2020-21 Winter Break Activity Guide for Metro Grand Rapids

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*featured image is of Grand Rapids Public Museum’s latest exhibit: Sean Kenney’s Wild Connections Made with LEGO® Bricks.

2020-21 Christmas & Winter Break Activity Guide

Mom, how many days until Christmas break?

This year, Christmas Break takes on a whole new meaning for most of us. With kids already being home for virtual school, quarantine, hybrid school, home school or a mixture, the “being home” part won’t be new.

What is special about this Winter Break is that we get a break from thinking about the kids’ different pandemic schedules and remembering who has a zoom call and when.

Winter Break in West Michigan Starts Dec 18 or 21, 2020

Some schools are starting break with either a half day or full day off on Friday, December 18, while other districts are starting break on Monday, December 21. Most schools are resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

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So what will you do with your two weeks of winter break? Grand Rapids is working hard to offer safe, distanced activities both indoors and outdoors .

Use our guide to plan your best Winter Break 2020.

Favorite Winter Break Activities

*this is a sponsored section of GRKIDS.

Winter Break at Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Centers

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5730 Clyde Park Ave SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49509
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"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"

Winter Break at Battle GR Tactical Games

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284 Dodge NE, Ste 100
Comstock Park, Michigan 49321
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Check out our brand new state-of-the-art family entertainment and sport facility. We have fun for all ages including:
New and improved Laser Tag
Archery Tag
and other exciting games we provide for private events.

Order from our delicious menu to make it a family date. We use local ingredients as much as possible, including our Detroit City Soda fountain pop. Friday nights are always teen-ish night at BattleGR so bring your kids ages 10+ for three hours of fun (includes dinner).

Read about the extra safety precautions we have taken on our website, plus check out our holiday specials, gift certificates, and other great gift ideas.

Winter Break at Grand Rapids Public Museum

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272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
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The Grand Rapids Public Museum is open with exhibits fun for the entire family! This winter break explore Sean Kenney’s Wild Connections Made with LEGO® Bricks to see larger-than-life sculptures of animals, plants and more all made with LEGO ® bricks. Go on an expedition in Under the Arctic to learn about climate change through the lens of the Alaskan permafrost. Become a scientist to experiments and test gases and to learn about fossils in permafrost. Advanced ticket purchase required for your visit, along with face masks for the duration of your visit. Learn more and plan your visit at grpm.org today!

Winter Break at Legacy Stables & Karin's Horse Connection

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8001 Patterson Ave SE
Caledonia, Michigan 49316
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Get out of the house for some fresh air and exercise while enjoying a safe, outdoor experience with a horse or pony! We welcome you to our peaceful farm with friendly staff and 25 well trained horses and ponies of all sizes. Something for everyone ~ all ages, skill levels, and abilities. Participate in ‘Own-A-Horse’ Camp, come for a One-Time Ride, or try Open Vaulting! Also available: Therapeutic Riding, Riding Lessons, and More. Contact us for a special holiday activity with photo op for the whole family. We have a large, indoor arena so rain, snow, or shine, you can come!

Winter Break at THE MUD ROOM @ Knapp's Corner

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1971 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
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"Have your kids been missing art class? Need some creative staycation plans? Add a visit to this family-friendly studio to your winter break bucket list!

Paint pottery, make a wood sign or order a creative Winter Art Box! If painting in the studio is not an option, create at home instead. Online ordering makes it easy and curbside service is safe and convenient.

The Mud Room is conveniently located at Knapp’s Corner and has won multiple Grandtastic Awards. Suitable for all ages, no experience necessary."

Winter Break at Air Zoo

Air Zoo Winter Break Guide

6151 Portage Rd
Portage, Michigan 49002
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Igniting imaginations and providing a safe space to learn and play this Winter Break is our top priority! Join us 7 days a week (closed Dec. 25) to imagine, explore and discover science, aviation, history and innovation. Families will enjoy hands on science stations, daily Science Floor Shows, tours and more! Make sure to stop by restoration and welcome our new F-117 too! Plan your visit today!

Winter Break at Amped Virtual Reality

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2923 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
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“We took our kids to a water park, and all they wanted to do was play VR!” - Parent

PERFECT for the entire family. Freshman Anne can draw with light or give herself a fright! Mom can swim with dolphins while Dad and fifth-grader John battle zombies together! 4-year old Susie loves Fruit Ninja or being inside a Disney movie.

There are over 40 experiences, including multi-player options: enter MINECRAFT, swing like Spider-man, complete spy missions, be inside a DISNEY movie, Create 3-D art, swim with dolphins, or travel the world.

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.

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

Stop in to 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.

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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.

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.

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.

Need some time to re-center yourself and your family after this busy holiday season? Sign up for Family Yoga at Renew Mama and have your family practice yoga poses, play games and reconnect.

If you are longing for the 80 degree days of summer already, grab your bathing suit and spend the day splashing 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 drop by the Kroc Center for more indoor water fun!

Movie buffs can sit back and enjoy the show – from the warmth of your own car. Celebration Cinemas has been playing the big screen outdoors this fall.

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. You need to register ahead to visit, but families have been loving this unique opportunity to feel like you have the whole museum to yourself. Right now kid are really digging their Lego Brick exhibit, featuring large sculptures of animals, plants and more.

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.

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. Kids can create a unique graham cracker house at some sessions, or break out the oil pastels at others.

Try Something New for Winter Break!

Winter Break is a great time to go somewhere new.

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

You could also combine animals with Christmas lights at Potter Park’s Wonderland of Lights in Lansing, running through December 27.

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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