List of 50+ Teen Activities in the Grand Rapids Area
Finding things for teens to do that aren’t lame is a tall order. Teens are savvy and they know what’s fun and what’s not.
This is the age where you can really tap into your children’s likes and interests and run with it.
Some stuff they may want to do with their friends, but some of these items are perfect for family time when you’re looking for things to do with teens.
Summer Things for Teens to Do
2 – Try a Ropes Course or Zip Line
Adventurous teens will love a West Michigan Zip Lines or ropes course. Popular ones include:
– Cannonsburg Ski Area
– Muskegon Luge Adventure Park
– John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids
– TreeRunner Adventure Park in Grand Rapids
3 – Play Putt Putt at Captain Sundae/Pirate’s Landing
365 Douglas Avenue, Holland, Michigan 49424
Mini golf, aka Putt Putt, is a teen favorite. It’s even sweeter if you can do it at Captain Sundae’s and pair it with ice cream.
Try one of these mini golf spots around Grand Rapids.
4 – Grab Some Retro Kicks and Go Bowling
Choose from traditional or glow bowling.
8 – Hit the Rides at a Festival
Visit one of the many fairs and festivals going on this summer in West Michigan. Eat all the elephant ears and ride all the rides. It’s pure teen bliss and something to enjoy before they get old and rides make them queasy.
9 – Rent a Boat at Millennium Park
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534
Millennium Park is huge and has a ton of outdoor things for teens to do, including SUP rentals and kayaks. (And a sandy beach, of course!)
16 – Stargaze at Veen Observatory in Lowell
3308 Kissing Rock Ave SE, Lowell, MI 49331
The telescopes are open to the public at Veen Observatory on various Saturdays, April through October when skies are clear.
Make sure you check their website ahead of time to confirm the skies are clear enough for a viewing.
Year-Round Things to Do For Teens & Tweens
18 – Play Life-Size Whack-a-Mole in Holland
478 E 16th St, Holland, MI 49423
Play Atomic Rush at BAM! Entertainment. This giant glow-in-the-dark electronic game is one of many things for teens to do here. They’ve got an arcade, bowling and laser tag, too.
20 – Or Hit a Movie Theater – With Reclining Seats
Studio Park – 123 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Many theaters have the coveted reclining seats, but Studio Park downtown is ALL reclining seats.
Add in downtown vibes and a nice grassy community area out front where they can wait for you to pick them up after the show, and it’s the perfect cinema experience for teens.
22 – Conquer the Obstacles at a Trampoline Park
Bounce off the walls or get in a game of dodgeball at Sky Zone, Rebounderz, or Craig’s Cruisers.
24 – Invite Your Friends to a Video Game Truck Party
Battle GR will deliver the video game truck to your party spot for hours of fun.
You can also visit them in Comstock Park for laser tag, axe throwing, eSports and more.
25 – Head to the Symphony – for a Deal
DeVos Performance Hall – 300 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Grand Rapids Symphony’s Student Passport Program will hook you up with unbeatable ticket prices for students.
27 – Explore Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Find incredible sculptures around every corner at Meijer Gardens. In summer, bring your chair for Tuesday night concert series.
And if you want to feel like a kid again, visit the Great Lakes pools in the children’s garden.
28 – Get a Latte. Like from a Real Coffee Shop
We understand the draw of Starbucks with its fruity concoctions and sweet lattes. But newsflash: local coffee shops have their own amazing specialty drinks that are way more fresh than a pink drink.
37 – Have Dinner at the Cereal Cafe
1971 E Beltline Ave NE Suite 123, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Enjoy food creations featuring your favorite cereals. Mix and match your favorite flavors or get a milkshake or waffle creation.
Previously known as Eastown Cereal Cafe, their new location will be at Knapp’s Corner, south of Meijer.
Winter Things to Do For Teens & Tweens
50 – Visit Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park
462 Scenic Drive N. Muskegon, MI 49445
Visit in the winter to enjoy ice skating on the trail through the woods, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding.
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