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Breakfast: Your kiddos won’t mind the weather once you step inside SVRC Marketplace for a late breakfast! Start your day at Yum Yum Cereal Bar or Mini Donut Delight Factory, then grab treats for later from Delicious Sweets Bakeshop or The Gourmet Apple Cart, among plenty of options.

Or, step into a cozy neighborhood bakery, The Bread Guy, for artisan breads, pastries, quiche, and rolls, or enjoy breakfast at Bringer Inn for large portions and an open kitchen — the kids will love watching their food get cooked! Head into Fuzzy’s for homemade iced cinnamon bread, available grilled as Cinnamon French Toast (and to-go as a delicious snack for the trip home).

Mid-Morning: Spend quality time together inside Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum and prepare for hands-on exploring and downright fun! Crawl into a larger-than-life mouth and color your own masterpiece — this museum is 16,000 square feet of interactive galleries, from “Insides Out” to “Water, Water Everywhere”, and an indoor place where infinite amounts of good times are found!

Lunch: Dine inside or right in your car at Old Town Drive-In, a 1950s-style carhop with Coney dogs and cold draft root beer. Taste Southern flavors at Big O Burgers & Barbecue who specialize in “keeping it simple with meat, wood, and fire”, or try out 989Cafe for classic sandwiches and pastries.

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Mid-Afternoon: Leave behind weather woes while playing arcade games inside Kokomo's Family Fun Center — and Lazer Tag! Or bounce, fly, and defy gravity inside Airborne Adventure Park and experience a whole new level of indoor recreation!

Or, spend some time shopping at nearby Birch Run Premium Outlets and find something for everyone at more than 100 designer and name brand outlet stores! Take a break in between shops at The Comet Classic Diner & Creamery for burgers and milkshakes or Tony's I-75 Restaurant for classic comfort foods and gargantuan portions, like their famous 1-pound BLT!

Dinner: Enjoy family-friendly G’s Pizzeria for all kinds of delicious pizzas (and even Pizza Pies with two crusts), pastas, sandwiches, and burgers, or choose the specialty deep dish pizza at UNO Chicago Grill. Dine at Genji Japanese Steakhouse and the whole family will experience an exciting dinner show with teppanyaki cooking by trained chefs!

Evening: Bad weather won’t matter when your family is bowling strikes together at Candlelite, LeFevre’s, or Crooked Creek! Or step into Stardust Lanes to bowl and welcome your family into more than 60 arcade games, four escape rooms, two-story laser tag, axe throwing, and even indoor bumper cars! Check listings to see if your trip’s timed just right to catch a family-friendly performance at The Dow Event Center or The Temple Theatre — and consider it a day well-spent together indoors!

Jen W. O'Deay

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