Great Options for families in Grand Rapids and around West Michigan…



Creative Movement Class

Saturday, April 13 at the Main Branch of the GRPL

  • This unique library-based program offered through the City of Grand Rapids’ Parks and Recreation Department, allows kids ages 3-6 to be creative physically as well as mentally. The first 30 minutes focuses on dance movements, including rhythm and coordination. Following the class will be the library’s Pre-Reading Class for Kids. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Requirements: parent/guardian participation. Please register for this class.



Butterflies Are Blooming

Thursday-Sunday, April 11-14 at Frederik Meijer Gardens

  • The largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation. Visitors can escape the Michigan winter and mingle with more than 6,000 tropical butterflies flying free in the 15,000-square-foot Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. More than 40 different species from the Far East, Africa and Central America. (Exhibit ends on April 30.) During the exhibition, the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers special activities. Additionally, interactive displays are featured throughout.

Open Swims

Thursday-Sunday, April 11-14 at various locations throughout West Michigan

  • Summer weather may not be here yet, but your family can still enjoy some indoor pool time as try to patiently wait for the warmer days ahead.  The calendar is full of open swim times throughout the West Michigan area.

Camouflage Critters Nature Walk

Saturday, April 13 at Hemlock Crossing-Nature Education Center in West Olive

  • How and why do animals hide in the woods? Have fun looking at camouflage animal pictures and finding some hidden animals in the woods and fields. Designed to follow the progression of the season, these walks focus on a variety of topics. The two hour walks for adults and families are cancelled if it is raining. Bring binoculars (if you have them), insect repellent and dress for the weather.

Fashion and Tea

Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

  • Tour the Streets of Old Grand Rapids to set the scene for a presentation of fashion from the Victorian Era. You will be refreshed with sweet treats and tea. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $13 for members.

Grand Rapids Symphony Family Series: The Listener

Sunday, April 14 at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

  • Two zany characters bring “the art of listening” to life: a bugle playing mime and a tap dancing ballerina. Ignite your child’s imagination and create a lifelong passion for music. These one-hour Sunday afternoon concerts feature a pre-concert instrument petting-zoo.


All these of these events and more can be found on the event calendar.

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Erin is a musician who attempts to balance out her right-brained career choice with some left-brained calendar management and data entry here at grkids. During the lulls in her active schedule, Erin enjoys time with her family, cottage time by the lake and trying out new recipes for healthy meals. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and two children.

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