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.
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
Get outside this Spring and enjoy nature with the whole family.
John Ball Zoo is home to over 1300 magnificent animals. Ride the funicular, take in a feeding of the penguins, watch the bears watching you, and have fun. Our AZA accredited facility and home to over 140 different species including many threatened and endangered ones.
This year’s Spring Break camps include Zoo Detective, Just Zoo It, and the overnight camp Starlight Safari.
Plan your “Skatecation” during Spring Break. Join us each afternoon from 1:30pm-4:30pm during Spring Break for a great skating experience. We offer a clean facility, family friendly music and loads of fun for all ages.
Grand Rapids Ballet School provides the highest quality dance instruction in a nurturing and encouraging environment while developing knowledge of technique, self-discipline, poise, grace, and a love of dance.
This spring break, kids aged 3-6 will love Mother Goose’s Friends ballet camp.
Farm Fun for the whole family at our Spring Break BASH! Guided educational tours will allow time for: hayrides, bottle feeding baby calves, watching cows being milked, dairy snacks, and more.
Friday, April 6 | 2:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday, April 7 | 2:00 – 4:00pm
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 $3 each (additional 30-40 minutes).
An indoor water park, climbing wall, arts and crafts, bounce houses, and fitness classes are just a few of the family– friendly activities available at The Salvation Army Kroc Center during Spring Break 2018.
Open recreation hours are extended to help parents make sure they never hear, “I’m bored!”
Day passes are only $7.50 for all ages, and as always, Kroc Center members get unlimited free access to all activities. All children age 11 and under must be supervised by an adult while visiting the Kroc Center.
Visit GrKrocCenter.org for the complete schedule of Spring Break activities.
Staying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained. Between KDL Lab Experiences, STEM Extravaganza, Lincoln Logs and more, there won’t be any time for boredom! Visit our Events Page for spring break program listings.
Join the Treasure Hunt at the 43rd annual Gem & Mineral Show! This popular event features something for everyone. Demonstrations, exhibits, rock identification, and our popular Children’s Table featuring grab bags, mini rock collections, and the new Shark Tooth Hunt.
The show runs
- Thursday and Friday, April 5 & 6 | 9:30 am – 9 pm
- Saturday, April 7 | 9:30 am – 7 pm
The Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Blandford Nature Center, including a junior club for those ages 6-18.
Flick’s Family Film Festival is back with FREE movies for kids 12 & under! (And only $5 for others.)
Showing a different movie each week, you can bring your kids to see Ferdinand during Spring Break. Check www.celebrationcinema.com for showtimes, or download the free mobile app. Special rates apply for groups. Contact your local Celebration! Cinema location for details!
Explore the Earth’s most amazing creatures at current traveling exhibit, Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids or follow the life of a water drop in Water’s Extreme Journey. Don’t forget to experience the Chaffee Planetarium with additional show times daily.
Over Spring Break, guests can try hands-on activities in the museum’s main floor galleria that are inspired by the Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids exhibit. Activities will take place March 30 – April 8. (Please note the Museum is closed Sunday, April 1.)
You can make and take your own mythical creature puppet or Chinese dragon, play BIG games and Keva Planks!
The museum is also open till 8:00 PM April 2-6, specially for Spring Break.
The GRCM is your spring break staycation destination! We have a week full of art, bubbles, dancing, music, fun, and more. Visit our Website to see a complete schedule of events including special performances and presentations.
All spring break programs and activities are included with general admission, $8.50 per person ages 1 up, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 military and school families. Thursday Night Family Night $1.75 per person between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. GRCM will be closed Easter Sunday.
Join us at the pool for Spring Break! Our Aqua Track, Iceberg, Zipline and Water Slide will be open. Don’t forget the little ones – our splash zone is available for 6 year olds and younger.
Open every day of Spring Break 11am-4pm & 5pm-8:30pm. We’ll see you there!
R-Athletics has your Spring Break 2018 Plans covered with 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. Our gym 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.
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.