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Family-Friendly Events

February 2024

The lakeshore communities of West Michigan do a fantastic job of hosting events and activities that include the whole family. There’s so much happening that is geared specifically toward kids and families as a whole, and that’s part of what makes being here so amazing!

Every season in West Michigan has it’s unique, fun things to do for kids of all ages- from babies up to the “young at heart”. Indoors or outdoors, no matter the time of year, there’s always something great going on along the lakeshore for families to experience together!

In addition to the following list, check out all the special events and programs provided by Sandcastles Children’s Museum and the Ludington and Scottville branches of the Mason County District Libraries.

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Here's a list of family friendly events happening in February:

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Friday, February 2nd, 2024
5:30-8pm

Denim & Diamonds Daddy/Daughter Dance
Event includes dinner, photos, dancing, and a glow party. Tickets are $25/each and can be purchased at ticketstripe.com. Radiant Church- 409 S. Washington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
9:30am

White Pine Stampede 50k, 20k, 10k Point-to-Point Cross Country Race
Cross Country Race beginning at Mancelona High School- 9300 W. Limits Rd. and winding through Northwest Michigan, ending at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. For more information or to register, visit whitepinestampede.org.

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
2pm

Guided Snowshoe Walk
Hike is free and a limited amount of snowshoes are available to use. Walks begin and end at the Ludington State Park Warming Shelter- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
6-pm

Lantern Lit Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, or Hiking
The walk begins at the Ludington State Park Warming Shelter (8800 M-116, Ludington) and has approximately 1 mile of lighted trails. There are bonfires at both the Warming Shelter and the Amphitheater, along with free warm beverages at the Amphitheater. No registration is required.

February 9th-11th, 2024

Michigan’s Free Snowmobiling Weekend
Michigan offers the opportunity to snowmobilers to operate their machines without a snowmobile registration or trail permit. 

Saturday, February 10th, 2024
9am-12pm

Annual Blessing of the Sleds
Sleds gather & breakfast starts at 9am, blessing at 11am. Free, donations accepted. Skinner Park- 5074 W. 10 ½ Mile Rd, Irons.

Saturday, February 10th, 2024
11am

Snowman Scram 1 Mile Fun Run & 5k
Fundraiser for the Pentwater Cross Country and Track Teams. Pentwater Public School- 600 E. Park St., Pentwater. 

Saturday, February 10th, 2024
11am-6pm

Snowshoe Stampede to Stomp Out Cancer
This event includes a poker tournament, snowshoe walk, live music, bake sale, raffles, and more with proceeds benefiting the Stomp Out Cancer Fund. For more information, visit soc-fund.org/events. Manistee VFW- 1211 28th St., Manistee.

Saturdays, February 10th & 17th, 2024

Pentwater Winterfest
 Events include fishing tournaments, cross country skiing, sledding, and ice skating.

Friday, February 16th, 2024
5-8pm

Kids Movie Night AKA Parent’s Night Out
Drop the kids off to watch Elemental, enjoy snacks, and do some free play as a fundraiser for the Conservatory of Dance Travel Team. Cost is $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional child. Register by February 13th at the Conservatory or online by clicking here. Conservatory of Dance- 321 Oak Grove St., Manistee.

Saturday, February 17th, 2024

Gettin’ Jiggy Ice Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by PM Expeditions. Entry fee is $10 and there is a 100% payout for the longest fish in each category: Bluegill, Crappie, and Perch. You must be in line for measuring by 6pm. Call (231) 845-7285 for more information.

Saturday, February 17th, 2024
10:30am-5:30pm

Yeti Fest
This annual festival features fun for the whole family in Suttons Bay. For detailed information, visit suttonsbayarea.com.

Saturday, February 17th, 2024
12-5pm

Frostbite Winter Festival & Chili Cook-Off
Variety of activities at downtown Manistee establishments including the chili cook-off. Stay tuned for more info. 

Saturday, February 17th, 2024
6-8pm

Lantern Lit Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, or Hiking
The walk begins at the Ludington State Park Warming Shelter (8800 M-116, Ludington) and has approximately 1 mile of lighted trails. There are bonfires at both the Warming Shelter and the Amphitheater, along with free warm beverages at the Amphitheater. No registration is required.

Saturday, February 17th, 2024
6-8pm

Great Start Collaborative Winter Book Walk
Families are invited to walk, snowshoe, or ski the lantern lit path at the Ludington State Park. The first 100 families will receive a signed copy of the book “Star in the Jar” by Sam Hay and Sarah Massini. There will be a bonfire and free warm beverages at the amphitheater.

Saturday, February 17th, 2024
7-11pm

Teen Glow Party
Ages 12-18. Tickets are $8 at the door and include dance with DJ Jake Muzzo and flash prize giveaways. Pizza, pop, and glow items will be available for purchase. All proceeds from this event will be benefit Helping Others Prosper, an organization working to purchase a transitional house for families & women in Scottville. Victory Town Hall0- 4411 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.

Saturday, February 17th-Sunday, February 18th, 2024

Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend
The State of Michigan offers its residents and outstate visitors two Free Fishing Weekends per year. 

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