Craig’s Cruisers is a Blast, Indoors and Out
Craig’s Cruisers is one of the best indoor play spots in Grand Rapids.
Whether you bring your family or plan a kid’s birthday party, this full throttle activity center has indoor and outdoor (in season) activities with enough room for everyone. And it’s so large that the wait times are quite short, if there’s any waiting at all.
If you’ve been searching for the perfect entertainment center for your crew, head to Craig’s Cruisers. Indoors they have go-karts, a rollercoaster, bumper cars, an arcade and loads of trampolines. In summer, head outside for more go-karts, a zip-line, mini golf and bumper boats.
And to top it all, they have a pretty impressive buffet.
Warning: most kids will want to do every attraction, and there are a lot. Plan extra time for this 120,000 square foot wonderland.
Craig’s Cruisers is located at 5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509.
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We surprised the kids with a summer trip to Craig’s Cruisers and were met with instant shreeks and yelps: “Woo! Yay! Ahhh!”
The outdoor fun was a brand new experience to us after having only visited during the winter before. After doing the summer fun, our awe for Craig’s Cruisers ramped up to full on love.
I know this kind of sounds like a speal but it’s just true! All four of us legit laughed and smiled until our faces hurt. Plus, we got to say yes to everything outside with our wrist bands.
When you get The Works Wristbands you’ll have unlimited access to all the attractions both indoors and outdoors.
If you’re not afraid of heights: DO THIS.
Holy moly, the zip line goes so high and moves very quickly. We could see downtown Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas from the top. But wow this ride made me scream like a little kid the entire time.
My 6 year old loved it so much he went 3 times in a row, but my oldest was a bit leary and didn’t try it. The height and speed of this ride are definitely not for the cautious hearted but the fun was worth it and I’ll not soon forget my screams of joy!
Height limit: You must be 48″ tall alone, 42″ tall with an adult.
Weight Limit: Single Rider – 300 lbs OR Double Riders – combined 450 lbs.
With the wristbands you can walk right up to the booth and grab your club, ball, and score sheets then you’re off to mini-golf fun!
This was a highlight because of the landscape filled with rivers, waterfalls, and the not too tricky course. It made golfing with the kids fun and lighthearted.
Plus, it gave us time to chat and really bond with them as we went along. I love this about Craig’s Cruisers. There are many attractions that are fast paced and others slow enough to take in the memories and special moments with the family.
Bumper boats were a blast because we got to squirt each other. We loved that our youngest still felt apart of the experience with his own wheel and that our oldest rode on his own.
This is another attraction where Craig’s Cruisers gives kids the opportunity to feel like they are in the driver’s seat but parents steer. You can read more about this experience below in #4!
Drivers must be 18 years or older and passenger must be at least 36″ tall and fit securely in harness.
In the winter months, the outdoor attractions aren’t open, but all indoor attractions are included with “The Works” Wristband Package.
We got through the entire family fun center in three hours, going back multiple times to the:
- ninja course
- cruiser coaster
- indoor electric go-karts
- bumper cars
- laser tag
- trampoline park
And that’s not even all of their indoor attractions!
I expected a smaller version of many competitor trampoline parks since Craig’s Cruisers has so much else to offer.
But there are trampolines galore here, with boxes to jump from and side ramps for tricks.
Dodgeball was a favorite among my boys. Soft bright balls and bouncy trampolines provided had-to-drag-them-away fun for over an hour.
The slam dunk basketball court was a highlight for me, and even smaller kids have their own basketball and play area, safely away from other activities.
We hopped up a level to the foam block pits and giant pillow. I dare anyone to have the restraint not to run and jump into the giant vat of foam cubes.
If that’s not enough, you can climb across a rock wall over a foam pit. I got really brave and challenged my son to the battle beam. We each took up a battering ram and tried to stay on the padded beam that crosses a pool of soft blocks. It’s a win-win, even if you fall.
