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February is Short but Sweet, and Packed With Fun

February is our last full month of winter. Maybe. (Remember January 94th, aka April 4th last year??) Since we can never predict how West Michigan weather will pan out, it’s best to just live in the moment. And this month, that moment is winter. Probably.

Take advantage of these colder days with outdoor adventures from showshoeing and race running, to skating on ice and painting ice, to star gazing and curling.

If indoor activities are more your speed, there are plenty of cozy story times, an indoor roller coasterfairy tale mysteries, and even the chance to “let it go” at Disney on Ice.

While some of these events are one time only, others are reoccurring, so make sure to check the daily calendar to perfectly plan your February fun!

28 Days of February Adventures for Kids in Grand Rapids

Friday, February 1 – Calling all muggles! Put your knowledge of Harry Potter to the test as the Gary Byker Library hosts a Wizarding themed Escape Room. Please note that is advised you call ahead to reserve your spot.

February 2 –  The Ice Breaker Festival returns to South Haven this weekend with all sorts of wintry fun including cardboard sled races, curling, and a chili cook-off.

Sunday, February 3 – Continue to enjoy the outdoors with fat tire biking, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing at the Indian Trail Golf Course. The trails are free to use, but snowshoe rentals cost $3.00 a pair.

February 4 – Ward off cabin fever by throwing a Tea Party or designing an obstacle course when you try some of our out-of-the-box Snow Day Activities.

February 5 – Take in a movie on the big screen on the cheap at either T.A.C.O. Tuesdays at Celebration! Cinemas or with $5.00 tickets at AMC theaters.

February 6 – Let your creativity flow during Open Color at Carolyn Stich Studios.

February 7 – Learn to read the winter sky and how to use star gazing equipment at Ada Park during Winter Park Sky & Star Watch.

February 8 – Make a Daddy-Daughter or Mommy-Daughter date as you dance with the stars and enjoy decadent desserts at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Space is limited, so be sure to get your tickets early.

February 9 – Run, in the name of love, at the Valentine’s Dash in Kentwood. The race will feature candy heart stations along the route, awards for the best dressed, and an indoor party post-race.

Sunday, February 10 – Huddle up for an indoor football camp with instruction from the coaches and players of Grand Valley State as they a host a single day Football Camp session.

 February 11 – It’s Toddler Time at Altitude Trampoline Park  so your littles can jump, run, and more to get all their energy out.

February 12 – Let your teenager express their angst through Anti-Valentine’s Parties hosted at several KDL branches today. Participating locations include Rockford, Tyrone Township, Gaines Township, and Spencer Township.

February 13 – Families will follow clues and play games as they travel around the GRAM during the Discovery Club’s Fairy Tale Adventure.

February 14 – Grand Rapids will celebrate another Valent-ICE festival. Over four days, enjoy events like a food truck rallyice sculptures, painting the ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle, and a human Hungry-Hungry-Hippos tournament.

February 15 –  Explore nature at night as the DeGraaf Nature Center features Torch-Lit Trails tonight. Show shoes will be provided if needed, and cocoa to warm up will be available.

February 16 – A favorite night out for many families is happening tonight as the Grand Rapids Griffins celebrate all things Star Wars.

Sunday, February 17 – GRPL Main Branch is pleased to host Taste of Soul Sunday featuring music, storytelling, cuisine and more all for free.

February 18 – Mix up the normal story time routine with either a morning Yoga Story Time at Wymoning KDL or a Bilingual Pajama Story Time in the evening at the West Leonard branch of GRPL.

February 19 – Get On Your Feet! as Broadway GR brings the passionate music of Emilio & Gloria Estefan to DeVos Performance Hall.

February 20 – Did you make a Winter Bucket List? No worries if you didn’t – use ours to with over 40 ideas to have some cheery fun today!

February 21 – Let your teen tinkerer take apart a PC at this month’s After the Bell at GRPL’s Yankee Clipper branch.

February 22 – Play with TOYS!, give Finny a high five, and take a spin (or two or three) on the carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

February 23 – Everything is awesome when you stop by either the Holland, Rivertown, or Woodland Barnes & Noble today to build a mini-Emmet’s Dream House model and more. Free while supplies last.

Sunday, February 24 – Lace up your skates (no matter the temperature) to glide along the synthetic surface of the ice rink at the Elm Street Park in Zeeland.

February 25 – Circle Theatre presents I Have A Dream: The Life and Times of Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets need to be purchased in advance as there is not a ticketing office at the performance space.

February 26 – Explore the sky during the interactive Cozy Tales for Chilly Days program at Frederik Meijer Gardens this morning.

February 27 – Be a ninja, a sharpshooter, or a racecar driver when you visit Craig’s Cruisers. If you have a younger one, there is a special Trampoline Toddler Time in the morning.

 February 28 – Watch a show “worth melting for” as Disney on Ice comes to Van Andel Arena, featuring sisters Elsa & Anna of Frozen, along with many other favorite Disney characters.

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