Top Things to do in April with Kids: 2021

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April Showers Can’t Put a Damper on April Fun

Pack your umbrellas and get ready for adventure!

West Michigan is raining opportunities for your family to get out and enjoy nature, or stay inside and play.

April kicks off with Easter events and Spring Break fun and quickly moves on to plants & animals galore.

Below, find a round-up of Top Pick West Michigan events for April.

Be sure to check the daily calendar for even more exciting West Michigan adventures!

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Highlighted Grand Rapids Events
BRICKLIVE Supersized! at John Ball Zoo 2021
John Ball Zoo

BRICKLIVE Supersized JOhn Ball Zoo

1300 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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March 27-September 26

If you enjoyed last year’s brick toy Zoo Takeover, you’re going to love BRICKLIVE Supersized!

This traveling exhibit is making its first US stop (straight from Great Britain!) to bring over 30 astonishing larger-than-life toy brick animal sculptures right here to West Michigan.

BRICKLIVE Supersized! will be on display at John Ball Zoo from March 27-September 26 and is included with general admission.

11:00 AM
Green Space

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6509 Fricke Ct NE
Rockford, MI 49341
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March 30-April 30, 2021

Come interact and learn about our bunnies! Indoor or outdoor, weather permitting. By appointment only. $5 per child, $15 per adult, discounts offered.

Hands on interaction. Offering a cozy indoor setting to spend time petting, feeding, and learning about our bunnies. Outdoor visits too! Extra hours available during Spring Break 4/3-4/10!

6:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Event

GRPS School Choice Expo GR Kids square

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April 20, 2021

Grand Rapids Public Schools is proud to offer the region’s largest, most comprehensive selection of school choices in all of West Michigan including neighborhood schools, theme schools, and more.

Learn more at the GRPS Virtual School Choice Expo scheduled for Tuesday, April 20 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM! Meet our principals and request a virtual tour. PLUS be entered to win a $50 or $100 gift card to Meijer. Winners will be chosen during the virtual event. Must register and attend to win.

Highlighted Grand Rapids Events
Reimagine Trash: Virtual Recycling Center Tour
1:30 PM
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Mondays, April 5-June 28, 2021 | 1:30-3:00pm

A FREE weekly virtual tour on Facebook Live!

Learn about the recycling process and machines, get behind-the-scenes views, access a craft video with simple instructions, ending with an interactive question and answer time.

9:00 AM
West Side Christian School

Spring Fling

955 Westend Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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May 1, 2021 | 9am-3pm

HUGE outdoor Spring Fling event featuring a marketplace with 70+ vendors, a Super Royal Party with 12 Disney characters from Olivia Grace & Company, a petting zoo, pony rides, and five food trucks! Reserve your Super Royal Party tickets today!

Super Royal Party: Adults - free; Kids (2-17) - $25; Petting zoo is free; Pony rides are $5; Admission to food trucks and outdoor marketplace area is free

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Tri Greenville Kids Triathlon
11:00 AM
Baldwin Lake Beach

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Greenville, MI 48838
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June 5, 2021

SWIM, BIKE & RUN your way into summer with the TRI Greenville Kids Triathlon!

This beginner-friendly sprint distance event is for kids ages 7-15. Kids can celebrate their accomplishments with an official event shirt and finisher medal. Give it a ‘TRI’!

$33, register today! A $10 late fee will be added after May 17.

Top Things to Do in April

Thursday, Apr 1
11:00 am

Free admission all day!

Friday, Apr 2
12:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Kentwood, MI

Easter Eggsploration at East Paris Nature Park

Can you find the dozen golden eggs hidden in East Paris Nature Park and Paris Park? FREE

Friday, Apr 2
9:00 am

Enjoy live science shows, intriguing exhibits and planetarium shows, as well as festive food experience featuring a food truck from ART: Caribbean Fusion Cuisine along with an assortment of beverages and beer from City Built Brewing Company.

Saturday, Apr 3
10:00 am

Free admission & Easter Egg Hunt!
Melt-n-pour soap making option, $6.

Saturday, Apr 3
10:30 am

Create your own one-of-a-kind needle felted Easter egg using various colors and patterns. $37

Saturday, Apr 3
12:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Family Birding Bingo at Blandford Nature Center

Families will set off along the trails with a bird identification guide, map, bingo sheet, and binoculars to help track down these winged-wonders. Registration required, $20/family.

Sunday, Apr 4
10:00 am

Learn all about these animals through a up-close, hands-on experience: Kangaroos, Sloths, Lemurs.
Reserve your spot in advance.

