What to do in Grand Rapids When it’s a Stop Along the Way
Heading out on the road soon, kids in tow, and need to stretch your legs in Grand Rapids? If you’re traveling with kids you probably want them to do more than just stretch their legs at the rest stop; they’ll need to run those legs! Here are ten of our favorite spots for kids to burn some energy in Grand Rapids!
(Sorry, grkids family – I realize this article isn’t really for you. But it IS for your friends and family who may be traveling through our wonderful city, so share this with them and help them have the best road trip ever! And if we’re lucky, other towns around the U.S. will take our cue and make their own lists for US when we travel!)
11 Favorite Pit Stops for Kids in Grand Rapids
WHY: It’s close to an I-96 exit and dining options. It’s fun for parents and kids. With over 150 acres of breathtaking landscape and sculptures and a super popular children’s garden, families
WHERE: 1000 East Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI
TIPS: Insider Tips for Your Next Visit to the Children’s Garden
WHY: It’s close to M-131. There is lots of open area to picnic outside the zoo, a playground, and hours of fun to be had in the zoo. This is a draw for people of all ages so your entire party would be entertained.
WHERE: 1300 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI
TIPS: This is a MUST for Your Next John Ball Zoo Trip
WHY: Your kids are almost guaranteed to sleep the rest of the car ride after bouncing around in Sky Zone! You can exhaust kids in just one hour, which is a lot of bang for your buck. Lots of gas and dining options nearby.
WHERE: 3636 29th Street SE, Kentwood, MI.
TIPS: Whole Family Fun at Sky Zone
WHY: Open late, Dave & Buster’s is a good option for the evening traveler. It’s also a one stop shop–catch your meal and also choose from their hundreds of games for hours of fun.
WHERE: 3660 28th Street SE, Kentwood, MI
WHY: Food, golf carts, mini golf, arcade. You can see Craig’s Cruisers from 131–it’s that close!
WHERE: 5730 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
WHY: Kids will love the two-story building created just for them to explore. Adults will enjoy the large windows with nice views of downtown Grand Rapids. They will also love the local good eats options within walking distance.
WHERE: 11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
TIPS: A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
WHY: First timers will get their most fun out of the Kroc’s aquatics center. Check their drop-in recreation guide for “full features on” times and fly down the water slide, float through the lazy river and more. The Kroc is also near to 131.
WHERE: 2500 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
TIPS: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the GR Kroc Center
Parks and Playgrounds
WHY: Free and easy outdoor fun! We’ve got lots of parks and playgrounds to choose from, so it’s an easy destination to have, no matter what highway you’re taking.
TIPS: The Big List of Popular Parks and Playgrounds Around Grand Rapids
WHY: For the ultimate outdoor playground experience, Millennium Park is your destination. With a beach, boats, trails and more, everyone will have a favorite activity at the park.
WHERE: 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI
TIPS: Millennium Park in Grand Rapids
WHY: TRAMPOLINES. (Also, it’s not too far from I-196.)
WHERE: 7500 Cottonwood Dr., Jenison, MI
TIPS: Parent’s Guide to Rebounderz
WHY: It’s a gigantic fun house with slides, giant inflatables and a never-ending play structure.
WHERE: 2978 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI
TIPS: Catch Air Indoor Play Center Now Open in Grand Rapids
Did we miss any? What would be YOUR favorite Grand Rapids pit stop?