Loads of Family Fun Awaits You in West Grand Rapids Area
Want to know the unique gift that the towns west of Grand Rapids have? They have the big city fun of Grand Rapids and the glorious Lake Michigan shoreline both within arms’ reach!
However, anyone living in Jenison, Grandville, or Hudsonville could also tell you that there’s enough fun in their own towns to keep kids busy without having to travel far.
How’s that for the perfect neighborhood community?
1 – DISCOVER THE PLAYGROUND AT HAGER PARK
The Age of Discovery playground will delight your children, but the addition of picnic tables, grills, horseshoe pits, modern restrooms and miles of nature trails at Hager Park is guaranteed to keep the whole family coming back again and again!
8134 – 28th Ave, Jenison, MI 49428
2 – ROLL AROUND THE RINK AT TARRY HALL
Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink is the perfect roller skating destination for families with children. They offer skatemate rental for little ones who are just learning or still a little unsteady on their skates!
3330 Fairlanes Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
3 – EXPERIENCE THE HUDSONVILLE FAIR
Don’t miss this annual summer event in Hudsonville! With over 12,000 entries, the Hudsonville Fair is the place to see livestock, 4H and personal skills exhibits on display. But that’s not all… be sure to stick around for the carnival rides, dog and horse shows, tractor pulls, live entertainment, magic shows, motocross, turtle races, Kids’ Day events, vendors and so much more!
Hudsonville Fairgrounds, 5235 Park Avenue Hudsonville MI 49426
4 – TRY OUT FOOTGOLF AT MAPLE HILL GOLF
This relatively new sport is a great way to get your tweens away from the screens and out on the golf course! A combination of both soccer and golf, FootGolf is a sport for ALL ages and abilities– fun for the whole family!
5555 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
5 – TAKE A PICNIC CRUISE ON THE GRAND LADY RIVERBOAT
Pack up a lunch and take your kids on a picnic they will never forget! The Grand Lady Riverboat offers Sunday afternoon Picnic Cruises where you can learn about Steamboat History and the Grand River while the kids can enjoy a root beer float and have a chance to steer the big wheel in the pilothouse!
775 Taylor St., Jenison, Michigan 49428
6 – GO SLEDDING AT CHARLIE’S DUMP
This sledding hill in Rosewood Park, affectionately known as Charlie’s Dump, is a favorite winter sledding spot. Jenison’s Soccer Bowl has four different slopes feeding down onto a soccer field, so the older kids can head for the steeper hills while the little ones can stick to the shorter slopes. And once the snow is gone, come on back to Rosewood Park and enjoy the super fun playground equipment and splash pad!
7069 20th Ave, Jenison MI 49428
7 – ENJOY THE OUTDOORS AT HUDSONVILLE NATURE CENTER
Take your little one to Hudsonville Nature Center to explore the trails and boardwalks, climb the scenic overlook and enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife. With 76 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands, there is always something new to discover. And if you have an older nature lover in your family, be sure to check out the free guided nature hikes offered throughout the year.
2700 New Holland St, Hudsonville, MI 49426
8 – PLAY, SHOP AND DINE AT RIVERTOWN CROSSINGS MALL
Not only does RiverTown Mall have over 130 stores for all your shopping needs, but it also has plenty of entertainment and dining options, including a movie theater, carousel, restaurants and Magic Treehouse Play Area. Additional amenities for families include family restrooms, free WiFi, a nursing lounge, safety escorts, soft seating areas and stroller rental.
3700 Rivertown Pkwy, Grandville, MI 49418
9 – LEARN HOW TO WAKEBOARD AT ACTION WAKE PARK
Action Wake Park is Michigan’s only full size cable park. While they can provide an action-packed experience for the expert wake boarder, they are also happy to provide training and advice to first time riders. In fact, if it’s your first time riding cable, join them during one of their daily slow cable times. It makes learning the cable easier for beginner riders!
3320 Hudson Trails Dr, Hudsonville, MI 49426
10 – HAVE A BLAST AT PLAYWORLD
With inflatables, air bounce, cushion climb, tunnels and slides, ball pools, swinging bridges, spider nets, foam forest, trolley run, rope climbs and ring cross, your kids will never want to leave Playworld! Thankfully, the admission price covers an unlimited amount of time– and parents and infants under 12 months are always free!
11 – DISCOVER THE HISTORIC ENGINE HOUSE NO. 5 MUSEUM
Engine House No. 5 was originally constructed in downtown Grand Rapids in 1880 and has since been restored and moved to its current home in Allendale. Exhibits include historic leather buckets, firemen’s uniforms, helmets, engines, horse carts and fire extinguishers. And for the future fireman in your family, don’t miss out on the unique Summer Camp experiences offered at the Engine House!
