50 Michigan Activities Under $50: Why You Should Trade in Your Old Fridge for a Rebate

Keeping your old fridge in the garage for drinks or leftovers may be more expensive than you think. In fact, you could save up to $150 a year in reduced energy costs by recycling your second fridge.

On Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Jackson, MI, we’re teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and Valley City Electronic Recycling to host an Appliance Recycling Drop-Off event. For every pound recycled, we will increase our donation to Habitat for Humanity. You’ll also receive a $50 rebate for donating your old fridge or other eligible appliance.  Click to learn more about our Appliance Recycling Drop-Off event or our Appliance Recycling program. Can’t make the event? Click to schedule a free appliance pick-up.

With extra cash in your pocket from our refrigerator recycling rebate, you may be thinking of ways to spend it. We’ll get you started with 50 possibilities below.

50 Michigan Activities Under $50:

For the whole family:

  1. Play, create, and challenge your family’s understanding of science at Impression 5 Science Center*
  2. Defy the laws of gravity at Mystery Spot*
  3. Get close to more than 300 vintage automobiles at the Gilmore Car Museum.*
  4. Admire more than 5,000 underwater creatures at Michigan’s Sea Life Aquarium.*
  5. Feed giraffes at Binder Park Zoo.*
  6. Board a ferry to relive the simple pleasures of life on Mackinac Island.*
  7. Surround yourself with dunes, ponds, marshlands and forests camping at Ludington State Park.*
  8. Schedule a Tulip City Tour through Dutch town.*
  9. Escape the city by visiting a park on the remote island, Isle Royal National Park.*
  10. Tour an iconic lighthouse in Ludington.*
  11. Catch the latest flick at one of America’s top 10 drive-ins, Capri Drive-In Theater.*
  12. Visit the quintessential arcade, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum.*
  13. Challenge your friends to one of 1,000 board games at 3&Up Board Games Lounge.*
  14. Watch a puppet performance at Puppet Art and attend a puppet making workshop following the show.*
  15. Visit one of the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide, Frederik Meijer Gardens Sculpture Park.*
  16. Step aboard a Fall Colors Tour with Southern Michigan Railroad.*
  17. Celebrate Halloween festivities at Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” Zoo Boo.*

For the thrill-seekers:

  1. Hold on to your seats riding a top ten wooden roller coaster in the world at Michigan’s Adventure.
  2. Hit the slopes at Cannonsburg Ski Area.
  3. Cruise around Michigan’s #1 adventure destination, Pictured Rocks.
  4. Plunge down a 23 foot water slide at Wayne County Family Aquatic Center.*
  5. Cheer on your favorite NASCAR driver at Michigan’s International Speedway.
  6. Try to keep your cool visiting the world’s largest haunted walk-through attraction, Erebus.
  7. Hike more than 100 miles of trails while gazing at miles of sand at Sleeping Bear Dunes.*
  8. Kayak in Paradise at Tahquamenon Falls.
  9. Luge down a track designed by a three-time Olympian at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.
  10. Stand up paddle board around Lake Michigan at MISH Watersports.
  11. Practice your bow and arrow skills at MOR Archery.*

For the epicureans:

  1. Sample award-winning wines at Robinettes Apple Haus and Winery.*
  2. Indulge in a world-famous dinner where it’s Christmas all year long, Frankenmuth.*
  3. Bite into GQ’s Best Burger in America at Stella’s Lounge.*
  4. Embark on a beer vacation to Beer City USA.*
  5. Treat yourself with an award-winning hot dog –or 20, at Yesterdog.*
  6. Get your Pronto Pup fix while enjoying the Grand Haven Musical Fountain.*
  7. Eat, drink, and be cherry in Traverse City.*
  8. Learn how Hopcat’s crack fries got their name.*
  9. Have a picnic under the stars at Headlands International Dark Sky Park.*
  10. Hop aboard a candy tour at Sanders Candy and pick up some treats on your way out.*
  11. Enjoy a treat at one of the best donut shops in America, Sweetwater’s Donuts.*

For the sports fanatics:

  1. Catch a home run ball from the Detroit Tigers.*
  2. Watch the Red Wings take the ice.
  3. Apply for a fishing license and make your way to one of Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes.
  4. Go nuts watching the Lansing Lugnuts and watch fireworks following the game.*
  5. Watch the Detroit Pistons own the court.*

For the helping hands:

  1. Lend support to the largest art prize competition in the world, ArtPrize.*
  2. Help kids receive education, families thrive and communities stay healthy by giving to United Way.*
  3. Bake treats using fruit from your local orchard to donate to your nearest Ronald McDonald House.*
  4. Join Habitat for Humanity, Consumers Energy and Detroit Tigers in providing safe and affordable housing for Michigan residents.*
  5. Give a gift of energy to a neighbor or loved one needing help to pay their energy bill.*
  6. Support hands-on STEM education in schools by supporting FIRST Robotics.*

* Activities less than $25 per person based on the lowest priced option offered.

Don’t want to spend your $50 on an activity? You can always invest it in another energy efficiency project. Continue your money-saving journey by visiting ConsumersEnergy.com/myhome.