Sightseeing in Mount Pleasant

Up to 50% Off Scenic Train Ride

The Coopersville & Marne Railway Company

Coopersville

$23 $11.50

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Admire family-owned farms and other bucolic scenes during a 90-minute trek aboard a vintage, volunteer-run railroad

Coopersville Farm Museum – Up to Half Off

Coopersville Farm Museum

Coopersville

$16 $8

Quilts, tractors, and mementos of rural life housed in 12,000-square-foot facility that hosts live music, quilting circles, and line dancing

Tri-Cities Historical Museum – Up to 70% Off Membership

Tri-Cities Historical Museum

Grand Haven

$35 $20

Explore the Tri-Cities' past with museum membership, which also includes invites to special events and research assistance

Up to 50% Off at Forever Curious Children's Museum

Forever Curious Children's Museum

Childrens Museum of Fennville

$18 $9

Kids explore museum’s interactive exhibits, which include life-size teepee and replicas of artifacts; museum features play area for toddlers

50% Off at Great Lakes Children's Museum

Great Lakes Children's Museum

Traverse City

$12 $6

Kids learn about the Great Lakes through interactive exhibits including the Water Table, where kids can interact directly with flowing water

Up to 46% Off Introductory Flight Lesson

Flight 101

Waterford

$200 $109

Beginner's lesson covers taxi operations, radio communications & bank turns while contributing toward future flight certification

46% Family Package at Michigan Kids Fest

Michigan Kids Fest

Lake Orion

$73.50 $40

Families can explore the interactive grounds with petting zoo, various rides, entertainment, and food

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Saginaw Art Museum gathers both contemporary and classic art in a brick-clad Gregorian Revival mansion that itself is a historical treasure. Originally designed in 1903 by Charles Adams Platt as the Ring family home, the building’s exquisite interior includes dark butternut wood paneling and decorative moldings. Filling the rooms is the museum’s permanent collection of paintings, prints, textiles, and sculptures from American, European, and Asian artists; African artifacts and masks; Native American art; and American and Mexican folk art. A library complements the art collection with more than 1,200 books and periodicals discussing art, as well as Leonardo da Vinci's handmade comic book depicting him as a superhero.

A roster of ever-changing current exhibitions includes showcases of forged metal sculptures, contemporary nature paintings, and the recurring Art in the Heart of the City's ART 4 ALL Exhibitions, which showcase works by local Michigan artists. Visitors peruse temporary exhibits in the exhibition wing gallery, an ultramodern glass-covered hall, or teach flowering plants how to spell “Matisse” in a formal outdoors garden.

To continue arts education outside the gallery, staffers organize themed art history and technique classes for all ages, as well as docent-led tours. They also helm the interactive Visionarea, a gallery space where children delve into art-making, science experiments, and the works of famous artists.

1126 N Michigan Ave
Saginaw,
MI
US

Ransom Eli Olds was certainly one of Lansing's most prolific citizens. The inventor, entrepreneur, and financier helped revolutionize the automobile industry, specifically through the two companies he founded in the area: Olds Motor Works in 1897 and REO Motor Car Company in 1904.

  • Size: the museum's collection holds more than 50 vehicles and thousands of automotive relics
  • Oldest Vehicle: the 1886 Oldsmobile Steam Carriage—Olds's first horseless carriage, this three-wheeled vehicle ran on gasoline and dreams
  • Most Modern: the 2003 Cadillac CTS
  • Eye Catcher: the Oldsmobile '88', a bright blue stencil-covered stock car that won 22 of 37 races in 1953
  • Don't Miss: the Curved Dash Oldsmobile, the first high-production automobile
  • Pro Tip: cars rotate in and out of displays; call ahead if you're interested in a specific vehicle
240 Museum Dr.
Lansing,
MI
US

Impression 5 Science Center provides future Galileos and budding Copernicuses with a vast assortment of hands-on learning opportunities and participatory exhibits. The newly installed Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body will remain displayed until May 15, so young scientists can examine the ins and outs of bodies while learning anatomical trivia, including that Einstein's brain was 10 times bigger than the average mustache. After winding their way through a bevy of exhibits⎯including Throwing Things, which examines energy transference without tranquilizing textbooks⎯explorers can duck into a slime-making workshop to create their own gelatinous blobs. A member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Impression 5 Science Center strives to give guests a chance to learn by doing, acting, and creating, and its enthustiastic staff works to ensure a productive visit for all visitors.

200 Museum Dr
Lansing,
MI
US

Unpainted figurines and pottery pieces stand in single-file lines on the pine shelves of Haze Ceramics and More, patiently waiting for guests to brandish paint-dipped brushes and embellish their blank surfaces with artistry. The studio's instructors lead classes and special events throughout the week, demonstrating techniques for mixing colors and achieving a variety of smooth or grainy textures. Aside from giving children and adults the chance to select a ceramic coffee mug, coin tray, or spiked mace from the studio’s expansive collection, classes include all glazes, paints, and firing fees. Special events, such as ladies' night, fuel outbursts of creativity with wine and snacks, and private parties clear out the room so that birthday boys and girls can gleefully bash away at terra-cotta piñatas.

304 E Grand River Ave
Lansing,
MI
US

From art restoration to custom-made frames and gift-able artwork, the framing artisans at Framer's Edge and Gallery consider it all their expertise. Fabricating frames on-site, technicians draw from a collection of more than 5,000 mold samples to create fully customized dwellings for works of art and exceptional report cards. Additionally, the gallery hangs works from local artists and photographers available for purchase, as well as jewelry, pottery, and blown glass.

1856 W Grand River Ave
Okemos,
MI
US

The Kalamazoo Wedding Affair sets brides-to-be and their fiancés loose to explore, meet, and bounce ideas off some of west Michigan's most sought-after wedding experts. Dozens of exhibitors converge to create a buffet of possibilities that range from bridal fashions, cakes, and catering to gift registries and photographers. Couples can also scope out postceremony services, including reception halls and honeymoon destinations.

272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US