Family activities for Christmas weekend

Mother and son in Santa hats

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Christmas weekend and winter break are great opportunities to get the family together for some quality time. Maranda put together a super-sized list in this week’s Five Star Family Fun Update. To have the complete list emailed to you each week, click here.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Holland Museum
Friday, December 26 – Saturday, December 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Walk through a pop-up book of the classic story with hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. Free for museum members. Continues through January 3, 2015. Non-members: $7 for adults, $4 for students, children under 6 are free.

Christmas Lite Show, Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park
Through January 3
Drive through Michigan’s largest animated light display. Featuring more than 30,000 trail lights on more than 50 displays. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Open on holidays! $15 per carload. $2 off coupon available on website.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28
Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World continues through January 4, 2015. See more than 40 international trees and displays, hear strolling carolers, and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Meijer Gardens will be open until 9 p.m. on December 26-27 and 29-30. Closed Christmas Day.

The Christmas Experience, Deer Tracks Junction, Cedar Springs
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28
Explore Who-Ville and see live reindeer. Includes Wildlife Safari Tour, live theater show, and more fun! Prices after Christmas are $10 per person. Ages 2 and under are free. See website for times and availability.

Kalamazoo Nature Center
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28
Enjoy a winter wonderland by stepping out for a walk, snowshoe, or cross country ski excursion. More than ten miles of hiking trails to choose from! Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Adults $7, seniors $6, children (4-7) $4, children 3 & under are free.

Christmas Break Family Fun, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Grand Rapids
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28
Day Camp and special activities including swimming, art, game room, and climbing wall. See website for schedule and rates. Not open Christmas day.

Winter Holiday Break, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28
Planetarium shows, demonstrations, and special Challenger Learning Center missions throughout holiday break, including New Year’s Day (closed Christmas Day)! Free admission! See website for special exhibits.

Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28
Open skate hours Monday: noon – 5:45 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday: noon – 9:45 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Ages 18 and up: $2. Ages 17 and under: $1.

Real Pirates, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28
“Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship” exhibition includes real pirate treasure and a life-size sunken ship!

GiftWorks, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Friday, December 26 – Sunday, December 28
Decorate a set of note cards for someone you love! Open during winter break, except Christmas Day. See website for hours and rates.

Live Nativity, Critter Barn, Zeeland
Saturday, December 27, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Indoor nativity, visit animals, photos of Bethlehem, hands-on fun. Admission is free; donations accepted.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site Holiday Tours, Muskegon
Saturday, December 27 – Sunday, December 28, Noon – 4 p.m.
Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, Fire Barn Museum, and Scolnik House of the Depression Era with free carriage rides between the three sites. Admission to Hackley & Hume: $5 for adults. Guests 12 and younger are free. Admission is free at Scolnik House and Fire Barn.

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