2021-22 Winter Break Activities Happening Around Grand Rapids

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2021-22 Christmas & Winter Break Activity Guide

Winter Break in West Michigan Starts Dec 17 or 20, 2021

Some schools are starting break with either a half day or full day off on Friday, December 17, while other districts are starting break on Monday, December 20. Most schools are resume on Monday, January 3, 2021.

So what will you do with your two weeks of winter break? If you use this list, the answer is, “have a lot of fun!”

In This Article

Use this guide to plan your best Winter Break 2021.

*this is a sponsored section of GRKIDS.


Winter Break Fun in Grand Rapids

1971 E Beltline Ave NE STE 103,Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Looking for creative fun over winter break? Visit this popular studio! The Mud Room is a local favorite and has been voted the BEST for multiple Grandtastic Awards.

All ages are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Don't worry if you're "not creative..." Their helpful staff will help anyone feel like an artist!

Drop by during open studio hours to paint pottery or make wood signs. Choose from a variety of projects that both kids and adults will love!

Check their website for winter break and holiday hours before you head over, and expect FCFS seating.

If visiting the studio is not an option, get projects to create at home instead. Shop for projects at the studio or visit their website for easy and convenient online ordering.

Don't forget to follow them on social media or sign up for their newsletter to hear about other artful happenings and events!

Friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable environment with a nice selection of pottery and tools for painting. Very fun place for a friend get-together. - Amanda

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Winter Break Fun in Comstock Park

284 Dodge NE Suite 100,Comstock Park, MI 49321

At BattleGR #WEPLAY. We are all about having fun with options for all ages.
We have programs where you can drop your kids or come and play with them.

• Tactical Laser
• Archery Tag
• Axe Throwing
• E-Sports/PC Gaming
• Arcade
• Café
• Sport Courts
• Gel Blasters

Winter Break Options Include:
• Day Camp
• Family Fun Night
• New Years Eve Events
• Teen-ish Night
• And More!

Check out BattleGR.com/Events for more details.

FANTASTIC facility & amazing set up for laser tag! We loved the variety of game setup options to keep us challenged & entertained. Their basketball/athletic courts were fantastic.

Air Zoo Winter Break 2021

Winter Break Fun in Portage

6151 Portage Rd,Portage, MI 49002

Winter break has never been so exciting!

Join friends and family this holiday break for hands-on fun and learning for the entire family.

From aircraft, spacecraft, and inspiring exhibits, to rides and hands on STEAM stations we will keep you entertained, inspired and learning.

Join us from 11am-3pm on Wednesday and Thursday, December 22-23 and 29-30 for some on-site and take-home STEAM fun with our educators at our DeNooyer Winter Break Family Fun Days and mark your calendar for Countdown to Noon on December 31st for a kid themed celebration.

All activities are included with admission.

GRPM Winter Break 2021

Winter Break Fun in Grand Rapids

272 Pearl St. NW,Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Enter a world of curiosity and inspiration at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Finny, the finback whale skeleton, greets the entire family as you kick off your visit to three floors of exhibits, with interactive games, artifact and specimen inquiries and stories of the past, present and future.

Escape the cold, as the Museum transports you across time - traveling to various ecosystems and learning about the animals and plants that thrive there, exploring cultural traditions from around the world, and immersing into 1890s Grand Rapids.

Plan your visit today at visit GRPM.org. Pre-purchase your tickets for fast track entry.

This museum is a treasure for our community. It shares our history and feeds our curiosity. Their special exhibitions are always current, relevant, and thought provoking.

Fowling Warehouse

Winter Break Fun in Grand Rapids

6797 Cascade Rd SE,Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Looking for a fun and unique activity this winter break? Get in out of the cold and go Fowling!

This original football bowling pin game is taking Grand Rapids by storm.

Reserve a private time for up to 10 people for 2 hours for $120 per lane. OR Unlimited walk-in Open Play for $10/person. Winners stay, losers call next on another lane.

Bring in your own food or have it delivered. No outside beverages, but enjoy our pop, juices, and bottled water - plus two 45 ft long fully stocked bars.

Winter Break Fun in Grand Rapids

11 Sheldon Ave NE,Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is two floors of hands-on interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs that encourage discovery and learning through play for the whole family.

The museum is OPEN for play!

This winter break, GiftWorks is open in our makerspace.

Don't miss special winter break activities & performers planned everyday from December 20-23 & 27-30, free with museum admission. Learn more & plan your visit at www.grcm.org.

Karins Horse Winter 2021

Winter Break Fun in Caledonia

8001 Patterson Ave,Caledonia, MI 49316


At our peaceful farm with friendly staff and over 25 well trained horses and ponies we have something for everyone ~ all ages, skill levels, and abilities.

Participate in ‘Own-A-Horse’ Camp, a One-Time Ride, or try Equestrian Vaulting!

Also available: Therapeutic Riding, Riding Lessons, and More.

Bring the whole Family and visit our special “Christmas Land” with PONY and take pictures.

Tarry Hall Winter Break

Winter Break Fun in Grandville

3330 Fairlanes Ave SW,Grandville, MI 49418

Come skate with us this Winter Break for family fun during weekday afternoons and on special Tuesday evening sessions!