The biggest, cushiest pillow I have ever seen is in the corner, surrounded by carpeted giant stairs, a box with a rope swing, and trampolines. We flung ourselves onto this pillow in any way imaginable and struggled to swim out between belly laughs.
Note: You’ll need to purchase Craig’s Cruisers trampoline socks. They are $3. You’ll also need to complete a Trampoline Waiver.
“American Ninja Warrior” has come to West Michigan.
We especially loved the enthusiasm of the ninja course narrators!
A commentator talks contestants through the course (and entertains onlookers) while they leap, bounce, run, climb, jump, and slide their way to the finish.
They truly added to the fun by encouraging my son, yelling:
“Ok, here he goes! Can he do it? Woo! He tries to clear the conveyer belt, oh and he does it! He goes for the wall! Can he do it?! Yes! Go, friend, go!”
(Participants must be 44” tall and sneakers are required.)
Mention Craigs Cruisers and most people will tell you that they have Go-Karts.
Yep! That’s because Craig’s Cruisers Family Fun Centers are famous for go-karts.
Outdoor, indoor, kiddie karts, electric, double – you name it, they have it.
Even with the wind whipping and the music playing, you can hear constant shouts of joy and laughter from kids as they make each lap.
Not sure how to drive a Go-Kart?
Don’t worry! The staff instructions are super clear. They have great signs and hand motions that will make you look like a pro.
(Drivers need to be 54”. Passengers as young as three-years-old can ride along with someone over 18.)
Indoor Roller Coaster
Who would have thought you could put an exciting roller coaster indoors, in Grand Rapids?
The Cruiser Coaster is a safe thrill ride that we all enjoyed – over and over.
(Kids must be 36” and four-years-old to ride. An adult must accompany children under 48”. For the tall parents, 6’5” is the maximum height.)
The Hologate virtual reality set-up will be the first thing you see when you walk in.
And it’s included in the “attractions” portion of “The Works Package!”
We focused a lot on the other attractions and of course had a blast but left the Hologate Virtual Reality portion till the very end.
I wish I would have known how magnificent their virtual reality is! We would have left a lot more time for this during our visit.
A super nice Craig’s Cruisers worker helped us put on our gear. It was intense how much we felt like we were in a whole new world.
Surprisingly, playing in “the snow and blue sky” of the virtual reality made us feel like we were actually in it. We launched snowballs at each other feeling every hit as if it were real and hung out with penguins while listening to nice music.
There were more mature games to choose like zombies and other adventures, but the snowball fight was just perfect for my 7-year-old and me.
The Laser Tag Area is a small scale model of Grand Rapids, complete with GR icons, La Grande Vitesse and the Blue Bridge.
Anyone who can wear the vest and carry the phaser is able to play Laser Tag at Craig’s Cruiers.
I was intimidated by all the options I learned in the briefing room. Entering the black-lit room with ramps, bases, and hidden nooks didn’t ease my insecurities. But once we started, I had a blast.
The best part was, when one of my three targets was hit, I just waited a few seconds and I could go again.
It was impossible to not get sucked into the game.
It was exciting to hide, strategize, and surprise my family. I think I surprised myself the most with the highest shot accuracy score, despite my team’s loss and my base being destroyed.
Buffet is All Inclusive
The buffet has it all – Plus, There’s a Kid Section in the Buffet Area!
Coffee (yippee,) soft-drinks, salad bar, pizza, pasta, dessert!
They have it all – even options for gluten-free-ers. (If you don’t see an option for GF, ask an employee, they will be happy to make something for you.)
There are four large stations of salad, pizza, pasta, chicken, hot dogs, fruit, soup, mac n’ cheese, cookies to die for, cobbler, and ice cream. Soda fountain beverages are also included in the buffet pricing. We never leave hungry or disappointed.
My son has lots of food allergies so we brought his lunch.
The kid area made it so cool for the kids whether eating the food provided or bringing your own for a kiddo like mine. Craig’s Cruisers has it set up to create a special moment for the entire family outside of the actual food being eaten.
