Marvelous Spring Break Staycation Ideas for 2023: Best Things to Do on Spring Break around GR

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Make Spring Break 2023 Staycations Fun With These Local Activities

If you’re sticking around and looking for things to do with kids in Grand Rapids for spring break, you can stir up some fun right here and enjoy the vacation that’s coming our way in April.

Most West Michigan kids have spring break from March 31 – April 9, 2023.

Businesses around town are holding special hours or events just for your kids! Plus there are tons of places to play indoors on those bad weather days.

* Feature image is Pier Cove Park in Fennville, MI, on April 6, 2021

Fun spring break idea:

A fun way to get everyone 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.

If that turns out to be more activities than your budget will allow, hold a family vote or draw from a hat.

Happy Spring Break, everyone!

Top Grand Rapids Spring Break Ideas

There is plenty to do right in your neighborhood over Spring Break. Scroll through this list for Spring Break ideas from our partners.

(Advance reservations are recommended where possible.)

*this is a sponsored section of GRKIDS.

BattleGR in Comstock Park

Spring Break @ BattleGR

"My 8 year old has done the day camp twice now and he looooooooves it! He gets so excited each time he goes. The owners are so nice and very responsive.” - Kelly

BattleGR has fun for all ages.

Day camp for ages 6-15 years old for Spring Break Monday – Thursday, April 4th -7th, 9am – 4pm. Pick one day or come all 4 days.

Camp includes lunch and a snack and lots of different activities: Nerf, Laser Tag, Esports, Basketball, Gaga Ball Pit, Yard Games, and more.

Or come as a family and check out our family fun nights April 6th and 7th, 6-8pm.
 Laser Tag
 Archery Tag
 Axe Throwing
 Esports
 Basketball
 Volleyball
 Gaga Ball Pit
 Corn Hole

Reservation Required for all activities. Book now at

If you have any questions please contact us at 616.345.0698.

We also have Intro to Axe Throwing, Middle School Bootcamp, Intro to Esports, and Adult Volleyball Leagues you can join.

(616) 345-0698



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284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park, MI 49321


Legacy Stables & Karin's Horse Connection in Caledonia

Horse Camps & Horseback Riding/Lessons

Enjoy HORSES, FRESH AIR, and FUN! At our peaceful farm with friendly staff and 30 well-trained horses and ponies, we have something for everyone! All ages, skill levels, and abilities are welcome.

Participate in ‘Own-A-Horse’ Camp, a One-Time Ride, or try Equestrian Vaulting! Also available: Therapeutic Riding, Riding Lessons, and More. We have trails plus two large indoor arenas which allow riding in any weather.

(616) 570-1106


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8001 Patterson Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316


Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids


The GRPM is the perfect Spring Break destination!

Don't miss the newest exhibit, The Power of Poison. Discover poison and its surprising role in our natural and cultural history through immersive environments and engaging interactives. From fairy tales to modern medicine, The Power of Poison explains what's real, what's myth, and what remains a mystery.

Open now though April 16.

Kent County kids 17 and under are FREE every day!

(616) 929-1700


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272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504


Tarry Hall Roller Rink in Grandville

Spring Break Roller Skating at Tarry Hall!!

We are open for extra hours of roller skating fun this Spring Break!

Weekday afternoon open skating:
- Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7
- 1:30-4:30pm

Wednesday evening:
- April 5 from 6:00-8:30pm

*Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt*
- Saturday, April 8 from 1:30-4:30pm

Still open for our normal weekend hours Thursday - Sunday (closed on Easter).

Bring your own skates or rent ours!
Skate-mate helpers & Fisher Price skates available.
All ages welcome!

(616) 534-8235


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3330 Fairlanes Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418


Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Centers in Wyoming

Unlimited Wristbands for Spring Break

Unlimited Wristbands are here for your ultimate spring break staycation!

Choose your day: 3/31/23 - 4/8/23
Choose your time: 11 AM - 3 PM or 4 PM - 8 PM

Wristband Includes:
- Unlimited Attractions: Indoor & Outdoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini-Golf, Bumper Boats, Frog Hopper, Cruiser Coaster.
- Unlimited Trampoline Park.
- Plus, the huge buffet with menu items including full salad bar, pasta, pizza, dessert, Pepsi products, coffee and tea!

