Fun for the Kids

Discover History

Holding CannonballThe richness of our country’s history is presented throughout Mackinac State Historic Parks. Kids will see what they learned in the classroom vividly brought to life, at the places where it happened.

From the fur trade and Revolutionary Era at Colonial Michilimackinac to the dawn of the Twentieth Century at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, children can encounter a wide variety of topics and eras. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse also features the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum. In depth medical history is featured at the Dr. Beaumont Museum and “Military Medicine” exhibit at Fort Mackinac. Military history, advancements in technology, home life, and much more are to be found throughout our sites and museums.

Live Demonstrations

Sawmill InterpretationThe sights and sounds of history will engage your kids, providing a lesson they do not even know they are having! Musket, rifle and cannon blasts at Fort Mackinac and Colonial Michilimackinac and the anvil clangs at the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop. Opening hearth cooking and crafts are featured at Biddle House and Colonial Michilimackinac. Experience the Sawpit Demonstration and water-powered mill at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.



Hands-On Fun

Kids' Art Studio

Our historic sites are kid friendly, offering a variety of programs all children will enjoy. Fort Mackinac and Colonial Michilimackinac each feature special exhibits for children as well as hands-on elements throughout the site and special children’s tours during peak season. Cooking and craft demonstrations at Colonial Michilimackinac and the Biddle House treat your children to the foodways and skills of bygone ages.

The Kids’ Art Studio at the Mackinac Art Museum is designed for your entire family. Many hands-on art activities are available daily within the Kids’ Art Studio. Children can spend their time drawing, painting, weaving, coloring, and more.

The Adventure Tour at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park kids exert their bodies while they expand their brains learning about nature.