6610 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, MI 49401
12 – ROLL A STRIKE AT HUDSONVILLE LANES
Lace up those bowling shoes and join the fun at Hudsonville Lanes! If you’re bringing little ones, ask for the bumper bowling lanes for a frustration-free game of bowling without gutter balls. And if you’re looking for fun for the older kids, be sure to check out COOL Cosmic Bowling with special effects lighting, the lights turned down and the music turned up!
13 – PLAY DISC GOLF AT HUGHES PARK
Round up your big kids for a day of fun at Hughes Park! Hughes Park has an 18-hole, 9-basket disc golf course which is open to the public, as well as ball diamonds, a beach volleyball court, basketball courts, picnic pavilions and a playground.
40th Ave & Van Buren St, Hudsonville, MI 49426
14 – ICE SKATE AT GEORGETOWN ICE CENTER
There are lots of opportunities here for the family who loves to ice skate! Public open skate, freestyle figure skating times, drop-in adult and youth hockey games, Stick & Puck to practice your hockey skills, adult leagues, Learn to Skate and Intro to Hockey classes – and even pizza parties!
8500 48th Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426
15 – ENJOY THE MUSIC AND FUN AT CONCERTS ON THE GREEN
Enjoy a fun and relaxing summer evening in Hudsonville with Concerts on the Green. Each week features a different musical group, as well as kid’s crafts, games, inflatables and other family-friendly activities. Bring along your own seating and enjoy dinner options and ice cream available for purchase.
Veteran’s Park, 3275 Central Blvd, Hudsonville, MI 49426
16 – TAKE A FAMILY BIKE RIDE ALONG BUCK CREEK TRAIL
The Buck Creek Trail follows Buck Creek through the cities of Grandville and Wyoming and also connects with a network of trails that lead up to Grand Rapids via the Grand River Pathway and Kent Trails system. Highlights along the trail include Wedgwood Park in Grandville, as well as the Buck Creek Nature Preserve in Wyoming.
17 – VISIT THE VETERAN’S GARDEN OF HONOR
Located in Allendale, this memorial is dedicated to U.S. Veterans and features nine life-size statues of soldiers placed in a circle surrounding an 18-foot-tall obelisk topped with an American eagle.
18 – COOL OFF AT THE SPLASH PAD
19 – TRY THE NINJA WARRIOR COURSE AT REBOUNDERZ
If you’re up for a challenge, check out the Ninja Warrior Course at Rebounderz Extreme Fun Center- over 200 feet of obstacles, Michigan’s first Spider Wall, a multi-section elevated course, and the finish line on top of a 10 foot warp wall! And while you’re there, don’t miss the JumpXTREME Tower, foam pit, inflatable fun slide and jump arena. Or grab some friends to play air dodgeball, slam basketball or human foosball!
7500 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison, MI 49428
20 – SETTLE IN FOR A STORY AT THE LIBRARY
The library is a wonderful place for kids to play and learn. Not only can you find books, but most libraries also have activities, puzzles and other interactive toys- you can stop in any time for loads of educational fun! Many libraries also offer story times, classes and even special events, so be sure to check the website of your local library to see what they have to offer!
21 – PLAY A ROUND OF MINI GOLF AT LOESCHNER VILLAGE GREEN
If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned game of putt putt golf, take the family to Loeschner Village Green! Thirty-nine holes of mini golf, some skeeball and snacks and a ride on the musical carousel horse makes for a fun family night out!
4521 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, Michigan, MI 49418
22 – CATCH A FLICK AT ALLENDALE MOVIES IN THE PARK
There’s always something special about watching a movie outside! Bring the whole family to Allendale Movies in the Park for free, family-friendly movies throughout the summer. Just don’t forget your blanket or lawn chairs!
23 – VISIT THE DUCKS AT WEDGWOOD PARK
The kids will love seeing the ducks at Wedgwood Park before heading off to the playground to play. The park is also adjacent to Buck Creek Trail, so hiking and biking is an option- and if you want to stick around for lunch or dinner, there are picnic shelters with tables, a campfire area and charcoal grills.
24 – SPEND THE MORNING AT TERRA SQUARE FARMER’S MARKET
Not only is this farmer’s market a great source for fresh, locally grown produce, but it also provides a space to interact with the local community through kid’s activities, learning opportunities, and entertainment.