Fun Daily Activities Make Spring Break Staycations Fun!
You can fly away for Spring Break, or you can stir up some fun in Grand Rapids and enjoy the mini summer vacation that’s coming our way in April. Businesses all around town are holding special hours or events just for your kids!
A fun way to get them involved is to show your family this list and have each child choose an activity that they’d love to do the most and then tackle each one over break. (Tip: if that’s more activities than your budget will allow, call for a family vote or draw their nominations from a hat.)
You may be surprised to learn that there is plenty to do right in your neighborhood this Spring Break. There are activities to keep everyone in your family busy, from the art lover, to the sports lover, to everyone in between.
Check out all of the amazing things going on in West Michigan for Spring Break below!
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Grand Rapids Spring Break Ideas for Kids
The Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, featuring demonstrations, speakers, and opportunities to learn. Junior Club activities are available for children 6-17. BEGINNING IN MAY our meetings will be held at Blandford Nature Center!
Treasure hunting is a great way to spend the day! Children and adults can begin or add to a rock collection while learning about earth science and geology in an exciting way.
Artisan demonstrations will include rock and cabochon polishing, geode cracking, jewelry making, and our ever-popular Children’s Table featuring Grab Bags and Egg Carton Rock Collections. Children can also hunt for a shark tooth at select times!
Club members and vendors offer items ranging from 50 cents to thousands of dollars. You will find Rock and Mineral Specimens, Micromounts, Crystals, Fossils, Beads, Polished Stones, Carved Stone Figures, Jewelry, Lapidary Supplies and Equipment, Books, and More!!!
Many displays and exhibits are available, some museum quality. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the different minerals, and how they are formed. Be sure to bring in a rock you need help identifying.
Thursday and Friday (April 6, 7) 9:30 AM – 9 PM
Saturday (April 8) 9:30 AM – 7 PM
FREE ENTRANCE AND PARKING
Rogers Plaza | 972 28th Street SW | Wyoming, MI 49509
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Here’s what parents had to say last year:
“This was an awesome and fun way to introduce my grandson to this area of science! He collected and learned about gems and rocks, and even had a rock cracked open to see the “crystals” inside! He takes his tray of gems out often to check them!!! I couldn’t ask for a more fun way to introduce him to this.“
Enjoy a week of magic, music, dance, play and fun at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum SPRING BREAK WEEK, April 1st through 9th! And be sure to check out our newest exhibit AMAZING DINOSAURS! Visit www.grcm.org for a complete schedule of events and performances.
No additional charge for performances or special presentations. General admission $8.50 per person ages 1 and up, $1.75 Thursdays 5 PM-8 PM. Museum will be open 9:30-5:00 Monday-Saturday, 9:30-5 on Thursday, and noon-5:00 Sundays for Spring Break week.
The Art Engage Creation Station is where creativity rules! Paint on canvas, make a craft, build with 65,000 LEGOs and more! We are Michigan’s premier STEAM focused creativity center. Dig for dinosaur bones, crawl through caves, shoot a giant Angry Birds slingshot, construct marble runs and make glow in the dark art. We also have gears, hex bugs, funhouse mirrors, optical illusions and more! The creativity never ends! Come make something cool.
Kent District Library is the place for free family fun! During spring break – and always – we offer free programs for all ages. Our events are fun, exciting and educational. Visit the events page at www.kdl.org for program listings, including dates, times and locations.
The Mud Room offers DIY art activities for the whole family!
Stop in during Open Studio hours for an impromptu creative day out, where you can paint pottery, make fused glass or paint a trendy pallet sign. Extended hours available over Spring Break, and seating is first-come-first-served.
Sign up ages 7-15 for Camp Mud classes, where kids can create with clay on a potter’s wheel, paint canvas or make a personalized wood sign. Plan ahead and sign up early… these classes fill up fast!
The Mud Room was our 2016 Grandtastic Award winner and their helpful staff will help anyone feel like an artist! All ages welcome and no experience needed.
Taste Touch and Tour the Greenhouse, April 3rd – 7th from 10 AM -12 PM. Come see what Koetsiers has in store for your Spring Break Staycation 2017! Taste the fruits of our labor, touch the different blooms, feel the dirt between your fingers, and smell Spring in the air! We will take you on a guided tour of our facility and show you how our family has run things for over 100 years! This is a FREE family friendly event for all ages! Visit our website for more details. See you at Koetsiers!
Looking for activities for Spring Break? Come on over to Jester’s Court, West Michigan’s largest indoor child entertainment center.
Our indoor facility features approximately 20,000 square feet of action-packed fun for kids 12 years-old and younger. Softplay (enclosed jungle gym), inflatable slides, obstacle courses, jumps, interactive games and more will keep your kids happy, healthy, and active. The look of wonder and delight in your child’s eye when they walk into Jester’s Court will keep you coming back. Treat your toddler to an area where they will find a toddler-sized themed inflatable, safe play area, and friends their own age.
