When you're planning a birthday party for your child, you want everything to go smoothly and to give them and their friends the best experience possible. The lakeshore boasts numerous businesses and locales that can help you make your child's special day simply amazing without a hefty price tag!
Three local venues stand out as exceptional places to host a birthday party. Ludington's Sandcastles Children's Museum, Lewis Farm Market & Petting Zoo in New Era, and the Ludington branch of the Mason County District Library, are amazing birthday party locales!
West Michigan Birthday Parties are a treat for kids of all ages!
Charles Mears State Park
Charles Mears State Park offers 175 paved campsite lots and a nice sandy beach along Lake Michigan, adjacent to the North Pierhead Light. There is a one mile interpretive trail for hiking, and a sand dune called Old Baldy that provides a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. Visitors can enjoy a playground, picnic shelter, great fishing, and even a metal detecting area. The park also has an accessible walkway by the concession stand, making it easier for people in wheelchairs or those with strollers and coolers on wheels.
S. Washington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6237
Named for Peter Copeyon, longtime Ludington city commissioner, Copeyon Park gives you another vantage point of the Port of Ludington. It's situated on the east side of Pere Marquette Lake, and offers a playground, launching site, and great fishing. The picnic table area features windscreens toward the lake, offering wind protection.
Cops & Doughnuts - McDonald's Precinct
103 E. Dowland, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-9495
Cops & Doughnuts - McDonald's Precinct offers delicious homemade baked goods: breads, buns, doughnuts, pastries, and custom cakes for your special occasion. Open early seven days a week, with their signature coffee always hot and fresh. Cops & Doughnuts, your sweet stop downtown, is located close to the carferry.
Donald C. Baldwin Community Pool
706 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-5017
The Donald C. Baldwin Community Pool offers daily, monthly, and yearly passes for open swim; as well as lessons for all ages from infants up to adults. Looking for a unique location for your child's next birthday party? Contact the Donald C. Baldwin Community Pool director for more details on birthday parties at the pool!
Monroe St., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4051
Here you'll find a play area, basketball court, and Mucha Field, a full size little league baseball field.
Fifth Ave. Beach
5th Ave., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49669, (231) 723-4051
Located in Ludington, Serving West Michigan, (231) 510-2528
Inspired Parties offers a different kind of kids party! We are a traveling painting company that will guide your child and their friends in painting their own age-appropriate masterpiece...a canvas souvenir to remember the creative and fun event. Supplies and instruction included. Call to book your child's most memorable party ever!
802 E. Dahaher, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 425-0717
John Marek Entertainment
1085 N. Schoenherr Rd, Custer, MI 49405, (231) 757-3623
If you're looking for great entertainment for your child's birthday party, give John Marek a call. He does it all...juggling, caricatures, magic, balloon sculpture, and music. He'll even tell the favorite Johnny Appleseed story. It's great entertainment that will keep kids entertained for hours!
Jump Around Fun Center
1830 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 852-4909
142 S. Pere Marquette Hwy., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6663
KRAVE Frozen Yogurt & Candy Shoppe
103 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 425-3981
Who doesn't want to celebrate their birthday in a frozen yogurt and candy shoppe? 12 flavors & 50 toppings to build your own masterpiece! Offering a $5 froyo cup for guests with all party rentals. Feel free to bring in your own food/drink/decorations. Room accommodates 15-20 guests, call for reservations. (231) 425-3981.
Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
4180 W. M20, New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-5730
Enjoy a 700 acre farm in New Era, Michigan. Family owned and operated, with home grown produce, fruit orchards, market with gifts and goodies, and a bakery. Enjoy lots of activities for family fun from May through October each year including a petting farm with a wide variety of animals and birds!
Who doesn't love a great pizza? Pizza lovers in the Ludington area can now visit one website with links to all the great pizza places in town. Make www.LudingtonPizza.com your first stop when you get hungry for dine-in, take-out or delivery of a delicious pizza pie!
Ludington State Park
8800 W. M-116, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2423
New! The outdoor amphitheater at the state park may be rented for open air weddings in a wooded setting, offering reserved parking and exclusive use of the amphitheater facility. The area leading to the Ludington State Park along M-116 has public beaches, but you may need a permit from the State Park to hold your wedding there. The Lake Michigan Beach House in the State Park is not available for rent. The picnic shelter located by the Hamlin Beach House is available by reservation for a fee, or by first-come, first-served basis. For additional details, call their office.
77 Hancock St., Manistee, MI 49431, (231) 723-2811
McDonald's of Ludington
5389 W. US-10, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6919
You bring the kids, they'll make the party! Happy meals, cake, decorations, and party favors are all provided to make a McDonald's Birthday Party super fun for the kids and stress free for the parents.
