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Indoor Fun in Grand Rapids

If the weather isn’t to your liking or you just want to play inside, Grand Rapids offers a wide range of fun indoor activities for all ages, in all seasons. Search our events listing to plan ahead for your trip or consider the following activities any time it gets too hot, too cold or too wet.


Explore the life and times of the city’s most celebrated son at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

Delve into history, culture, science 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 the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Let your kids play the day away at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – they’ll learn a lot in the process.

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

Cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team – they play from October-April ¬– and the Grand Rapids Drive basketball team, November-March.

Spend the evening in heated or air-conditioned comfort at 100+ live-music venues, including downtown’s Listening Room, 20 Monroe Live and St. Cecilia Music Center.

Take in a theatre, ballet, opera, symphony or choral show during the fall/winter season – and a Circle Theatre play or musical in summer.


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).

Scale the 23-foot high wall and tackle the bouldering room at Higher Ground Rock Climbing Center.

Drop in to a boutique gym for a specialized workout – from spin classes to pole dances.

See if you can hit the bullseye at Target Axe Throwing – it’s like darts on steroids.

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

For the kids: ride indoor go-karts at Craig’s Cruisers, hit the trampolines at Altitude and Sky Zone, roller skate at Tarry Hall or splash around in the aquatics center at The Kroc Center


Go behind the scenes of Beer City USA on a tour of local breweries.

Brush up on your home brewing skills or learn barista techniques at the Ferris Coffee Lab.

Tour local distilleries for a look at the spirit-making process – and a taste of the finished product.

Take a cooking class at the Downtown Market food emporium – and leave time to browse the facility’s 20+ artisan food vendors.

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

Exercise your body and your mind at a yoga class.

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1. Grand Rapids Art Museum

Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Art...

2. John Ball Zoo

Over 1,500 animals including lions, tigers, bears (oh my)! Both indoor and...

3. Circle Theatre

Each summer, Circle Theatre produces five main stage productions from May...

4. Children's Museum

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of...

5. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Experience America's most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White...

6. TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park

TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park is Michigan’s newest adventure park...

7. African American Museum & Archives

Oral history, in African culture, was performed by the griots or...

8. Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a place of never-ending inspiration and...

9. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts builds creative community by...

10. Actors' Theatre Grand Rapids

Actors' Theatre provides West Michigan with the best in entertaining,...

11. Broadway Grand Rapids

Broadway Grand Rapids was established in September of 1988, opening with...

12. Civic Theatre

Established in 1925, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre...

13. DeVos Performance Hall

Located inside DeVos Place®, DeVos Performance Hall is the 2,404-seat...

14. Grand Rapids Ballet

Under the artistic leadership of Patricia Barker since 2010, Grand Rapids...

15. Opera Grand Rapids

Our mission is to foster and fulfill demand for high quality, live opera in...

16. River City Improv

River City Improv exists because we enjoy entertaining audiences using...

17. Van Andel Arena

Van Andel Arena® — the Must Play Destination of Michigan's fastest-growing...


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