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

Featured Events

Scheer Genius Laugh Factory Comedy Magic Show

Scheer Genius Laugh Factory Comedy Magic Show Tuesday, July 2 11am-12pm Magic will combine with laughter to entertain kids – and adults! This event is free. Read More

Kids Crafts

Lego’s in Space! Come create space crafts and planets Read More

Stevens Puppets – Wizard of Oz

World leaders in the puppetry arts for over 80 years,  Stevens Puppets bring this tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a musical score you are sure… Read More

Bunny Science Workshop with Brianne Farley

Author-illustrator Brianne Farley will be visiting Leland Township Library to read her newest book, Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure, written by Camille Andros. Like Charlotte, attendees will use… Read More

Children’s Summer Program: Luunappi

The word “luunappi” is Finnish for a finger snap to the ear. To Leelanau locals Patrick Niemisto and Norm Wheeler, it also means music and rhyme and tall tales…. 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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