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Made of Stars Lucille Evans 2D Photo Courtesy of ArtPrize.org

What's New at ArtPrize 2014

The countdown to ArtPrize has officially begun and September 24 will be here before you know it. We’ve assembled a quick primer to help you navigate some of the exciting changes to this year’s competi...more

Posted September 16, 2014

 

Family Playcations

Fall Season Fun

 

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Made of Stars Lucille Evans 2D Photo Courtesy of ArtPrize.org

What's New at ArtPrize 2014

The countdown to ArtPrize has officially begun and September 24 will be here before you know it. We’ve assembled a quick primer to help you navigate some of the exciting changes to this year’s competi...more

Posted September 16, 2014
 Fall fun
 Fall fun
 Fall fun at Robinettes
 

Many of the orchards and farms of Kent Harvest Trails and Fruit Ridge Market offer corn mazes, hayrides and fun kids activities in addition to just-picked fall produce.

Fall Play Days at Koetsiers Greenhouse feature games, inflatables, pumpkin painting, hayrides and more, designed for kids 10 years and younger. Monday -Saturday from September 19 to October 30.

The Crane Orchards Corn Maze is a 20-acre marvel of creative design and family fun. Kids under 5 years old get in free! September - October.

Rockford Harvest Fest celebrates the end of the growing season with kids' activities, entertainment, demonstrations, food and more. September 26-28.

The Famous Pumpkin Train takes off with a cast of singing and dancing characters, Saturdays and Sundays from September 27 to October 26. Kids under 2 years old ride free!

Zeeland Pumpkinfest, now in its 30th year is a three-day celebration of fall, community and family fun. October 2-4.

Zoo Goes Boo is six days of Halloween-themed fun at John Ball Zoo, complete with entertainment, crafts, games, prizes, animal activities and a kooky-not-spooky trick-or-treat trail. October 17-19 & 24-26.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents a special weekend of family fun, including Fall Family Days in the Children's Garden, Giant Pumpkins in Michigan's Farm Garden, Tree-mendous Tree Tours and a Hallowee-ones costume party. October 18-19.

Bissell Howl-O-Ween Hoof & Woof Carnival is a fun-filled day for families and their two- and four-legged kids, offering games, food and activities. October 19.

The Wonka Wonderland Halloween Party is a family-friendly night of prizes, games, food and more, to support the Children's Dyslexia Center of West Michigan. October 25.

The Alger Heights Halloween 5K includes a Kid's Fun Run with two courses to choose from. Wear your costume! October 25.

The Haunt and Witches of New Salem offering scarifying thrills for older kids. The fiendish fun begins in late September.

Active Fun

The Grand River Run includes a 1.5-mile family-friendly run/walk on an all-paved loop that takes runners out along the scenic Grand Rivers and back to the Roselle Park Fall River Festival, complete with live music, youth crafts and activities, and more. September 27.

The Gazelle Sports Kids Adventure Challenge is a two-hour adventure race through John Ball Zoo and surrounding parks. Geared for kids 5-12, who will participate in teams of 2-5 people. October 5.

American Heart Association's Grand Rapids Heart Walk includes a Kid's Zone with family-friendly activities like face painting, sand art, a photo booth and mascot race. October 11.

The Zombie Dash is a 5K race against darkness on "post-apocalyptic" downtown streets and paths. Dodge the zombies to stay alive! Kids under 10 can run free with parents. October 25.

Byron Fun Spot and Kentwood Fun Spot offer free roller skating on Fridays from 4 pm - 10 pm, with a $4 skate rental.

Wristband Wednesdays at Craigs Cruisers offer unlimited activity on indoor & outdoor go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, mini-golf, ropes course and more, for one low price. Free three-hour access to the Pizza Buffet, too!

Exploration Fun

ArtPrize, the radically open art competition that puts 1,500+ works of art all over downtown, is fun and fascinating for kids. Check out ArtPrize Family Programs. September 24 - October 12.

Kids Art Fest, presented by Grand Rapids Children's Museum in conjunction with ArtPrize, is a free outdoor art festival giving kids of all ages an opportunity to experience an assortment of art mediums. Live entertainment, too. September 28.

Twilight Sensory Safaris at John Ball Zoo are guided tours that teach you how to use your senses at night, just like many animals. September 27 and October 24.

Real Pirates at Grand Rapids Public Museum tells the story of the first authenticated shipwreck in U.S. waters, with more than 150 authentic artifacts - treasure, weaponry, personal items and more. Opens October 18.

Native American Culture Days at Grand Rapids Public Museum immerses visitors in the rich history of local Native Americans through regalia, dance, music, storytelling, games and crafts. November 7-8.

Drop-In: Family Saturdays at Grand Rapids Art Museum let children and families explore hands-on art-making activities. Every Saturday from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum provides Open Paint time every other Tuesday from 2 pm - 4 pm.

