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Cheap or Free Things to do with Kids in West MI in Winter

Now that the holidays are over you might be looking for things to do with your kids that won’t break the bank. Thankfully, we have lots of options for wintertime family fun in Grand Rapids- both indoors and out- that don’t cost a lot of money. Some of them are even free!

Take a look at our lists of things to do with kids for free or for cheap- and let us know if you have any to add!



  1. Check out the many trails and family friendly programs at Blanford Nature Center, including Winter Break Camp on January 2. Admission to the property is $3, but those with Grand Rapids Children’s Museum memberships will get in FREE all January long.

  2. Discover the art of ice at the Holland Ice Sculpting Contest on January 10th or the Rockford Ice Festival, on February 7th and 8th.

  3. View the Holiday Traditions Train Display at Breton Village Mall now through January 17th.

  4. Celebrate winter while skating with Griffins players at the Great Skate Winterfest on January 18 and 19. The event includes ice sculpting, sports demonstrations, zoo animals, sled dogs and more…all for FREE!

  5. Rock out at the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular on January 23. The concert features 11 of the top names in Christian music for only $10, at the door (but be prepared to get in line early).

  6. Celebrate the snow with some awesome FREE events, including the Crazy Cardboard Sled Competition, at Winter West, held January 24-February 9 in Richmond Park.

  7. Attend a Grand Rapids Symphony Lollipops Concert at Sunshine Community Church for just $5 per person. Upcoming shows include Peter and the Wolf on January 25 and The Snowman on March 22.

  8. Attend the Kids and Family Expo on Saturday January 18th at DeVos Place. The event will feature performances, a zip line, crafts, a gaga pit and more!  Adults are $6, children 3-15 are $2 and kids 2 and under are FREE!



 9. Go roller skating! Kentwood Fun Spot offers a Friday Free All Family Skate and along with Byron Fun Spot, participates in Kids Skate Free all year long! Bring your own skates, or pay just $4 to rent them. You can also check out Tarry Hall for their Skate sessions – they have great prices, too!

10. Build something at one of Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics or Home Depot’s Kids Workshops. The events are FREE, but pre-registration is required (and they fill up fast)

11. Ice skate at Rosa Parks Circle. Cost is only $2 for adults and $1 for children.

12. Cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins! Children with Griff’s Reading Goals   bookmarks (distributed in schools and libraries throughout the greater Grand Rapids area) receive 2 FREE upper level tickets to select games. You can also get $7 off Lower Level Faceoff tickets with a your library card on Sundays and Wednesdays.

  1. Go sledding at one of the recommended locations listed in our Winter Sports Guide.

  2. Paint pottery at The Mud Room. Studio fees are just $12 per family of 5, on Sundays from 1 to 4.

  3. Check out our Volunteer Guide and serve alongside your family.

  4. Explore nature at the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. FREE family programs are offered on the first Saturday of each month.

  5. Visit the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex and try out a variety of winter sports. Kids under 6 snowshoe and cross country ski FREE!

  6. Check out one of the many Grand Rapid’s museums, gyms and indoor hot spots in our Indoor Play Guide.

  7. Visit your local KDL and enjoy one of their FREE winter-themed events, including Winter Blast and Mush!

  8. Stop inside Krispy Kreme when the red light is on for a FREE donut while watching them being made (scheduled tours are available upon request).

  9. Ski & snowboard, tube or hit the cross country trails at Pando Park. Family Night discounts available beginning January 6th.

  10. Swim at one of the many local pools featured in our Indoor Swimming Guide.

  11. Enjoy Family Night at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum on Thursdays from 5-8pm. Admission is just $1.50 per person, for those ages 1 year and above.

  12. For only $5, kids in grades 5 through 8 can have a blast at the 3 Mile Project – a former warehouse, it now contains sports courts, theatres, a skate park, a Reball arena, video games, table games and more!

  13. Check out one of the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science’s Winter Adventure Camps…only $3 per child and $5 per adult.

  14. Join the Grand Rapids Art Museum for hands-on family activities in the studio every Saturday (and two additional days during winter break), with free hot chocolate during the skating season! OR…visit the GRAM on Tuesdays and get in FREE!

By | 2017-05-12T14:43:43+00:00 January 1st, 2014|Categories: SEASONAL, Winter|3 Comments

About the Author:

Stephanie P
Stephanie is an architect, turned graphic designer and PTO momma of 3. A wannabe photographer, travel agent, party planner, and do-gooder at heart, she enjoys filling her family's schedules and the lives of others, while obsessively documenting it along the way.


  1. Patrick December 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this site- helpful

  2. Gary & Wendi January 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Great ideas, Stephanie! You’re brilliant!

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