Monday, Apr 5
10:00 am

Come see the new life that Spring brings us! Meet the new baby ducklings, chicks, lambs, kids, and calves!
$5 person, $20 family/household

Tuesday, Apr 6
10:00 am

Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course! Offering endless adventurous activities for guests of all ages.

Wednesday, Apr 7
9:00 am
Top Pick Event in Newaygo, MI

Days of Adventure | Spring Break at Camp Henry

Includes a full schedule of camp programs and activities plus lunch. Ages 7-13, $50/day

Thursday, Apr 8
12:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Family Day: Art and Nature at Grand Rapids Art Museum

Celebrate the arrival of spring and Earth Day with several activities! Free with admission.

Thursday, Apr 8
10:00 am

JBZ Superhero Day

Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Superhero Day at John Ball Zoo at John Ball Zoo

April 8, 2021

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superhero Day at John Ball Zoo!

Friday, Apr 9
8:00 am

Walk the trails for exercise, fresh air & sunlight! FREE

Saturday, Apr 10
9:00 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Cat's Meow Planter for Kids at Koetsiers

Kids will plant their own cat grass seeds! Masks & registration required, $10. Includes planter, soil and seeds!

Monday, Apr 12
7:00 pm

FREE! This drop-in program allows kids (6 and up) time to explore and discover different STEAM tools. Dash and Dot robots, a Sphero, a Makey Makey, a 3D Pen, LittleBits, and more!

Tuesday, Apr 13
6:00 pm

The music is softer, flashing lights are minimal, the arcade is turned off and overall, the distractions in our family entertainment center will be dialed down.

Wednesday, Apr 14
10:00 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Miles of Murals Walking Tours at Rosa Parks Circle

A FREE walking tour exploring Downtown GR's public art and murals!

Friday, Apr 16
10:00 am

Tiny Jumpers, Big Fun! For children ages 5 and under, $4.99/person. Mask required.

Saturday, Apr 17
10:00 am
Top Pick Event in Holland, MI

Greenway Fun Run/Walk at Van Raalte Farm Park

Funds raised go toward updating the trail maps at the park. $20-$30

Saturday, Apr 17
9:00 am
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Child Safety Seat Recycling Event at John Ball Zoo

Accepting broken, outdated, and unwanted child safety seats (car seats). FREE, follow all listed instructions.

Saturday, Apr 17
4:00 pm

Berlin Raceway kicks off with the 10th Annual Ice Breaker.

Saturday, Apr 17
7:30 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

Ten For All Festival at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Live performance is BACK at Civic Theatre! The Ten For All festival is a showcase of ten-minute plays written by local playwrights and performed by local actors. $10/tickets, limited capacity.

Tuesday, Apr 20
10:00 am

Michigan's Farm Garden will be the focus for these springtime walks for preschoolers & families.

Thursday, Apr 22
6:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day by getting your hands in the dirt and PLANTING!

Friday, Apr 23
5:00 pm

Donation: $5/person or $15/family. Some train items will be on sale. Pre-packaged snacks and drinks.

Friday, Apr 23
5:30 pm

Join the museum and the GVSU Geology Department to learn about the rocks found within Michigan. Program will be held outdoors.

Friday, Apr 23
12:00 pm

Life-size balloon art will be on display in twelve of our restaurants and retail stores. FREE

Saturday, Apr 24
10:00 am

All food drive participants will receive free admission for that day!

Saturday, Apr 24
9:00 am

Donation: $5/person or $15/family. Some train items will be on sale. Pre-packaged snacks and drinks.

Saturday, Apr 24
10:30 am

EatPlayGrow teaches young children (5 & under) and their caregivers about nutrition and healthy habits. Kids- FREE, Adults- gen. admission ($5 Kent Co. residents)

Sunday, Apr 25
10:00 am

Explore our trails liked with miniature fairy houses at this COVID-Careful Event!
$7 per person, $25 for a family of 4

Tuesday, Apr 27
12:00 pm
Top Pick Event in Grand Rapids, MI

GRAM Free Tuesdays at Grand Rapids Art Museum

Free general admission.

Friday, Apr 30
5:15 pm
Top Pick Event in Hudsonville, MI

Friday Family Fun Pack at Hudsonville Lanes

1.5 hours of bowling, shoe rental, hot dog, chips, and unlimited pop for up 6 people. $45 per lane. Start times of 5:15pm, 5:30pm, or 5:45pm.

Friday, Apr 30
12:00 pm

Kick off the celebration with an Arbor Day proclamation, followed by a tree planting. Complimentary hot dogs and slushies will also be available.

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