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Grand Hotel – Children’s Programs

Children’s Activities

Grand Hotel is an exceptional summer vacation spot for families, many of which visit the hotel year after year. Thanks to the many activities available at the hotel and throughout Mackinac Island—including Grand Hotel’s children’s programs—Travel+Leisure Family magazine has named Grand Hotel as one of the 50 best family-friendly resorts in North America. From the 220-foot swimming pool to biking to horseback riding, Grand Hotel offers fun things to do for kids of all ages.

Special Rates

Children 9 and younger stay free at Grand Hotel. Ages 10-17: $65.00 per night. Ages 18 and over: $149.00 per night. Children’s rates include the same meal plan as accompanying adult.

Family Added Value Days

Every day at Grand Hotel is family friendly but during July and August families can take advantage of Family Added Value Days where additional activities and rates are available. Click here to learn more.

Daily Children’s Program

Children five years of age or older are invited to join our staff for afternoon and dinner programs daily from Friday, June 1 through Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Afternoon Program: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Includes activities.

Dinner Program: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Includes dinner and activities.

Sign-up Information

For both the daytime and evening programs, we ask that you register your children in advance of each event. Schedules and sign-up forms are available in Rebecca’s Children’s Room.

2018 Children’s Program Schedule2018 Fourth of July Children’s Program Schedule


The afternoon and dinner programs are complimentary for children staying under our Modified American Plan. A fee is charged for younger guests staying with breakfast-only or meal-exclusive plans.

What to Do at Grand Hotel and on Mackinac Island?

These are just a few of our favorite things to do with children. For a full list please visit the Activities section of our website.

Lawn Games

Bocci ball and croquet can be enjoyed in the beautiful surroundings of the Grand Hotel gardens, adjacent to the swimming pool.

Chess Anyone?

Located at the east end of the Grand Hotel porch you will find a chessboard. Pick your partner and make for a memorable match. A game room with a variety of coin-operated games is located in T. Richards on the lobby level.


Esther Williams Swimming Pool is heated from around Memorial Day to Labor Day. Have fun on the inflatable snake in the pool and enjoy a snow cone. Bean bag toss is also available on the pool lawn.

Grand Hotel Stables

Grand Hotel’s horse stable is located at Surrey Hills, just across from Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. It is home to twelve horses and open to the public daily. At 8,700 square feet, it’s a great way to see the horses up close, along with 20 antique carriages from both Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac is a National Historic Landmark and the sentinel of the Straits of Mackinac. There are many historical sites around Mackinac Island that should not be missed.


Rent a bike from the pool house and ride around the perimeter of Mackinac Island or be adventurous through over 70 miles of paved and unpaved paths on Mackinac Island.

Babysitting Services

Babysitters are available through the Housekeeping Department. Please contact the Concierge desk for details.


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