This Jam-Packed List Free Fun around Grand Rapids has Indoor, Outdoor, Seasonal, Monthly and Dining Ideas

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West Michigan is Full of Free Fun for Kids

Let’s face it: kids are expensive, aren’t they? The clothes they are forever outgrowing, the toys and fun things we do for holidays, the endless snacks they need every day…these things add up quickly (and often painfully!).

Thankfully, we live in an amazing place that offers our kids tons of free activities, resources, and goods. And it’s not just West Michigan. We’ve found 101 Free Michigan things for kids to do through the whole state!

Whether you’re seeking free everyday fun, holiday fun or anything in between, we’ll show you what West Michigan has to offer.

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Indoor Play and Entertainment

Because we live in Michigan and it can be snowing one day and blazing hot the next, we need plenty of options for indoor fun. The local library play areas are among the best places for hanging out indoors and you can find story times nearly every day at a library or bookstore.

Beat the heat in the summer time with free movies at Celebration Cinema Woodland. And be sure to check out the annual Flick’s Family Film Festival in the spring at Celebration Cinema locations all over West Michigan.

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Outdoor Play

Even though our weather is unpredictable, there is no denying that we live in a beautiful state – so let’s enjoy it with some free outdoor fun, too! We have endless parks and playgrounds to choose from – and even some shaded playgrounds for some relief from the sun.

But what we really have the corner on is loads of Great Lakes fun and we’ve got a list of beaches that you will love, many which are free (or free with your state parks license pass).

Young Boy Dune Jumping at Grand Haven State Park

If your kiddos enjoy exploring and you want to get some exercise in, we have some amazing hiking trails in the area.

Keep the kids entertained and spend time in the fresh air at a movie or concert in the park.

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Check out all downtown has to offer with the unique and fun Tag Tour.

For some creative outdoor fun, search for painted rocks, or make your own to hide for the next kid.

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Seasonal Activities

We love our seasons in West Michigan!

There will be no kids complaining of boredom with our huge list of things to do this winter.

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Take advantage of our warm and beautiful weather while it lasts with our list of these free summer activities.  Or for the littler ones, see our list of summer toddler activities. While some come with a cost, there are many Summer Fairs and Festivals that are free (unless you want to buy that cotton candy…).

Hudsonville Hot Air Balloon Festival girl

Fall also has no shortage of Autumn Fairs and Festivals and  things to do with the kids this fall.

Holiday Fun

Holidays can be some of the most expensive times for us as parents, so having some free options thrown in the mix is a huge bonus!

West Michigan offers free events revolving around many of the major holidays.

Honor the fallen at a Memorial Day parade or service.

Celebrate 4th of July at a parade and get the latest updates for where and when to watch fireworks around Grand Rapids.

Hollyhock Parade Grand Rapids 4th of July Independence Day

Ready the ninja and princess costumes and find your neighborhood’s trick or treat time or check out a local trunk or treat. And, after the candy has been collected, let them earn some money at a local Halloween candy buyback.

Be sure to check out our gathering of West Michigan’s Christmas events – like caroling, tree lightings, live Nativities, carriage rides, Christmas Eve services and more! We have even rounded up a list of where you can find Santa and get free pictures with him. And don’t forget the Grand Rapids Santa Parade – we have all the details and tips to make your parade experience magical! 

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Food Freebies

Whether you have a teenager who eats you out of house and home, or a toddler who will only eat mac and cheese and applesauce, check out where kids can eat free or super cheap to help you plan a nice, budget-friendly family dinner out.

And if you don’t have time to cook before rushing out to trick-or-treat, be sure to check out where kids can eat free on Halloween!

Pizzaiolo food truck

Free Activities for Every Month Around Grand Rapids

Every month has its share of unique and noteworthy freebies for us. Check out the free (or really affordable) events we have handpicked for you, from January to December!

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