Winter Break Activity Guide for Grand Rapids – 2016

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2016 Christmas & Winter Break Activity Guide

Thanksgiving is over and there’s just a short time before Winter Break is upon us! How are you planning to fill the long days? Use this guide to help you plan your days for make Winter Break 2016 the most memorable one your kids have seen yet!

You’ll find on this guide the best in creative play with the Mud Room and ArtEngage. You’ll also find the best in West Michigan in active play with Catch Air, R-Athletics, Sky Zone, Tarry Hall Roller Rink, The Fun Spot Roller Rinks, and Jester’s Court.

We’ve also listed some other great ways to keep your kids active and make this Winter Break the perfect segue into 2017!

Kids Paint Pottery, take Camp Mud and learn the Potter’s Wheel at The Mud Room

The Mud Room is a DIY Art Studio for all ages, offering pottery painting, clay and potter’s wheels, canvas, pallet signs and more!

Voted Top Art Class/Studio for Kids in the Grandtastic Awards, The Mud Room is the perfect place to spend your Winter Break! They will be offering Camp Mud classes for kids and seasonal adult classes, too. You can also stop in during open studio hours and their friendly staff will be there with tips and inspiration to help you create a masterpiece of your own.

Drop in during Open Studio Hours, or check out their creative Classes & Events, including:

  • Tue 12/6: Handprint Happy Hour
  • Thur 12/8: Holiday Paint-Your-Own Pallet {ages 16+}
  • Thur 12/15: Potter’s Wheel Class {ages 16+}
  • Fri 12/23: Camp Mud – Potter’s Wheel & Paint Pottery {ages 7-15}
  • Fri 12/30: Camp Mud – Potter’s Wheel & Canvas Painting {ages 7-15}
  • Sun 1/1: New Year’s Day PJ Party {all ages}
  • Thur 1/8: Winter Paint-Your-Own-Pallet {ages 16+}

Class sizes are limited, so sign up early! Camp Mud classes for kids are $29/child per class, and each child who attends 3+ Winter Break Camp Mud classes will get a $10 gift card! {see details online}

Can’t make it to a class? Schedule your own Potter’s Wheel or Pallet Painting with family and friends! Ages 7 to Adult are welcome. Find out more info and request an appointment on their website.

“Went here this morning with my 5 year old. It was perfect for her, but would also be great for adults only. We did the glass fusing, which was amazing. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!” – Courtney 


1971 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Christmas Break at the KROC Center

Come play at the Kroc Center this Christmas break! We’ll have extended hours for the pool, game room, climbing wall, and art room. All activities are free for members. Non-members may purchase a day pass ($5.50 for ages 11 and under, $7.50 for ages 12 and up).

Christmas Break Day Camp also offered December 22-23, December 26-30, and January 2 from 9 AM–4 PM for ages 5–12. Christmas Break campers will enjoy swimming, rock climbing, Bible lessons, arts & crafts, and sports.

Visit us at for our complete schedule and for more details on day camp pricing.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2500 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49507


 Get Creative at ArtEngage

The ArtEngage Creation Station is where creativity rules! Paint a masterpiece on canvas, make a craft with recycled products, dig for dinosaur bones, shoot Angry Birds in a giant slingshot! Other activities include marble runs, optical illusions, glow in the dark art, 65,000 LEGOs, gears, light up blocks…the fun never ends! Appropriate for ages 2-102. We also do parties and field trips! So stop in and give your creativity a workout!

ArtEngage, 3150 Plainfield Ave NE B3, Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Play at Catch Air

Catch Air is the very best indoor kids play place and party destination! When it’s too cold to play outside, we’re open 7 days a week to help you get rid of your winter blues!

We have walk in hours from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday-Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sundays from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Walk in prices:
Non walkers – free!
Two and under – $7
Three to ten – $10
Two adults free per child! Extra adults are $3 dollars each.
Everyone must wear socks.

Catch Air, 2978 28th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49512


Tumble and Play at R-Athletics

R-Athletics is Grand Rapids’ premier Gymnastics, Cheer, Rush Athletics and Ninja Zone facility! Check out our new gym which includes a life-size tree-house, fire truck, slides, rock climbing, trampolines and foam pits!
Our staff is highly trained, AED, CPR and Safety certified. After one FREE trial class at R-Athletics you will see and believe in the difference we will make in your child’s life! Call 616-957-4900 today!
R-Athletics is offering 12 Holiday events this December!
They Include: 3 Drop N’ Shops (4hrs.) 5 two-hour holiday open gyms, 3 Skills & Thrills events and a HAPPY NEW YEAR PARTY!

R-Athletics, 2845 Thornhills Ave., Grand Rapids, Mi. 49546


Jump at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Special Toddler Time with Santa on Friday, December 16 from 10am-12pm for children 5 & under – $7 per child! Get your picture taken with Santa.

Winter Break [ 12/23-1/2] Open Hours:
12/23: Open 10am-10pm
12/24: Open 10am-5pm
12/25: Closed. Merry Christmas!
12/26: Open 10am-9pm
12/27: Open 10am-9pm
12/28: Open 10am-9pm
12/29: Open 10am-9pm
12/30: Open 10am-10pm
12/31: Open 10am-5pm
1/1: Open 12pm-5pm
1/2: Open 10am-9pm

Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 3636 29th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512


Rollerskate at Tarry Hall

Winter Break Skating for the whole family. Join us during your holiday break for some family skating.

