31 Days of DECEMBER Events for Kids in Grand Rapids – and 11 are FREE!

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December is Brimming with Merriment

The year may be coming to a close, but there are still plenty of fun things to check out. While the twelve days of Christmas seems festive (though, who really wants that many pet birds?), we’ve upped the ante with our thirty-one days of December FUN.

With Santa sightings, festive productions, things to do out in the snow or warm and snug indoors, there is a whole host of happenings to keep you going this December. Use this curated list to help plan your month, but also be sure to check out our daily calendar for even more great events and activities going on in West Michigan.

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Here’s a round up of Grand Rapids events for December that are on repeat:


NOV 24-DEC 6, 2020 | All Day  

Festival of Wreaths
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
» Each participating downtown business or organization will host a designer wreath provided by the MMA in a window facing the street or sidewalk from November 24-December 6. The MMA will provide a walking map with the location of all the wreaths in both a printed and digital version, accessible via a QR code.


Tuesday 12-6pm | Thursday 5-9pm   

Free Tuesdays & Thursdays
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
» Free admission on Tuesdays from 12-6pm and Thursdays from 5-9pm.


Thursday | 11am-4pm   

Free Thursdays
Muskegon Museum of Art 

296 W. Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan 49440
» Free admission all day (11am-4pm) every Thursday.


Thursday, SEPT-MAY | 1-2:30pm   

Open Gym
Grand Rapids Gymnastics
1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» 1pm-2:30pm every Thursday, Sept-May
Our supervised open gym format offers safe and fun physical activity for your children. No pre-registration necessary. $6/child. $18/max per family


Saturday | 12-1pm   

Saturday Open Gym
Gymco
2306 Camelot Ridge Ct SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» Open playtime in Gymco’s gym – year round fun every Saturday. Registration is encouraged, space is limited. (face coverings are required). $5 for members/$10 non-members


Tuesday and Thursday, OCT 27-DEC 10, 2020 | 10am   

Babbling Baby Feet
Rockford Speech Therapy and Little Feet Movement
Virtual Event
» Every Tuesday & Thursday, Oct 27-Dec 10, 10am (skip Nov 24 & 26)
Join us on Zoom for playing, learning, and communicating with your babies!! You will learn how to support your child’s physical, cognitive, social-emotional & language development! $20/class


Wednesday, OCT 14-DEC 16, 2020 | 6:30pm   

Drop In Tumbling
Grand Rapids Gymnastics
1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» $10/person. No pre-registration needed. Work on what you want to. Coach assisted.


 DEC 1  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 1, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 2  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 2, 2020 | 10 am   

Adventure Club
Allegan Event
439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
» 10am-1pm. Each Adventure Club visit includes two hours on the Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, plus climbing on the 16 unique and challenging Clip ’n Climb® walls & free WiFi. During the final hour of the Adventure Club session, guests are invited to add optional add ons, such as arcade game play, weekly food/drink combos, and free WiFi! $15.00/person

 DEC 2, 2020 | 12:30 pm   

Homeschool/Virtual Learning Days
BattleGR Tactical Games

284 Dodge NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
» 12:30-2:30pm. 2 hours of all-you-can play laser tag, archery tag & open gym. Arcade and food available! $12/child

 DEC 2, 2020 | 2 pm   

Adventure Club
Allegan Event
439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
» 2-5pm. Each Adventure Club visit includes two hours on the Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, plus climbing on the 16 unique and challenging Clip ’n Climb® walls & free WiFi. During the final hour of the Adventure Club session, guests are invited to add optional add ons, such as arcade game play, weekly food/drink combos, and free WiFi! $15.00/person

 DEC 3  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 3, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 4  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 4, 2020 | 6 pm   

 DEC 5  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 5, 2020 | 10 am   

Family Day
Coopersville Farm Museum
375 Main St, Coopersville, MI 49404
» 10am-2pm. Enjoy a multigenerational adventure inside the facility, exploring the exhibits, sharing stories, and creating memories. Includes crafts. $5 per family

 DEC 5, 2020 | 10 am   

Kid 2 Kid Flea Market
Coopersville Farm Museum
375 Main St, Coopersville, MI 49404
» Make your own things to sell or bring some of your things from home to sell! All booths will be ran by kids with little assistance from parents. Come support these entrepreneurs & grab some goodies to wrap up for Christmas! Purchase a booth for $10 ($15 for electric). A 6′ Table & chairs will be provided.

 DEC 5, 2020 | 1 pm   

Back Handspring Clinic @ Gymco
3206 Camelot Ridge Ct SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» Master the back handspring, the ultimate combination of strength, flexibility, coordination, body awareness & confidence. Gymco’c back handspring clinic is 2 hours of instruction including progressions, drills, tips, positive feedback & practice in a safe, supportive environment.

 DEC 6  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 6, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 7  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 7, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 8  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 8, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 8, 2020 | 6 pm                             

Chinese Immersion Kindergarten Virtual Tour
Forest Hills Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program
Virtual Event

» Launch your child on a journey from Kindergarten through High School, learning Chinese language and culture everyday.

Sign up today for a virtual tour and a Zoom link will be e-mailed to you!

Additional tours scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 10am, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 6pm, and Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 2pm.