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Family Skating at Tarry Hall is always a great time. We will be open for spring break
- Monday, April 3 – Saturday, April 8 | 1:30-4:30 PM
- Friday night | 7:00-10:00 PM
- Saturday night | 6:30-9:30 PM
- Closed on Sunday
Special admission pricing during spring break is $5 for kids and includes free regular skate rental, $1 extra for rollerblades
$3 for parents or college students which includes all skate rental.
R-Athletics has your Spring Break 2017 Plans covered! We are offering Spring Break Camps and two- hour open gyms all week long!
R-Athletics is Grand Rapids’ premier Gymnastics, Cheer, Rush Athletics and Ninja Zone facility! Check out our new gym which includes a life-size tree-house, fire truck, slides, rock climbing, trampolines and foam pits!
Our staff is highly trained, AED, CPR and Safety certified. After one FREE trial class at R-Athletics you will see and believe in the difference we will make in your child’s life! Call 616-957-4900 today!
Farm Fun for the whole family! Guided educational tours will allow time for hayrides, bottle feeding baby calves, watching cows being milked, eating dairy snacks, and more.
Friday, April 7 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Plan on about 2 hours for your visit. Admission is $10. Family Rate: Buy 4 admissions, get 1 free admission! Option to upgrade your visit to include the Robot Farm tour for $2 each (additional 30-40 minutes). Or come at 4 PM for the Robot Farm tour only ($6 per person).
John Ball Zoo Spring Break Camp is a unique, hands-on learning experience that is fun and educational!
Your camper may be prowling past the Tigers, creating animal treats or exploring the Forest Realm! Each class follows a particular theme and spends time in the Zoo and park setting. Qualified instructors use a variety of methods to stimulate the learning process (role-playing, games, stories, and nature play). Spring is an exciting time to enjoy the zoo, enjoy it as a camper or come with the whole family! Spring Break Camp includes full day and overnight opportunities.
Let Catch Air be your Spring Break destination! No matter the weather, forecasts call for FUN inside of our 18,000 sq. ft. facility! Allow us to host your stay-cation play dates in our family friendly, clean, safe and FUN environment!
SPRING BREAK HOURS
Thursday, March 30: Open Jump 12 PM-9 PM
Friday, March 31: Open Jump 10 AM-8 PM &
GLOW 8 PM-10 PM
Saturday, April 1: Open Jump 10 AM-10 PM
Sunday, April 2: Open Jump 12 PM-6 PM
Monday, April 3: Open Jump 10 AM-9 PM
Tuesday, April 4: Open Jump 10 AM-9 PM
Wednesday, April 5: Open Jump 10 AM-9 PM
Thursday, April 6: Open Jump 10 AM-9 PM
Friday, April 7: Open Jump 10 AM-8 PM &
GLOW 8 PM-10 PM
Saturday, April 8: Open Jump 10 AM-10 PM
Sunday, April 9: Open Jump 12 PM-6 PM
[No Toddler Time During The Week Of Spring Break]
It’s time for Spring Break for Kids at Grand Rapids Ballet! This year, we’re presenting “The Aquatic Adventures of Johnny Starfish”–an under-the-sea rock-and-roll tale of mystery, intrigue, and fun!
We have two shows per day:
· TUESDAY, APRIL 4 @ 9:30AM & 11AM
· WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 @ 9:30AM & 11AM
· THURSDAY, APRIL 6 @ 9:30AM & 11AM
Make sure to get here 30 minutes before curtain times above to enjoy all the pre-show activities including arts-and-crafts, costume dress-up, and prizes to win.
Tickets are only $5 per person. Get yours today!
More Spring Break Ideas Around Grand Rapids
If you are still looking for more fun spring break ideas, our grkids team has hand-picked some more ideas for YOU! Check them out below and keep that spring break momentum going.
Flick’s Family Film Fest | Celebration Cinemas. Show times will vary depending on location. FREE for children 12 and under and only $5.00 for adults. Showing the movie “Sing”, March 31 – April 6.
Critter Barn Spring Fling | From March 31 through April 8, they will be open from 10 AM until 7 PM so you can meet the babies of 2017. Plan to visit the farm, and enjoy the miracles of Spring. You may hold, pet, cuddle, and even run with the new babies. Come at 12 PM and 5 PM to bottle feed our “four-legged kids” and come at 6 PM to feed our calves.
Canine Stars at 2017 West Michigan Pet Expo | The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show will be performing at the West Michigan Pet Expo at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 1 and 2, 2017. Featuring freestyle frisbee dogs, agility racing, flyball racing, and our Diving Dogs into a pool of balls.
Minecraft at the Lakeshore Museum Center | Minecraft players are invited to participate in a special Spring Break Minecraft at the Museum on April 3 and 4. Players will search the museum to find as many resources as they can and then craft them to get the supplies they need to navigate their way through the nether. The program is for ages 6 and older. There are two sessions each day: 4:30 and 6:00 PM. Registration is required.
Calvin College Nature Preserve | Looking for something to do during spring break? Come visit the preserve! Stop in the Bunker Interpretive Center at your leisure. Together, children and their parents/caregivers can read a storybook or two, star in their own puppet show, play a fun game of nature bingo together, and go on a hike through the preserve. Open Monday – Friday at 9 AM – 5 PM.