December 23rd  1:30pm-4:30pm & 7:00pm-10:00pm
December 24th 1:30pm-4:30pm
December 25th Closed Christmas Day
December 26th – Friday, December 30th  1:30pm-4:30pm
December 30th 7:00pm-10:00pm
December 31st 1:30pm-4:30pm
December 31st  6:30pm-9:30pm (New Year’s Eve Party)
January 1st  2:00pm-5:00pm
January 2nd – January 6th 1:30pm-4:30pm
January 7th  1:30pm-4:30pm & 6:30pm-9:30pm
January 8th  2:00pm-5:00pm
Special “Holiday Break” skating price is $5.00 admission – free regular roller skate rental and $1.00 extra for rollerblades.  A parent admission is just $3.00 when they purchase a child’s admission ticket during any of these sessions.

Tarry Hall Roller Rink, 3330 Fairlanes Ave., Grandville, MI, 49418


Rollerskate at The Fun Spot

The Fun Spot will have extended hours during area schools’ holiday break. Santa will be stopping by on Dec. 17 (Sat.) during our afternoon session at Kentwood. Come visit him!

Our New Year’s Eve will have a party in the afternoon for younger children and an evening party for teens. The Family Party will be regular price and the Evening Teen Party will be $25/person (Includes Admission, Rental, Pizza, Pop, and a Balloon Drop with Prizes).

All holiday sessions are $5/skater and weekends are regular pricing. Blades are extra at all sessions

View the entire winter break schedule on our website!

The Fun Spot Kentwood: 14 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49548
The Fun Spot Byron Center: 3651 84th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315


Bounce & Play at Jester’s Court

Escape the cold at Jester’s Court. Our indoor facility features approximately 20,000 square feet of action-packed fun for kids 12 years-old and younger. Softplay (enclosed jungle gym), inflatable slides, obstacle courses, jumps, interactive games and more will keep your kids happy, healthy, and active. Treat your toddler to Toddler Court (for children 3 years and younger) where they will find a toddler-sized themed inflatable, safe play area, and friends their own age.

Jester’s Court, 3707 Northridge Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544



Check our events calendar for daily ideas throughout your kid’s winter break!


Take the family out for a drive to see the lights! Check out our grkids Holiday Lights Guide or visit the Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark– more light displays than you can imagine….PLUS….On select dates, Santa is on hand for the little ones!


Enjoy the free horse-drawn trolley rides in Sparta on December 17 (and visit with Santa while you’re there!) or check out the Christmas Experience with Santa at Deer Tracks Junction. And don’t miss your chance to race while wearing antlers and jingle bells during the 2016 Jingle Bell Run 5K and Snowman Shuffle Fun Run! If you are looking to enjoy some quieter times with nature take part in an outdoor interactive discovery walk during Winter-time Walks in the Children’s Garden at Meijer Gardens.


Prepare to be thrilled by the awe-inspiring feats of aerialists, jugglers, contortionists and acrobats in Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo and be amazed by the incredible musical performances of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  And don’t forget the Christmas classics! GR Ballet presents The Nutcracker while the well-known tale of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe is brought to life on Wealthy Street. Be sure to check out Elf The Musical Jr. in Zeeland, sure to be fun for even the youngest viewers.


Your kids can make their own mini gingerbread houses at most of the KDLs in West Michigan during their Gingerbread Lane and your whole family can enjoy free general admission to the GR Art Museum on Meijer Free Tuesdays. Your kids will love to explore rescue vehicles and learn how to play it SAFE as To The Rescue Races Back to the GR Children’s Museum. If your teen is into technology, don’t let them miss the Teen [Tech]Knowledgy Winter WorkshopImagine building a robot and programming it to make it do what you want!


Trying to stay warm? Check out the train display at Breton Village Mall or get in on affordable fun during GRCM’s Family Night. You won’t want to miss Christmas and Holidays Traditions Around the World at Meijer Gardens, with 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, rooftop reindeer and more than 40 international trees and displays. The kids will love the Railway Garden exhibition! Get the whole family moving (on roller skates!) at Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink Byron Fun Spot, Kentwood Fun Spot or Jumpin Jupiter in Muskegon. Or take the kids out for a fun night of Family Glow Bowling in Holland or get in on a Friday Family Fun Pack of bowling in Hudsonville. Open Gym is a great way to let the little ones get some exercise while having fun! Check out GRGymnastics, For the Kidz Gymnastics, Gymco and others! Or try out Open Play at Catch Air!


Looking for something different this break? Try the Wheelhouse Brunch with Santa featuring photo ops with Santa, an elaborate buffet lunch, cookie decorating and so much more.  And have you tried ARTengage! open paint and Creation Station yet? The Creation Station features over 50,000 LEGOs, marble runs, gears, magnetic building systems, light-up blocks and more!


There are lots of places for kids to spend a few hours burning off holiday break energy. MVP Sportsplex Holiday Sports Camps are one option. Camp Kroc at the Kroc Center is for kids ages 3-13. You can also get the kiddos moving at Gymco’s day camps, when school’s out their camp is in.

Grand Rapids Gymnastics 1601 Galbraith Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. (616) 975-2992

Grand Rapids Public Library 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. (616) 988-5400

Kent District Library | 18 locations. (616) 784-2007

Gymco 2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. (616) 956-0586

Grand Rapids Public Museum | 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. (616) 929-1700


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