Where the Big Kids Can Find Fun Around Grand Rapids

It seems like there are endless ideas on things to do with young kids around Grand Rapids. What about teens and tweens? How can older kids have fun when they’ve outgrown places like the children’s museum?

From adventure rope courses to ziplines and everything in between, we here at GRKIDS have assembled a list of 50 fun things to do with teens and tweens around Grand Rapids.

50 Teen Activities for Grand Rapids

Summer Exclusives

  1. Roll over to Michigan’s largest amusement and water park, Michigan’s Adventure.
  2. Be courageous on the ropes course and ziplines at Tree Runner Grand Rapids Adventure Park or the John Ball Zoo.
  3. Hit the batting cages at AJ’s Family Fun Center.
  4. Knock down some pins! Find an alley near you that participates in ‘Kids Bowl Free’ for the entire summer.
  5. Catch a movie at the drive-in! Choose from the Getty in Muskegon, Sunset in Hartford or Capri in Coldwater.
  6. Play disc golf at one of the many great courses around Grand Rapids including Fallasburg, Earle W. Brewer, and Johnson.
  7. Sign up for The Grand Rapids Mud Run or The Insane Inflatable 5K, both family adventure races scheduled for this summer.
  8. Hit the beach.
  9. Attend a FREE summer event at the Kent District or Grand Rapids Public Library.
  10. Swing dance the night away with the Grand Rapids Swing Society every Tuesday night or sign up for a HipHop culture class at 61syx Teknique .
  11. Cheer on fast cars at the Berlin Raceway.
  12. Register for a Beginner Program and get a hole in one at Maple Hill Golf. Prefer soccer? Try their footgolf instead.
    maple Hill golf family night footgolf
  13. Rent a boat at Millennium Park.
  14. Star watch at the the Veen Observatory in Lowell. The telescopes are open to the public on various Saturdays of the month, April through October, when skies are clear. FREE for Grand Rapids Public Museum members.
  15. Tube or kayak down one of West Michigan’s many great rivers with AAA Canoe and Rental or Indian Valley Campground or arrange your own trip for free.
  16. Visit one of the many fairs and festivals going on this summer in West Michigan.

    Year Round Activities

  17. Bounce off the walls (somewhere besides your living room) at Sky Zone, Rebounderz or AirTime.
  18. Volunteer! Kids age five and up can help pack sack suppers at the Kids Food Basket.
  19. Catch one of the many great shows at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre or Master Arts Theatre.
  20. Squeeze in a game of mini-golf or laser tag, tackle the ropes course or go-kart at Craig’s Cruisers.
  21. Luge all year long at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. Visit in the winter and also enjoy skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.
  22. Stay overnight on a submarine or just visit for a few hours at USS Silversides in Muskegon.
    USS Silversides Submarine in Muskegon
  23. Head to Holland and compete in a friendly game of laser tag at The Lost City or try your luck at an escape room at BAM! Entertainment Center.
  24. Reach for the sky at Higher Ground Rock Climbing Center. Youth climbing clubs meet every Monday.
  25. Take in some great music for a steal with the Grand Rapids Symphony’s $5 Student Passport Program.
  26. Visit one of our great local museums, including the GRAM, GRPM, and Gerald R. Ford.
  27. Take a stroll and enjoy nature and art in harmony at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
  28. Head to Cannonsburg for year-round fun including skiing, tubing, ziplining, mountain biking and more!
  29. Throw some clay (in a nice way) at The Mud Room.
  30. Root for your favorite team at a Griffins, Whitecaps, Drive or GRFC game.
  31. Enjoy fast-paced, family-friendly comedy with the River City Improv team.
  32. Visit one of our many great State Parks with a Recreation Passport.
  33. Find real life treasure – go geocaching and letterboxing.
  34. Bike, hike, snowshoe or blade an urban trail. The Paul Henry – Thornapple, Kent Trails, and White Pines trails are only a few that GR has to offer.Mt Pisgah hike holland
  35. Visit Brush Studio and paint your very own masterpiece.
  36. Check out the 3 Mile Project, where you’ll find reball, video games, athletic courts, an indoor skate park, pool and foosball tables, theatres and more.
  37. Go fishing! The Michigan DNR offers Free Fishing Weekends twice each year.
  38. Play a game of paintball at T.C. Paintball (for kids aged 10 and older).
  39. Take a sewing or craft class at Smith Owen Sewing or Joann.
  40. Ice skate when it’s cold outside at Rosa Parks Circle or anytime of year indoors at the Patterson Ice Center.
  41. Visit one of our many great bookstores. In addition to goodreads, Schuler Books offers a variety of programs including game nights, author talks and more. Other local favorites include Argos Book Shop, Baker Book House and the adorable Books & Mortar.
  42. Tumble and flip at Grand Rapids Gymnastics Open Gym.
  43. Satisfy your cravings at Sweetland Candies, Grand Rapids Popcorn or Koeze Gourmet Nuts, three of GR’s finest shops.
  44. Channel your inner artist at the next Cookies and Canvas painting event.
  45. Grab a day pass to the Kroc Center, where you can swim, climb rock walls, run the track, or shoot some hoops. When the snow starts to fly, try sledding down their hill.
    kroc-center-aquatic-center
  46. Go horseback riding at Karin’s Horse Connection.
  47. Find clues and solve puzzles in an attempt to break out of a room at The Great Escape Room or Escape Michigan’s themed rooms.
  48. Exercise your creativity using GR Makers‘ broad range of tools or take a unique class.
  49. Win prizes for playing around at Dave & Buster’s.
  50. Learn to cook your food, and eat it too, at the Downtown Market.

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