Whether it's a snow day, a rainy day or a day you just want to play inside, Grand Rapids offers a wide range of fun indoor activities for all ages, in all seasons.

Meyer May House - Winter

For those that are appreciative of architecture or history, the Meyer May House is a great place to check out.

Photo by Nick Irwin for Experience GR


Delve into history, culture and outer space at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and its Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.

Browse the indoor gardens and galleries at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – the Tropical Conservatory is always warm and toasty!

Peruse vast collections of paintings, prints, photographs and other visual delights at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Discover the lived experience of the local Black community at the Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives.

Explore the life and times of Grand Rapids’ own Jerry Ford at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

Visit the Meyer May House to see a meticulously restored Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie home complete with original furnishings and faithfully executed reproductions.

Shop 22+ artisan food vendors under one roof at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

Shop for everything under the sun in malls and neighborhood shopping districts.

Get Culture Pass GR to enjoy discount admission to some of the area’s top attractions!

Event at Amped Virtual Reality

If you're looking to try something new, Amped Virtual Reality is the perfect place to start.

Photo by Haley Chicoine for Experience GR


See a movie in downtown’s Studio Park entertainment complex or at Celebration! Cinema locations on the city’s north (with giant IMAX screen), south or southwest side.

Attend a play or musical at Broadway Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids or Circle Theatre.

Treat yourself to a professional ballet, opera or symphony production.

Check the Van Andel Arena schedule for superstar concerts, family shows and professional sporting events – including Grand Rapids Griffins hockey (October-April), Grand Rapids Gold basketball (November-March) and Grand Rapids Rise volleyball (January-May).

Enter the world of virtual reality via 50 games and escape rooms at Amped Virtual Reality.

Play a board game at House Rules Lounge – they have hundreds of games to choose from – while enjoying an adult beverage.

Test your code-breaking, problem-solving and combination-cracking skills at The Great Escape Room, Grand Rapids Escape Room, Locked 460 Escape Rooms and The Ruse Escape Rooms.

See a comedy show at The Comedy Project, Dr. Grin’s Comedy Club or Midtown – the laughs come fast and furious.

Enjoy a live-music concert – check out who’s playing where during your stay.

Family Bowling at Spectrum Lanes

You can never go wrong with a classic game of bowling.

Photo by Brian Kelly for Experience GR


Get your steps in when the weather outside is frightful – walk the mile-long downtown skywalk or two indoor malls: Rivertown Crossings and Woodland Mall (be prepared to brake for bargains).

Go fowling – a combination of football and bowling – at the Fowling Warehouse in Grand Rapids.

Indulge in some Break Room Therapy – smash printers, TVs, dishware, computer monitors and more for fun and frustration release.

Scale the walls at Higher Ground Rock Climbing Center and Terra Firma Bouldering Co.

Play a round of indoor miniature golf at Great Lakes Glow Golf.

Try your skill at hundreds of the hottest new arcade games (and enjoy some delicious food) at Dave & Buster’s.

Gear up for a family-friendly game of indoor laser tag at Battle Grand Rapids Tactical Games.

See if you can hit the bullseye at FlannelJax's and Wood-Splitters Axe Throwing – it’s like darts on steroids.

Play indoor pickleball – and sample some boundary-pushing beer, wine and cider – at Broad Leaf Brewery + Spirits.

Head to a bowling alley for a friendly game of 10-pin.

For the young and young at heart: learn through play at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, ride indoor go-karts and play arcade games at Craig’s Cruisers, roller skate at Tarry Hall or Byron Fun Spot, swim at The Kroc Center and other indoor pools, hit the trampolines at Altitude, Launch, Rebounderz and Sky Zone,

Cooking class at the Local Epicurean

The Local Epicurean offers Italian-inspired cooking classes for all abilities.

Photo by Haley Chicoine for Experience GR


Tour local breweries to discover why Grand Rapids is Beer City USA and America’s Best Beer City.

Sample exclusive wines and more on a guided Raise a Glass Wine Tour of greater Grand Rapids.

Head to Sacred Springs Kombucha Bar for “a life-giving beverage and a life-changing conversation.”

Take an Italian-inspired cooking class at The Local Epicurean – they have classes for all abilities.

Learn or hone creative skills during an artist-led “paint-and-sip” class at Brush Studio.

Get hands-on instruction in fresh floral design from Eastern Floral.

Create your own custom-blend candle, sugar scrub, lotion, or reed diffuser at Wax Poetic Candle Bar.

Check out The Aroma Labs to create your signature scent that can be used in a one-of-a-kind perfume, room spray, hand soap, and more

Browse Spruced Studio workshop listings for DIY opportunities – learn to make your own signs, pillows, doormats, blankets, earrings and more.

Shopping Malls and More in Grand Rapids

There’s nothing better than grabbing a coffee and walking around the mall. Whether it’s to window shop or splurge, the malls in and around Grand Rapids are some of my favorites to snack in, watch…