Your resource for all the best parts of family-friendly Northern Michigan

Featured Events

Star Wars Reads

May the force be with you! Celebrate Star Wars Read Day with DIY crafts and activities at PCL on Saturday, October 21 from 10 AM – noon. Drop in… Read More

Maker Afternoons at Leland Township Library

Each week, kids ages 9 and up are invited to join Leland Township Library for a different S.T.E.A.M-based activity. The program is free. Registration is not required. A healthy… Read More

Full Steam Ahead!

Come and let books inspire us to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in a family-friendly storytime which will include some fun, hands-on activities. Read More


About Us

Up North Kids is the resource that I always wished for as a parent. It’s all the best parts of family-friendly Northern Michigan, in one place, whenever you need it.
After moving back to Traverse City with three young kids, I struggled to find opportunities to explore the area with my kids in tow. I didn’t have a resource at my fingertips to help me figure out what we were going to do in the rain, in the heat, in the snow, and all the other conditions that we know and love.
I love Northern Michigan – the beaches, the nature, the ‘Up North’ way of living, the way I feel when I see the water. There’s nothing like it. I want other people, visitors and locals alike, to know that Northern Michigan has great breweries and incredible wineries but it’s also a really awesome place for kids.signature

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