McDonald's of Manistee
1630 US 31 S., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4377
3900 W US-10, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-3721
Memorial Tree Park
N. Washington Ave., c/o City of Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8477
At the corner of N. Washington and Sherman, you'll find the very pretty Memorial Tree Park. Nestled among the trees, you can enjoy a meal or snack at one of the picnic tables (some covered), and kids can play on the swings.
Memorial Tree Park also has a sports field, open to anyone who wants to play a fun game of baseball or softball.
Michigan Audubon/Lake Bluff Center
2890 Lakeshore Rd., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4042
Morat's Bakery and Pub
4747 First St., New Era, MI 49446, (231) 259-0073
Onekama Village Park
Main St & Portage, Onekama, MI, (231) 889-3171
This park on Portage Lake is popular for fishing, swimming and special events, such as Concerts in the Park, Onekama Days, Fall Festival, and Winterfest. Families enjoy the park for parties and reunions.
Orchard Beach State Park
2064 Lake Shore Rd., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-7422
1963 N Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-7070
Red Szymarek Park
5th Ave/Monroe St., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4051
A wooded park with plenty of shade trees, it features a children's playground and a volleyball court.
Forest Ave., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4051
Home to the Manistee Saints, a local semi-professional baseball team. Located in this park are a children's playground, wooded picnic area, and a basketball court.
Between Lewis & Gaylord, downtown Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6237
Three blocks west of the downtown area is Ludington's City Park. Many trees keep this park shady and comfortable in the warm summer months. This is where the Kiwanis Band Shell is located, along with public restrooms in the back. Enjoy your lunch or dinner here at one of the numerous picnic tables, or just sit on the bench and watch the world pass by. Walkways dissect the park in a wagon-wheel formation. City Park is the summer location for two Art & Craft fairs, as well as Movies in the Park in August.
Sandcastles Children's Museum
129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 233-9326
Sandcastles Children's Museum is the perfect place for your child's next birthday party! The Museum boasts three floors of interactive exhibits as well as a lower level party room. Cost includes admission to the museum for party guests, a staff person to help things run smoothly, paper products, and clean up!
Scottville Riverside Park
c/o City of Scottville, 105 N. Main St. (mailing), Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 757-2429
Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Scottville Riverside Park when you plan your next party, reunion or wedding. The Pere Marquette River flows through the park, and you have access to picnic tables, grills, playground, and outdoor games. Conveniently located with plenty of room for big groups. Contact the City of Scottville.
Silver Lake State Park
9679 W. State Park Rd., (Silver Lake), Mears, MI 49436, (231) 873-3083
This 3,000 acre park is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, with Mears being the closest city. Over 2,000 acres of the park are sand dunes and the rest is mature forest land. Within the park you'll find hiking trails, an ORV area, fishing, swimming, boat launch, lighthouse and campground.
N. Lakeshore Dr., c/o City of Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6237
Probably the most well known park in Ludington, located at the beach at the end of Ludington Avenue. In addition to its great location and view of the North Breakwater Lighthouse, Stearns has a large, shaded picnic area on grass, grills, play equipment, restrooms, and of course, great swimming.
S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6304
Summit Park features a picnic area, play equipment, restrooms, tennis courts, sports field area, and shelter/pavilion. It has stunning views of Lake Michigan, with beach access.
Suttons Landing Park
Iris Rd. off Pere Marquette Hwy., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-1277
Just off Old Pere Marquette Highway, Suttons Landing is a charming park along the Pere Marquette River. It is ADA accessible, with a wooden ramp that leads down to the river. There's a large covererd area with picnic tables and restrooms. A good place for a party or reception.
Tammy's Tasty Treats
4794 N. LaSalle Rd., Scottville, MI 49454, (989) 600-8669
Designing cakes or desserts since 1978 for weddings, birthdays, graduations, memorials, quinceanera, you name it! Tammy will design the perfect cake or desserts for your special occasion. Look up Tammy's Tasty Treats on Facebook to see her amazing creations. Call Tammy and make your next event unforgettable! Located in Scottville, Michigan.
Victory Township Park
Upper Hamlin Lake, c/o Hamlin Township, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-7801
Here you'll find picnic tables, grills, and a pavilion. A nice feature of this park is the fact it is right on the water, so you can sit by the lake's edge and soak in the beautiful scenery.
4854 W. US-10, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-1816
S. William St., c/o City of Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8477
This is Ludington's pride and joy. Located between our two downtown marinas, it's a beautifully landscaped area complete with a large playground, restrooms, scenic walkways, tables, and a great view of the carferry dock. Waterfront Park is also the home to seven sculptures, depicting the history and spirit of Ludington. The gazebo inside the park may be rented to residents for $50; $125 for non-residents.
Wilson Hill Park
Upper Hamlin Lake, c/o Hamlin Township, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-7801
North of Ludington on Upper Hamlin Lake, Wilson Hill Park has wonderful waterfront views, a picnic area, play equipment and a sports field area.