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Where you an Find all the Family Fun for Northwest Grand Rapids Area
There’s a lot of big fun to be had in northwest Grand Rapids – the Berlin Raceway, West Michigan Whitecaps, Blandford Nature Center and Millennium Park are all found in northwest Grand Rapids. But don’t worry, if you prefer a small venue for adventure, you still have options, too.
Northwest Grand Rapids is the perfect combination of exciting fun with a small town feel.
The 22 Things Your Family Will Dig in Northwest GR
1 – PET THE GOATS AT SCHWALLIER’S
Schwallier’s Country Basket has everything you need for a perfect fall outing– farm animals, a corn maze, kids play area, tractor rides through the orchard, donuts and pick your own pumpkins!
1185 9 Mile Rd NW, Sparta, MI 49345
2 – EXPERIENCE THE EXCITEMENT AT BERLIN RACEWAY
Race cars, monster trucks, fireworks, special events–let your kids experience all the fun, noise, speed and excitement at the Berlin Raceway!
2060 Berlin Fair Drive, Marne, MI 49435
3 – PLAY AND LEARN AT THE LIBRARY
KDL Libraries have so much to offer! Since each branch has its own unique children’s area, including hands-on activities, puzzles, dress up stations, interactive toys, iPads and more- you can stop in any time for loads of educational fun. But KDL libraries also offer story times, classes and special events for ALL ages, so be sure to check their website for upcoming classes and events. Three great libraries in this community are the Walker, Alpine and Comstock Park locations.
4 – GET CRAFTY AT MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB
Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop. Drop in, have fun and take home a completed project!
3310 Alpine Ave NW, Unit 5, Green Ridge Square, Walker, MI
5 – CHEER ON THE WHITECAPS
Adults and kids of all ages will have a blast cheering on our home baseball team– so bring the whole family! Grab a front row seat to get in on the action or pick up lawn tickets to enjoy a ballpark hotdog while you lounge on your picnic blanket.
Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Dr. NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
6 – MEET THE CRITTERS AT COOPERSVILLE FARM MUSEUM
Let your kiddos pet the animals, make a craft and enjoy other activities at Kids, Crafts and Critters on the last Saturday of every month from 10 AM to 1 PM. And then come back later in the week to enjoy some acoustic folk music at Jam Night– held the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6-9 PM.
375 Main St, Coopersville, MI 49404
7 – MINI-GOLF AT AJ’S FAMILY FUN CENTER
Go-karts, kiddie-karts, mini-golf, arcade games, batting cages and bumper boats…the kids will have a blast at AJ’s!
4400 Ball Park Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
8 – SPLASH AROUND AT MILLENNIUM PARK
Cool off at the splash pad, grab some snacks at the concession stand, and then head to the beach. The little ones can play in the kid-friendly, shallow water and if your older kids are feeling adventurous, they can rent a kayak, paddle boat, canoe or stand-up paddle board. A full day of fun for everyone!
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534
9 – BUILD SOMETHING FUN AT A HOME DEPOT WORKSHOP
Did you know Home Depot offers FREE weekly workshops for kids? Each week is a different hands-on project for children. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin!
2727 Alpine Ave NW, Walker, MI 49544
10 – ENJOY THE MUSIC OF THE STANDALE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Enjoy free family fun with outdoor concerts throughout the summer. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of music, food vendors, and kid’s face painting.
Walker Community Park, 700 Cummings Ave. NW, Walker
11 – EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS AND MORE AT BLANDFORD NATURE CENTER
With 143 acres of natural beauty for you and your little nature-lover to explore, you’re guaranteed to come back again and again! Highlights include hiking trails, a Wildlife Education Center, farm animals, snowshoe rental, cross country ski trails, Nature Nook playscape, art exhibits, wildlife observation areas- as well as special events, classes and camps!
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
12 – HAVE A BLAST AT JESTER’S COURT
If you’re looking for fun, you certainly can’t go wrong with West Michigan’s largest indoor child entertainment center! The kids will stay busy for hours with the enclosed jungle gym, inflatable slides, obstacle courses, jumps and interactive games. And the little ones have a spot all to themselves in the Toddler Court, which includes a toddler-sized themed inflatable and safe play area.
13 – EXPERIENCE THE BERLIN FAIR
Did you know the Berlin Fair is Michigan’s longest running fair? Taking place annually since 1855, families can enjoy carnival rides, grandstand events, food booths, a mobile zoo, livestock competitions, agricultural exhibits, contests and lots more!
Berlin Fairgrounds, 2008 Berlin Fair Dr, Marne, MI 49435
14 – ICE SKATE AT WALKER ICE AND FITNESS CENTER
Lace up your skates and take advantage of Open Skate at Walker Ice and Fitness Center!
4151 Remembrance Rd. NW, Walker, MI 49534
15 – HOP ON THE TRAIN AT COOPERSVILLE & MARNE RAILWAY
Let your little train-lover take a ride on a real train! The Coopersville & Marne Railway provides passenger service for the seven mile stretch of railway between Coopersville and Marne from April through December. And for an extra special trip, be sure to check out the seasonally themed train events and excursions offered throughout the year!
16 – PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES AT KRUPP FARMS
Bring the kids to Krupp Farms and let them help pick strawberries and raspberries. Then reward yourselves with a hotdog and Krupp Farms Strawberry Sundae at the Krupp Farms Milk House!
8025 Krupp Ave, Comstock Park, MI 49321
17 – CHECK OUT THE FESTIVITIES AT ROGERS PARK
Not only does Rogers Park have a playground and swingset for the kids, but the large band shell and performance area provide the backdrop for all kinds of summer entertainment. Be sure to check out Concerts in the Park and Movies in the Park, as well as various other events and festivals throughout the summer.
75 N. Union, Sparta, MI 49345
18 – DON’T MISS TOWN AND COUNTRY DAYS
You won’t want to miss this annual event in Sparta. Four straight days of entertainment, food, shows, carnival rides, farm animals, horse drawn carriage tours, pony rides, parades, a fun run and more!
Balyeat Field, 190 Olmstead St, Sparta, MI 49345
19 – MAKE IT A FAMILY NIGHT OUT AT DOUBLE DIP DEPOT
Play 19 holes on the mini-golf course, grab some corn dogs, cheese fries and frozen cokes for dinner, then finish up with some yummy ice cream! (Good luck choosing between their 18 flavors of hard ice cream, 4 flavors of soft serve, 25 different flurry combinations, shaved ice flavors, smoothies, slushes, glaciers, sundaes and 6 flavors of cone dip!)
3284 Remembrance NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
20 – TAKE A BIKE RIDE ALONG THE WHITE PINE TRAIL
The White Pine Trail is Michigan’s second longest rail-trail, stretching for 93.5 miles through five counties and includes miles of beautiful trails for walking, biking and enjoying nature. Comstock Park area is at the southern end of the trail and includes a lovely staging area with parking spots, picnic tables and benches, as well as access to many local businesses and restaurants.
3894 Millcreek Ave. NE, Comstock Park, Michigan
21 – TAKE TO THE TRAILS AT WAHLFIELD PARK
Wahlfield Park offers an extensive network of trails that explore a hilly mix of woods, creek valley and open fields and the trails are open to walking, mountain biking or cross country skiing. The park also includes a picnic shelter, a large playground and rest rooms.
22 – CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON IN SPARTA
Each year, Sparta ushers in the holiday season with an abundance of holiday events! Bring the whole family downtown to enjoy visits with Santa, Elf workshops, horse drawn wagon rides, craft shows, holiday concerts and programs, living nativity, Santa Express rides and the annual Shop Sparta event.