(616) 530-2900


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5730 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

651 Chicago Dr, Holland, MI 49509


LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Auburn Hills

Spring Break at Michigan's Ultimate Indoor LEGO Playground

With spring break just around the corner, the time has come for you to bring your family to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Michigan's ultimate LEGO®-themed playground!

Here you can inspire their imaginations with educational play. With two rides, a 4D theater, and ten different play zones, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the perfect place to visit when you and your family need a quick escape or want to get away on a rainy day.

(248) 409-6001


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4240 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326


SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auburn Hills

Spring Break at Michigan's Largest Aquarium

‘Spring’ into fun when you visit SEA LIFE, Michigan's largest aquarium for spring break.

Get up close and personal with some of your favorite deep-sea creatures including sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles!

Experience what it's like to touch a sea star or anemone at the Touchpool then walk through Michigan's only 180-degree ocean tunnel!

Get ready to be amazed this spring as you discover the stories of the oceans’ most fascinating creatures at SEA LIFE!

(248) 409-6001


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4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326


Peppa Pig World of Play in Auburn Hills

Spring Break at Peppa Pig World of Play

Peppa Pig World of Play is the perfect spring break destination for families with young children!

You and your little piggies will enjoy exploring more than a dozen free-roaming play areas, all lovingly inspired by the cherished TV series. This indoor attraction is perfect for children ages 1-year-old to 8-years-old.

You'll explore 14 oink-tastic play areas: Peppa's Treehouse, Rebecca Rabbit's Underground Adventure, George's Fort, Granddad Dog's Garage, Madame Gazelle's School Bus, and more!

(248) 392-2121


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4362 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326



Open Studio & Art Classes for Creative Fun

Visit The Mud Room during your Spring Break staycation and see why this Grandtastic studio is a local favorite!

All ages are welcome to walk in and paint pottery (check their website for extended hours). Or sign up ages 7-15 in advance for a Camp Mud potter’s wheel class.

This family-friendly art studio is fun for the whole family and no experience is necessary - their helpful staff will help anyone feel like an artist!

(616) 259-7269


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1971 E Beltline Ave NE #103, Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Allegan Event in Allegan

Spring Break at Allegan Event

Conveniently located 30-minutes from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Holland, Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course and offers endless adventurous activities for families and guests of all ages to explore.

Attractions include the heart-pumping bi-level Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, a smaller Sky Tykes® course for little children, and Clip ‘n Climb® walls.

Stop by the arcade for more fun and games, then refuel in the food and beverage area.

(269) 430-3961


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439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010


Grand Rapids Children's Museum in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Children's Museum Spring Break Bonanza

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is your Spring Break destination!

Join us for a week full of special performances, hands-on activities, and all the museum fun!

Have a blast learning through open-ended play with hands-on exhibits. NEW for 2023: The Mitten Kids Dental exhibit & Molly of Denali: An Alaskan Adventure!

Visit for a complete schedule of events!

(616) 235-4726


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11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Holland Aquatic Center in Holland

Spring Break MEGA SPLASH at the Holland Aquatic Center

Bring your whole family over to the pool, and let's have a splashing time this spring break! Rent a private room and enjoy our features:
- Splash Zone
- NEW Slide
- Lazy River
- Wiggle Bridge
- Obstacle Course
- Alpine Challenge (Climbing Iceberg)
- Basketball Hoop
- Youth Zipline
- Teen Zipline (50 Meter Pool)
- Diving Boards (1 Meter)
- Inner Tubes
- Hot tub, Sauna and Steam Room (Must be 16+)

(616) 393-7595


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550 Maple, Holland, MI 49423


Grand Rapids Ballet in Grand Rapids

Spring Break For Kids | The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Join us for our annual Spring Break for Kids, April 3-7, 2023, as we present The Monster Who Ate My Peas at our Peter Martin Wege Theatre.

Join us in our lobby at 10:15 a.m. for kid-friendly activities, including the chance to try on costumes, meet & greet with GRB dancers, and photo ops. Performance will begin at 11 a.m. Thanks to our friends at PNC Bank, tickets are only $7.