Kids can learn to assemble fresh fruits, veggies and other ingredients into delectable family dishes at Downtown Market cooking classes.

Roger B. Chafee Planetarium hosts four family-friendly shows: Under Scorching Skies and SpacePark360:Infinity are great for all ages; The Little Star That Could is best for ages 8 and under; and Violent Universe is geared at ages 10 and above.

Entertainment Fun

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze!, featuring magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and more. September 18 - 21.

Winnie the Pooh, the season's final East Grand Rapids Movie in the Park, is presented free on the beautiful shores of Reeds Lake. September 19.

The GrandCon 2014 Convention celebrates tabletop gaming and comic books in all their forms. Come to play, meet your favorite creators and interact with fellow fans. September 20-21.

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a family musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel's favorite son. Starring American Idol finalists/Broadway stars Ace Young and Diane DeGarmo! September 30 - October 5.

Berlin Raceway continues to offer family-friendly car racing weekends throughout September and caps off the 2014 season with Monster Truck Madness shows, October 3-4.

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre brings Mary Poppins to the stage for a merry musical of superfragilistic fun. November 14-16.

Grand Rapids Comic Con celebrates comics and pop culture, with vendors, fan panels, fun events and special guests including Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura, Star Trek). November 21-23.

The Art Van Santa Parade fills downtown Grand Rapids with "The Songs and Sounds of Christmas," with local bands, carolers and musical performers joining fabulous floats, decked-out vehicles and of course, Santa Claus himself. November 22.

    Hotel Package

    Breakfast Package

    Always Available
    JW Marriott Grand Rapids

    Enjoy a fabulous night out and a relaxing morning in at the JW. Rates starting at $199 plus tax for Standard room. Breakfast Package includes: Deluxe overnight accommodations (Friday or Saturday night) Complimentary self-parking Breakfast for two adults and two children at six.one.six Contact us for reservations.

    Booking Method
    Call Hotel Directly

    Culture Grand Rapids

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport

    Receive two culture passes with exclusive discounts to Grand Rapids events and a bottle of wine to be enjoyed in our lounge or your spacious suite.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website

    Culture Pass GR

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

    Includes one Culture Pass GR, hot breakfast for 2 adults and children 12 and under registered to the same room and self or valet parking at the hotel.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website
    Booking Code
    ES2

    Culture Pass GR Package

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

    Includes a $40 gift card for breakfast, self or valet parking at the hotel, one Culture Pass Grand Rapids that gives you discounts to many of the areas top attractions, a 20% discount at Plaza Essentials and Plaza Men's Store and use of the Plaza Fitness Center

    Booking Method
    Call Hotel Directly

    Culture Pass GR Package

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

    Experience the culture of Grand Rapids! Reserve a one night stay in a king or two queens and enjoy the complimentary breakfast, wireless internet, peaceful surroundings, and close distance to all of the Grand Rapids Culture.

    Booking Method
    Call Hotel Directly

    Culture Pass Grand Rapids

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Riverfront Hotel-Grand Rapids

    Package Includes: Weekday $119.00 Weekend $139.00 Room with a King bed of 2 Double beds with a River view (based on availability) Free breakfast vouchers for up to 2 adults and 2 children in The Landing Restaurant. One Complimentary Culture Pass Grand Rapids; giving discounts and special offers from 24 local organizations. Complimentary late check out up to 1:00 pm.

    Booking Method
    Call Hotel Directly

    Culture Pass Grand Rapids Package

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Country Inn & Suites East Beltline

    Included is our hot and cold deluxe breakfast buffet, two tickets to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one Culture Pass with discounts to over 20 cultural locations in and around Grand Rapids, complimentary parking, and wireless internet. Package starts at $129.99 p/tax.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website
    Booking Code
    CULTURE

    Frederik Meijer Gardens Package

    Always Available
    Ramada Plaza Hotel

    Includes overnight accommodations, a $25.00 Old Chicago Certificate, complimentary round trip shuttle transportation, and two adult passes to Frederik Meijer Gardens (children’s passes available at ticket counter at gardens) starting at $139.00.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website

    Frederik Meijer Gardens Package

    November 01, 2011 – November 01, 2023
    Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

    Come visit one of Grand Rapids most prized attractions. The Frederik Meijer Gardens is ready for you to come and explore it. Whether traveling alone or with your family the Frederik Meijer Gardens will keep your day packed full of adventures. Attractions such as the Children's Garden, Tropical Conservatory, Arid Garden or the Carnivorous Plant House are just a few stops in your day. Visiting relatives during the holidays? Don't miss out on the "Christmas and Holidays Traditions around the World". You and your family will enjoy the spirit of the season while taking a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, hopping on the trolley or riding on the train around the Railway Garden, the choice is yours! This package includes two tickets to the Gardens ($24 value), and we are just a mile down the road from the Gardens.

