Bye Bye, Snow (Hopefully)…Hello Sunshine and Spring!

Spring is time for many of us to break out of the house and and leave cabin fever behind. But what to do after the long hibernation? Can you even remember what things we have going on around town?

Well, you don’t have to, because we do remember. And we’ve got all of them listed here.

Here you will find our roundup of spring break ideas, free spring activities, ideas for daily fun, places to play spring sports, biking and hiking trails, short-term travel and staycation ideas, consignment and garage sales, and more!

Pin this page, post it to Facebook, or save the link to your homescreen because this is one page you are going to want to come back to over and over again this season.

Spring in Grand Rapids


Some local families claim that our daily activities calendar and articles are their lifeline during this stage of life. With little kids it’s often hard to plan ahead or even plan your day, but our daily activity lists are perfect for that parent who needs an idea right now.

Grand Rapids spring fun

Daily Ideas for Spring Fun

Find something for every day in spring with our guide to daily things to do in West Michigan.

We all know spring can be rainy, but no worries. Try one of these 25 things to do on a rainy day in West Michigan. And our Indoor Play Guide is always a good resource when you need to escape the weather.

For a month-by-month look at the fun to be had in West Michigan, we have 31 Days of March Fun for Kids30 Days of April Fun Ideas, and 31 Things to do in May.


The Hunt is On! Find out where kids can hunt for Easter eggs beyond your backyard, and if you’re feeling ambitious, you can learn how to plan a super awesome egg hunt for all of your friends and family!

All Things Easter

Use our complete list of Easter egg hunts to find biggest, best, or most convenient egg hunt for your family!

If you’re the party planner in your community, you’ll want to check out learn how to host your own neighborhood egg hunt. You’ll be the hero of your neighbors!

Is it even Easter if you aren’t brunching? This big list of Easter brunches around Grand Rapids is full of the best brunch options in town!

Outdoor Fun for Families

This is one of my favorite parts of spring.

We don’t need to tell you that Michigan comes alive in spring, but this limited run season needs to be enjoyed in every way possible before the humid summer days zap the energy of even the busiest kids.

Explore the Outdoors

Our readers know best, so when looking for some outdoor fun, start with our guide to the  top-voted outdoor activities for Grand Rapids families.

Then head over to our list of family-friendly events around West Michigan to fill in the rest of your spring days.

West Michigan is home to many incredible parks and playgrounds, so there is no shortage of places to swing, slide, and climb!

Whether your family prefers to hike or bike, we’ve got you covered with our guides to hiking with kids and bike trails for families.

There’s nothing better than an alfresco meal when the weather warms up. Use our guide to restaurants with patios, decks, and other outdoor options to enjoy your sandwich in the sun!


Timely learning experiences are right here!

Learning comes in all shapes and sizes, and can definitely go beyond the walls of a school. We’ve compiled some lists of where kids can get some hands on learning through local camps and classes designed just for them!

Spring Learning

Our Grand Rapids Spring Break Camps & Classes Guide is a one-stop shop for all the places your kid can spend their week off.

Keep busy every day of spring break with our Spring Break Daily Activity Guide.

Exercise the brain and the body with our sports guide and our guide to gymnastics opportunities in West Michigan.


Want to make a quick getaway? There are so many great destinations within driving distance for families to visit, explore, and enjoy a change of scenery.



Road Trips from Grand Rapids

Start with this guide to driveable destinations from Grand Rapids, then dig a little deeper into some of our favorite destinations below!

If you want to stay in our home state, you’ll find lots to do in Traverse City!

Head west to Milwaukee for a midwest vacation in a new town. (If ferry service isn’t open, the drive is very doable!)

Travel to our neighbor to the south – Indiana – and check out Fort Wayne or Indianapolis.

If you’re up for a bit more driving, St. Louis has a lot of family fun to offer!

Or go international and visit Canada! Both Niagara Falls and Toronto are well within a day’s drive, leaving plenty of time to explore over spring break.

Finally, if water slides are your thing, you have many choices not too far from home. Check out all these water parks in the Midwest!


Staying close to home for spring break doesn’t have to mean missing out on spring break adventure. There is plenty to see and do here in Grand Rapids and throughout West Michigan.


Explore Local

But with so much to do, how do you know where to start? Try one (or several!) of these 25 Staycation Ideas.

Only have a day or two? No problem. We’ve got you covered with these single day roadtrips.

If you want to stay local and see all that our city has to offer, you can experiencing Grand Rapids with kids in three days, or try a few of these eight afternoon outings in downtown Grand Rapids.


Spring Savings

Spring is when second hand sales start up around West Michigan.

Use our Spring Consignment Sale Guide to nab some great deals, and then spend your savings on other family fun around town.

Find even more deals at some of our favorite repurposed, vintage, antique, and resale shops in Grand Rapids.

Treat Mom to these Mother’s Day Specials around Grand Rapids

Don’t Forget – Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2019

I’m in a Mother’s Day sandwich right now. I am a mother, and I am a daughter. I need to balance my time giving my own mom her well-deserved props while soaking in the love my own family shows.

If you’re looking for ways to show the mom in your life (or yourself, if that’s how this works out) some special attention, here’s a roundup of special events and deals for moms going on around greater Grand Rapids for Mother’s Day this year.

Mother’s Day Specials – Grand Rapids & Lakeshore



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