Stay Cool in the Heat: 7 Ideas for GR Families that Don’t Cost Much

How to Stay Cool in the Heat Michigan

Hot Weather: How to Stay Cool in the Heat

Here are a few fun places you can beat the heat with your kids.
Options for your consideration:

1 – Go Ice Skating

Most indoor ice rinks are open year-round. 

What better than renting a pair of ice skates and flying across a sheet of frozen H-2-O to cool you and your family down? 
Here are a few local places where you can skate right now:

Walker Ice & Fitness
4243 Remembrance Road NW, Walker MI 49534
Admission & Skate Rental: $10 per person
Mon, June 17, noon – 1:50 pm
Wed, June 19, noon – 1:50 pm

Patterson Ice Center in Grand Rapids
2550 Patterson Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
$10 per skater (includes skate rental)
Mon, June 17, 11 am – 12:50 pm
Wed, June 19, 11 am – 12:50 pm
Sun, June 23, 1 pm – 2:50 pm

2 – Explore Library Play Spaces

Camping out at your local library or trying a new one is a great way to stay cool and check off boxes on your summer reading chart.

Many of the local libraries have great kid spaces, with EGR & Wyoming being some of the favorites.

3 – Go Bowling For Free!

Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Each Day Of The KBF Program All Summer Long!
Bowling is a great activity if you’re wondering how to stay cool in the heat.

Kids Bowl Free

See programs near you.

4 – Splash the Day away at Michigan’s Adventure Waterpark – TICKET DEAL!!

For the most part, Wildwater Adventure water park is open daily from noon to 6 pm this summer.
Use our exclusive ticket deal to get discounted tickets on one or two-day passes.

Wildwater Adventure water park

Lazy river, wave pool, waterslides & more. Get our exclusive ticket deal before you go!

5 – Head to an Inland Beach

When the water on the big lake hasn’t warmed up enough for swimming but it’s hot outside, it’s time to head to a local inland lake! Here are some favorites:

versluis park

There’s no longer an entrance fee for this Plainfield Township beach!

Millennium Park

Beach & Splashpad to keep you cool

Myers lake park

A lovely park in Rockford with swimming and shade trees.

6 – Jump in a Pool or Splash Pad

The City of Grand Rapids operates several swimming pools. To help you know if they’re at capacity, they now offer live online updates. Check the status before heading out. City of GR pools are open from June 7 – August 17, 2024. Admission is $3 for youth and $5 for ages 17+. (Residents save $2 each).

Or, consider a splash pad visit to help you cool off. We’ve listed them by size and broken down the amenities offered to help you choose a destination.

Splash Pads & Outdoor pool Guide

Where to find them:

7 – Find Indoor Fun

Check out our Indoor Play Guide for a huge list of local places you can take kids to have fun indoors.

Trampoline parks, museums, movie theaters, pottery painting places, and indoor playgrounds – there are so many to choose from.

Take your pick, these destinations offer fun, learning, and a cool venue for the price of admission.

A few museums we love include:
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

indoor fun destinations

Where to find them:

Grand Rapids Area Cooling Stations

Additionally, area cooling stations are open during this June 2024 heatwave. Here are GR centers that have open hours this week:

Alano Club of Kent County
1020 College Avenue NE
Monday – Friday 7 AM to 9 PM, Saturday & Sunday 8 AM to 9 PM
139 Sheldon SE
Daily 7 AM – 3 PM; Emergency shelter open 3 PM to 7 AM daily
Exodus Place
322 Front Avenue
Daily 9 AM – 9 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library Locations 
Regular business hours
Kent District Library Locations
Regular business hours
Mel Trotter
225 Commerce Avenue SW
Cooling Center Daily 8 AM – 7 PM; Emergency shelter 3 PM – 8 AM Daily
West Grand Neighborhood Organization
754 Leonard Street NW #2
Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Tell us if you have more ideas for staying cool in the comments. Thanks!

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4 thoughts on “Stay Cool in the Heat: 7 Ideas for GR Families that Don’t Cost Much”

  1. Great list to follow! Running errands is one that I usually do because I get a chore done and stay cool at the same time.

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    Oh–and at the GR libraries, based on availability, you can get free museum passes.

  3. Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares

    Yup! Libraries and museums are the best! And if you take the bus, it’s air conditioned, you don’t have to get into a hot car when you’re done, and if your kids have a Grand Rapids library card, they can get free bus tickets from the library children’s desk through the “Ride to Read” program.

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