(616) 454-4771


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341 Ellsworth Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Western Michigan University in Grand Rapids

AMP Lab Family Open House

Open the door for your kids to explore the future of STEM with robotic demonstrations, 3D printers in action, motorized LEGO building, and more!

WMU Grand Rapids is hosting this spring break event in the AMP Lab @ WMU space, located at 200 Ionia Ave SW in downtown Grand Rapids, along with our partners Autocam Medical, GRCC, JR Automation, Bricks 4 Kidz, and WMCAT.

This event is free and open to the public.

(616) 741-4100

200 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Paint a Pot in Holland

Painting Pottery

Paint a Pot is a paint-your-own pottery shop for the young and old! Come create memory that will last a lifetime!

We accept reservations for six or more people. Ask a friend and bring the kids!

We look forward to helping you create a masterpiece!

(616) 355-6442


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390 E 8th St. Suite 6, Holland, MI 49423


John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids

Spring Break at John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo offers Daily Animal Programs throughout Spring Break!

You can catch Pumpkin the cow out for a walk, watch the penguins dive for fish at their daily feedings, or catch a training session with Barbara and Poppy, the North American porcupines.

The Zoo is happy to partner with YMCA to get kids active near the Chimps, and Girl Scouts can earn their own nature badge. Details on dates and times at

(616) 336-4300

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1300 West Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center in Portage

Take flight at the Air Zoo

Come explore Michigan’s premiere aerospace and science center this spring break!

With more than 200,000 square-feet, this Smithsonian-affiliated center features hundreds of air and spacecraft, dozens of multi-sensory exhibits, hands-on learning stations, rides, theater, and active restoration center – there’s something for everyone to explore.

Young engineers will enjoy building structures and getting hands-on in the Kids Room. Make sure to visit both buildings to explore trainer cockpits, rocket launching, stealth aircraft and so much more.

Admission: Ages 4 and under FREE; Ages 5-18 $14.95; Adults $15.95; Seniors $12.95
- Discounts for Military, Fire & Police, and families receiving SNAP benefits -

(269) 382-6555


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6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002


Critter Barn in Zeeland

Spring Fling

Critter Barn's NEW LOCATION welcomes YOU! Enjoy visiting during Spring Break for SPRING FLING!

We're open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Plan to meet the newest faces on the farm: lambs, kids, chicks, calves, and bunnies!

Our new facility's barns are connected with sidewalks, and our hoop barns offer an excellent place for snacks or picnic lunches. Hands-on fun and learning at a real farm. Check our website for details:

(616) 748-1110


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2950 80th Avenue, Zeeland, MI 49464


Altitude Trampoline Park in Walker

Trampoline Park

Jump, jam, and let loose this Spring Break at Altitude! With over 23,000 square feet and 8 attractions, there is action-packed fun around every corner.

Take a snack break at our concession stand with food & candy that everyone loves! Enjoy all the fun for one low cost when you become a member! Hourly passes are also available in-park & online.

Visit to check out our attractions, memberships, and jump passes!

(616) 419-3146


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3495 Alpine Ave NW, Walker, MI 49544


Bricks & Minifigs Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids

Private Race Track Time or Build a Minifig with Friends

Looking for an amazing hour of family fun? Want to bring a group of friends together for some LEGO® competition? Rent our party room with a racetrack for an hour of building & racing LEGO® cars! Up to 12 participants, one hour of building and racing guided by staff, $100 rental. Call the store to book your time today! Or come build a custom minifig in store! Minifigs are $5/fig or 3 for $13.

(616) 719-1973


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2927 Breton Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512


Accidental Art- A Pottery Painting Studio in Rockford

Pottery painting at Accidental Art

Don't forget to add Accidental Art to your SPRING BREAK bucket list! Accidental Art is a paint your own pottery studio offering fun for all ages! No artistic ability or experience necessary. Let us help you create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

We also offer take home kits for you to get creative and paint at home!

Reservations are not required, but are recommended during Spring Break!

Stop in and create a treasure of your own!

(616) 915-4842


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355 Northland Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341


Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club in Wyoming

45th Annual Gem & Mineral Show


Start your child’s rock collection at the Children’s Table featuring our famous Egg Carton Collections, Grab Bags, and Kid's Fossil Dig.

Don’t miss the lapidary demonstrations (cut and polish stones and gems) and Geode Cracking Station.

