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Chefs cooking at Grove restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Restaurant Week 2015

Summer has officially arrived and it's obvious that it's here as the farmer's markets swell with more stalls and colorful produce.  There's something to be said about eating during this time of year- ...more

Posted June 25, 2015

 

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Chefs cooking at Grove restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Restaurant Week 2015

Summer has officially arrived and it's obvious that it's here as the farmer's markets swell with more stalls and colorful produce.  There's something to be said about eating during this time of year- ...more

Posted June 25, 2015
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Summer in Grand Rapids means fun-filled activities and events for all ages. Here are a few of our favorites:

Active Fun

Head to West Michigan beaches for a day of swimming, sandcastle-building, dune climbing and more.

Cool off on the Splash Pad at Millennium Park - which also includes a swimming lake, sandy beach, picnic facilities and nearly 20 miles of biking/hiking trails. All just five minutes from downtown!

Detroit Lions Summer Football Fundamentals Camp is a four-day session designed to improve a child's beginning, intermediate or advanced skill level. Open to boys and girls ages 6-14. June 29 - July 2.

Detroit Lions Football Education Offensive Skills Academy is a four-day session covering the fundamentals of quarterback, running back and wide receiver play. Open to boys and girls ages 6-14. July 27-30.

The Buck Creek Run includes a 5K course plus various kid's runs for children as young as two years old. July 3.

The Rockford Area Kids Triathlon offers triathlon-like swimming, biking and running events in seven age categories, all under 18. July 11.

Trio del Sol 2015 includes a kids' triathlon challenge and youth splash & dash aquathon in addition to adult sprint and Olympic events. July 18.

Team Orphans Cookie 5K is a run/walk through the orchards at Robinette's Apple Haus. Fun for the whole family. July 25.

Exploration Fun

The Discovery of King Tut at Grand Rapids Public Museum is a dazzling multimedia exploration of the boy king's ancient realm. The exhibit includes more than 1,000 replicas of items from King Tut's tomb, all reconstructed by master Egyptian craftsmen. Through September 1.

The Summer Film and Acting Camp at Compass College of Cinematic Arts lets kids ages 13-18 shoot or star in a film. June 22-26.

Arts Day Camp at Master Arts Theatre offers classes for kids entering kindergarten-2nd grade and 3rd grade - 8th grade. July 27-31.

Camp Curious provides kids aged 4-16 with the opportunity to use Grand Rapids Public Museum as a learning lab. A variety of camps are offered from June 15 through August 13.

Bring the kids to a family farm to see where their food comes from. Select farms offer u-pick of various fruits in season, including strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins.

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

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park offers a variety of classes and camps for kids throughout the summer.

Entertainment Fun

Movies in the Park return to downtown's Ah-Nab-Awen Park - bring your blankets, chairs, beer, wine and snacks, and enjoy a movie under the stars:
Dazed & Confused, June 19
Dirty Dancing, July 10
Hook, July 24
The Matrix, August 7
• Viewer's Choice & The Lost Boys, August 21

HONK! Encore is a reprise of the family musical that took Europe by storm. Based on The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson. June 18-20.

WWE Live: Summerslam Heatwave Tour presents some of your favorite WWE superstars - including John Cena, Rusev, Daniel Bryan, Bad News Barett and Sheamus - live in action at Van Andel Arena. June 20.

Circle Theatre presents The Jungle Book, an action-packed stage adaptation of the classic adventure story. June 24-28.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan - Summer is an Olympics-style event complete with lavish opening ceremonies and 37 different sports competitions. Come cheer on athletes from across the state. June 25-28.

The Port City Princess July 4th Fireworks Cruise & All-American Buffet offers the best view of the fireworks over Muskegon Lake. July 4.

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents two special children's shows from July 24 - August 2:
• Footloose, a teen musical based on the popular movie
• A Little Princess, set in a girls' boarding school in London

Byron Days Festival is a fun-filled family weekend featuring a 5K race and kids fun run, parade, concerts and more. July 24-26.

Cruizin' the Calder brings 200-300 custom cars, classic cars, hot rods and custom truck to downtown's Calder Plaza for a show and fundraiser followed by a cruse from downtown to 28th Street. July 25.

Teen favorite band One Republic performs at Van Andel Arena in conjunction with the Meijer LPGA Classic golf tournament. July 25.

The West Michigan Whitecaps, a Detroit Tigers affiliate, continue their pursuit of another Class A title at Fifth Third Ballpark.

ArtPrize

Make plans now to attend ArtPrize 2015, the world's richest, most radically open art competition. ArtPrize brings 1,500+ artists and 400,000+ visitors to downtown Grand Rapids for 19 days of art everywhere. It's great fun for all ages - and everyone over 16 years of age can vote to determine the contest winners! September 23 - October 11.

For more Family Playcation tips, check out GR City Twist. It gives you planning ideas based on your specified interests - choose from Family Friendly, Art Enthusiast, Chic Shopper, Fresh Foodie and 14 more!

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

Dream Stay for Family

Always Available
Riverfront Hotel-Grand Rapids

Family travel just got a little bit easier with the exclusive Dream Stay for Family package at Riverfront Hotel. Start each morning of your trip on a full stomach, and after the day's adventures are done, take advantage of free, in room Wi-Fi to share photos with friends at home or plan your next trip.

Package includes:

  • Kids 5 & under eat free
  • In-Room Service of free large pizza with 2 liter soda
  • Enjoy a large indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and Dry Sauna
  • Complimentary hot breakfast, Internet, and free onsite parking.
  • Game Room
  • Activity book
  • Late Checkout till 2pm

Terms & Conditions: All rates and rooms are subject to availability. Offer cannot be combined with other promotional offers, award stays, or meeting/group stays. Availability and rate will be confirmed at time of booking and will vary by length of stay, date and are based on occupancy per room. Rate does not include service fees, taxes, incidental charges or gratuities. Rate includes breakfast for up to two adults and two children 5 years old and younger registered in the same room. Breakfast does not include gratuities or alcoholic beverages. Blackout dates apply. Other hotel policy or restrictions may apply. Riverfront Hotel reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time. Any modification or cancellation of reservations will be subject to the policy set forth by the Riverfront Hotel.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Early (Noon-3PM) Check-In or Late 2PM Check-Out

Always Available
Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast

Each cost $25.00 and are bookable online along with ALL packages.

 

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Frederik Meijer Gardens Package

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes:

-Overnight accommodations
-A $25.00 Old Chicago Certificate
-Complimentary round trip shuttle transportation
-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

Gas Card Package

October 06, 2014 – December 31, 2017
Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids West

Package Includes:

-One night's accommodations in a studio/one bedroom/two bedroom suites
-Deluxe hot breakfast buffet each morning
-Wireless internet access
-One $25 gas card

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

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 
-Two 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

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
-Four Castaway Bay passes, starting at $119.00.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website