To top it off you can sit in one of three dining rooms and enjoy the latest Disney movie, catch the big game, or feel like you’re at the race track. Party rooms are also available.
If the buffet is closed you can still order pizzas, drinks, and snacks from the counter at any time. It is all delicious, but seriously those cookies…
Craig’s Cruisers Kids Birthday Parties
Craig’s Cruisers is the perfect place for a birthday party.
They have three party packages and are available with a reservation and $50 deposit. (Times and packages are subject to availability. To secure your desired date and time, they recommend scheduling your event at least 2 weeks in advance.)
GRKIDS team member Laura Gifford recently hosted her son’s birthday here and loved it. They booked the “ultimate” experience, which gave them a private room in addition to all the amenities at Craig’s Cruisers.
“The three hour birthday party was a perfect amount of time,” says Gifford.
“There was plenty of time to have massive amounts of fun, eat at the pizza buffet, grab the occasional cookie and drink for refueling, play games, ride rides and take five to regroup.”
“Having the privacy of the party room gave the kids an opportunity to all be together, share with each other what they were having the most fun doing, and have the privacy to be as silly as they wanted.”
Laura’s pro tip: Be sure to try dodgeball in the dark when the balls are glowing!
Birthday parties are fabulous here any time of year.
Summer kids can take advantage of the outdoor larger go kart track, zip line, bumper boats and mini golf. Winter birthdays can enjoy the indoor roller coaster, bumper cars, go kart track, dodgeball, trampolines and arcade.
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How can I save on Admission?
Go All-Inclusive with a Wristband.
There’s a reason people love all-inclusive…you know exactly how much you’re paying and that’s it!
Their “The Works” Wristband packages include 3+ hours of unlimited food & fun.
I didn’t realize how crazy awesome The Works Package would be until it was all said and done. It was so nice not to have to think about a set budget for the day or have to pick and choose which activities to do.
Wristband Wednesdays are another way to save at Craig’s Cruisers.
When Should I Visit?
There’s no right or wrong time to visit but there are definitely things to consider when you visit.
– If you visit during the winter be aware that you won’t be able to do the outdoor attractions unless the weather permits.
– Visiting in the summer means you’ll need to be more strategic with your time because you’re adding four more attractions to your time table than you normally would just playing inside.
Days of the week:
-Craig’s Cruisers is much less crowded during the week and specifically on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
– Wednesday is special wristband day and a great time to go to save some money while checking out everything there is to explore.
– Toddler time returns this fall. This is a great time if you have little kids and truly it’s much easier on us parents keeping our kiddos safe while they have fun.
What Should we Wear?
Wear comfy clothes for jumping, climinbing and running in.
Sneakers are required on the Ninja Course.
Bring a hair tie if your hair is past your shoulders. (Long hair must be tied back for safety on the Go-Karts.)
Are There Lockers?
Yes, there are Lockers you can rent near the storage bins.
You may want to limit the valuable items you bring in. I put a debit card and phone in my pocket.
There are coat racks for outerwear and storage bins by the Ninja Course for shoes and everything else.
Where can I Find Special Deals?
Craig’s Cruisers is always running specials and promotions to give you the most bang for your buck.
We found that a wristband was our ultimate pass to unlimited, worry-free entertainment. We didn’t have to count turns or check the clock, and we all did everything we wanted more than once.
Wednesdays in Grand Rapids provide an even bigger deal. You get unlimited attractions, one hour of jump time in the Trampoline Park, and three hours of access to the buffet.
If you’re just popping in and want a select few things to do, Craig’s Cruisers has great deals and packages too.
Smaller ones can have enormous fun at Toddler Time, for kids six and under.
How Many Locations are There?
Craig’s Cruisers has 3 locations in West Michigan, including:
5730 Clyde Park Ave SW,
Wyoming, MI 49509
651 Chicago Dr,
Holland, MI 49423
1551 E Pontaluna Rd,
Norton Shores, MI 49456