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A great rainy-day destination, Lucky Jack’s is the largest indoor spot for family fun in Northern Michigan. Choose from laser tag, eight billiard tables, 33 lanes of bowling, bumper cars, or the 12,000-square-foot arcade. Classic pub grub and pizza onsite for when you’re ready to recharge. 1705 S. GARFIELD AVE., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.2610, LUCKYJACKS.COM.
State Theatre Children’s Matinee
Other than a day at a public beach, there’s no cheaper way to entertain the kids than a Saturday morning matinee at the historic State Theatre. A 10 a.m. show will set you back just 25 cents a person—the same price the theatre charged when it first opened as The Lyric back in 1916 (25 cents would equal $5.20 in today’s dollars, fyi.). Schedule online. 233 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231-947-4800, STATETHEATRETC.ORG.
A low-key public playground located on the grounds of Traverse City’s Civic Center. Playground equipment includes a large wooden fort, mazes, bridge obstacle course and classics like slides and swings. The shady play area gives shelter from the summer sun. 1125 W. CIVIC CENTER DRIVE.
Handz On Art
A paint-your-own pottery studio that’s the perfect outlet for the little artist in the family—not to mention a chance to bring home a memento of the trip Up North for grandma and grandpa. TCHANDZONART.COM.
Laser tag, bowling—fun for the entire family. Fill ‘em up after they play with pasta and pizza at adjoining Sauce restaurant. 1355 SILVER LAKE CROSSING BLVD., GRAWN, 231.944.1355, INCREDIBLEMOS.COM.