Beginners to seasoned collectors will find minerals, fossils, crystals, gems, jewelry, beads, stone carvings, equipment, books, and MORE amongst nearly 30 vendors, club dealers, and artisans.

Ask about club membership and our Children’s Club!


(616) 243-5851


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Roger's Plaza, 972 28th Street, Wyoming, MI 49509


Launch Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids

Spring Break at Launch Grand Rapids.

Launch is the ideal place for kids, teens, and adults alike to participate in active entertainment while also providing a place for families to spend time together.

We are here for the families and believe in providing state-of-the-art attractions for everyone to enjoy.

You are sure to set new limits, challenge yourself, battle with friends, celebrate together, and create memorable experiences.

(616) 288-2847


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3681 28th Street SE Suite B, Grand Rapids, MI 49512


Rebounderz Adventure Park in Jenison

Rebounderz Family Entertainment Center

Rebounderz is West Michigan's Premier Family Entertainment Center.

Located right in Jenison at Chicago Drive and Cottonwood, Rebounderz is a perfect destination for birthday parties, field trips, youth groups, corporate events, or just your family and some friends.

Rebounderz features the area's largest Ninja Course, several Trampoline Activities, lots of great arcade games, a state-of-the-art Laser Tag arena, two Mini Escape Rooms, a Blacklight Mini Golf Course, and two brand new Golf Simulator Suites!

(616) 455-5600


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7500 Cottonwood Drive, Suite A, Jenison, MI 49428


I'm An Artist Community Studio in GRAND RAPIDS

Create Your Dreams With Wimee the Robot!

Join Wimee the Robot from PBS, at I'm An Artist Community Studio for a Free Event on March 18 from 11am-2pm as we explore and create art to share our ideas and dreams!

Dreams awaken creativity, motivate the mind, and inspire hope in children as well as help kids envision new possibilities, develop resilience, and dream of a brighter future.

Children will be encouraged to draw their dreams as part of Wimee's 'The Dreams Project.'

(616) 901-1679


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Affordable & Free Things to Do on Spring Break

Enjoy these hand-picked free & affordable spring break ideas for YOU!

April Storywalk Book in Hastings

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W Cloverdale Rd, Hastings, MI 49058
Follow the journey of Juice and Milk on their recycling love story though transformations to pen and soap dispenser and even laundry detergent jug until they are finally reunited in a most unexpected way. Details

Gem & Mineral Show

972 28th Street Southwest, Wyoming, MI 49509
FREE ADMISSION! April 6-8. Start your child’s rock collection at the Children’s Table featuring the famous Egg Carton Collections, Grab Bags, and Kid’s Fossil Dig. Don’t miss the lapidary demonstrations (cut and polish stones and gems) and Geode Cracking Station. Details

Free Thursdays at Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon

296 W. Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan 49440
Free general admission, 11am – 8pm. Details

GRAM Free Tuesdays & Thursday Nights

101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free general admission to the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Tuesdays from 2 – 6 pm each and Thursday Nights from 5 – 9 pm. Details

Monday Open Hours: Self Guided Recycling Center Tours

Kent County MI Dept. Public Works, Wealthy St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mondays from 1 – 5pm. Learn the in’s and out’s of recycling, watch our workers and machines sort right in front of you, and have fun playing games and creating upcycled crafts as we reimagine waste together. All ages welcome. Closed-toed shoes are required. Details

Open Play at Holland Playland

Central Wesleyan Church Playland, 446 W 40th St, Holland, MI 49423
For children ages 6 months to 11 years old. While the kids play, you are welcome to check out the Gathering Grounds coffee shop and hang-out place. M-W • 9am–1pm; F • 5–8pm; Sat • 9am–1pm; closed Th & Su. Details

Play Outside

Head out on one of West Michigan’s many hiking trails.

It’s also a great time to visit a nature center and go for a hike, as the bugs of summer haven’t woken up yet, but lots of flowers are coming out of their winter slumber.

Try a new-to-you Grand Rapids area playground.

Want an urban adventure? Go on the Grand Rapids Mural Crawl.


