One of the things both Grand Rapids locals and visitors enjoy is the variety of entertainment options around town. From $1 hot dogs at a baseball game to enjoying gumbo and jazz, here are a few of the many cool things you can do in Grand Rapids this week:

Monday, April 16: Jazz Gumbo at Kopper Top

6:30; 638 Stocking Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504; (616) 459-2001

Start your week off with Mary Rademacher-Reed, smooth jazz from the Great Gatsby Era, and a bowl of gumbo (or chili). The doors open at 6:00PM and music begins at 6:30.

Cost: $5 students, $10 for members, $15 for non-members, which includes both the entertainment and the gumbo or chili. Admission is free for non-members who join the WMJS at the event.

Monday - Thursday, April 16 - 19: Spy Kids 4 at the Celebration Cinema Flick Family Film Fest

Take your kids to the movies for free! During their Flick Family Film Fest, Celebration Cinema makes family fun super-affordable with free admission to classic family movies for kids 12 and under.

Cost: free for kids under 13; just $4 for kids and over, and adults

Wednesday, April 18: Lorax Fun!

10:00 and 11:00 at the East Grand Rapids Library Branch-other dates & locations below

If your kids like Truffula trees, don't miss the fun at the following Kent District Library branches this week. In addition to making their very own Truffula trees, your kids will enjoy other activities and games celebrating Dr. Suess Lorax (and the new movie!)

Other dates & times:

Monday, April 16, 6:30 PM Byron Township branch

Thursday, April 19, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM East Grand Rapids branch

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM Caledonia Township branch

Cost: free

Thursday, April 19: Thrifty Thursday at the Whitecaps

Game time, 6:35 v. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Take your family out to the ballgame and get hot dogs for $1 and beer, soda, and soft pretzels for $2. College students and military personnel with ID can get a reserved seat for just $5. If you can't make the Thursday game, they play again on Friday.

Cost: Tickets range from $6 (lawn) - $14 (premium box seats)

Thursday, April 19: Sound of Music at Cornerstone University

7:30 (Matthews Auditorium at Cornerstone)

Treat your family to a live performance of this classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about the Von Trapp family and their narrow escape from Nazi soldiers.

Cost: $12 students & seniors; $14 adults


How do you plan to enjoy Grand Rapids this week?