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Top Things To Do with Kids in Northwest Michigan This Week

Updated: Jan 10, 2023


FREE cross country clinic, snowshoe hikes, Winter Library Challenge and much more! Browse the top things to do with kids in Northwest Michigan this week!


Try Cross Country Skiing for FREE at Crystal Mountain

Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try cross country skiing for FREE on Saturday, January 7th at 1pm. This free 1-hour clinic includes a lesson and rental equipment.


Only 16 spaces available! Advanced reservations are required. Sign up begins December 1, 2022. Please call the Cross Country Center to register, 888-968-7686 ext. 4150.



Ranger-Led Snowshoe Hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Ranger-led snowshoe hikes at the Sleeping Bear Dunes are back in 2023! There will be two hikes each Saturday, one for beginners called the “Snowshoe Saunter” and one for more experienced snowshoe hikers called the “Snowshoe Trek.” All hikes start at 1:00 p.m. with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire.


Reservations are required. Please call 231-326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations.



Winter Library Challenge at Traverse Area District Library

Taverse Area District Library has a new way to get you through the winter doldrums! Starting January 2nd, their Winter Library Challenge will open for all patrons on Beanstack. Even more fun is that the Winter Library Challenge is a BINGO board and you can pick the squares you want to complete. After completing your first BINGO, receive a small prize (locations and departments differ). Completing the whole board (25 squares!) gets you entered into a grand prize drawing for a fun and fuzzy gift basket.


There is a Winter Library Challenge for every age, too, including Pre-Readers (ages 0 -5), Readers (ages 6 - 12), Teens (ages 13 - 19) and Adults (ages 18+).


Participating TADL libraries include:

  • TADL Main (Woodmere)

  • TADL East Bay

  • TADL Kingsley

  • TADL Fife Lake


Sign Up for a Class at Crooked Tree Arts Center

The Crooked Tree Arts Center has classes for children from preschool through high school, beginning in January, at locations in Traverse City and Petoskey. Browse the available classes to see if there's an activity your little will enjoy!


Prices vary by class, tuition assistance is available for those who qualify.



Even More Things To Do!

Storytimes, clubs, classes, playgroups and more - visit our BRAND NEW event calendar for even more kids activities happening in Northwest Michigan this week.


Our new event calendar allows you to:

  • Search

  • Filter by category

  • Browse events by month, week, day, agenda, card or map

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