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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.