Mid-Michigan Children's Museum
Day One:
Heart of the Matter
MMCM | @mmcmadventures

Breakfast: Begin your day like locals at Fuzzy’s Restaurant, and order the Cinnamon French Toast to taste one of the many reasons people return time & again! (Grab a loaf of Fuzzy’s homemade, iced cinnamon bread to go. You simply must!)

Explore: Make your way to the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum and prepare for hands-on exploring and downright fun! This museum is 16,000 square feet of interactive galleries like “Insides Out”, “A-Mazing Airways” and “Water Water Everywhere”, and you won’t want to miss one inch of it!

Meet Old Town: Park your car and enjoy Old Town Saginaw on foot. Situated along the Saginaw River, enjoy the waterfront views and three-ish blocks filled with shops to explore. Have a little train lover? Brasseur Electric Trains is sure to please! Creative kiddos? Wander into U Me Paint Experience and possibly reserve a family painting session for the evening!

Heads Up: You’ll find large, colorful murals peppered throughout Old Town. Let each family member pick their favorite, and be sure to get a photo in front of it!

Old Town Drive-In | @letseatlansing

Lunch: Pull into Old Town Drive-In, a 1950s-style car hop restaurant, and enjoy Coney dogs, burgers, fries, and homemade, original recipe draft root beer brought right to your car!

Celebrate Riverfront: Check out SVRC Marketplace in Riverfront Saginaw — an indoor, European-style city market with eateries, unique shops, and a second-floor atrium overlook. Keep your eyes peeled for Kona Ice of Saginaw parked out front for cool treats, and be sure to visit the on-site, outdoor Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market under the pavilions!

Go Wild: Just minutes from the market, you’ll find the Saginaw Children’s Zoo, home to more than 150 animals! Discover the Fossil Find, Underwater Viewing Cave, and Rainforest Run playground — and be sure to take a ride on both the miniature train and the hand-carved carousel. (Splurge on $5 unlimited day passes so the kids can ride 'til their little hearts are content!)

Saginaw Children's Zoo | @thekatierex

Splash & Play: A 30-second drive away, head to Frank N. Andersen Celebration Park. This four-acre park features a playscape with rock-climbing wall, skateboard park, a pavilion with picnic tables, and a large viewing deck overlooking Lake Linton. It’s also home to Celebration Square Splash Park if free water fun sounds like something your family will love! Here, the kids can play in a filtered-water, zero-depth splash pad (with three bays that cater to different ages and activity levels).

Dinner: Introduce the kids to international cuisine at Daniel’s Grill, serving traditional fare alongside Lebanese, or Pasong’s Café for Asian fusion and Thai. (Order the Thai tea at Pasong’s for a creamy, colorful concoction the kids will love, too.) Or dine at Liquid Lounge, and get the Mac Attack slider for kids who can never get enough macaroni & cheese!

Into the Eve:
Check out what’s happening (like the Shrine Circus, Harlem Globetrotters or Disney on Ice) at The Dow Event Center or catch second-run, kid-favorite films at Court Street Theater and call it a night!

William H. Haithco Recreation Area
Day Two:
Get Out + About
Johnny Panther Quests

Breakfast: Head to dawn of a new day coffeehouse & cafe to start your day in Riverfront Saginaw with freshly baked scones, a cup of joe, and delicious fruit smoothies for the kids.

Adventure: Plan in advance to hop aboard a shallow-draft boat with Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips. You’ll experience fresh air, wildlife sightings, a customizable tour, and be guided through the pristine Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge by the one-and-only Johnny Panther, who calls it “the Everglades of Michigan.” Enjoy every minute!

Lunch: You’re bound to see a Tony’s Restaurant while in Saginaw; there’s more than a handful around! Each is independently owned and all offer a great steak sandwich, soups, a kids' menu... and epic portions!

Kokomo's | @shineonsunfish

Indoor Fun: Have some high-energy fun inside at Airborne Adventure Park! With wall-to-wall trampolines, a Ninja Warrior Course and Foam Zone, this place is sky-high fun for all ages!

Outdoor Options: You could even choose to spend the afternoon at the beach of William H. Haithco Recreation Area. This beautiful park offers a 40-acre lake, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, playground, fishing access — and paddleboat, rowboat, canoe & kayak rentals!

Dinner: Enjoy family-friendly G’s Pizzeria for all kinds of delicious pizzas (and Pizza Pies with two crusts), pasta, sandwiches, burgers — even a Pizza Burger! Or dine at Genji Japanese Steakhouse and experience an exciting dinner show with teppanyaki cooking by trained chefs, right at your table!

Into the Eve: Live it up at Kokomo’s Family Fun Center and take a wild ride on a roller coaster! Kokomo’s has go-karts, miniature golf, Lazer Tag, and arcade games that’ll keep the whole family entertained for hours!

Or, spend your evening inside Stardust, a bowling alley and epic entertainment center with more than 60 games in the video arcade, LED-lit bumper cars for whirling and whamming, four escape rooms, and a two-story laser tag challenge game!

Saginaw | @winsomeglimpse
Day Three:
Before You Go
Saginaw | @gonzalezfamilyof7

Breakfast: Start out with classic eggs & hash browns or pancakes & bacon at Bringer Inn. The kiddos will love this restaurant’s down-home atmosphere and open kitchen. Sit at the bar for a closer view, and watch your breakfast get made for you!

Photo Op: Head back to Frank N. Andersen Celebration Park and let the kiddos burn off energy before getting in the car. Located within eyeshot of the Park is a huge sign made up of bright, bold letters: S-A-G-I-N-A-W. You can’t miss it — and you can’t miss your opportunity to take a photo together in front of it! It’ll surely be a framer and will always remind you of your weekend spent in Saginaw!

On Your Way Out: Visiting in fall? Bayne's Apple Valley Farm, Leaman's Green Applebarn, and Johnson's Giant Pumpkins are sure bets, too, for a day of fun on the farm (and the perfect ending to your family vacation in Saginaw)!

Jen W. O'Deay

Jen is a Saginaw native and owner of Feel These Words, an independent copywriting studio & home to the free "5 Day Website MiniBoost". Jen specializes in writing that connects, delivered through website copy, branded content articles, and WingWoman writing services. You'll find Jen camping with her family, laughing, and at feelthesewords.com