Rain, rain go away…unless there’s something fun to do inside. And when you’re in Traverse City, there are endless indoor activities at your fingertips. Check out these family-friendly options below! 

When you want to be in the great outdoors…
Bad weather raining on your outdoor parade? Never fear—we’ll bring nature to you! Build your very own terrarium at Darling Botanical Co. in downtown TC or explore the GT Butterfly House & Bug Zoo with your favorite flowers and critters.

When you want to relax…
Let the kiddos get lost in Friday story time at Horizon Books while you find the perfect vacation read. Want to chill out even more? Plan a mother-daughter day at Spa Grand Traverse and get matching mani-pedis. (Yes please!)

Virtual Reality at the Den

When you want to get your game on...

The Den at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa invites you to don your buffalo plaid and get your game on. Axe throwing is the most popular activity—it’s the only spot to do so in TC—and has a strict 18 and up policy. (Also: close-toed shoes are a must!) But visitors of all ages can enjoy an arcade, several “boutique” bowling lanes, virtual reality games, and an Egyptian escape room.

When you want to play…
Don’t let cloudy skies get you down. Incredible Mo’s and Lucky Jack’s offer tons of family-friendly fun, like bowling, laser tag, arcades, and even an escape room. Whether you have toddlers in tow or you’re trying to entertain the teens, these two spots have you covered.

Great Lakes Children's Museum in Traverse City

When you want to explore science and art…
Traveling with younger explorers? Kids 0-8 can learn about everything from the water cycle to the duties of a lighthouse keeper at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum. Older kids will enjoy art and science at the The Dennos Museum, that has one of the largest and most historically complete collections of Inuit Art. 

When you want to put your thinking cap on...

COGnition in Beulah isn’t a museum—it’s an interactive science playground. Hands-on learning activities abound for the young and the young at heart. Meet Quillow the hedgehog—the cuteness! the puns!—or try your hand at building a circuit board in the electricity station. From looking under the microscope to exploring the watery world of Michigan, you’re signed up for adventure.

When you want to express your artistic side…
Take the little ones to Handz On Art to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir of your time in Traverse City.