20 Free (or Low Cost) Spring Activities for West Michigan Kids

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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! West Michigan has everything we need to relieve our cabin fever after a long winter. I love that we can find inexpensive indoor and outdoor ideas around town for our kids.

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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On-going Activities

1 – Explore art at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. General admission is FREE on Tuesdays all day long, and on Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. They also historically offer free admission daily throughout spring break week.

2 – 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!

3 – Discover local Holland history and more at Holland Museum for free on the second Monday of the month.

4 – 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.

5 – Little ones can join in STEAM activities at the Lakeshore Museum Center for their Play and Learn Program on the fourth Thursday of every month. They also have a virtual Play and Learn Program on the second Thursday.

6 – Head to Coopersville for Family Day at the Coopersville Farm Museum–it happens the first Saturday of every month. Admission is just $5 for the whole family to have a morning of entertainment.

7 – Lace up your walking shoes and stroll around downtown! We’ve created a fun, FREE walking loop for you that takes you through Grand Rapids and won’t cost you a dime (unless you splurge for Madcap when you’re done).

8 – Enjoy the great outdoors at the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve. Programs are on hold right now, but the trails are open for exploration.

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Time Sensitive Spring Activities

9 – Early spring means the sap is running! See how maple syrup is made at one of the many local sugarbush events and festivals.

10 – Experience the Luck ‘O the Irish in Rockford at their St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 13, 2021.

11 – On March 14 look for flowers, birds and more around Hudsonville at their Signs of Spring event.

12 – Celebration Cinema’s Flick’s Family Film Fest also runs now through mid-April. Kids ages 12 and under are free while big kids and grown-ups are just $5.

13 – Hop over to an Easter Egg Hunt.  Easter is April 4, 2021.

14 – Enjoy Opening Day at Nelis’ Dutch Village on April 24, 2021. Admission is free with a donation to the Community Food Drive.

15 – Spring means garage sales and consignment time! See where you can save big on stuff for your rapidly growing kids throughout the season!

16 – Tulip Time (With a Twist) takes over downtown Holland May 1-9, 2021. Many of the favorite events are happening a little differently this year like a virtual Artisan’s market and virtual run.

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Tulip Time – Holland

Virtual and At-Home Activities

17 – Register for a virtual tour of the Kent County Recycling and Education Center and see what happens to your bottles, cans, jars and paper after they leave your house!

18 – Enjoy fun make and take events for teens at the Herrick District Library in Holland.

19 – While the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is closed, they’ve created dozens of Play @ Home activities to keep kids moving and learning.

20 – Build something at the Lowes Kids Workshops. Pre-register for these FREE kits to take home and build.

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21 – Learn about where your food comes from at the Growers’ Fare at the Downtown Market. Ask all your questions about produce to the farmers who grow it!

22 – Find treasure for all at the Indian Mounds Gem & Mineral Show. The event takes place at Roger’s Plaza and will feature demonstrations, a children’s table with grab bags and more! This is a favorite among any on our GRKIDS staff!

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