Museums, discovery centers, water parks, libraries and classes - browse the top activities for toddlers in Northwest Michigan!
Great Lakes Children's Museum (Traverse City)
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum provides hands-on, interactive, and informal educational environments for children and the adults in their lives that invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage participation and celebrate the child-like wonder in all of us.
Address: 13240 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Raven Hill Discovery Center (East Jordan)
Raven Hill Discovery Center is a unique place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history & the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both indoors and outdoors.
Address: 4737 Fuller Road
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark (Boyne Falls)
Great Wolf Lodge (Traverse City)
Water's Edge Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym (Traverse City)
Handz on Art (Traverse City)
Visit a Local Library (Multiple Locations)
Mindful and Musical (Traverse City)
Through music, yoga, story time and mindfulness, Miriam Picó Younce shines a spotlight on Love, Kindness, Social/Emotional Learning, Self-Care, Peace and the Interconnectedness of ALL beings. Sing, dance, move and groove, play instruments, learn and laugh with your littles! Spanish, ABC's, colors and sign language are sprinkled into each class, as well as many many opportunities for family bonding.
Click here for Little Bird (crawling - 3 years old) and Mini Bird (ages 0-8) music class options
Grown-ups attend for FREE!
The first child is $12.50. All siblings (ages 6 months and older) are just $7.50 each. Sign siblings up using the "Additional Sibling" discounted item in the online store.
Grandparents are always welcome and are invited to observe the class for FREE!
Address: Please read individual class descriptions for location information.
Kindermusik at the River City Music School (Manistee)
Kindermusik at the River City Music School is perfect for infants and children up to age 7. They offer age appropiate classes for newborns and babies, walkers, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary children. Each level builds upon the last, as we learn to love music from a wide variety of cultures, and find our own way of expressing through song and dance!
Alden Dance Academy (Alden)
Creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and pointe classes for ages 2 and up.
Creative Movement (2-4)
1 class per week - $35 per month
2 classes per week - $45 per month
3 classes per week - $70 per month
Pricing structure is per student.
Pointe and Contemporary are a separate payment of $35 each and not included in the above pricing structure.
One-time $20 registration fee for new students. 25% discount if you register before August 22.
Address: 11975 SE Torch Lake Drive
Beautiful Feet Dance Studio (Harbor Springs)
Beautiful Feet Dance Studio offers ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, acrobatics, tumbling, musical theater, contemporary, and lyrical dance classes to students ages 1 - adult.
Mommy and Me (Ages 1-2)
Lovable Littles (Ages 2-3)
Monthly tuition is based on the total number of hours a student dances each week.
30 min. | $50/ month
45 min. | $60/ month
1 hr. | $65/ month
1.25 hr. | $70/ month
1.5 hr. | $80/ month
1.75 hr. | $100/ month
2 hr. | $110/ month
2.25 hr. | $120/ month
2.5 hr. | $140/ month
2.75 hr. | $160/ month
3 hr. | $180/ month
3.25 hr. | $200/ month
3.5 hr. | $210/ month
3.75 hr. | $215/ month
4+ hr. (unlimited) | $220/ month
Address: 611 Woodview Dr
Charlevoix Circle of Arts (Charlevoix)
Community art center with year-round exhibits and a gift shop featuring items made by local artists, as well as art classes, dance instruction, yoga, special events, and other programs for both children and adults.
Dance Arts Academy (Traverse City)
Dance Arts Academy has been training dancers since 1996. They offer a healthy, positive, and supportive atmosphere for our student’s development of a strong work ethic, grace, poise, and physical and emotional well being.
Design Dance Studio (Traverse City)
Dance exploration, ballet, jazz and lyrical classes for kids 3 and up.
Rose Classes (Ages 3-4)
1/2 hour class for Winter/Spring Semester, no registration fee and including Recital Costume: $250.00
1 hour class for Spring Semester, no registration fee: $280.00
Address: 1764 S Garfield Ave
Fitch Dance Company (Kalkaska)
Ballet, Tap, Celtic, Hip Hop, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, and Pre-School Classes for kids beginning at 2 years old.
