Visiting Grand Rapids for spring break? There are lots of things to keep your family occupied over the long break from school. Here are a few local budget-friendly favorites that you'll want to check out.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum

A stop into the Grand Rapids Children's Museum is a must for any family on spring break in the GR area. The two floors of fun have something for everyone to enjoy – including Mom and Dad and the big kids. Plus, the GRCM host special entertainment and hands-on activities throughout the first week of April for all those families on break. Take advantage of Family Night on Thursday evenings, when admission is just $1.75 from 5PM-8PM! 

Indian Mounds Gem Show 

Kids at the Indian Mounds Gem and Mineral Show in Grand Rapids
Photo credit: Melody VanderWeide


Go rock hounding right here in Grand Rapids! The Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club put on a Gem and Mineral Show  every year over spring break in Rogers Plaza Town Center. This is a huge treat for kids and families because of the children's table. Kids get to choose their own special rock collection while interacting with knowledgeable volunteers, all for under a dollar. 

This year, the Gem and Mineral Show runs April 6–8. Hours are: Thursday 9:30AM-9PM, Friday 9:30AM–9PM, Saturday 9:30AM–7PM.

Drop Into the GRAM for Meijer Free Days

A regular feature at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Meijer Free Tuesdays and Meijer Free Thursday Nights provide free admission for the public from 10AM–5PM each Tuesday and 5PM–9PM on Thursdays. Additionally, the art museum is offering a Spring Break Drop-In Studio experience for families that is free with admission. From April 4–8, visitors can drop into the studio between 1PM–4PM for a hands-on printing press experience. 

Spring Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Kids playing on life size chessboard at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Museum


From April 3–7, the Grand Rapids Public Museum will have hands-on activities and take home crafts available at the GRPM related to both the Whales: Giants of the Deep and Creatures of Light exhibits. These activities will be free with admission. 

In addition to the special exhibits at the museum, you'll also want to check out the planetarium, ride the carousel and explore the streets of old Grand Rapids while you're there. Plan for at least a half a day of fun at GRPM – but our family likes to eat in the cafe and make a day of it!

$5 Ballet for Kids!

Every year during spring break, the Grand Rapids Ballet puts on a show at Peter Martin Wege Theatre that's geared toward kids and costs just $5. This year's production is "The Aquatic Adventures of Johnny Starfish & The Mermaids." The show is just 30 minutes long – perfect for the little audience members – and is preceded by activities including arts and crafts, costume dress-up, and more. Tickets for this performance usually sell fast, so don't wait to get yours. 

Performances are April 4–6 at 9:30aAM and 11AM. For more information, you can call the box office at (616) 454-4771 ext. 10

Free Kids Movies at Celebration Cinemas

Flick's Family Film Festival is a wonderful way to see kid's movies on the big screen for less. Each week, the film festival releases a different movie title that kids 12 and under can watch for free. Adults pay just $5. This year's festival includes Trolls, Monster Trucks and Sing