Grove Tea Lounge | @grovetealounge

Morning: No matter the weather, start the day feeling good with cinnamon rolls and locally roasted specialty coffee at Creation Coffee or Live Oak Coffeehouse. Or, taste a piece of Paris in Midland when you begin your day with sweet or savory crepes from Crepes et Amis! Try their Strawberry Cheesecrepe with Nutella, or savory options like the Breakfast Philly.

Head to Grove Tea Lounge to pick from a full lineup of scone & cinnamon roll options — and order a colorful Unicorn Latte topped with sprinkles for the kids!

The Playground | @midlandsplayground

Mid-Morning: Let the little ones burn off some energy at The Playground, an indoor space with safe, clean playscapes and inflatables for kids. Or, stop into Joyful Tantrum downtown to shop a colorful boutique with a large selection of intentionally unplugged and creative toys.

Look to lunch at Pizza Sam's for specialty pizzas, soups, sandwiches, Coney Island hotdogs, and gyros, or head just up the street to Pizza Baker for handcrafted, wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pies. Or enjoy memorable sandwiches, homemade soups, and your choice from 10 specialty hot dogs, including the Bacon Cheddar Dog, at Amazing Deli.

Mid-Afternoon: The weather won’t matter once you’re all inside Space Studios, where your family will find a wide selection of ready-to-be glazed, handcrafted pottery. Or, step inside the climate-controlled Midland Civic Arena and have a brave adventure together on ice skates!

Visit Midland Center for the Arts to experience Spark!Lab® Smithsonian — a unique and hands-on learning lab where everyone can be an inventor. Discover interactive STEM exhibits like "Michigan Fossils & Ancient Creatures" for the chance to get a close-up look at real dinosaur bones!

Valley Lanes | @shineonsunfish

Late-Afternoon: Take a taste adventure inside flight-themed Aviator Cookie Company, and order from an actual airplane wing! Visit the area's only "cupcakery," The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe, where the goodies are made with natural ingredients including European cocoa, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and real buttercream.

You could also step into Heather 'n Holly for gourmet caramel corn, handmade chocolates, fudge, and all kinds of candy for every sweet tooth!

Dinner: Take the family out for St. Louis-style barbecue at Molasses Smokehouse + Bar and enjoy Loaded BBQ Tots as an appetizer and the “Feed the Fam” special for everybody’s main course.

No one will mind that the sun’s not shining while roller skating inside The Roll Arena, and every family member will have tons of fun at Valley Lanes Family Entertainment Center with bowling, indoor mini-golf, an arcade, laser maze challenge, bumper cars, and two escape rooms!

Depending on your trip timing, fam, be sure to check for a kid-friendly performance at Midland Center for the Arts, and — no matter the weather — end the evening “all smiles” with artisanal ice cream at Great Lakes Ice Cream Company. Order the fan-favorite Great Lakes Rainbow, triple-flavored with Blue Moon, Blueberry, and Key Lime!

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