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    Spring Activities in Grand Rapids

    Get in the spring of things the Grand Rapids way: Take advantage of the warmer weather to explore our grand outdoors and stroll glorious gardens in bloom. Cheer on our pro sports teams as they begin or end their seasons. Check out new music and performing arts shows. Celebrate spring holidays at a restaurant or brewery. Scroll down for more great ideas!

    Ideas for a Spring Visit

    Wander through a tropical observatory as colorful winged creatures flit around you at Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. March 1-April 30.

    Get your funny bone tickled during LaughFest (March 8-18) – its 100+ comedy events include shows by Tiffany Haddish, Trevor Noah and John Mulaney.

    Greet 1,800 animals as they emerge from winter seclusion at John Ball Zoo – it opens March 10 and offers reduced admission through April 27.

    Hop aboard The Bunny Train for a 90-minute ride with a wacky cast of costumed characters. March 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31.

    Join the crowds for the opening of the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball season April 5 – and the 20+ additional home games through May.

    Love movies? Attend the Grand Rapids Film Festival (April 5-7) and Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival (April 13-15) at Wealthy Theater.

    Get In Step with Betty Ford at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum – this new temporary exhibit is a celebration of her centennial. Opens April 10.

    Get your NASCAR fix at Berlin Raceway, which opens the racing season on April 21.

    Join the athletes or spectators for the Fifth Third River Bank Run, America’s largest 25K road race, May 12.

    Celebrate the local cider scene with seven days of special events and activities during Cider Week GR, May 13-19.

    Shop new seasonal selections from 20+ artisan food vendors at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids.

    Choose a beautiful spring day to tour local breweries by foot, pedal or trolley.

    Get outside and move: golf, bike, run or boat.

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    Grand Rapids Griffins

    This AHL team offers the coolest game in town. The Griffins, the primary affiliate of the National...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • Van Andel Arena
    • Interests: sports
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    Fifth Third Ballpark - Home of the West Michigan Whitecaps

    Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The Whitecaps play April through September at Fifth Third...

    • Neighborhood: Northeast
    • 4500 West River Dr. NE
    • Interests: sports
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    20 Monroe Live

    This incredible space is the perfect location to host your corporate event, private concert,...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • 11 Ottawa Ave. NW
    • Interests: music, meetings

    Spring Break

    You’ll find all sorts of things for kids to learn, play and do this spring break. AJ’s Family Fun Center, Craig’s Cruisers, Griff’s Ice House, and the Cannonsburg Zipline Adventure let kids get physical. Blandford Nature Center, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and John Ball Zoo promote fun discovery. Fascinating exhibits at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Wilderness to Resource: A Story in Pictures) and Grand Rapids Public Museum (Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids) expand kids’ perceptions of the world around them. See below for more ideas!

    Take a spring break class – like Ready for Rabbits (April 2) or Beautiful Butterflies: Masks and Wings (April 3) – at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

    Head to Grand Rapids Public Museum for a whole host of special spring break activities, including BIG games, from March 30-April 8. The museum is closed April 1, but is extending its hours until 8 pm April 2-6.

    Attend Grand Rapids Ballet’s Spring Break Day Camp (April 2-5) for ages 3-6, and see the kid-friendly ballet Mother Goose & Friends from April 2-6.

    Enjoy animal demonstrations, games, arts and crafts, and more during John Ball Zoo’s annual Zoobilee. April 2-6.

    Get the kids outside for cool adventures during spring break camp at Blandford Nature Center, April 2-6.

    Lil’ Green Thumbs introduces youngsters to the greenhouse at Downtown Market Grand Rapids – they’ll test soil pH levels, examine ladybugs with magnifying glasss and even make a craft to take home. April 4.

    The Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival offers a free kids event at Wealthy Theater – see live puppet shows and a screening of Anna, an animated film from Uruguay. April 7.

    Interact with small and baby animals during Kids, Crafts, and Critters, the annual spring petting zoo at Coopersville Farm Museum. April 7, 14, 21 & 28.

    Find your next pet, shop for pet products and watch live stage events at the West Michigan Pet Expo in DeltaPlex Arena. April 7-8.


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    Spring Shopping

    It’s the season of renewal – the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe and home décor. Find one-of-a-kind looks in the funky, fashionable boutiques that line walkable Uptown – or shop your favorite brand names in two megamalls: Rivertown Crossings and Woodland. If you love a bargain, head for Tanger Outlet Mall, which offers designer goods at discount prices.

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    RiverTown Crossings

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    • Neighborhood: Southwest
    • 3700 Rivertown Pkwy SW
    • Interests: shopping
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    Woodland Mall

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    • Neighborhood: Southeast
    • 3195 28th St. SE, Suite 100
    • Interests: shopping
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    • Neighborhood: Southwest
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    Spring Hotel Packages

    Extend your spring getaway with a perk-filled hotel package. Consider enriching your stay even further with immersive Tours & Experiences that let you dig deep into Grand Rapids culture.