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Host a Memorable Reunion in Grand Rapids--and We'll Help

Good things happen when you gather with far-flung friends, service members, co-workers, or family members for a reunion. It’s the perfect time to reconnect and revisit the past, of course. But it's al...more

Posted October 21, 2014

 

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Fall Season Fun

 

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Host a Memorable Reunion in Grand Rapids--and We'll Help

Good things happen when you gather with far-flung friends, service members, co-workers, or family members for a reunion. It’s the perfect time to reconnect and revisit the past, of course. But it's al...more

Posted October 21, 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

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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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, and wireless internet access and 1 $25 gas card

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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