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.)
Grand Rapids Spring Break Ideas for Kids
You may be surprised to learn that there is plenty to do right in your neighborhood this Spring Break.
Check out all of the exciting activities going on in West Michigan for Spring Break below! For even more daily ideas, check our Events Calendar.
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum 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.
KDL presents Wimee’s Words!
Join Kevin Kammeraad, along with Wimee and friends, in this all ages show of wordplay, puppetry, music and movement.
Tuesday, April 2, 1:00 PM, Walker Branch
Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 PM, Krause Memorial Branch
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 PM, Alpine Township Branch
Thursday, April 4, 1:00 PM, Grandville Branch
Thursday, April 4, 6:30 PM, Byron Township Branch
Friday, April 5, 10:00 AM, Plainfield Township Branch
Friday, April 5, 1:00 PM, Wyoming Branch
At Allegan Event Family Adventure Center, you will find kids and adults making like squirrels as they explore the Sky Trail® Ropes Course at heights up to 35 feet!Discover over 50 ropes elements and take a ride on the first and only curved Sky Rail™ zip line in Michigan. The heart-pumping bi-level course is paired with other activities such as the QUICKJump free-fall simulation, Vertical Drop Slide and 17 Clip ‘n Climb walls.
Cruise right into Craig’s Cruisers – Where the Fun never ends! The official Spring Break deal is on!
The wristband deal is available for each of the 10 Days of Spring Break. With the purchase of a wristband you can enjoy unlimited Attractions, Jump Time in the Trampoline Park and the buffet. Don’t miss out on loads of Fun this Spring break!
Plan your “Skatecation” during Spring Break. We offer a clean facility, family-friendly music and loads of fun for all ages.
Special hours are going to be Monday – Friday each day (April 1-5)
$1.00 extra for skate rental
$2.00 extra for rollerblade rental
$3.00 parent admission with the purchase of a child’s admission ticket
We will also be open for our regular public skating sessions
Friday evening 7pm-10pm
Saturday afternoon 1:30pm-4:30pm and 6:30pm-9:30pm
Same prices as above.
We are closed on Sundays in April.
JOIN THE TREASURE HUNT AT THE 44th 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 April 4-6, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 am – 9 pm, and Saturday from 9:30 am – 7 pm.
The Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Fifth Reformed Church, including a junior club for those ages 6-18.
Visit BattleGR for some Laser Tag Fun. Play multiple objective based games that are like a video game without vests.
Check out the website for special pop up events during Spring Break!
BattleGR will be hosting Battle Royale Days where you can drop your kiddos off for 4 hours of fun and includes lunch.
Wristband days are all you can play for $15 check it out at www.battlegr.com for details on specific dates and times. They also offer Free Wifi.
R Athletics has your Spring Break 2019 plans covered with Spring Break FUN!
R Athletics is offering two programs: Morning Camps and a 2 hour “School’s Out” free play period.
The morning camps are Monday – Thursday, April 1-4, from 10:30-1:30. They will include games, crafts, free time and a pizza lunch.
“School’s Out, We R In” is two hours of free play from 2:00-4:00 March 28 & 29 and April 1-5.
Want to stay for both the camps and School’s Out? – Sign up for Spring Break Extended Play from 1:30-2:00.
Got any staycation plans? Come to the Holland Aquatic Center for some fun during your Spring Break!
The Holland Aquatic Center will be offering EXTENDED Family Splash Times, which means more play time for you!
Single visit: $9.50 per person
Sorry, no splash pack discounts will be offered during Spring Break
Discounts available for HPSD residents, seniors 62+, and military.
March 29: 12:00pm – 4:00pm AND 5:00 – 8:30pm
April 1-5: 12:00pm – 4:00pm AND 5:00 – 8:30pm
*Regular hours on weekends
Take a Day Trip to the John Ball Zoo! You can see bears, Amur tigers, African lions, chimpanzees, penguins, a red panda, river otters, exotic birds, reptiles and much more.
You can also enjoy the Zoo’s other experiences, including camel rides, the Zoo’s Gem Company, budgie aviary, and petting corral.
The Zoo offers Day Camps and Youth and Family programs.
Learning, Fun, and Adventure await, enroll today!
The John Ball Zoo is an AZA accredited facility and home to more than 2,000 animals representing over 213 different species.
Spring Break for Kids returns with another kid-friendly ballet perfect for the whole family.
The Monster Who Ate My Peas, the beloved children’s book, comes to life right before your very eyes featuring the apprentices and trainees of Grand Rapids Ballet and choreographed by Attila Mosolygo, Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company Director.
