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Family Friendly Events

February 2024

Ludington does 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 Ludington 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.

Also check out John’s Place, a free after-school program for youth in 6th-12th grades at St. John’s Lutheran Church- 209 N. Rowe St., Ludington. The program currently runs on Thursdays during the school year from 3-5pm. On half days of school, the program runs from 11:30am-5pm. The program includes snacks, games, movies, gym, and a study space. For more information and to register, visit facebook.com

Historic White Pine Village
Port of Ludington Maritime Musuem

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

SOLD OUT
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
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
6-8pm

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.

February 9th-11th, 2024

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

Amber Elk Ranch
Sandcastles Children's Museum

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
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 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-Sunday, February 18th, 2024

Michigan Free Fishing Weekend
All Michigan fishing licenses will be waived during this weekend, but fishing regulations still apply.

Fridays, February 23rd-March 8th, 2024
4:30-6:30pm

Ludington Area Catholic School Lenten Fish Frys
Cost is $15 for adult meals with choice of fried perch, fried shrimp, or combo of perch/shrimp (served with french fries or baked potato, cole slaw, apple sauce and homemade dessert). Kids meals are $9 with choice of perch, shrimp, combo perch/shrimp, with Mac & Cheese or fries; all with the same sides. Dine in or take-out available. Ludington Area Catholic School- 700 Bryant Rd., Ludington.

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