Spring Activities Around Grand Rapids That Won’t Break the Bank

There’s nothing like warmer weather and a little sunshine to inspire us to get out and explore! Fortunately, West Michigan has everything we need to release us from our cabin fever. I love that we can find indoor and outdoor ideas around town for our kids. Some days are “stop in the puddles and play” days and others are “stay high and dry” days.

From movies to museums, to music and more, there are a variety of affordable adventures to be had. 

We’ve broken up the list into two sections – activities that happen many times over spring, and activities that are date sensitive.


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1 – Explore art at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. General admission is FREE on Tuesdays all day long, and on Thursdays from 5-9:00 PM.

2 – Pre-crawlers and pre-walkers can enjoy fun tummy time for FREE at Grand Rapids Gymnastics, every Tuesday.

3 – Go roller skating! The Kentwood Fun Spot and Byron Fun Spot participate in Kids Skate FREE all year long. Bring your own skates, or pay a small fee to rent them.

4 – Pull on the rainboots and check out a local trail. We have the big list here, as well as a map of trails near you!

5 – Observe the stars at the Carr-Fles Planetarium. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays through June, they are featuring the programs Edge of Darkness and Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight.

6 – Walk the catwalk at the Kent County Recycling and Education Center and see what happens to your bottles, cans, jars and paper after they leave your house! Open every Monday from 1-5 PM, tours are FREE and open to all ages.

7 – Visit your local KDL and enjoy one of their FREE events this spring, including Spring Craft Extravaganza, Flix @ the Library, and Family Building Bricks Party.

8 – Circle up for Storytime! In addition to your local library, Caledonia Dance, Barnes and Noble, and the HSB Resource Center all offer weekly events.

9 – Stop inside Krispy Kreme when the red light is on for a FREE doughnut while watching them being made (scheduled tours are available upon request).

10 – Watch planes take off and land at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Area. Take advantage of their provided picnic tables and bring a sack lunch.

11 – Experience the Meyer May House, a meticulously restored Frank Lloyd Wright prairie house, complete with original furnishings.

12 – Little ones can join in STEAM activities at the Lakeshore Museum Center for their Play and Learn Program. First and third Wednesday of every month.

13 – Enjoy Teen Gaming at the Herrick District Main Library Branch in Holland every Thursday.

14 – Hit the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for fun for everyone at Thursday Family Night. Admission is only $1.75/person.

15 – Put on your jammies and stop by GRPL’s Madison Square Branch for Pajama Storytime for kids every Thursday night.

16 – Build something at the Home Depot’s Kids Workshops. The events are FREE, but pre-registration is required (and they fill up fast).


17 – Shop your heart out at the Just Between Friends Spring and Summer Sale March 20-23. Head to their website for a FREE Admission Pass.

18 – GRPL and the GRAM have come together to bring an event for the whole family. Come for the GRAM Story Time Tour: Springtime Celebration on March 21. FREE.

19 – Catch a flick. Goodrich Quality Theaters are offering FREE spring movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:00 AM through May 1 for those who sign up for their Frequent Movie Goer Club ($1 for non-members)!

20 – Critter Barn’s Spring Fling is March 29 – April 6, and promises lots of baby animals for your little ones to delight in. There is no set admission; they accept free-will donations to help run this farm.

21- Celebration Cinema’s Flick’s Family Film Fest also runs now through April 11. Kids 12 and under get in FREE to select movies, while adult tickets are discounted to $5.

22 – Take in sweet sounds during FREE Sunday Concerts at First Reformed Church on March 3, March 17, March 31, April 28, May 19, and June 9.

23 – Hop over to an Easter Egg Hunt. The Fellinlove Farm’s EGG-cellent Egg Hunt on April 20, is just one of many taking place in West Michigan.

24 – Celebrate all things maple at Van Raalte Farm in Holland on March 9 & 16, during Maple Sugar Time! $5 per vehicle.

25 – Enjoy Opening Day at Nelis’ Dutch Village on April 27. Admission is free with a donation to the Community Food Drive.

26 – Make your way to the Howard Miller Public Library for Sport Cup Stacking on April 4. Registration required.

27 – Keep your feathered friends happy and make a Cheerio Bird Feeder at the Hackley Public Library in Muskegon on April 6.

28 – Enjoy the great outdoors at the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve. FREE family programs are offered every first Saturday.

29 – Taste plants, herbs, and veggies and get your fingers dirty at Saturdays Are For The Kids! Koetsier’s Greenhouse every Saturday (April – May).

30 – Find treasure for all at the 44th Annual Indian Mounds Gem & Mineral Show. The event takes place at Roger’s Plaza April 4-6, and will feature demonstrations, a children’s table with grab bags and more!

31 – Sign the kiddos up for the Hurt the Dirt Kids Fun Run at Luton Park on April 27.

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