It may be snowing outside, but that doesn't mean you have to stay indoors! Fight cabin fever with the kids and check out the exciting (and cold-weather-friendly) activities Grand Rapids has to offer all winter long:

1. Grand Rapids Public Museum & Planetarium

Pass the time with the whole family at the Grand Rapids Public Museum - grandparents on down to the little ones will find something to love in every room. Step back in time on the Streets of Old Grand Rapids, ride the indoor Carousel, and check out the museum's always fabulous exhibits. Tour the night sky in the Roger B Chaffee Planetarium right inside the museum. Grab a snack in the cafe, and on your way out be sure to browse the Curiosity Shop - definitely one of the best gift shops in Grand Rapids!

GRPM is open with limited capacity and many precautions to limit health risks . Advance online ticket purchase is required. The Chafee Planetarium inside the Museum is closed at this time.

Rosa Parks Circle turns into an ice rink each winter.

Rosa Parks Circle turns into an ice rink each winter.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


2. Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle

Enjoy beautiful downtown Grand Rapids while taking to the ice. Rosa Parks Circle welcomes families for outdoor skating through March. It's the perfect way to burn off some winter energy. Experience the magic of 166 fiber-optic lights as they sparkle in the night, reenacting Michigan's midnight sky. Skates are provided -- what are you waiting for?!

3. Grand Rapids Art Museum

Learn and create art together through hands-on projects and museum tours designed just for kids. Explore the impressive collection and inspire those little creative minds!

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a great place to bring kids even in the winter time.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a great place to bring kids even in the winter time.

Photo Credit: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park


4. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Spend the day at Frederik Meijer Gardens with plenty to do inside, the large tropical conservatory creates quite the adventure. Of course the Carnivorous Plant House is always a big hit with the kids! If the weather affords a tour of the gardens outside, be sure to roam the Children's Garden. Take refuge from the chill in the Varnum Family log cabin. Vintage folk toys will entertain and amaze, and it's the perfect spot to warm up by a real fire.

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