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Posted March 20, 2014
Grand Rapids offers Spring Break activities and events for all ages!
Books in Bloom: A Spring Break Activity for Kids offers suggestions for spring-themed books to read during the week plus the opportunity to make patterns using paint bottles. Also included is Celebrate Springs with Butterflies Fantastic Flying Fun, Teen Halo Tournament, Board Game Boredom Busters and more. Free at any Grand Rapids Public Library location, April 4-12.
Spring Break Day Camps at John Ball Zoo involve games, animal encounters, interactive trips into the zoo and park, and much more. Two sessions: Zoocation April 6-7 and Wild & Wacky April 8-9. Call 616.336.4300 for details.
Spring Break Day Camps at Kroc Center let children ages 5-12 swim, climb a rock wall, play games, tackle arts & crafts projects, and more. Full week and individual day options, April 6-10.
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. Enjoy special late-night hours (5-8 pm) during Spring Break (April 6-10).
Spring Break means Butterflies are Blooming at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. On exhibit through April 30, it's the nation's largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit. Meijer Gardens also offers:
• Spring Break Sensation for ages 6-9, April 6-7
• Spring Break Spectacular for ages 10-12, April 6-7
• Surprising Seeds for ages 4-5 with adult, April 8
• Grandma and Me: Working with Wood for ages 6-10 with adult, April 8
• Introduction to Zentangle Drawing for ages 11-15, April 8
The Humane Society of West Michigan invites all kindergarten-to-5th graders to spend time with the animals at Spring Break Mini Camp, April 6-8.
Blandford Nature Center, a 143-acre country-in-the-city getaway, offers a variety of single-day camp sessions. Sign up for a single day or a whole week:
• Wonderful Wetlands, April 6
• Spring Fever Gone Wild, April 7
• Raptors of Michigan April 8
• Down on the Farm April 9
• Pioneer Spring April 10
Meijer Free Tuesdays mean free general admission to Grand Rapids Art Museum on April 7 (and all Tuesdays from 10 am - 5 pm). Also, enjoy reduced admission to special exhibitions.
Keep the Change: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin features local musicians and vocalists performing the songs of the beloved folk icon. $3 from each admission will be donated to Kids Food Basket in honor of Chapin's commitment to fighting hunger. April 3 at Circle Theatre.
Spring Break Drop-in Tours at Grand Rapids Art Museum let you and your family explore the galleries with a Museum docent and learn about the Edward Burtynsky: Water exhibition. April 7 & 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.
The Art of the Lived Experiment brings together a range of artworks from more than 35 internationally renowned disability artists, in conjunction with the DisArt Festival. This exhibition will be shared across three venues: Grand Rapids Art Museum, UICA and the Fed Galleries at KCAD. Opens April 10.
Be the first to see The Art of the Lived Experiment at Grand Rapids Art Museum during the Art.Downtown.2015 "shop hop" on April 10. GRAM will be open late to accommodate all the visitors to downtown galleries, businesses and studio spaces. Art.Downtown starts at 6:00 pm, GRAM opens from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts two special family events on Saturday, April 11:
Spring Break for Kids: "Carnival of the Animals" is a 30-minute ballet performance perfect for the whole family, complete with a costume dress-up, temporary tattoos, a free ballet class and a special performance. Presented by Grand Rapids Ballet, April 7-9.
Starlight Safari at John Ball Zoo is an overnight adventure - tour the zoo under the stars, slumber near the chimpanzee exhibit and have breakfast while watching the animals. April 10-11. For students in 3rd to 6th grade. Call 616.336.4300 for details.
Spring Break BASH! at Dairy Discovery includes guided educational tours of a dairy farm plus hayrides, baby-calf feeding, dairy snacks and more. April 10-11.
Flick's Family Film Festival presents free films for kids 12 and under (just $5 for adults) at Celebration Cinema! Grand Rapids Woodland:
• Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, March 27 - April 2
• Big Hero 6, April 3-9
• Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, April 10-16
The Downtown Market offers two kid-friendly classes:
• Family: Snack Attack! Class has parent and child working together to create a fun and healthy snacking experience. April 4.
• Kid Snacks: Fueling up for Having Fun is a kids-only class (ages 6-11) in which kids will make healthy alternatives to processed snacks. April 14.
See Furious 7, the latest Fast And Furious sequel, on a massive IMAX® screen at Celebration Cinema! beginning April 3.
The West Michigan Whitecaps, a Detroit Tigers Affiliate, open the new baseball season with six consecutive home games, April 9-14. Fireworks and a mitten giveaway on Opening Day!
The Grand Rapids Griffins, a Detroit Red Wings affiliate, play at home in Van Andel Arena April 1, 4, 8 and 17. Bobblehead giveaway on April 4!
The Grand Rapids Drive, a Detroit Pistons affiliate, play at home in The DeltaPlex Arena on April 1 and 3.
Berlin Raceway, which hosts super stocks, super lates, outlaw late models, 4 cylinders and more, opens its 2015 season on April 4.
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.
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.
Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Center offers lots of indoor adventures, including go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, high ropes and more.
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.
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.
Jester's Court Party and Play Center 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.
Paved biking and hiking trails through all sorts of terrain provide a great opportunity to get exercise and observe nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Package Includes: Room with a King bed or 2 double beds with 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- a benefit card that gives access to exclusive discounts and specials from local arts and cultural organizations, complimentary late check out (1:00 PM day of departure). https://riverfronthotelgr.com/rooms/specials
$119.00 (Add'l. $20 for weekend)
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.
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.
Package includes: Room with a King bed or 2 Double beds with a River view (Based on availability). 2 Admission tickets to one of the following Grand Rapids attractions: *Frederick Meijer Gardens *Grand Rapids Art Museum *Gerald R. Ford Museum Free breakfast vouchers for up to 2 Adults and 2 Children in The Landing Restaurant. Complimentary late check out up to 1:00 pm.. www.riverfronthotelgr.com/rooms/specials