FREE Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Grand Rapids Art Museum | Meijer Free Tuesdays and Thursdays mean free admission for the public from 10 AM to 5 PM each Tuesday and free general admission Thursday Nights from 5 PM – 9 PM.
FREE Nights at the Muskegon Museum of Art | Enjoy free admission on Thursdays from 4 PM – 8 PM.
Family Night at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum | Thursday evening is Family Night from 5:00-8:00 PM. $1.75 admission per person, ages 1 year and above.
Undiscovered Worlds at Carr-Fles Planetarium | West Michigan’s only FREE planetarium features state-of-the-art digital projection, sound and lighting systems, an all-new library of shows, modern theater seating and new domed ceiling. Free and open to the public. Showtimes: 7 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, late August through June.
John Ball Zoo Spring Break Overnight | For students in 3rd-6th Grade. Friday, April 7 – Saturday, April 8, 5:30 PM-9:00 AM. Starlight Safari, slumber near the chimpanzees, enjoy touring the zoo under the stars, animal encounters, breakfast while watching the animals and much more. $50 Member/ $55 Non-Member.
American Girl Night at Barnes & Noble (Woodland Mall) | April 7 at 7 PM. Join us in the Children’s Department for an hour of all things American Girl! Children of all ages welcome, and dolls are always welcome.
Grand Rapids Griffins Game | Cheer on the Griffins and stay for the post game open skate. Saturday April 8 at 7 PM.
Babysitting 101 at Holland Hospital | Use your spring break to take a class! Become a safe babysitter by learning basic first aid & CPR skills, what to do in case of an emergency and tips for caring for infants and children. Included are: Babysitting 101 Guide, the AHA’s book First Aid for Children and a first aid kit. This class is appropriate for teens and preteens babysitting younger siblings.
Twilight Sensory Safari at John Ball Zoo | Experience the zoo in a new ‘light’. Bring your family, flashlight and a sense of adventure for this guided tour of the zoo as the sun goes down. Learn how to use your senses at night and how animals are adapted to life in the dark. The program includes an animal encounter, hands-on activities for children ages 5 years and above and guided tour. Friday, March 31, 7:30 PM-9 PM and Friday, April 7, 7:30 PM-9 PM.
Butterflies are Blooming | Butterflies Are Blooming is Meijer Gardens’ most popular annual exhibition and the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation. March 1–April 30, visitors can escape the Michigan winter and mingle with more than 7,000 tropical butterflies flying free in the 15,000-square-foot Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. Free with paid admission or membership.
Amazing Dinosaurs at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum | Dig for fossils, explore a dino habitat, and come face to face with your favorite dinosaur. GRCM features two floors of fun for kids and adults alike. Make bubbles, build, explore, and just have fun! Experience Permanent Exhibits like the Mom & Pop Store as well as many rotating exhibits. The Children’s Museum is always changing! Children under 1 year-Free; Pals Members-Free; Ages 1 and Above-$8.50; Ages 65 and Above-$7.50; Military families-$6.50.
GR Public Museum Whales Exhibit | Featuring two fully-articulated sperm whale skeletons, including an impressive 58-foot male, Whales showcases amazing and rare specimens from New Zealand’s Te Papa Museum’s whale collection, one of the largest in the world.
Holland Aquatic Center | From our 50-meter pool, to our spa, Therapy Pool and the Splash Zone with slides and water toys – everything you need any season of the year!
Lunch Time Open Skate | Skate at Griff’s Ice House. Lunch Open Skate admission is $3 all ages – $2 skate rental. Punch Cards available (10 Punches) $24 for the Lunch skate. Lunch Time Open Skates occur all year long. Monday-Friday: 11:30 AM-12:50 PM.
Glow Bowling! at BAM! Century Lanes Bowling in Holland | BAM! gets rockin’ every Friday and Saturday from 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM. They turn the bowling lanes into a high-tech night club featuring gigantic video screens with your favorite bands playing music, black lights, fog, laser lights, and disco balls. Only $5.00 per game or $30 per lane per hour (VIP Room $6.00 per game or $35 per hour per lane). $2.50 for use of bowling rental shoes.
There are MANY Open Gym, Open Skate, and Open Swim opportunities- check out our event calendar for dates, times, and locations near you!
GR Art Museum Drop-in Family Saturdays | Drop in the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Education Center on Saturdays between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM for family activities. Escape the everyday and step into a world of creativity and new ideas. Drop in with friends or family to explore everything the studio has to offer, including hands-on art-making activities and interactive learning spaces. Free with admission.
Home Depot’s Free Weekly Workshops – Build a Bunny Basket | Free How-To Workshop for kids. First Saturday of each month at all Home Depot Stores. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.
The Studio, Hands-On-Art-Making Space (Holland) | Discover the principles of art and design through play self-guided art projects and interactive installations for kids ages 1 to 99. $5 per person. Drop in hours, Wednesday – Sunday.
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