Number of Classes
1: $50 (Monthly) or $405 (Annually)
2: $85 (Monthly) or $689 (Annually)
3: $115 (Monthly) or $932 (Annually)
4: $145 (Monthly) or $1,175 (Annually)
5: $160 (Monthly) or $1,296 (Annually)
6: $175 (Monthly) or $1,418 (Annually)
7: $190 (Monthly) or $1,539 (Annually)
CS&F: Add $5/month each
90 Minute: Additional $8/month (Monthly) or Additional $4/month (Annually)
Address: 224 S Walnut Street
Great Lakes Dance Academy (Petoskey)
Dance studio in Petoskey for students of all levels.
Kingsley Dance Company (Kingsley)
Lyrical, jazz, ballet, contemporary, tumbling and hip hop dance classes for kids.
Landing Dance Academy (Cadillac)
The Landing Dance Academy offers classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, Irish and Ballroom in downtown Cadillac.
Dance with Me (Ages 2+)
Creative Movement (Ages 3+)
30 Minute Class--$38/month
45 Minute Class--$44/month
60 Minute Class--$50/month
75 Minute Class--$62/month
90 Minute Class--$68/month
Address: 114 S. Mitchell Street
Northern Lights Irish Dance and Ballet Academy (Cadillac)
A dance academy located in Cadillac, committed to bringing traditional and quality dance training to students.
Tiny Tots (Ages 2-3)
Creative Movement (Ages 3-4)
30 min. Class – $28 per month ($7 per class)
45 min. Class – $32 per month ($8 per class)
1 hr. Class – $40 per month ($10 per class)
1.5 hr. Class – $48 per month ($12 per class)
Private lessons (1 hr.) = $ 40.00 per lesson
Address: 601 Chestnut St.
The Conservatory of Dance (Manistee)
Classes in ballet, jazz, tap, celtic, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, contortion and musical theatre for ages 3 and up.
The Studio TC (Traverse City)
The Studio offers Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Tumbling, Combination Classes, Technique Classes and Performance/Competitive dance teams. Each class presents opportunities for students to experience elite dance education, as well as provide opportunities to enhance artistic, intellectual and creative growth.
Click here for the class schedule.
Creative Movement Acro
Tuition: Click here for monthly tuition structure
Address: 2506 Crossing Circle Suite D
Cadillac Area YMCA (Cadillac)
The YMCA offers classes for all ages to learn this important skill while building knowledge, stamina, and form to become a strong and safe swimmer.
Charlevoix Area Community Pool (Charlevoix)
Grand Traverse Bay YMCA (Traverse City)
YMCA swimming lessons are a progressive program teaching swimming skills, stroke technique and water safety skills such as floating, treading water and safety entering and exiting a pool. Swim lessons are available for all ages, from infants to adults.
HopeFloats (Traverse City)
HopeFloats offers parent + me/family, swim development and stroke development classes for kids, as well as adult classes.
Click here for swim lesson registration.
Click here to register.
HopeFloats is currently partnering with Grand Traverse Resort & Spa and teaching swim lessons at their two indoor pools at The Club. You do not have to be a GTRS Member to take classes with HopeFloats at these pools.
Petoskey Swimming (Multiple Locations)
Petoskey Swimming provides cost-effective swim programs for all ages and skill levels, such as Water Fitness classes, Self-Rescue & Learn-to-Swim Classes, Life-guarding, CPR Courses, and more.
Crooked Tree Arts Center (Petoskey)
Crooked Tree Arts Center offers exhibits, concerts, classes, lectures, special events and so much more, from campuses in Petoskey and Traverse City.
Art classes in Petoskey are offered for children from infants through high school:
Address: 461 E. Mitchell Street
Phone: (231) 347-4337
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Art classes in Traverse City are offered for children from Preschool through 8th Grade:
Address: 322 Sixth Street
Phone: (231) 941-9488
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday - Monday closed
Yes, fees for members and non-members.
Price varies by class.
Tuition assistance available.
Leelanau Pottery Company (Suttons Bay)
Pottery classes are available on-site and in Stephanie's private studio! Sign up for a Mommy & Me pottery class, hand build your work in any class you take or glaze a pre-made piece.