Where you an Find all the Family Fun for Northwest Grand Rapids Area
There’s a lot of big fun to be had in northwest Grand Rapids – the Berlin Raceway in Marne, West Michigan Whitecaps in Comstock Park, Blandford Nature Center in Comstock Park, the Coopersville train, and Millennium Park in Walker.
But don’t worry, if you prefer a smaller venue for adventure, you still have options, too.
Northwest Grand Rapids is the perfect combination of exciting fun with a small town feel.
There’s a lot that people love about living northwest of GR. Read on to see which town speaks to you the most.
Life in Walker
Why people love to live here: Walker residents have the best of both worlds: 10 minutes or less from downtown GR, and less than 30 minus to Lake Michigan! But right here in our own area we’re home to some of the most visited fun in our area like epic Millennium Park and the animals at Blanford Nature Center.
You should know: Walker doesn’t have a downtown area. This sprawling city is comprised of 4 neighborhood areas: Alpine, Northwest, Standale and South Walker.
Known for: » Fifth Third Ballpark » Strawberries at Krupp Farms » White Pine Trail
Life in Sparta
Why people love to live here: This small town loves to party by way of car shows, fireworks on the 4th, Christmas, concerts, festivals including its most popular, the Celtic festival, just to name a few.
Race cars, monster trucks, fireworks, special events–let your kids experience all the fun, noise, speed and excitement at the Berlin Raceway!
02) Attend a Celebration or Hit up the Splash Pad at Rogers Park
Rogers Park 152 N. State Street, Sparta MI
Located in the heart of Sparta, Rogers Park is a big community gathering spot. Kids love the splash pad, playground and Nash Creek exploring, and everyone enjoys the happenings at the bandshell, vollyeball courts and paved trails.
Fifth Third Ballpark 4500 West River Dr. NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Adults and kids of all ages will have a blast cheering on our home baseball team– so bring the whole family! Grab a front-row seat to get in on the action or pick up lawn tickets to enjoy a ballpark hot dog while you lounge on your picnic blanket.
04) Explore the Outdoors and More at Blandford Nature Center
With 143 acres of natural beauty for you and your little nature-lover to explore, you’re guaranteed to come back again and again.
Highlights include hiking trails, a Wildlife Education Center, farm animals, snowshoe rental, cross country ski trails, Nature Nook playscape, art exhibits, wildlife observation areas- as well as special events, classes and camps.
KDL Libraries have so much to offer! Since each branch has its own unique children’s area, including hands-on activities, puzzles, dress up stations, interactive toys, iPads and more- you can stop in any time for loads of educational fun.
KDL libraries also host story times, classes and special events for ALL ages, so be sure to check their website for upcoming classes and events. Three great libraries in this community are the Walker, Alpine and Comstock Park locations.
Head to the Coopersville Farm Museum for their special events. Let your kiddos pet the animals, make a craft and enjoy other activities at Kids, Crafts and Critters on the last Saturday of every month from 10 AM to 1 PM.
Come back later in the week to enjoy some acoustic folk music at Jam Night- held the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6 PM – 9 PM.
Schwallier’s Country Basket in Sparta has everything you need for a perfect fall outing- farm animals, a corn maze, kids play area, tractor rides through the orchard, donuts and pick your own pumpkins!
Did you know the Berlin Fair is Michigan’s longest running fair? Taking place annually since 1855, families can enjoy carnival rides, grandstand events, food booths, a mobile zoo, livestock competitions, agricultural exhibits, contests and lots more!
Let your little train-lover take a ride on a real train! The Coopersville & Marne Railway provides passenger service for the seven mile stretch of railway between Coopersville and Marne from April through December. And for an extra special trip, be sure to check out the seasonally themed train events and excursions offered throughout the year!
Bring the kids to Krupp Farms in Comstock Park and let them help pick strawberries and raspberries. Then reward yourselves with a hot dog and Krupp Farms Strawberry Sundae at the Krupp Farms Milk House!
Play 19 holes on the mini-golf course, grab some corn dogs, cheese fries and frozen cokes for dinner, then finish up with some yummy ice cream! (Good luck choosing between their 18 flavors of hard ice cream, 4 flavors of soft serve, 25 different flurry combinations, shaved ice flavors, smoothies, slushes, glaciers, sundaes and 6 flavors of cone dip!)
The White Pine Trail is Michigan’s second-longest rail-trail, stretching for 93.5 miles through five counties and includes miles of beautiful trails for walking, biking and enjoying nature. Comstock Park area is at the southern end of the trail and includes a lovely staging area with parking spots, picnic tables and benches, as well as access to many local businesses and restaurants.
Wahlfield Park offers an extensive network of trails that explore a hilly mix of woods, creek valley and open fields and the trails are open to walking, mountain biking or cross country skiing.
The park also includes a picnic shelter, a large playground and restrooms.
20) Celebrate the Holiday Season in Sparta
Downtown Sparta, MI 49345
Each year, Sparta ushers in the holiday season with an abundance of holiday events!
Bring the whole family downtown to enjoy visits with Santa, Elf workshops, horse-drawn wagon rides, craft shows, holiday concerts and programs, living nativity, Santa Express rides and the annual Shop Sparta event.
Keri is a mom of four who enjoys "pizza and movie nights" at home with the family. When she is not managing ads for grkids, chauffeuring children, or trying out a new crockpot recipe, you can probably find her attempting to enjoy a cup of coffee before it gets cold.