Cheap or Free Winter Activities in Grand Rapids
If Christmas Broke Your Bank, We’ve Got Some Ideas for You
After all of the spending we do to celebrate the holidays, it’s refreshing to see the great amount of thrifty winter fun West Michigan has to offer families.
Take a look at our list below and let us know if you have anything to add.
2 Inexpensive or Free Things to do in Winter around Grand Rapids
Events Happening January – February, 2022
Hike at Blandford Nature Center
Check out the many trails and family friendly programs at Blandford Nature Center, including Winter Fort Building on January 15. Admission to the property is $3.
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Celebrate All Things Winter at Grand Haven Winterfest
The Grand Haven Winterfest will be packed with winter fun, including a Kid’s Day, an ice cream eating contest, a Family Dog Pull, a Cardboard Sled Race and much more!
The event runs from January 27 – 30 and admission is FREE!
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Appreciate Winter Beauty
Downtown Grand Rapids is filled with winter-themed (and some non-winter themed) works of art for World of Winter.
Installations include bunnies, light maze, ice sculptures and more.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Ongoing Ideas for Grand Rapids Winter Fun
Go roller skating
Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate Center participates in Kids Skate FREE all year long! Bring your own skates, or pay a small fee to rent them. You can also check out Tarry Hall or GR Skate & Event Center Kentwood and Byron Center for thrifty skating.
Jumpin’ Jupiter, 1775 Evanston Ave., Muskegon MI 49442
GR Skate & Event Center, 14 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49548
GR Skate & Event Center, 3651 84th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink, 3330 Fairlanes Ave, Grandville MI, 49418
Build something from Home Depot’s Kids Workshops or Lowe’s.
While we are still in pandemic-mode, these kits are available for pick-up at the store. Minimal supplies of your own are needed (sometimes just a hammer) in order to build them at home.
Home Depot’s kits are available on the first Saturday of the month on a first-come, first-served basis. Past kits are available for purchase online and are sometimes available for free in-stores.
Lowe’s requires pre-registration for their kits. If you miss out, you can stop by the following Monday and ask if they any left.
Practice Your Figure 8s
Check out our Ice Skating list in our Outdoor Winter Activities Guide, which lists 15 places to skate around GR!
Included is Rosa Parks Circle, where admission, including skate rental, is only $2 for adults and $1 for children (cash only). (Opening delayed for 2021 – 2022 season.)
Cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins
Children with Griff’s Reading Goals bookmarks (distributed in schools and libraries throughout the greater Grand Rapids area) receive 2 FREE upper level tickets to select Grand Rapids Griffins games.
For only $7, kids in grades 5-9 can have a blast at the 3 Mile Project.
A former warehouse, it now contains sports courts, theaters, a skate park, a Reball arena, video games, table games and more!
Join Grand Rapids Art Museum for hands-on family activities in the studio every Saturday.
OR visit the GRAM on Tuesdays from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM or Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and get in FREE!
Get a Strike
Many local lanes offer low-priced games, including the only bi-level bowling alley in West Michigan, Clique Lanes.
Or go to Buck Night at Hudsonville Lanes where they offer $1 games, shoe rental, pop, hot dogs, fries and nachos, every Monday and Thursday (late) night. (Currently not available due to covid.)
Bounce, Tumble and Play
Preschoolers and younger can burn some of their endless energy at Preschool Playtime at Grand Rapids Gymnastics, every Friday from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, for just $8/child ($6 for members).
Also, GRGymnastics Babies class for pre-crawlers and pre-walkers every Tuesday at 12:00 PM is FREE.