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Master List of Ideas for Spring Break in Grand Rapids – 2013

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  • Flick’s Family Film Fest: Daily. Free movies for children 12 and under and just $4 for adults at Celebration Cinema. Shows change each week from now until May.  March 29-April 4 features “Rise of the Guardians” and April 5-April 11 features “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”
  • Muskegon Museum of Art: Free on Thursdays! It may be a short drive for you, but well worth taking advantage of this free admission sponsored by Meijer.
  • Free Spring Movies: Goodrich Quality Theaters is also offering free movies for everyone!  All ages, Saturday and Sunday at 9am and 10am. The movies scheduled for spring break are “Madagascar 3″ and “Hotel Transylvania.”
  • Calvin College: At the preserve! Stop in the Bunker Interpretive Center; . together, children and their parents/caregivers can read a storybook or two, star in their own puppet show, play a fun game of nature bingo together, and go on a hike through the preserve. open April 1-April 5 (9am – 5pm), and April 6 (10am – 4 pm). We also offer a variety of our favorite educational programs in which children and their parents/caregivers can participate at various times throughout the week. All programs are FREE; no pre-registration is required.
  • Kent District Library: spring break events include Family Building Bricks Parties, Star Wars, Stormy the Magician, Minecraft building, Mario Kart racing, Wii gaming party, Beyblade Battles, Science in the Stacks, Garden-themed Storytime, Drop-in crafts and more. For more information on specific events check here.
One Day Only
  • Home Depot’s Kids Workshop: The Spring Break Kids Workshop is Saturday, April 6 from 9am – 12pm. Kids Workshops happen the 1st Saturday of each month. These free workshops are great for 5-12 year olds as they teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety.
  • Friday Funshops: MVP Sportsplex offers instructional workshops that meet year-round on Friday afternoons from 12:30-4pm. This is fun for your children!  Parents do not need to stick around. Kids should arrive wearing a swimming suit and bring a change of clothes. They will enjoy swimming, tumbling, complete a project and enjoy a snack. Pre-registration is required.  Call 616-784-8760
Educational
  • Fredrick Meijer Gardens:  Butterflies are Blooming!  Basic admission rates apply.  They also have additional fun kids activities every day March 1-April 3. Additional kids activities during daylight hours only.
  • Koetsiers Greenhouse: For everyone staying for Spring Break but needing to go some where warm or a cure for Spring Fever, come to Koetsiers Greenhouse for Taste, Touch and Tour the Greenhouse, April 1-April 5 from 10am-12pm each day! Visitors will get a tour of the greenhouse, tastes and smells of veggies and herbs and the kids will get to do a planting project to take home.Taste (and smell):  herbs, veggies, cucumber water, popcorn and more! Touch: get your fingers dirty; plant a pansy to take home! Tour: take a behind the scenes tour of our greenhouse and take a ride on the Bumble Bee Express (weather permitting)! All this for free!
  • Critter Barn: Every year, the FIRST FULL WEEK of APRIL, we celebrate this season of New Life!  March 29 – April 6 from 10am-7pm.
  • Dairy Discovery:  Spring Break Bash! Come to kick-off the season and enjoy the sights/sounds/smells of Spring! April 5 from 10am-12pm (tours will start at 10 and 11). April 6 from 10am-2pm (tours will start at 10, 11,12, and 1). Admission is $8(Cash/Check Only). A family rate is also available.
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum:  Monday April 1: Parachute Play with the GRCM staff 11:00, 11:30 and 12:00. Tuesday April 2: Kevin Kammeraad performs at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00. Wednesday April 3: Susan Picking Performs at 11:00. Stormy the Magician 1:00 and 3:00. Thursday April 4: Groove Dance Party with Heather Winia 2pm and 6pm. Friday April 5: WaZoBia at 11:00 and 2:00.
    Saturday April 6: The Porters 1:00 and 2:30.
  • RecycleKent: Monday April 1. Learn about what happens to your plastic bottles, metal cans, glass jars & papers after they leave your house! Free and open to all ages. Staff will be available to answer your recycling questions. No appointment required on Monday afternoons 1pm-3pm! Kent County Recycling & Education Center is located at 977 Wealthy SW in Grand Rapids.
Action and Adventure
  • Kentwood Fun Spot:  Skating and Arcades, Kentwood Fun Spot has some great times ahead for your family!  Thursday April 4 come for Free For All skating from 4pm-6pm.
  • Jester’s Court:  West Michigan’s largest indoor child entertainment center, where kids can play and parents can relax! Your children will have a blast playing at Jester’s Court Party and Play Center.  Closed Monday, Open play is available Tuesday thru Thursday 10am-7pm and Friday 10am-8pm.  Under six months is free, under two $5, under 12 $10, and adults $1.50.
  • Tarry Hall Roller Rink:  Mon April 1 open skate 12pm-3pm, $5 admission.  April 2-5 12-3pm, public skating $5 admission , regular roller skate rental is free, $2 rollerblade rental one parent admission free with one child’s paid admission April 2-5.
  • Holland Aquatic Center:  Now featuring the new “Double Trouble”; a 60-foot long, floating, two-person obstacle course. Spring break Splash Zone hours will begin Friday, March 29 and the Double Trouble obstacle course will be available March 29 – April 7 during all open swim times. Some of the Aquatic Center’s other popular play features like the Aqua Log and Zip Line will also be available when pool space allows. Spring Break hours:  1pm-5pm and 6pm-8:30pm.
  • Grand Rapids Gymnastics:  Spring Break Open Gym. April 2 AND April 4 10am-12pm. $8/child.
The Arts
  • Grand Rapids Ballet:  Tuesday-Saturday, April 2- 6. 11:30am shows and some additional Friday and Saturday shows at 1:30pm. Grand Rapids Ballet’s spring break event.  Fun pre-show activities start 45 minutes prior to the performance.  $5 per person!
