LUDINGTON, MI – Vacations to West Michigan beach towns like Ludington are always full of fun things to see, from lighthouses and beaches to maritime history and walking tours.
With more students – and grown-ups – doing their work remotely these days, some of Ludington’s favorite tourist spots have pulled together a large lineup of remote learning and entertainment options. This includes things like lesson plans oriented around Michigan’s lighthouses, at-home craft projects, history-based scavenger hunts and even remote music concerts.
“Our Ludington community has created a variety of remote educational opportunities, plus put together some fun virtual events for plenty of family-friendly options to experience Ludington from home,” said Brandy Miller, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are excited to share more about our beautiful lakeshore community even when people aren’t visiting in person.”
Here’s the information being shared by the Visitors Bureau and these popular tourist sites, broken out into easily-searchable topics:
Educational Resources / Lesson Plans / Home Projects
- Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) lighthouse education – SPLKA’s education committee of two former university professors, one former school superintendent and six teachers assembled a variety of educational resources that meet 2020 Michigan Educational Standards, including: Big Sable Lighthouse Educational Packet (30 pages of fun activities for grade school children to learn about Big Sable), The Properties of the Light (Lesson Plans on the Fresnel Lens), Lighthouse presentation plus related handout, video of author Pamela Cameron reading her book “Sport Ship Dog of the Great Lakes,” virtual tour of Big Sable Point Light, and Big Sable Point Lighthouse Virtual Escape Room. For more information, go to splka.org/education.html
- Mason County Historical Society virtual experiences – The Mason County Historical Society, which manages Historic White Pine Village and the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, provides a bevy of online resources and interactive experiences on its virtual education page, including Historical Photo Detective (answer questions while viewing historic photos), Mason Memories Essay (discover the past as you read memories and write an essay on what you learned), Virtual History Hunts (learn about the exhibits at each museum and how early settlers lived and worked), Outdoor Scavenger Hunts (look for trees, flowers, and insects in your backyard or at a park), and Journaling Ideas (keep a diary and record what it is like to live through these times). For more information, check out masoncountyhistoricalsociety.com/online-programming
- Sandcastles Children’s Museum at home – From do-at-home craft projects and Wacky Wednesday Science, to virtual puppet shows and concerts, Sandcastles offers online activities to keep kids busy at home. Check the Sandcastles Facebook page for free weekly events. The museum also has a YouTube channel; subscribe and get instant access to tutorials and musical performances. For more details, check out sandcastleschildrensmuseum.com/have-fun-at-home
- Mason County District Library – The library offers a variety of virtual stories through its Facebook page, such as Babytime Mondays at 10 a.m. with songs and rhyme reading, and Storytime Tuesdays through Thursdays at 10 a.m. with music, rhythm,