Breweries likely aren’t at the top of mind when picking a restaurant to visit with your kiddos. While some breweries might be more fun when the kids are left at home with a babysitter, there are plenty in the Greater Lansing area that allow you to dine out with the whole family. Learn more about family-friendly breweries in the Lansing area.
BAD Brewing Company
440 S Jefferson St, Mason | 517.676.7664 | Website
Located in Mason, BAD Brewing Company was one of the first local breweries in the area. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, but the igloos in the colder months are a big draw for the kids. Another fun feature for the kids is Good Bites Food Truck which services the restaurant.
Lansing Brewing Company
518 E Shiawassee St, Lansing | 517.351.2600 | Website
Two things come to mind when it comes to Lansing Brewing Company being a great family-friendly brewery. The first being the outdoor patio area with fun yard games. It is a great space to enjoy a beer and let the kids move around if it’s one of those nights where they don’t want to be sitting at the table. The second reason being the location to Jackson Field, the Lansing Lugnuts home stadium. A short (and I mean short) walking distance away, you can easily pop in before or after the game with the kids.
Looking Glass Brewing Company
115 N. Bridge St, DeWitt | 517.668.6004 | Website
Once a historic church, Looking Glass Brewing Company is a fun smalltown brewery to visit. Like LBC listed above, it has a spacious outdoor space making it a great place to bring the whole family. Each Sunday night, they host a family game day, where you can bring your own games and play while visiting, which makes it one of the standout breweries for families in the area. The brewery has a menu that puts a unique spin on some bar favorites, while also having a standard kids menu to help fill everyone up.
Old Nation Brewery
1500 E Grand River Rd, Williamston | 517.655.1301 | Website
What makes Old Nation one of the best family-friendly breweries? In my opinion, it’s cereal on the kid’s menu. It’s a rarity to see cereal on a menu so I think it’s a fun fallback option, especially with picky kids. They have plenty of other delicious options on the kid’s menu as well and the “adult” food will have you drooling. While I’ve always gone for real beer, kiddos can go for a root beer to feel included in the brewery experience.
902 E Saginaw Hwy, Grand Ledge | 517.925.1930 | Website
Sanctuary Spirits originally started as a distillery before expanding and creating beer and wine in the old church. The church has a unique vibe inside as well as an awesome and large patio outside for the kiddos to enjoy. The Pancho’s Taqueria food truck is parked in their parking lot, with its scrumptious Mexican cuisine that the kids will love.
Bonus: Horrocks Beer Garden
While not technically a brewery, they offer so many drink options that they shouldn’t be excluded from this list. Plus, kids will enjoy the live music and maybe some delicious pizza, ice cream, or candy from inside Horrocks.