updated for 2018
April Showers Won’t Put a Damper on April Fun
Pack your umbrellas and get ready for adventure! West Michigan is raining opportunities for your family to get out and enjoy nature, or stay inside and play. April kicks off with Easter, quickly moves on to Spring Break events, before finishing with flowering fun. From admiring nature as it blossoms, to getting up close to animals of all shapes and sizes, to races of all lengths and locales and Downton Abbey inspired bike rides, to inspiring stage presentations and baseball games, there’s fun for all ages and interests.
We’ve organized a daily list to make it easy for you to follow along – all you have to do is dig in! Be sure to check our daily calendar as new events are always being added.
PRINTABLE APRIL LIST
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30 DAYS OF APRIL FUN
Sunday, April 1 – There’s no fooling when it comes to brunch and many restaurants in West Michigan are serving up their best this Easter Sunday. Use our guide to make your brunch plans!
April 2 – Kick off spring break with Zoobilee at John Ball Zoo featuring animal demonstrations, games, arts and crafts, and more. For a complete look at all that’s going this week for Spring Break, check out our special guide.
April 3 – Spend the day swimming, climbing, creating arts & crafts, and even snacks during Camp Kroc: Spring Break, today (and all week).
April 4 – Enjoy the tropics without the airfare when you stop by the Downtown Market today and tour the greenhouse during Lil’ Green Thumbs.
April 5 – The Grand Rapids Whitecaps celebrate the start of their 25th season with a home opener and a fireworks display tonight. Tickets start at just $8.00 and kids 2 & under are free.
April 6 – Whether you are a seasoned collector or a novice, you’ll have fun exploring from agate to zinc at the the 43rd Annual Rock & Mineral Show in Wyoming.
April 7 – Revel in spring time as Koetsier’s Kids Club starts up for the spring 2018 season. You and your children can enjoy playing in the greenhouse and creating botanical projects. Prices range from $10 to $25 depending on the project you choose.
Sunday, April 8 – Hit the trails and get a new perspective when you’re atop a horse as Camp Henry offers trail rides for kids 10 and older (kids under 12 will need an adult to accompany them on the trail).
April 9 – Come, learn and create during an open house style afternoon at Kent County Recycling and Education Center’s free Imagine Craft Day.
April 10 – Take a stroll around the Farm Garden with your kids at Frederik Meijer Gardens during their Springtime Walk series, every Tuesday morning in April. Also be sure to check out the butterflies while you are there too!
April 11 – Drop into the Artists Creating Together Youth Open Studio time and enjoy making some arts and crafts without the hassle of cleaning up!
April 12 – Before the trees leaf out, discover the beauty of woodland flowers on a guided walk at Hemlock Crossing.
April 14 – It’s opening day for Windmill Island and to kick it off they are hosting their Run of the Mill 5K (or 1-mile) race followed by a cookie tasting.
April 17 – Spruce up your space for spring by creating a wood pallet sign, painting pottery or more when you get creative at The Mud Room today!
April 18 – Learn how Eggs Are Everywhere this spring season at Ada Park during their Discovery Days program for preschoolers.
April 20 – It’s Feel It Friday at the Forever Curious Children’s Museum as kids are welcome to try out a different sensory experience each week.
April 21 – Celebrate Earth Day at Blandford Nature Center and explore all the trails, buildings, and more for free this afternoon.
Sunday, April 22 – Cheer on your favorite girl or grab some sneakers, mom, daughter, aunt, sister, or other female friend for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races this morning.
April 23 – Jump around during Toddler Time this morning for kids ages 7 and under at Crazy Bounce.
April 24 – With Mother’s Day coming up, now would be a great time to make her a one-of-a-kind gift at Accidental Art.
April 25 – Let your imagination and sense of adventure bring yoga poses to life during Mini-Sprouts Yoga with Well Bean at the Wellness Collective GR.
April 26 – Be uplifted as the Civic Theatre presents Akeelah and the Bee, a stage adaption of the film, sure to leave you inspired by the power of tenacity.
April 27 – Dress up in your finest tweed or other Downton Abbey inspired garb for this year’s Second Annual Downtown Bike Party! through Downtown and Westside neighborhoods.
April 28 – Meet furry and feathery friends during the Spring Petting Zoo at the Coopersville Farm Museum.
Sunday, April 29 – Do you hear the people sing? Sacred Heart Academy presents a family-friendly edition of the musical Les Miserables at the Wealthy Street Theater.
April 30 – Meet bunnies, calves, chicks, lambs, and even bottle-feed a baby goat at the Critter Barn’s Baby Animal Class for children ages 3-5.
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