Upcoming Family Friendly Events


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The lakeshore communities of West Michigan do a fantastic job of hosting events and activities that include the whole family. There's so much happening that is geared specifically toward kids and families as a whole, and that's part of what makes being here so amazing!

Every season in West Michigan has it's unique, fun things to do for kids of all ages- from babies up to the "young at heart". Indoors or outdoors, no matter the time of year, there's always something great going on along the lakeshore for families to experience together!

In addition to the following list, check out all the special events and programs provided by Sandcastles Children's Museum and the Ludington and Scottville branches of the Mason County District Libraries!

Here's a list of family friendly events happening in May:

Now through May 28th at 11:59pm

Registration is open for the Ramsdell Theatre Camp for kids at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts- 101 Maple St. in Manistee. The camp will run from June 14th-26th from 9am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday. Class size is limited to 35 students. The camp will include pre-professional theater training and is open to students ages 12-17. a showcase will be presented after the camp at no charge to attendees. For more information on the camp and the COVID-19 guidelines, or to register, visit ramsdelltheatre.org.

Now through the end of May

Item collection to benefit the Lakeshore Food Club and COVE at Advance America- 4928 W. US-10 in Ludington. Items needed are non-perishable food items, hygiene products, toys, twin bedding, pillows, pillowcases, and books. Every item donated counts for a donation into a prize drawing.

Saturday, May 1st, 10am-5pm

Historic White Pine Village Opens for the Season- 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington

Saturday, May 1st, 10am-5pm

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum Opens for the Season- 217 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington

Monday, May 10th, 10am-5pm

Big Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season- Ludington State Park- 8800 M-116, Ludington 

Saturday, May 15th, 10am

West Michigan Old Engine Club Antique Tractor Pull- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville

Sunday, May 16th

Blessing of the Bikes- Downtown Baldwin 

Thursday, May 20th, 9am

SS Badger Carferry's First Sailing Day of the Season 
Climb aboard! The S.S. Badger sets sail for the first time this season- 701 Maritime Dr., Ludington

Saturday, May 22nd

West Michigan Old Engine ClubWest Michigan Old Engine Club Garden Tractor Pulls at 10am and 1p- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville

Friday, May 28th, 10am-5pm

Ludington North Breakwater Light Opens for the Season 
Stearns Park Beach- 420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington 

Friday, May 28th, 10am-5pm

Little Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season- Silver Lake State Park- 9679 W. State Park Rd., Silver Lake

Friday, May 28th, 3pm-9pm

Final Friday Experience. Includes farmers market, live music, safe activities, Baby Badger rides and more, Downtown Ludington.

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More Family Fun...

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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Last Updated: 05-04-2021 12:59 PM ID: 1735