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Family Friendly Events

May, 2023

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.

Historic White Pine Village
Port of Ludington Maritime Musuem

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

Friday, May 5th, 2023

Diaper Drive & Taco Bar
Bring a package of diapers and enjoy the taco bar. All donations go to West Shore Family Support. Calvary Baptist Church- 220 N. Jebavy Dr., Ludington.

Saturday, May 6th, 2023

Historic White Pine Village AND the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum Open for the Season
Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. Port of Ludington Maritime Museum– 217 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Amber Elk Ranch

Saturday, May 6th, 2023
11am AND 3pm

Souper Hero’s and Princesses Par-Tea
This event is a fundraiser for the Miss Ludington Area Scholarship Program. Kids and their favorite adult are encouraged to dress up for this event which includes learning manners, a light luncheon of assorted soups or a lite dinner, and a photo opportunity! 11am-1pm is a session for children ages 3-9 and a separate session for friends 10 and over will be from from 3-5pm. Adult participation is required for both sessions. For the most updated information, visit Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington.

Sunday, May 7th-28th, 2023

Lakeview Cemetery Ride Honoring Ludington’s Veterans
Families can walk/bike the cemetery on this self-guided tour to look for veterans monuments. For more information and guidance, click here. Information/assistance will not be available at the cemetery. Lakeview Cemetery- 906 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

Big Sable Point Lighthouse Opens for the Season
Big Sable Point Lighthouse- 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Saturday, May 13th, 2023

150th Birthday Party for Ludington
To celebrate Ludington’s Sesquicentennial, this event will include stations providing hands-on activities that exemplify the differences from 150 years ago. Those attending are encouraged to dress 1870 style. There will be live music by Eric Engblade, crafts by Deb Borema, biscuits with Mary Lou Ohnsman, games, some giveaways, and cake. Entry fees apply. Sandcastles Children’s Museum- 129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, May 13th, 2023

Archery Day
Those 8 years of age and older are invited to learn about the history of archery, proper techniques, and have the opportunity to shoot. Those under age 17 must have a parent or guardian with them. All supplies are provided and no registration is necessary. Ludington State Park– 8800 M-116, Ludington.

Saturdays, May 13th-27th, 2023

Celebrate Ludington Bike Scavenger Hunt
Free, family-friendly event. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

First Sailing of the Season for the S.S. Badger Carferry
For reservations, call (800) 841-4243.

Saturday, May 20th, 2023

Ludington Petunia Parade Planting Day
Along Ludington Avenue and around Ludington Municipal Marina, Ludington.

Saturday, May 20th, 2023

RunLudington Harbor Run
Downtown Ludington.

Saturday, May 20th, 2023

MCE Equestrian Speed Horse Show
Caswell Horse Park at Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US 10, Ludington. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 21st, 2023

Play Tennis Midwest
Free interactive tennis activities, games and play for adults and children age 6 and up. Space is limited. Register at For more information, contact Coach Brown at (517) 745-6113.

Sunday, May 21st, 2023

Mason County Saddle Club Horse Show
Caswell Horse Park at Mason County Fairgrounds- 5302 W. US 10, Ludington. For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

Ludington Breakwater Light Opens for the Season
Stearns Park- 420 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington.

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