April 1 – 5
Doors open at 10:30am
Fun activities in the lobby 10:30-11am
Curtain up at 11am
Before the performance, enjoy pre-show activities including costume dress-up, arts and crafts, the chance to win great prizes and more.
Tickets are only $7 per person!
Choose from a variety of science-based, day camp programs that engage and inspire children to learn about the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).
Utilizing fun, exciting, and highly interactive programming, the Air Zoo guides young minds through creative and inquiry-based experiences that instill a lifelong passion for learning.
Preschoolers 4 – 5 years old are welcome to bring an adult chaperone (a +1 for twice the fun), but it is not required. See the website for camp dates, times and activities!
Space is limited so register today!
Spend Spring Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum!
Experience Expedition: Dinosaurs, TOYS! and additional hands-on activities during Spring Break.
Come face to face with life-size and life-like animatronic dinosaurs as you learn the science of paleontology in Expedition: Dinosaur!
Parents and kids alike compete and create in TOYS! This interactive, multi-generation exhibition of toys and games rekindles childhood memories and sparks the creation of new ones.
Additional hands-on activities will include make and take crafts, games and more.
GRPM is open till 7 PM over Spring Break (April 1 – 6). Combine that with FREE general admission for Kent County kids, and this is the perfect Spring Break activity for your family. (General admission is free for Kent County kids age 17 and under, with reduced adult and senior Kent County pricing available.)
Visit www.grpm.org to find out more.
Paint a Pot is a ceramic studio for all ages. No appointment needed.
Come on in and create a memory with your kids!
Time spent creating and talking is a memory you can never replace. After glazing and firing, the pottery you create is food safe.
Paint a pot moved to a bigger location! There is lots of room for groups and parties.
Reservations accepted for 6 or more.
Visit this family-friendly DIY art studio for good clean spring break fun! Register ages 7-15 for one of their popular Camp Mud Potter’s Wheel classes.
Online registration is available at www.themudroom.us/camp-mud. But don’t wait, these classes always sell out!
Stop in during Open Studio hours for an impromptu creative day out to paint pottery – perfect for ALL ages! Extended hours available over Spring Break, and seating is first-come-first-served.
Open since 1996, The Mud Room is now conveniently located at Knapp’s Corner. This studio has won multiple Grandtastic Awards and their helpful staff will help anyone feel like an artist!
More Spring Break Ideas Around Grand Rapids
If you are still looking for more fun spring break activities, the GRKIDS team has hand-picked these ideas for YOU! Check them out below and keep that spring break momentum going.
Just For Fun
Critter Barn Spring Fling | March 29 – April 6 | They will be open from 10 AM until 7 PM so you can meet the babies of 2018. Plan to visit the farm, and enjoy the miracles of Spring. You may hold, pet, cuddle, and even run with the new babies.
2019 West Michigan Pet Expo | Come and meet your next furever friend Saturday, April 6 from 10AM-7PM and Sunday, April 7 from 11AM-5PM, check out vendors and see demonstrations.
Free (or Cheap) Things to Do on Spring Break
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.
GRAM Free Admission During Spring Break |Gather your friends and family this Spring Break and enjoy free admission to GRAM for youth ages 17 and under! (through April 7). Admission includes free entry to GRAM’s current exhibitions and related programming
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.
Flicks’ Family Film Festival | Flick’s Family Film Festival is back this spring with FREE Movies for kids 12 and under – and tickets are only $5 for all other guests! Depending on the day you go over Spring Break, you can catch Smallfoot or Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Learning is Fun
Twilight Tour 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.
Butterflies are Blooming | Butterflies Are Blooming is Frederik 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.
Grand Rapids Art Museum Drop-in Family Saturdays | Drop in the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Education Center 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. Drop-In Studio over spring break is Saturday, March 30, 1 – 4 pm; Tuesday, April 2, 1 – 4 pm; Saturday, April 6, 1 – 4 pm
Crazy Bounce Toddler Time (Holland) | Toddler Time is every Monday and Wednesday from 9 AM-11 AM. Open Bounce for all ages, 7 days a week.
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 | The BAM! Rock & Glow Bowling show gets the party started. We turn the bowling lanes into a high-tech nightclub featuring… Laser Lights. Disco Balls. Black Lights. And heart-pounding music. Our giant 16-foot video screens play your music video requests during Rock & Glow Bowling events! Sunday Noon – 5 pm
There are MANY Open Gym, Open Skate, and Open Swim opportunities- check out our event calendar for dates, times, and locations near you!