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Pick Your Patio: Grand Rapids Offers Plenty of Outdoor Eating Spaces!

Everyone knows that summer flies by, so make sure you make it count.  Move the eating, drinking and being merry to a patio near you!  Recently, the Michigan laws regarding patio construction have been...more

Posted July 3, 2014

 

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4th of July Fireworks Spectacle in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is Booming! Fireworks and More for the Fourth of July

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS AROUND GRAND RAPIDS West Michigan is brimming with options when it comes to Fourth of July Fun! Local communities are going all out with fireworks, festivals and parades th...more

Posted June 19, 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

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 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

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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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

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

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
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Booking Code
Meijer Garden

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
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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
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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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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
Visit Their Website

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 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
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