Enjoy a Spring Break Staycation in Lansing, Michigan!

No big spring break budget? No worries! A spring break staycation in Lansing, Michigan offers affordable fun for the whole family.

If the thought of a budget-busting spring break trip has you feeling the winter blues, a staycation just might be the answer. Lansing is bustling with new and improved attractions, making it the perfect staycation spot for Spring Break 2024. 

“A spring break staycation in Lansing is an easy, affordable and memorable family getaway,” says Lori Lanspeary, Manager of Marketing and Community Engagement at the Lansing Convention and Tourist Bureau. 

Make a splash with a hotel stay in downtown Lansing

With a wide array of hotels that have indoor pools, families can enjoy serious splash time. Best of all, pool time fun comes without the high price tag that accompanies air travel and pricey exotic locales, says Lanspeary.

Lansing Hotels
Photo Credit: Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

“Many people only associate spring break with places like Florida, but if that’s out of your budget we’ve got plenty of hotels with pools and we are a lot more affordable,” she notes. “Tell the kids to pack their beach ball!”

Lansing’s must-visit attractions

Zap Zone XL

A brand-new family fun center that has been completely transformed, Zap Zone XL sprawls over 120,000 square feet in the Lansing Mall’s former Younkers wing. There are more than 15 attractions, plus a dedicated restaurant, Rocko’s Bar & Grill. Rocko’s Bar & Grill offers family-friendly fare like burgers, tacos and flatbreads as well as a full bar.

Arcade at Zap Zone XL
Photo Credit: Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

“This is not just any entertainment complex,” says Lanspeary. “The new Zap Zone XL features a multi-lane bowling alley, go-karting, ax throwing, a rage room, a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course and adventure courses.”

Tip: The double go-karts with their slower speed are perfect for younger kids to ride with a parent or older sibling. 

Impression 5 Science Center

Known for its interactive, hands-on exhibits, Impression 5 features “Mansion Mayhem: Scooby Doo” this spring, inviting families into a world of mystery and problem-solving. 

Impression 5 Science Center
Photo Credit: Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

“The enduring popularity of Scooby Doo gives this fun new exhibit multigenerational appeal,” says Lanspeary. “Parents will enjoy it as much as the kids.”

With the five senses as its inspiration, the Impression 5 Science Center features topics like fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, nature, light and more.

Tip:  Even if you’ve been to Impression 5 before, the new exhibits provide fresh challenges and learning opportunities.

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

This collection of vintage cars, auto advertisements and memorabilia is a tribute to the car industry, thanks to one of Lansing’s most prominent citizens, Ransom Eli Olds. It’s a treasure trove of nostalgia and educational fun, showcasing over 60 vehicles including the very first Oldsmobile, built in 1897.

Family Fun at R.E Olds Transportation Museum
Photo Credit: Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

During the week of March 26-30, don’t miss the R.E. Olds Spring Break 2nd Annual Spring Break Scavenger Hunt. You can choose from two different skill levels, making this a great activity for all ages. When you’ve checked off every item on your list, hand in your completed card for a small treat. 

Tip: For return visitors, the scavenger hunt adds an exciting new dimension to exploring the museum’s collection.

Michigan State University Science Festival

Spanning the entire month of April, this festival offers activities across the state. Learn all about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) with dynamic programming including talks, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Check out Statewide Astronomy Night on April 12, Take a Tour Day from April 6-27, Night at the Museum from April 3-19 (in partnership with the Impression 5 Science Center) and Science After Dark from April 4-25. 

Tip: “Tailor your visit to the age and interests of your kids, from young children to teenagers, with specific programs like “Disease Detectives” or sessions with nuclear scientists,” suggests Lanspeary.

Play Michigan! All Inclusive Playground

This universally accessible playground is a recent addition, designed with specialty equipment for children with physical, developmental or sensory challenges. Play Michigan! is especially welcoming for kids on the autism spectrum, making it a must-visit for families seeking inclusive play spaces. 

“This 10,000 square-foot playground is located downtown along the riverfront,” says Lanspeary. “It’s a brand-new beautiful space and fun for all kids. Lansing strives to be a leader in accessibility and this playground is a great example.”

Tip: The safe, vibrant setting, complete with barrier-free parking, makes it an ideal spot for family picnics and playtime.

Dining and Leisure

Bobcat Bonnie’s Lansing

Located in the old Central Michigan Train Station which was operational until the early 1970s, this Michigan-based restaurant offers a unique dining experience. The historic building houses both Bobcat Bonnie’s and a Starbucks.

“The food is great but what really makes it fun is that the restaurant offers seating in a vintage 1910 train car,” she says. “This is a memorable place to take the family for a meal.”

Tip: With a menu ranging from burgers to gourmet goat cheese dishes, to gluten-free and vegan options, Bobcat Bonnie’s has culinary options for the whole family.

Lansing Shuffle

Positioned on the Riverfront, this popular shuffleboard and social club is set to open its courts by spring break. 

Lansing Shuffle features five shuffleboard courts, two full-service bars, a lounge and a riverfront patio. “It has something for everyone,” says Lanspeary.

Besides family-friendly game time, Lansing Shuffle offers unique dining experiences with a food hall that includes seven diverse restaurants. 

“You’ll find foods from around the world,” says Lanspeary. “You can get your traditional burgers and shakes, but you’ll also find things like Mexican-style street tacos, Thai food, Himalayan cuisine and a vegetarian Italian restaurant.”

Tip: If the weather permits, don’t skip a visit to the outdoor patio with scenic river views.

According to Lanspeary, one of the best things about your spring break staycation in Lansing is the convenience. “You can spend less time traveling and more time enjoying fun with your family,” says Lanspeary.

To find out more and to plan your trip, visit lansing.org.

Jenny Kales
Jenny Kales
Content editor Jenny Kales has been in the business of writing for more than 20 years. A natural storyteller, she loves helping Metro Parent clients tell their stories in a way that resonates with their audiences.

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