FHPS Chinese Immersion

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 DEC 9  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 9, 2020 | 10 am   

Adventure Club
Allegan Event
439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
» 10am-1pm. Each Adventure Club visit includes two hours on the Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, plus climbing on the 16 unique and challenging Clip ’n Climb® walls & free WiFi. During the final hour of the Adventure Club session, guests are invited to add optional add ons, such as arcade game play, weekly food/drink combos, and free WiFi! $15.00/person

 DEC 9, 2020 | 2 pm   

Adventure Club
Allegan Event
439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
» 2-5pm. Each Adventure Club visit includes two hours on the Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, plus climbing on the 16 unique and challenging Clip ’n Climb® walls & free WiFi. During the final hour of the Adventure Club session, guests are invited to add optional add ons, such as arcade game play, weekly food/drink combos, and free WiFi! $15.00/person

 DEC 9, 2020 | 8:30 pm   

Project Night Lights 🆓
100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
» Kids flash flashlights out of their windows at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and local law enforcement and community members respond by flashing their lights back. Bring a flashlight or flash your cell phone back at the hospital. Wearing a mask is encouraged.

 DEC 10  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 10, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 10, 2020 | 10 am                             

Chinese Immersion Kindergarten Virtual Tour
Forest Hills Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program
Virtual Event

» Launch your child on a journey from Kindergarten through High School, learning Chinese language and culture everyday.

Sign up today for a virtual tour and a Zoom link will be e-mailed to you!

Additional tours scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 6pm, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 6pm, and Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 2pm.

FHPS Chinese Immersion

LEARN MORE

 DEC 11  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 11, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 12  •  Sa   

 All Day                                   

 DEC 12, 2020 | 10:30 am   

Social Justice Begins with Me: A Book Club for Kids 🆓
Hosted by Grand Rapids Public Library
Virtual Event
» Children ages 4-11 can explore social justice topics that impact their daily lives through children’s literature. Pre-registration required

 DEC 12, 2020 | 2 pm   

Drop In Saturdays
Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
» 2-3pm. Join Meijer Gardens educators for a family friendly activity at 2 pm. Activities happen throughout the Gardens & Sculpture Park and may include guided walks, art activities and more! Activities will be suitable for adults and kids 8 and up.

 DEC 12, 2020 | 6 pm   

Parents Night Out
Grand Rapids Gymnastics
1601 Galbraith Ave, STE 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
» 6-9pm. Your kids (4+ years) will have a BLAST at GRG. Jumping on trampolines, playing games and practicing their gymnastics skills.
All under the supervision of our fantastic GRG coaching staff! Snacks will be provided for the kids. Registration required. Ages 4+, Members: $18/child. $12 each sibling, Non Members: $20/child. $15 each sibling

 DEC 13  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 13, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 14  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 14, 2020 | 4 pm   

FREE Second Monday! 🆓
Holland Museum

31 W. 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423
» The Holland Museum is open tonight from 4-7pm with FREE admission!  Spark!Lab is temporarily closed, but check out their current exhibits.

 DEC 14, 2020 | 6 pm   

Home School Information Sessions
HSB, Inc.

5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
» 6-8pm. Thinking about home education? Sign up for a Home School Information Session! These sessions are not only perfect for those considering home educating but are also great for those who have already started and need a little direction. $15, Pre-registration is required.

 DEC 15  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 15, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 16  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 16, 2020 | 11 am   

The Loutit Littles Show 🆓
Hosted by Loutit District Library

Virtual Event
» Learn bounces, rhymes, and songs to enjoy with your little one. Get inspired with ideas for games and activities using everyday household items. Learn ASL signs to help communication, tips to raise a reader, and ways to just have fun together!

 DEC 16, 2020 | 12:30 pm   

Homeschool/Virtual Learning Days
BattleGR Tactical Games

284 Dodge NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
» 12:30-2:30pm. 2 hours of all-you-can play laser tag, archery tag & open gym. Arcade and food available! $12/child

 DEC 17  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 17, 2020 | 10 am   

Little Learners: STEAM Play & Learn 🆓
430 W Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
» A free literacy-based program for Muskegon County infants and toddlers ages 0-4. During this program participants will be invited into one of two rooms for a story time inside. Then both groups will head outside for socially distanced playtime. Registration via Eventbrite is required.

 DEC 17, 2020 | 4:30 pm   

Lego Club @ Patmos Library 🆓
2445 Riley St, Jamestown, MI 49427
» Lego club for grades 1-6! Explore a different challenge every month. Social distancing will be followed, only 5 families will be allowed to attend. RSVP in advance.

 DEC 17, 2020 | 6 pm   

Build a Robot, Decorate it, and Take it home!
2923 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» Build, decorate, & play with a robot & learn how robots work! A great activity for children ages 5-9 to do with a grandparent. $35

 DEC 18  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 18, 2020 | 6 pm   

 DEC 19  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 19, 2020 | 10:30 am   

Build a Robot, Decorate it, and Take it home!
2923 28th St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
» Build, decorate, & play with a robot & learn how robots work! A great activity for children ages 5-9 to do with a grandparent. $35

 DEC 20  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 20, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 21  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 21, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 22  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 22, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 23  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 23, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 24  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 24, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 25  •  F  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 25, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 26  •  Sa  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 26, 2020 | 2 pm   

Drop In Saturdays @ Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
» 2-3pm. Join Meijer Gardens educators for a family friendly activity at 2 pm. Activities happen throughout the Gardens & Sculpture Park and may include guided walks, art activities and more! Activities will be suitable for adults and kids 8 and up.

 DEC 27  •  Su  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 27, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 28  •  M  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 28, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 29  •  Tu  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 29, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 30  •  W  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 30, 2020 | 9 am   

 DEC 31  •  Th  

 All Day                                   

 DEC 31, 2020 | 9 am   

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