Saginaw, Michigan, is nestled along the Saginaw River and averages freezing temperatures each December. These frigid days have spawned thriving winter sports, such as junior ice hockey and indoor football, along with warmer ventures like watching a play at the community theater. Families who want to spend New Year’s Eve out on the town have some options indoors and out to welcome the new year.
The Ski Slopes at Apple Mountain
Welcome the New Year with a skiing adventure at The Ski Slopes at Apple Mountain, located 10 miles northwest of Saginaw. If nature does not make snow, the staff at Apple Mountain will make it to insure an excellent run. Hit the slopes in the afternoon and get cozy afterward in the lounge, or book a time of night skiing for an evening under the stars. Private and group lessons are offered every day, and all the gear you need is available in the ski shop. End your day on the slopes with a snack or dinner at one of three on-site restaurants.
Kokomos Family Fun Center
For some warm indoor entertainment, take the kids to Kokomos Family Fun Center in Saginaw. Set up a battle to the last man in the laser tag area and then test your skills at classic and new arcade games. Free Wi-Fi is available if Mom and Dad need to take a break from all of the excitement. After working up an appetite, visit Koko Kafe for pizza, burgers, hot dogs and hand-dipped ice cream before counting down to the New Year.
Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum
The Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum is ready to help families welcome the New Year with an all-day event. Visitors receive New Year’s hats and noisemakers and are invited to go on a scavenger hunt in one of the galleries or make a craft to take home. Entertainment is also on hand, featuring magic shows and appearances from celebrity favorites like Ronald McDonald. The museum is designed for children ages 12 and under, and the hands-on galleries include educational themes such as art, farming and the human body.
Bowling is a traditional indoor activity that family members of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Stardust Bowling offers smoke-free lanes, kid-friendly bumper lanes and bowling balls and shoes of all sizes. Guests can call ahead to check lane availability or reserve the VIP Suite. The private suite consists of six bowling lanes and a billiards table. Party in style with laser lights, disco lights and runways lights along with loud, pumping music. Adults can enjoy ringing in the New Year with one of the craft beers for sale at Stardust’s bar, The Michigan Tap Room.