ArtPrize 10 Family-Friendly Events and Hands-On Opportunities

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This Massive Art Event has Activities for the Whole Family

ArtPrize is celebrating the big 1-0, and whether you’re taking it in for the first time or are a seasoned ArtPrize veteran, each year brings something new. The innovative pieces on display stretch our imaginations and bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to our downtown. It’s the perfect way for families to experience Grand Rapids at its finest.

Year after year, what keeps me interested in checking out ArtPrize is that you can interact and get creative. From interactive installations to a Scavenger Hunt, there are exciting events happening every day.

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ArtPrize Labs has a STEAM Lab (located at Rosa Parks Circle this year) with weekly creative design challenges, plus a STEAM Mobile Workshop that has pop-up art making activities.

LIFEWTR is turning your skin into a glowing piece of art with Body Marbling. John Ball Zoo is taking over the ArtPrize Visitor Pavilion with animal visitors and hands-on experiences.

And if you’re not quite sure where to start when it comes to exploring ArtPrize with your family, try our Family Walking Tour that helps you navigate favorite stops for kids. Or get some insider tips from seasoned ArtPrize parents that can help you come prepared. 

Our list below is continually updated with the latest dates and times of ArtPrize 10 events that families will love. Check it out before you head to ArtPrize to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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Recurring Events

These activities are happening throughout ArtPrize and are a really neat way for kids to engage with the event.

ArtPrize Mobile STEAM Lab | Rosa Parks Circle

Kids can get hands on with these fun, creative challenges based on past ArtPrize winners.

  • Mondays – Fridays – Rosa Parks Circle, 10am – 6 pm
  • Saturdays – Ah Nab Awen Park, 4-7pm
  • Sundays – Calder Plaza, Noon-6pm

ArtPrize Mobile Workshop | Ah Nab Awen Park

Pop-up art activities inspired by contemporary art practices.

  • Wednesdays – Ah Nab Awen Park, 4-7pm
  • Saturdays – Ah Nab Awen Park, 4-7pm
  • Sundays – Calder Plaza, Noon-6pm

ArtPrize GO Scavenger Hunt

Take on 40 challenges that will help you interact with art, artists and the Grand Rapids community through this app-based Scavenger Hunt.

  • September 19 – October 7, All Day

The List of Family-Friendly Events at ArtPrize 10

Be sure to check out one of the events happening on the day of your visit for extra special ArtPrize fun with the kids.

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