Glen Arbor Arts Center
Providing art classes for children, adults and families year-round and the family friendly summer-long Manitou Music Festival known for an annual free concert at the Dune Climb in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We are ground zero for creativity.
In the summer, on the new outdoor patio between the stores “Coastal” and “M22 Glen Arbor” is a great new outdoor patio. The business hosts a Sprouts, kids art class weekly in the morning and on Thursday evening, they host Live Music select weeks in the prime of summer. Check our Event Calendar.
Connecting the community to the history and preservation of the Sleeping Bear Dunes and historic farmland, They offer visitor information as well as host programs and tours. A couple of great kid and family friendly summer events include: Celebrate Historic Sleeping Bear in July and Port Oneida Fair in August.
The Glen Arbor Township hosts things like Tennis Lessons & Pickle Ball, among other community classes and activities year round.
Glen Arbor Township Park
Newly renovated in 2018: Playground, Tennis Courts, Basketball Hoops, Pickle Ball Courts, Restroom Facilities, Park Benches
Located at the corner of State Street & Lake Street (Glen Arbor)
Old Settler’s Picnic Area
Small Playground, Picnic Seating, Dock, Restroom Facilities
Located on Dunn’s Farm Road near County Road 616 (Burdickville)
Empire Village Park | Empire, MI
Playgrounds (Large and Small), Beach Volleyball, Beach Access, Restroom Facilities
Located at the end of Niagara Street
Horse Wagon Rides | Glen Arbor, MI
Wednesdays and Fridays in July & August from 6 pm to Dark. Cost is $6 per person. Brought to you by Black Horse Farms and Fantail Farms. Pickup locations: Leelanau Vacation Rentals, Boonedocks, Cottage Book Shop, M22 Glen Arbor & Glen Arbor Wines
The Dune Climb | Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
Send the kids up the steep, sandy climb…then watch them speed down with delight! A favorite for all ages. Restrooms and vending machines available on-site, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
(Disclaimer: Bring water & sunscreen! It gets especially hot on the sand in the elevation. Know that the “Dune Trail to Lake Michigan” Round trip is 3.5 miles and may take 2-4 hours depending on the weather and your physical condition.)
Glen Haven | Glen Arbor, MI
Visit the Boathouse Museum (in the Cannery), General Store and Blacksmith Shop for demonstrations.
Restroom facilities available on-site, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Empire Museum Complex | Empire, MI
Historic complex featuring multiple buildings including a Sail & Rail display, a barn with horse-drawn equipment, a fire house, a blacksmith shop, an old saloon and more. Call for current hours to visit, explore and learn!
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail | from Empire, MI to Port Oneida
Ride from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb along the trail. Need bikes? Rent them at The Cyclery in town. The current trail is 13 miles long, but expansion is in progress.
The Crystal River
The perfect river for all ages and ability levels. It is incredibly gentle and never too deep so even toddlers can enjoy the paddling experience! Trips available through Crystal River Outfitters.
There are many options for family-friendly dining in the area, with both eat-in to take-out options. If you have a question about the kid-friendly nature of a specific restaurant, we suggest that you contact them directly or email us with your questions.
From sampling cherry candies at Cherry Republic to perusing the toy section at The Totem Shop, there are lots of kid-friendly shopping destinations in Glen Arbor. Be sure to visit the children’s section at The Cottage Book Shop, as well as staying for their Story Time during the summer.
Find and Go Seek
A listing of upcoming kid-centric events in the Leelanau and Traverse City area.
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