  • The Mud Room: SPRING BREAK SPECIAL. March 28 – April 6. Kids 15 and under get Studio Fees for just $5/person per visit. Valid 11am to 5pm on weekdays and Saturdays {not Sundays}.
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum: Zines on the Scene! Publish your interests during spring break! Explore the different styles of graphic design in print and new media as seen in Graphic Design: Now in Production. This two-day course allows children ages 9-13 to engage in the process of designing and writing for publication. Participants will assemble thoughts, ideas, and hobbies into a single booklet to share with friends and family. For ages 9 to 13. Wednesday & Thursday, April 3rd & 4th 10am to 12pm. Please register early.
Day Camps
  • Blandford Nature Center: Offering day camps each day of Spring Break. Aimed at children aged 8-12 and prices starting at $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Day camps run from 9am-4pm each day. Space is limited; contact Blandford Nature Center for your reserved spot 616.735.6240.
  • John Ball Zoo: Offering two day camps, each two days long. Camps are for ages K-5th grade and run from 9am-3pm each day. Cost is $65 for non-members and $70 for members. Please contact the Zoo for reservations. April 2-3: Spring Fever – Animals get just as excited as we do for the end of winter. Explore with us as we learn about the animals that are just waking up from winter, have been prowling through the snow or enjoyed the winter in our tropical habitats. And April 4-5: Trekking the Tropics – You don’t have to trek far to enjoy the tropics here at the zoo. We will be adventuring through deserts, rainforests and more as we traverse the tropics.
  • Kroc Center:  March 29  and April 1-5, 9 am-4 pm. What to do with the kids during mid-winter break? Let the Kroc Center keep them active and entertained at our School’s Out day camp! Kids will enjoy swimming, arts & crafts, games, group activities, sports and bible lessons. Ages 5-12. Register for the whole week of April 1-5 at $100/members and $150/non-members or $25/members and $35/non-members per day. Snack is included. Register by March 25. Call 616.588.7200.
  • Kalamazoo Air Zoo:  Shoot for the Stars! April 3 or 5.  Full ($75) or half day ($50) camps available. The full-day camp includes a model rocket (with an engine and igniter), instruction, a juice, a snack, lunch with a beverage, T-shirt and an Ultimate Ace wristband package for each child. The half-day camp includes a model rocket (with an engine and igniter), instruction, a juice, a snack and an Ultimate Ace wristband package for each child. Children who are 8 years old and younger must be accompanied by a responsible chaperone. Space is limited.
  • Humane Society Spring Break Camp: Spend Spring Break with the animals at Humane Society of West Michigan! Join us for a mini camp filled with animal time, crafts, games and lots of fun! This camp is for kids in grades K-5! The camp takes place April 3-5 from 9am-12:30pm. $40/child, register by March 22nd. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!
  • Bricks4Kidz Spring Break Camp: Offers 3 camps, Mini-Remote Control Mania, Let’s Build, and Movie Making.  Multiple dates, times and locations available. Must register.
  • The Mud Room:  Camp Mud:  classes are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Times vary depending on whether you want to do the Potter’s Wheel, Clay Sculpture or Glass Fusing. Classes are $29/each or $79/week. Space is limited so registering your child is a must.
  • MVP Sportsplex Grand Rapids:  Kids out of school for break? We have mini camps for kids ages 6 to 11! Activities include swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts. Campers bring their own lunch. Daily rates available. Register at the Athletic Club service desk or online. Camps run 9am – 3pm with extended care offered 3pm – 5pm for an additional $10/day. Camps also available for ages 3-6 running 9am-1pm with extended care offered 1pm-3pm for an additional $10/day.
For the Fun of It
  • Whitecaps Baseball:  First game of the season on April 4th! Fireworks, Hat giveaway and Thrifty Thursday on April 4th.  11:00am game on April 5th, stick around after the Whitecaps game and watch the opening game for the Tigers in the Pepsi Stadium Club. Must buy tickets for all events.
  • Craig’s Cruisers:  6 days (March 29 & April 1-5) of wristbands and unlimited food and fun. 10am-3pm every day and 4pm-9pm April 1-4, $25/person. Grand Rapids location only.
  • Spring Break KIDZ FEST 13′:  April 2-April 7. Deltaplex Arena and Conference Center will be filled with exciting activities and entertainment for newly-walkers through teens (and those young-at-heart adults). Laser Tag, obstacle courses, huge slides, games, the bungee Power Jump, a rock climbing wall, a ferris wheel, a carousel, a mechanical bull-more and more than 50 attractions, designed to work off the kids’ energy somewhere other than in your house. Live entertainment throughout the week. Exotic animals and petting zoo. On stage shows include the Bubble Wonders show, Animal Magic with Mark Rosenthal- Nickelodeon’s Entertainer of the Year, Kid Bucks Crazy game show and the incredible magic and illusion of the Blasters’. An all-day-access wristband is $12 for all ages. Those 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adults without a wristband are $5. Parking is free.
Inspirational
  • Crystal Springs Alliance Church:  Spring Break Vacation Bible School. Who wants to wait for summer to go to VBS? Why not go to Vacation Bible School during spring break? There will be food, games, skits, fun and lots of prizes! Monday April1-Thursday April 4. 6:30pm-8:30pm. FREE!
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Please check back as Spring Break approaches. New events will be added as we receive them!

spring break 2013 master list of ideas for grand rapids

Betsy B

Betsy B

Mom to two busy little boys, Betsy is constantly on the chase. When she's not corralling her boys she enjoys catering, food experimentation, crafting and naps. And most recently, is a published author on Amazon!

 

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