While many people in West Michigan are getting ready to make a mass exodus out of Grand Rapids to the sunny shores of Florida, we know there are still plenty of folks planning on sticking closer to home. If you’d like to make some memories during Spring this Break in West Michigan without breaking the bank, you’ll want to check out this list of fun destinations for the whole family.
Fun and family friendly, the Holland Aquatic Center is the perfect destination for a great time spent playing in the water! With 150 foot water slide, water playground, giant aqua log, diving boards, aquatrack, water basketball, zip line, vortex pool and water cannons, your kids are sure to be TIRED at the end a day spent here. Hoping there’s something for grown ups to enjoy as well? You are in luck! A 50 meter pool and spa designated for ages 16 years and older are available for those that don’t feel quite like tackling the aquatrack. The Holland Aquatic Center also has group rates for parties of 4 or more and extended Spring Break hours to make it even easier to splash away the day.
Fredrick Meijer Gardens
A wonderful venue to visit year round, Fredrick Meijer Gardens have become synonymous with butterflies during the months of March and April! With 7,000 butterflies, including 50 different species, the annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming exhibit is an experience all on its own. Bask in the warm, humidity as you view tropical butterflies flying freely around the conservatory, before escaping outside to enjoy the art and nature throughout the grounds. A children’s play area and sandpit conveniently located in the midst are a great outlet for kids to burn off some energy, while a Great Lakes Garden is available to splash in on hot days. Visit their website for hours of operation and daily rates.
Grand Rapids Children Museum
Already a favorite destination for small children anytime of year, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum has amped up their usual schedule and activities to include daily fun and longer hours this Spring Break! Special guests and events include interactive hoops, magic show, interactive dance, a variety show, sing-a-longs, dance party, music and improv comedy show. Not to mention their regular exhibits that engage your child in play and discovery. To view the complete calendar of activities, visit their website.
Zoobilee at John Ball Zoo
Have you ever wanted to meet a Tiger keeper? Or feed a chimp? Zoobilee is happening at John Ball Zoo during the week of Spring Break with a variety of extra experiences to enhance your zoo trip. Located near the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the John Ball Zoo is not only a perfect way to spend a nice, sunny day, it’s an exciting way to learn about all manner of animal species.
Flicks Family Film Festival
If FREE is the kind of activity you’re looking for, then Flicks Family Film Festival has got be on your list! With free admittance for children 12 years or younger and only $5 for everyone else, it’s a very cost effective way to take your family to the movies. A smattering of locations across West Michigan, as well as Grand Haven, Benton Harbor and Mount Pleasant so you can easily locate your closest participating theater. Visit their website for daily showtimes and featured movie information.
Grand Rapids Ballet ~ Peter And The Wolf
Spring Break is a wonderful time to introduce your child to the beautiful ballet if you haven’t already. Daytime performances and tickets for only $5 make the production of Peter and The Wolf a family friendly experience. Before the show, they offer additional activities to entertain your child while they wait for the performance to begin. Children can play dress up, enjoy a free trial ballet class and you can enter yourself to win some great prizes! Visit the Grand Rapids Ballet website to see what time performances are on each day or to purchase your reserved seats.
Another wonderful activity to educate youngsters while being friendly to your budget is the Critter Barn. Free for individuals but donations readily accepted to help in the care of who make the farm their home. Utilized as a nonprofit educational farm, it raises a variety of domestic farm animals and poultry. Their curriculum focuses on understanding agriculture, food sources, animal care and how farmers feed the world. Visit their website to learn more about this cherished locale and the babies who have already been born this spring.
River City Improv is a group of local comedians who tout themselves as fun, funny, witty, sometimes sarcastic but never offensive. Their shows are comprised of games, skits and songs filled with audience suggestions to make each show a unique experience and to thrill their audiences. River City Improv has one showing Saturday night during Spring Break. Take a look at their website to see where they are located and ticket price information.
Biking Hundreds of Trails
Michigan has over 1,300 bike trails within its borders and West Michigan is certainly home to many. Weather permitting, take the family out to explore what makes our beautiful state Pure Michigan while getting some exercise at the same time. Visit the Michigan Trails website to see a Guide to the Trails, which is published by trail people for trail people. Leave the concrete behind this Spring Break and get back into good ole mother nature.
Pack a picnic and head out to the Fish Ladder located in downtown Grand Rapids. What is best described as a functional piece of art, the fish ladder was designed to help fish navigate the Grand River while migrating upstream to spawn in spring and late summer. Visitors can watch as fish jump up the ladder during these times, as well as visit the beautiful Fish Ladder Park nearby, which is exactly where that lunch comes in handy.
Whether you’re hitting the highway during Spring Break of staying in West Michigan, we can help you get wherever it is you need to go. Offering a variety of quality rental vehicles, we’re locally owned and family operated, with two locations to serve you better in Grand Rapids and Hastings. From Economy Size to Full Size cars, Minivans, SUV and Luxury vehicles for both short and long term car rental, with the option of direct billing while your car is being repaired at a body shop, we’re here if you need a no hassle car rental at a great price. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in the Grand Rapids area to book your next Car Rental. Or visit our website to see our Entire Inventory of quality, Used Cars for sale in Caledonia.