    Booking Method
    Call Hotel Directly

    Get Cultured in Grand Rapids

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Homewood Suites by Hilton

    Get Cultured in Grand Rapids! Included in this package are overnight accommodations at our newly renovated upscale extended stay hotel, hot breakfast buffet daily, dinner Monday thru Thursday, Buy One-Get One Free pass from Fredrik Meijer Gardens and discount passes to over 20 area non-profit arts and cultural organizations.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website

    Get-A-Way & Play

    Always Available
    Ramada Plaza Hotel

    Includes deluxe overnight accommodations for up to four people, four Castaway Bay wristbands, and a Craig’s Cruisers entertainment voucher that includes four passes to Craig’s Incredible Pizza Buffet, Craig’s Cruisers activity passes and 20 Game Credits, starting at $139.00.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website

    Got Culture Package

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    JW Marriott Grand Rapids

    Discover Grand Rapids Play tourist. Take in all the well-known and little-known sights while you soak up local culture. Includes all of the following: - Deluxe Accommodations (1 King or 2 Queen Beds) - One Culture Pass Grand Rapids featuring promotions and discounts at many area attractions (Visit www.culturepassgr.com for offer details) - Breakfast buffet for two adults and two children 12 years of age and under registered in the same room in Six One Six (Not valid for a la carte or In-Room Dining) - Self parking for one vehicle (USD16.00 value)

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website
    Booking Code
    CUE

    Got Culture Package

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    JW Marriott Grand Rapids

    Includes one Culture Pass GR, breakfast buffet in six.one.six for 2 adults and children 12 and under registered to the same room and self parking in the hotel ramp.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website
    Booking Code
    ES2

    Grand Rapids Culture Pass Package

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Hyatt Place Grand Rapids - South

    Enjoy one Culture Pass per stay, per guestroom. Valid for special offers with a number of participating venues in downtown Grand Rapids. For a current list of venues visit www.culturepassgr.com. Call to Book Now! 616-724-1234 ext. 0 or 1-888-HYATT-HP

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website

    Island Birthday Party Package

    Always Available
    Ramada Plaza Hotel

    Includes ten Castaway Bay wrist bands, two large one-topping pizzas, three 2-liter Pepsi products, $10 in game tokens, all for $179.00 + tax. (package valid Sundays only) Call hotel directly for booking - (616) 949-9222

    Booking Method
    Call Hotel Directly

    Meijer Gardens

    Always Available
    Holiday Inn Express Grand Rapids Southwest

    Package includes the free hot express start breakfast in the morning and 2 tickets to Meijer Gardens. More tickets can be bought at the gardens. The hotel also has an indoor pool and spa. Rates vary depending on room type and start $129.99 and up plus tax.

    Booking Method
    Call Hotel Directly
    Booking Code
    Meijer Garden

    Old Fashioned Fun Package

    November 01, 2011 – November 01, 2023
    Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

    The Grand Rapids Public Museum has many full time exhibits and special exhibits that will intrigue everyone. Stop by and see the history of furniture city, stroll the old streets of Grand Rapids, or go on a scavenger hunt through the hallways. You can also take a ride on a carousel from 1928 above the Grand River. Offer includes: General admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for up to four guests, 2 adults and 2 children, Four carousel rides, 10% off total purchases at the museum cafe and curiosity shop, and enjoy our new bedding package, complimentary wireless internet, and complimentary hot breakfast to get your day started right.

    Booking Method
    Call Hotel Directly

    Old Fashioned Fun in Grand Rapids, MI

    Always Available
    Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Airport

    Have some old fashioned fun at the Public Museum! Offer includes: General admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for up to four guests Four carousel rides 10% off total purchases at the museum cafe and curiosity shop Swimming in our indoor pool after a long day of fun Daily breakfast, featuring waffles with syrup and whipped cream Terms and Conditions Guests will receive the Grand Rapids Public Museum package voucher at check-in.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website

    Pizza Plunge Package

    Always Available
    Ramada Plaza Hotel

    Includes overnight accommodations in a standard king or two double, a 2-liter bottle Pepsi product, one large one-topping pizza, and four Castaway Bay passes, starting at $119.00.

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website

    The Culture Pass GR Package

    October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
    Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

    Play tourist - Take in all the well-known and little-known sights while you soak up local culture. The Culture Pass GR Package includes: - Deluxe Accommodations - One Culture Pass Grand Rapids featuring promotions and discounts at many area attractions (Visit www.culturepassgr.com for offer details) - Hot breakfast for two adults and two children 12 years of age and under registered in the same room in the Bistro - Self parking for one vehicle in the hotel ramp - Not valid for groups of 10 or more

    Booking Method
    Visit Their Website
    Booking Code
    CUE