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35+ Nightlife in Grand Rapids: Where To Go When You Aren't 22 Anymore

I'm not sure how it happened, but it seems like one day I suddenly went from being "wrapping up my 20s" to "well into my 30s." Sure, the passage of years makes getting older inevitable, but it still c...more

Posted October 23, 2014

 

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Posted October 21, 2014

Grand Rapids has Spring Break activities and events for all ages!

Special Events

Check out the Kent District Library system for a whole host of fun Spring Break activities and classes, including Drop-In Craft Time, Superheroes Away!, Chess Anyone?, Family and Preschool Storytimes, Very Hungry Caterpillars and much more - at library branches throughout Grand Rapids.

Dinosaurs Unearthed at Grand Rapids Public Museum showcases feathered animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar, plus feathered fossils, a kid's dig site, and more.

The West Michigan Whitecaps, a Detroit Tigers affiliate, play home games from April 21-27.

Activities

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is a great way for kids to burn off energy, with 130+ trampolines and wall-to-wall playing areas for Dodgeball, SkySlam Basketball and more. It's Toddler Time every Friday from 10 am to noon!

Griff's Icehouse, the official practice facility of the Grand Griffins, offers lunch-time and weekend open skates just north of downtown. Patterson Ice Center (southeast corner) offers open skating on its indoor ice rink throughout the week, including special "Tots & Tykes" times.

Take the family roller skating at Tarry Hall (southwest corner), Byron Fun Spot (southwest) or Kentwood Fun Spot (southeast).

The 3 Mile Project is a tween/teen paradise, with indoor reball arenas, video game stations, indoor skate park, a craft & project room. and more. Thursday evenings are designated for 9th-12th graders, Fridays for 7th-8th graders and Saturdays for 5th-6th graders.

Grand Rapids Gymnastics offers open-gym activity for preschoolers on Friday (10-11 am) and all ages on Saturdays (1-3 pm).

A day pass at the Kroc Center lets kids swim, run the track, shoot hoops and climb a rock wall. Tuesdays from 9 am to noon are especially for Toddlers!

Jester's Court in the northwest corner of Grand Rapids includes a Toddler Court with inflatables, and enclosed jungle gym, obstacle courses, interactive games and more. Open play periods are for kids 12 years and younger, and teen nights cater to older kids.

westgate bowlingBreak 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.

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

Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Center offers a full day's worth of activities, indoors and out, including go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, a ropes course, a pizza buffet and more.

Higher Ground Rock Climbing Center offers the finest in "vertical entertainment" - more than 9,000 feet of indoor climbing, a 23-foot high rope room, and a 12-foot high bouldering room.

 

Hotel Package

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
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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

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

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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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

Booking Method
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