Really, there are a ton of outdoor things to do on Spring Break in West MI:
Disc Golf
2.5-mile City Adventure Walk
Best Family Bike Ride Spots
Visit a Lake Michigan beach, like Pier Cove Park, and look for rocks
Or, one of our favorites: Pack a lunch and watch the planes land at Ford Airport Viewing Park.

GR Hidden Gem Walk free things to do
This 2.5-Mile Walk Takes Your Family to the Hidden Gems in Downtown Grand Rapids

Kids Eat Free

Plan a family dinner out at one of the many places around West Michigan where kid eat free (or for less.)
Pro Tip: Tuesdays and Wednesdays have the most Kids Eat Free deals.

Hit the Books

The kids areas are fun these days – try out these Library Play Places.
While you’re there, stick around for storytimes & other fun library events.

Activate Your Library Perks

Grand Rapids Public Library Patrons: Take advantage of the FREE perks for cardholders through their amazing Check It Out! program.

– This is a great way to access free passes to incredible outings like Frederik Meijer Gardens, John Ball Zoo, the GR Children’s Museum, local sporting events, theatre productions, GR museums, and more.

Kent District Library Patrons: KDL cardholders can get free passes to area attractions through their new Perk Pass program. Cardholders can reserve passes online, print their passes and visit their attraction on the date they reserved. Attractions include Meijer Gardens, the GRAM, and occasionally, the Children’s Museum.

Library card holders can also use their cards to access the Michigan Activity Pass, which allows patrons to print a pass to one of many state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and recreation areas throughout the state. 

Heart-Pumping Spring Break Fun

Family Fun Centers, Amusements & Trampoline Parks

Kids will get all of that extra energy out at a family activity center. Grand Rapids has so many to choose from!
BattleGR Tactical Games • Tactical Laser Tag, E-sports, Ax Throwing, Archery Tag, Sport Courts & More
Craig’s Cruisers • Go Karts, Arcade, Roller Coaster, Trampoline Park, Ninja Course & More
Allegan Event • Rockwalls, indoor zip rail & Sky Trail® with 85+ rope elements
Rebounderz • Trampoline Park, Ninja Course, Arcade, Laser Tag, Blacklight Mini Golf
Tarry Hall Roller Rink
Eastbrook Lanes
Amped Virtual Reality
Hudsonville Lanes

Gymnastics Open Gyms

Try an open gym at either For the Kidz Gymnastics and Trampoline or GR Gymnastics.
Kids can jump, tumble and play during scheduled sessions.

Dive in! It’s Pool Time

Splash around – these West Michigan indoor pools have open swim times.

Also know: there are a lot of great Michigan area water parks within driving distance (see that section on Community Center Indoor Water Parks). Spend the day at an incredible water park without having to pack up for an overnight. The kids will sleep great that night!

The Water Park at Holland Aquatic Center has a Section for Little Kids

Zoos & Museums

Animal Lovers

John Ball Zoo opens on March 24 for the season.
Visit animals at Fellinlove Farm or the Critter Barn.
Try Own a Horse Camp at Karin’s Horse Connection or go on a trail ride.
This is an ideal time of year to visit a local farm or petting zoo, as all sorts of baby animals are being born.

Get Artsy

Creative kids can get hands-on with paint or pottery at Paint a Pot in Holland or The Mud Room at Knapp’s Corner.
Accidental Art in Rockford is also open for pottery painting fun.

Big-Brain Fun

Visit the Children’s Garden and the butterflies at Meijer Gardens.
Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting a cool pterosaurs exhibit (along with planetarium shows, too).
Grand Rapids Art Museum is hosting an Art & Nature event.
The GR Children’s Museum is showing off a new farm exhibit as well as week full of special performances, presentations, and all the museum fun!
The Grand Rapids Ballet School’s Junior Company is rekindling the family-favorite tale of Aladdin.
Road trip it to Kalamazoo and spend the afternoon exploring airplane artifacts at the Air Zoo.
Bricks for Kids STEAM-based camps combine LEGO building with engineering concepts and creativity!
More choices: use the big list of West Michigan Museums 

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Day Trips

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Road Trips

Take a road trip to one of the dozens of suggestions on the big spring break road trip guide.

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From activity centers to petting zoos and classes, the events calendar has a lot to choose from.

Tap the button to see special events going on for each day of spring break:

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