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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!
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 GrKrocCenter.org 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.
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!
IF YOU WANT TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS…
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!
IF YOU WANT TO GET OUTSIDE…
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.
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IN A SHOW…
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.
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING…
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 Workshop. Imagine building a robot and programming it to make it do what you want!
IF YOU WANT TO STAY INSIDE…
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!
IF YOU WANT TO TRY SOMETHING NEW…
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!
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CAMP…
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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