once they arrive,...

Get Your Berry Fix at Buchan’s Blueberry Hill in Traverse City

At Buchan's Blueberry Hill on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, the thrill of harvest can't come soon enough.Echoing through the storefront of...

Monkey Tails Are a Must at Bardon’s Wonder Freeze

In June 1986, Traverse Magazine columnist Thomas BeVier noted a long-standing Traverse City tradition—to be accepted into polite Traverse City...

Summers are Magic at Arcadia’s Watervale Inn

There was a time and place during my childhood when I was sure my dad loved me. It was on our two trips each summer to the Watervale Inn in Arcadia,...

Know Way Out in Petoskey Offering Outdoor Cluehunt Games

Petoskey’s Escape Room, Know Way Out, reopened on June 18 with two new outdoor experiences that take you on a walking adventure in downtown...

Oliver Art Center Offering Free Kids’ Programming, Art Kits

Oliver Art Center in Frankfort is working extra hard this summer to reach young artists in the community. Due to COVID-19, OAC’s popular Creative...

Cherry Bowl Drive-In is a Northern Michigan Summer Tradition

Two decades after a memorable double date, our managing editor returned to Honor’s Cherry Bowl Drive-In and found the scene alive and well....

Parallel 45 Theatre and Norte Partner to Offer Summer Camps

Parallel 45 Theatre announces open registration for outdoor theatre programs at Grand Traverse County’s Civic Center Park this summer. Kids entering...

DNR Videos Bring Nature and History Home for Michigan Kids

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is creating videos to help teach kids and adults about a range of nature and history topics at home....

Norte Launches 2nd Annual Mark Wilson’s 100 Mile Walk Challenge

With schools closed and being active as a family unit more critical than ever, the Traverse City nonprofit Norte is organizing a community activity...

Traverse City Yoga Studio Shares Activities to Do at Home

Check out Just Bee Yoga + Well-being's virtual studio with yoga and mindfulness activities you can do at home. This winter, Kay Epple and Cathy...

Online Fun for Northern Michigan Kids at Great Lakes Children’s Museum

The Great Lakes Children's Museum in Traverse City is still making life fun and engaging for you and your Northern Michigan kids during the Covid-19...

Jr. Vasa Welcomes Young Skiers to Annual Traverse City Race

Every year the North American Vasa, a festival of cross country ski races, attracts hundreds of adult skiers. But the two-day event in Traverse City...

This Family Skiing Resort in Glen Arbor is Perfect for All Ages

PAID CONTENT It’s so friendly at this family skiing resort in Northern Michigan, even grandma can ski with her grandchildren!It’s one of those...

Healthy Winter Breakfast Ideas (Protein Pancakes!) to Fuel Northern Michigan Activities

Blue skies. Fresh powder. And energy to burn. Sounds like a perfect day to explore the Northern Michigan outdoors. But before you go hiking, skiing...

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA is More Than a Gym, It’s a Community

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA wants everyone to have access to its Traverse City gyms, pools and fitness facilities, so the Northern Michigan nonprofit...

A Life-Changer: Eagle Village

Eagle Village sits on 681 acres in rural Hersey, Michigan, where it’s been for the last 50 years, helping thousands of teens and children build a...

Winter Activities in Northern Michigan: Create Your Own Scavenger Hunt

Are you running out of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained during the winter? Well, hereʼs a fun one: try a winter scavenger...

Scout Me In: Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Crossroads Council

Imagine your son or daughter spending the day outdoors with friends. They might be canoeing or hiking or camping. But–and this is the biggie–without...

How to Find the Right Balance of Screen Time for Kids

It’s tough to decide how much screen time for kids is appropriate. Northern Michigan parents share their tips, ideas and struggles.  We've all read...

Best Winter Ever at The Homestead in Glen Arbor

PAID CONTENT Remember the shakeup snow globe you loved as a child? Find it live at The Homestead.Got snow? You betcha! In mid-November, The...

A New Hope: Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan

Kyla was 18 and homeless. Although she had recently graduated from high school, she was having a hard time finding a place to live and spent nights...

Small Wonder: Traverse Area District Library

When you step into the Traverse Area District Library and head toward the sound of kids voices, you’ll find a youth services area that’s bright with...

