by Jill P

Family fun and adventure can last all day, into the night, and spill over into the following day with a stay in one of Southwest Michigan and West Michigan’s family slumber party locales.



1. Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek

Enjoy a safari inspired family slumber party at Binder Park Zoo. Learn about African animals and culture in this overnight adventure. Families with children six and older can sleep in a realistic African Tented Camp, watch a live animal presentation, and take part in fun, safari-themed activities. Overnight accommodations are available for five weekends in July and August and includes admission to Binder Park Zoo the next morning.

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2. USS Silverside in Muskegon

Become a crew member aboard the USS Silverside. Kids five and up can spend the night with their parents, sleep in a real berth, take charge of the bridge, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind family outing. Each overnight seaside adventure can accommodate up to 72 seafarers, so reserve your space early. This overnight experience is meant for groups.

3. The Caboose Inn in South Haven

Take a step into history when you and your family stay at Michigan’s historic Caboose Inn. Featuring authentic railroad cabooses from the 1920’s in the original train depot, this

unique hotel offers inground pools, kitchenettes, and covered porches. Your family will fall in love with the refurbished cabooses and the drawbridge on the gorgeous Black River.


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4. Michigan Adventure’s/Coaster Campout

Sync your family’s calendar for June 23 and 24. That’s the only weekend you can camp overnight at the famed Michigan’s Adventure theme park. Spend the day at the largest amusement and water park Michigan has to offer. Then join the fun at the Coaster Campout where your family can enjoy dinner, exclusive ride times, a comfortable camp site, and a family experience you’ll never forget.

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5. Kalamazoo Nature Center Family Campout

Experience the excitement of a campout with the staff of KNC Camp! Register now for the family campout on August 26 & 27. Enjoy food cooked over the campfire, go on a night hike in search of owls and constellations, sleep under the stars and wake up to a morning naturalist program. Try your hand at natural art, archery, Slip N Slide, play games, and have a ball. Make exploring the outdoors a family affair!



As you can see, Michigan has so many family weekend sleepovers to choose from that you might consider packing more than one into your summer.