We'll be open for public skating sessions (all ages welcome):

December 20-23 from 1:30-4:30
December 27-31 from 1:30-4:30

*Ugly Sweater Party* Tuesday, Dec 21: 6:00-9:00
*80's Party* Tuesday, Dec 28: 6:00-9:00
*New Years Eve Party* Friday, Dec 31: 7:00-12:30

Skate rental & Skate-Mates available!
See our website for pricing & more details!
Strollers available too 🙂

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Winter Break Fun in Wyoming

5730 Clyde Park Ave SW,Wyoming, MI 49509

Fun memories start ‘where the fun never ends!’

Craig’s Cruisers is West Michigan’s premier destination for family fun this winter, with over 120,000 square feet of indoor recreation! Give the gift of fun this holiday season. Plus, dine in our amazing buffet with offerings that include: full salad bar, pasta, breadsticks, pizza (gluten and dairy free pizza is available upon request), roasted chicken, mac-n-cheese, cookies, ice cream, Pepsi products and more!

Indoor offerings include:
• Go-Karts
• Laser Tag
• Cruiser Coaster
• Ninja Course
• Virtual Reality
• Arcade
• Bumper Cars
• Frog Hopper

Squeeze in a few Last Christmas Activities

Holiday events still left on your bucket list? Sneak in some of these festive activities over winter break. 

If your family loves the magic of the snow and twinkling lights this time of year, grab some hot chocolate, a few blankets, and take a ride around town checking out the Christmas light displays in your area.

The GRKIDS Holiday Lights Tour lists houses with some pretty amazing light displays, all recommended by our readers.

There are also a lot of grand drive-through Christmas displays around Michigan that are also sure to thrill the kids.

1623 Woodward Ave EGR Christmas Lights tunnel with Nutcrackers Hunt

One of our favorite local drive-through Christmas lights shows, boasting over a million twinkling lights, is the Christmas Lite Show at LMCU Ball Park.

Stop into Frederik Meijer Gardens and enjoy the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World where you will find dozens of internationally decorated trees and can explore the railway garden exhibition, a seasonal favorite in many households.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Railway Garden

Outdoor Activities Over Winter Break

Michigan winters can be blustery and cold, but they are also beautiful.

Soak up the beauty of the season with a Snowshoe Hike at Blandford Nature Center. While the nature center itself will be closed, the trails and grounds are open to the public.

If your family likes a little more action outdoors, grab a sled and spend the day flying down hills. Our Winter Outdoor Play Guide has a list of local sledding hills around Grand Rapids.

Kids interested in luge can learn to luge at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.

Or maybe you’ll want to try the latest winter craze: snow tubing. Here’s where you can snow tube in Michigan.

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Indoor Play Ideas Over Winter Break

If the cold weather has you rethinking life in the Midwest, there are still plenty of options to have fun AND stay warm over Christmas Break. 

Stop in at Gymco or Horizon Kids Complex during their open gym hours and take advantage of one of the many open gym options available over Winter Break.

Bowling is always a hit, but if you’ve got older kids, how about fowling? Go bowling with footballs in Cascade at Fowling Warehouse. It’s just weird enough for teens to dig it.

Check out BattleGR for laser tag and other tactical games. Check out laser tag (and maybe even some go-kart riding and ninja courses) at Craig’s Cruisers. Or step into virtual reality with VR games, parties, and more at Amped Virtual Reality.

Kids with all the moves would love rollerskating. Favorites are Tarry Hall and GR Skate & Event Center.

If you are longing for the 80 degree days of summer already, grab your bathing suit and splash around at Holland Aquatic Center, where kids can go down a 150-foot water slide and re-live some of the joys of summer. Or try one of these other great indoor pools around West Michigan.

Movie buffs can see what shows are at Celebration Cinemas this season. Pro tip: head to their Studio Park location downtown, where every seat is a recliner!

Hands on Activities Over Winter Break

There are lots of great ways to keep your kids learning while still having fun. 

Start with a trip to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Explore their unique exhibits during their Snowflake Break, featuring family-friendly activities, a Historic LEGO® Display, Let it Snow Planetarium Shows, and a Santa and Elf hunt. (Riddles will help visitors find 15 historic Santas from around the world in the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit and learn about the traditions of each culture around Saint Nick. Then, visitors will follow clues to try to find all 12 elves hidden throughout the three floors of the Museum. Each year the elves change their hiding spots. The Santa & Elf Hunt is available in English and Spanish, is included with general admission, and can be picked up in the Museum’s front lobby.)

The Mud Room is offering open studio time where kids can paint pottery or a wood sign. They’ve even got curbside service for families who want to paint at home.

Drive over to Portage for an immersive aviation experience at the Air Zoo. You really have to see this place to believe how fun it is.

Animal lovers can ride horses and ponies at Legacy Stables, where they’re providing safe, outdoors experiences for kids.

Budding artists can check out Grand Rapids Art Museum’s drop-in studios over break. This year you can create printed snowflakes.

This year we are celebrating the reopening of Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. They’ve got special activities and performances planned throughout the break.

Winter Break Things to Do – Day by Day

Looking for something to do on a specific day of winter break? Use this calendar of winter break events to find your fun!

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