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Staycation Ideas for Your West Michigan Family

Your kids are on break from school, so you want to plan some fun activities that don’t break the bank or require serious travel. We get it and we are here to help!


First of all, it’s probably a good time to tune out from social media for a bit. Taking a break from social media is never a bad idea and while we dearly love the Mitten, it’s not exactly a tropical paradise is it?

When you’re staying home, it’s not a ton of fun to see a slew of vacation photos in your newsfeed reminding you that your family is not a.) at Disney World b.) on a cruise or c.) soaking in the sun somewhere closer to the equator.

Ok, now that you have decided to end the comparison game, take a break from social media and dive into being fully present with your family over this break…LET’S GET PLANNING!

Staycations can be so much fun and with our list of ideas below, you’ll be on your way to planning an awesome staycation in no time.


Greater Grand Rapids Staycation Ideas


1- Soak in the natural beauty around Greater Grand Rapids with a family hike. We’ve listed 13 Kid-Friendly Hikes for you to explore.

2- Gone fishin’! Why not enjoy a calm, quiet morning at a local fishing pond?

3- Discover a new (to you) park or playground. Browse the options in our Parks & Playground Guide.

4- Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch or dinner outdoors. Local food blogger, Liz at the The Lemon Bowl has a 5-ingredient pizza pasta salad that would be perfect for your family picnic.

5- Get your baby animal fix filled at the Critter Barn in Zeeland.

6- Head to AJ’s Family Fun Center to race go-karts, hit up the batting cages and more.

7- Go out for breakfast at a local spot like Matchbox Diner or Brown Butter Creperie & Cafe.

8- Have you heard of geocaching? Check out Stephanie’s tips to have a fun geocaching adventure with your family.

9- Visit a local museum! GR is fortunate to have GREAT museums like the Children’s Museum, GR Public Museum, the Art Museum and more! Check out all museum-related events here and check out this big list of West Michigan Museums here.

10- Plan a family date night. Kids get in free at the Flick’s Family Film Festival; combine that with a Kids Eat Free/Cheap restaurant and you’ve got a very affordable evening.

11- You don’t have to drive far for indoor aquatic fun. You have lots of options to choose from: Spring Lake Community Fitness & Aquatic Center has an indoor pool and day passes are available. The GR Kroc Center has an indoor aquatic area, too, as well as a climbing wall and special spring break activities.

Finally, the Holland Aquatic Center is a staycation must.


12- Looking for a way to burn energy indoors? Go rollerskating at The Fun Spot or take the family bowling at AMF. Check out our Indoor Play Guide, too.

13- Take a day trip to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Auburn Hills. (Kids 2 and under are free)

14- Experience Old World Netherlands come to life at Dutch Village.

15- Pack a picnic lunch and watch the planes land at Gerald R. Ford Airport.

16- Head to Lansing and check out our list of Top Ten Things to do in Lansing for an (almost) free day of family fun in the state’s capitol.


17- Enjoy fine-dining (at a lower cost) at The Heritage Restaurant, GRCC’s acclaimed culinary school restaurant.

18- Take advantage of the FREE perks Grand Rapids Public Library offers like their amazing program – Check It Out! This is a great way to access free passes to incredible outings like Frederik Meijer Gardens, local sporting events, theatre productions, GR museums, and more.

19- Speaking of libraries, why not check out this list of library play places around greater Grand Rapids? This is a perfect, educational activity to do on a rainy day!

20- Volunteer with your kids over your staycation. The positive benefits of volunteering with your kids are abundant.

21- Feeling artsy? Grand Rapids Art Museum offers Free Tuesdays (10AM – 5PM) or  Free Thursday Nights at the GRAM (5-9 PM). You could also checkout Muskegon Museum of Art with free admission on Thursdays from 4-8 PM.

22- Let your kids soar for the day at a local gymnastics gym (check out Gymco, Grand Rapids Gymnastics or R-Athletics).

23- Plan a family dinner out at one of the many places around West Michigan offer free (or cheap) kid’s meals.

24- Try out AirTime, GR’s newest trampoline park for some crazy, bounce fun.

25- Last but not least, here are some mini-vacay ideas within a several hour drive from GR, just in case you decide you can’t fully stay put for a staycation this break…

Is your family planning a West Michigan Staycation?

What are you planning to do? Leave a comment and let us know!

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By | 2018-03-28T09:26:48+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Spring Break, Travel Grand Rapids Tips for Families|0 Comments

About the Author:

Peg Theobald
Peg is an adventure-seeker, coffee lover, amateur baker, urban dweller, and self-proclaimed GR-enthusiast. She is passionate about nap time, podcasts, reading to her boys, spicy tacos, emojis and date night.

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