Norte Youth Cycling

This week we're hanging out with Ty Schmitt, the Executive Director at Norte Youth Cycling, a walk and bike advocacy organization in the Traverse...

4 Ways to Be a Healthy Role Model for Your Kids

Tara Rybicki, a Traverse City-based Community Health Coordinator for Munson Healthcare, shares insights on what behaviors caregivers should be...

Family-Friendly Farms to Visit This Fall in Northern Michigan (Petting00 Zoos, Treats, Wine, More!)

Think a puppy is cute? Wait until you see a baby alpaca. Visit these family-friendly farms in Northern Michigan where you'll find dwarf goats,...

Gallagher’s Farm Market is a Favorite Fall Tradition in Traverse City

The flicker of a jack-o’-lantern on an autumn night holds a curious magic. Spend an afternoon in Traverse City at Gallagher's Farm Market in pursuit...

Healthy Activities to Reduce Screen Time for Kids and Adults

Numerous studies have been shared cautioning us about the implications of too much screen time, especially for children. In a media-savvy world,...

C&M Rock Shop Shares Tips for Rock Hunting with Kids (and Grandkids!) in Northern Michigan

C&M Rock Shop, a mom-and-pop shop in Honor, stokes a passion for one of Michigan’s finest multi-generational family experiences, rock...

9 Best Northern Michigan Pumpkin Patches for a Fall Family Outing

While there are a plethora of things to love about autumn—Northern Michigan fall color tours, local apple orchards, cozy cideries—family-friendly...

Experience the Unbelievable with Magician Bill Blagg at The Ramsdell in Manistee

Interactive magic and jaw-to-the-floor illusions are coming to The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee October 3. Bill Blagg’s...

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Fun Ways to Get Outdoors With Kids

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Upcoming Northern Michigan Events

07may01octSmall Works Holiday Exhibition - Call For Entry(may 7) 9:00 am - (october 1) 5:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

28may(may 28)9:00 am19aug(aug 19)3:00 pmFood Is Art / Art Is Food(may 28) 9:00 am - (august 19) 3:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

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18jun(jun 18)10:00 am04sep(sep 4)5:00 pmBeneath the Moon and Under the Sun: Landscape Paintings by Heidi A. Marshall(june 18) 10:00 am - (september 4) 5:00 pm Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey, 461 E Mitchell St, Petoskey, MI 49770

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Summer Camps for Kids

These Northern Michigan summer camps embrace a love of the outdoors and the arts.

Endless Summer Family Fun

There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, so we’ve created this list of 10 healthy and affordable Northern Michigan summer activities to keep your family moving. 

Best Beaches For Kids

We asked our readers to share their favorite spots to take young children to cool off (bonus points for places with playgrounds, restrooms, and picnic tables). These are their picks for best Northern Michigan beaches for kids.

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Traverse City (even on rainy days!)

From exploring the Children's Museum to family-friendly wineries, Traverse City offers endless options for kids and families!

Best Biking For Kids

Sometimes difficult terrain or cars zipping by can make riding too difficult for kids. Read on for our picks of the best Northern Michigan bike trails for kids.

Make It a Day on Mackinac Island

Forts, fudge, biking the island and horse-drawn carriage rides. It's kid heaven...and parents love it, too!

Food & Drink for Kids in Northern Michigan

Local Scoops at Moomers

Say hi to the friendly cows when you visit this iconic ice cream shop in Traverse City.

Camping with Kids

Some magazines make camping with kids look like a Pinterest board come to life with gourmet s’ mores and detailed crafting plans. This is not one of those stories. (It’s better.)

Best U-Picks for a Summer Afternoon

Spend a few hours at these local markets and orchards picking fruit, going on a wagon ride and eating homemade pie. 

Farms with Petting Zoos, Snacks (and Wine)!

Learn about farm animals up close and personal, and return for seasonal fun like pumpkin patches and corn mazes. 

Family-Friendly Restaurants in Traverse City

These local restaurants offer fun specials and an inviting atmosphere for young diners.

Yes, Kid-Friendly Wineries Exist!

These wineries within the Petoskey Wine Region offer games and outdoor areas, welcoming all ages to visit.

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Schools from Traverse City to Petoskey, Beaver Island to Mackinac Island, including Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Northern Michigan Kids & Family Videos

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