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It’s time for a Break, Mamas!

Calling all moms – we need a break!

Between thinking about breakfast, lunch, and dinner EVERY DAY, soccer practice, bath time (how do kids get dirty SO fast!?), and 1,000 tantrums a day, I think some mommy and girlfriend time is in order – and we have a list to help! Grand Rapids is full of things for you to do with your pals, whether you seek a high energy night or something low key.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to schedule some me-time with the girls!


The Mega List – 51 Ideas for Your Next Mom’s Night Out!

Wine, shopping, entertainment, action, and tasty food.

Grand Rapids has this and more in store for ladies looking for a night on the town. With 51 ideas here, you may just have to try a few when you next venture out. What are your favorite mom’s night out plans?


01 | Go wine tastingCascade Winery and Robinette’s both offer a large variety of Michigan-made wines and ciders in their showroom. Or join Reserve for their Monthly Wine Tastings.

02 | Join Martha’s Vineyard every Friday from noon – 8:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM for in-store samples of their finest wine, beer, cheeses and baked goods.

03 | Discover why GR was named Beer City USA and go brewery hopping. Follow this awesome map on your own, hop aboard the Beer City Runner, or pedal your way around on the Great Lakes Pub Cruiser.

04| Free cherry wine tasting at the new Cherry Republic in Holland! Lots of free samples, too.

05| Learn about the distilling process and the principles behind it on a Long Road Distillers Tours.

06| Happy hour is the best hour! Here is a list of just a few amazing Happy Hour Locations: On The Border, City View in Holland, Hop Cat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company.


07| Peruse an antiques shop. Century Antiques, Lost and Found GR, Easttown Antiques, and Bluedoor GR are all great options and full of vintage finds. Our Vintage/Recycle Shopping Guide has even more shopping ideas.

08| If cozy cottage and rustic farmhouse are your style, shop at The Found Cottage in Hudsonville!

09| The last Sunday of each month, from April through September, head to the Allegan Antiques Market.  With over 400 dealers, there is something for everyone!

10| Hit up Cherry Street in Grand Rapids for some amazing boutique shopping, like Lennon & Willow and Adored Boutique.

11| Spend an afternoon outlet shopping at Tanger Outlets.


12| Rock out to some of the best local and national performers, including the regular appearing 80’s Cover band Mega 80’s, live at the Intersection. Or go and see a concert at the Van Andel Arena.

13| Warm up with live classical music performances at the GRAM every Sunday at 2pm throughout the Fall and Winter.

14| Enjoy live music at Billy’s Lounge. Although rooted in the blues, you’ll hear performances from all genres.

15| Explore the exciting world of salsa with Sergio and Cecilla every Saturday night at Pietros.

16| Catch one of the Movier Dance Studio open dance classes in Wyoming.

17| Slide on your boots and go line dancing! The BackForty Saloon, located in the heart of GR, offers lessons and great music on Thursdays and Fridays. Or check out the Twisted Bull or the Pipeline Smokehouse on Thursdays.

18| Join the Grand Rapids Swing Society and learn to swing dance! Lessons are held every Tuesday night at Rosa Parks Circle. Winter dances rotate between the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Masonic Temple



19| Find your inner peace through yoga. Start out gently at the Cascade Yoga Studio or sweat it out at the Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse.

20| Canoe or kayak one of West Michigan’s many lakes and rivers. GR Paddling offers Paddle & Dine trips at various locations around GR. In addition to canoes and kayaks, AAA Canoe Rental in Rockford offers tubes, and Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus rents by the day, weekend or even week!

21| Try SUP boarding (Stand up Paddle). The Outpost in Holland rents boards and provides lessons.

22| Download the free app GR Walks and take a walking tour of your town!

23| Take advantage of Grand Rapids greens and go golfing. Experience GR has a great list of local courses to choose from.

24| Challenge each other to a game of tennis, or try your hand at pickle ball; Grand Rapids Pickleball Club offers free lessons at Belknap Park.


