[note]Thank you to The Mud Room for sponsoring the 2015 GR Winter break activity guide![/note][clear]
FEATURED WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES
Christmas Break is coming and we have you covered! Take a look at all the activities West Michigan has to offer during your holiday season. Make sure you download our FREE App for real time information on what’s going on close to home.
And to keep you abreast of all things Holiday in West Michigan, bookmark our Gigantic Holiday Fun Guide!
Visit The Mud Room for good clean Winter Break fun!
Enjoy creative free play during Open Studio hours, or sign up your kiddos for Camp Mud classes, where ages 7-15 can try the Potter’s Wheel, Paint Canvas, play with Clay and more! Winter Break studio specials and classes are available at www.TheMudRoom.us/Events.
Don’t spend the holiday break bored at home! You can play all day at the Kroc Center! Not a member? No problem! day passes are available. Visit us at grkroccenter.org for a complete list of activities.
Join us for a winter break full of play with special performances, dance parties, gift-making, and celebration! Visit www.grcm.org for a full schedule of winter break events!
Holiday Break Family Skating
Special admission price is just $5.00 which will include regular roller skate rental.
Rollerblade rentals are $2.00 extra.
Parent admission is just $1.00 with a child’s full price paid admission.
Catch Air is the very best indoor play area for children 10 and under! We provide hours of fun for children with things like a 3 story structure with slides and obstacle courses and so much more.
Worried about what to do with your children over Holiday break?
R-Athletics is offering over 10 special events in December! Parents can prepare for the holidays while your kids can stay active.
Winter is no reason to stay inside…get your kids outside at Blandford Nature Center for a winter adventure! Take hikes, see animals, make shelters in the woods and play games!
Spend your holidays with the animals! HSWM once again is offering the coolest winter break camp around! Puppy snuggles, kitty purrs, and much more! Visit our camps page for details! $10 off when you enter coupon code grkids
MORE GR HOLIDAY BREAK IDEAS
CHECK OUT OUR EVENT CALENDAR FOR COMPLETE DAILY LISTINGS
IF YOU WANT TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Take the family out for a drive to see the lights! Check out our grkids Holiday Lights Guide (coming early Dec) or visit the Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark- more light displays than you can imagine….PLUS….On select dates, Santa is on hand for the little ones![clear]
IF YOU WANT TO GET OUTSIDE
Enjoy the free horse-drawn trolley rides in Sparta on December 19 (and visit with Santa while you’re there!) or check out the Christmas Experience with Santa at Deer Tracks Junction. And don’t miss your chance to race the Grinch to Mt. Crumpit and back to Whoville at the The Whoville 5K and Kids Fun Run in Riverside Park! If you are looking to enjoy some quieter times with nature, join up with others for Guided Sunday Nature Walks in Lowell or take part in an outdoor interactive discovery walk during Winter-time Walks in the Children’s Garden at Meijer Gardens.[clear]
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IN A SHOW
Prepare to be thrilled by the awe-inspiring feats of aerialists, jugglers, contortionists and acrobats in the Fifth Third Cirque de Noel presented by the GR Symphony and be prepared for big laughs with River City Improv. And don’t forget the Christmas classics! GR Ballet presents The Nutcracker while the well-known tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to life in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Saugatuck. Be sure to check out A Christmas Story: The Musical at Civic Theatre, based on the perennial holiday movie favorite.[clear]
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING
Make your own Egyptian themed snowflakes and punched tin take homes (and much more!) at Snowflake Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and enjoy free general admission to the GR Art Museum on Meijer Free Tuesdays. Your kids will love to explore mud, examine slime, discover cloud dough, and enjoy water play at Imagination Lab: Messy Play for Growing Minds at the GR Children’s Museum. If your teen is into technology, don’t let them miss the Teen [Tech]Knowledgy Winter Workshop. Imagine building a robot and programming it to make it do what you want! [clear]
IF YOU WANT TO STAY INSIDE
Trying to stay warm? Check out the train display at Breton Village Mall or play the hero in “To the Rescue” at the GRCM. You won’t want to miss Christmas and Holidays Traditions Around the World at Meijer Gardens, with 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, rooftop reindeer and more than 40 international trees and displays. The kids will love the Railway Garden exhibition! Get the whole family moving (on roller skates!) at Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink , Byron Fun Spot, Kentwood Fun Spot or Jumpin Jupiter in Muskegon. Or take the kids out for a fun night of Family Glow Bowling in Holland or Buck Night Bowling at Hudsonville Lanes. Open Gym is a great way to let the little ones get some exercise while having fun! Check out GRGymnastics, Gymboree Play & Music, For the Kidz Gymnastics, The Horizon Complex and others! Or try out Open Play at Jester’s Court![clear]
IF YOU WANT TO TRY SOMETHING NEW
Looking for something different this break? Try a FREE class at EAU Dance or Scarf Dancing at the GR Children’s Museum! Let your teen test their cooking skills at Teen Iron Chef in Holland. If you haven’t experienced Night at Your Museum at the GR Public Museum yet, you must! Become part of the unfolding drama as characters from the GRPM exhibits come to life! And have you tried ARTengage! open paint and Creation Station yet? The Creation Station features over 50,000 LEGOs, marble runs, gears, magnetic building systems, light-up blocks and more![clear]
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CAMP
There are lots of places for kids to spend a few hours burning off holiday break energy. MVP Sportsplex Holiday Sports Camps are one option. Camp Kroc at the Kroc Center is for kids ages 5-12 and R-Athletics has lunch date drop off if you’re just looking for a few hours to grocery shop by yourself. Or try out Escape from Cabin Fever Kids Camp at Renew Mama Studio.[clear]
MORE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Grand Rapids Gymnastics | 1601 Galbraith Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. (616) 975-2992
Grand Rapids Public Library | 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. (616) 988-5400
Kent District Library | 18 locations. (616) 784-2007
Gymco | 2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. (616) 956-0586
Grand Rapids Public Museum | 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. (616) 929-1700
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