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Glass of beer at Founders

10 Things You Never Knew About Greater Grand Rapids

Everyone has heard about how Grand Rapids is “Furniture City,” the home of Amway and Meijer, and the land of cyclopean church buildings. However, quite a diverse mix of attractions has been added to G...more

Posted April 30, 2015

 

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Glass of beer at Founders

10 Things You Never Knew About Greater Grand Rapids

Everyone has heard about how Grand Rapids is “Furniture City,” the home of Amway and Meijer, and the land of cyclopean church buildings. However, quite a diverse mix of attractions has been added to G...more

Posted April 30, 2015
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Indoors and out, Grand Rapids is bursting with great family activities and entertainment as winter turns to spring!

Active Fun

Tarry Hall Roller Rink offers open skating on Friday, Saturday and evening weekends - parent admission is just $1 with a child's paid admission ticket.

Break out the swimsuits and head to one of our indoor water parks. Castaway Bay at Ramada Plaza Hotel features a three-story, 180-foot waterslide and a relaxing spa. The Big Dip at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites South also has a three-story waterslide plus activity, lap and vortex pools.

Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Center offers lots of indoor adventures, including go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, high ropes and more.

Hit the lanes for a few games of family bowling at Fairlanes Family Entertainment Center (southwest Grand Rapids), Westgate Bowling Center (northwest) or Wengers Bowling Center (northwest).

Paved biking and hiking trails through all sorts of terrain provide a great opportunity to observe nature waking from its winter slumber.

Sports Fan Fun

The Grand Rapids Griffins, primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, skate all the way through the post season in downtown's Van Andel Arena - named the #1 place to watch a minor-league hockey game.

The West Michigan Whitecaps, a Detroit Tigers affiliate, open their 22nd baseball season at Fifth Third Ballpark on April 9 - with 20+ additional home games through May. Lots of kid-friendly promotions all season long!

Exploration Fun

Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming at Frederik Mejier Gardens & Sculpture Park is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation, featuring thousands of winged wonders flying freely in a Tropical Conservatory. March 1 - April 30.

John Ball Zoo opens for the season on Sunday, March 1. Be among the first to meet Neo, the new baby bongo (a large forest antelope) born over the winter. The Zoo also offers special "Kid's Night Out" programs on May 15.

Little GR is a new role-playing, dramatic-play exhibit at Grand Rapids Children's Museum, featuring real-life environments normally off-limits to children. Opens April 30.

Holland's Tulip Time Festival, named the nation's best small-town festival, takes place just 30 minutes west of Grand Rapids. It serves up a week's worth of family-friendly fun, including:
Quilt Show, May 2-9

King Tut imageThe Discovery of King Tut at Grand Rapids Public Museum reconstructs the tomb and treasures of the Boy King, and presents more than 1,000 replicas of important finds from the time of his reign. May 16 - September 1.

Drop-In: Family Saturdays at Grand Rapids Art Museum offers hands-on art-making activities for children and families, plus gallery activities. Every Saturday from 1-4 pm.

Kids' Cooking Classes at the Downtown Market get children into the kitchen, cooking easy recipes while learning new culinary techniques and integrating new food.

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
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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
-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
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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