25| Soak in the classical sounds of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Performances are scheduled all year long.

26| Visit one of our many great bookstores. Barnes & Noble offers a variety of programs including game nights, book club and more! Other local favorites include Argos Book Shop, Baker Book House, and the adorable Books & Mortar.

27| Take a stroll and enjoy nature and art in harmony at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

28| Stop by the concierge desk and pick up a free self-guided tour brochure at GR’s most famous historic hotel, the Amway Grand.

29| Join an open painting session at Brush StudioBamboo Studios, Painting with a Twist. Or, get creative while having a cocktail with Wine & Canvas, hosted at restaurants throughout West Michigan.

30| Grab a coffee with a friend at one of the three Madcap Coffee shops in West Michigan.


31| Laugh together while taking in a comedy show at Dr. Grin’s in The B.O.B. Performances run Thursday through Saturday.

32| Enjoy fast-paced, clever improv with the River City Improv team on select Saturday nights at Wealthy Theatre, or swing by the Wealthy Theatre when Pop Scholars is on-stage.

33| Watch anything from comedy to drama to improv at the Dog Story Theater.


34| Check out one of West Michigan’s many cinemas, including Celebration Cinemas, AMC and Goodrich, and go to the movies.

35| See festival award-winning independent, foreign and documentary movies at the UICA. Multiple shows are scheduled every Tuesday through Sunday.

36| Be moved through music, drama and story. Visit Opera Grand Rapids and take in intimate performances, or watch world-class performances on screen as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts live at Celebration Cinema North.

37| Watch as Christian artists perform the arts on stage at the Master Arts Theatre in Grand Rapids.

38| Take in touring Broadway shows at the DeVos Performance Hall via Broadway Grand Rapids. Upcoming performances include Finding Neverland, School of Rock and Waitress!

39| Watch your favorite cult classic at the Wealthy Theatre. While there, Community Media Center members can take advantage of the only brew-in-view in GR and purchase beer, wine or a mixed drink to enjoy during the show.


40| Indulge in dessert. For ice cream, head to Furniture City Creamery (amazing Vegan options!) Spoonlickers, or Love’s. Try Cakabakery, Sugar Mommas or Sweetie-licious for baked goods. And…for something more ‘mature’, try the ‘Forbidden Apple’ at the Lumber Baron Bar or go gourmet at the La Dolce Vita dessert and cigar lounge at The Chop House.

41|Mimosa, Salted Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, and Cherry Vanilla, just to name a few.  Enjoy one of the many cream puff and macaron flavors at Le Bon Macaron in Grand Rapids.


42| Traverse through the trees on rope courses and zip lines at Treetops Adventure Park and John Ball Zoo.

43| Lace up and bike, hike, snowshoe or blade one of GR’s many awesome urban trails! The Paul Henry/Thornapple, Kent Trails, and the White Pine trails are a few favorites.

44| Cool down while ice skating at one of the many rinks listed in our Winter Outdoor Play Guide 

45| Snowy day? Hit the slopes at Cannonsburg and downhill ski.

46| Grab a frisbee and try disc golf. Earl W Brewer Park, Johnson Park and Riverside Park are just a few of the many courses located in and around Grand Rapids.

47| Pretend you’re a kid again, playing one of many games available at Dave and Buster’s. Pinball your game? Head to The Pyramid Scheme instead, where you’ll find 24 different machines.


48| Want a morning out on the beautiful dunes of Lake Michigan? Head to Saugatuck and ride the Dune Rides, which is open from early May until mid-October.

49| Enjoy an event, or just hike the trails, at a local nature center. Blandford, Howard Christensen, Wittenbach/Wege Center, and the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland all offer great learning opportunities and beautiful grounds.

50| Enjoy the sights of Grand Rapids via a Segway. Segway tours of Grand Rapids offer guided rides through the town, highlighting local hot spots.

51| Take a self-guided walking tour of Heritage Hill and learn about 37 of the district’s architectural beauties!

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