Maranda’s guide to spring break fun

Maranda's Spring Break Guide

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Spring break is around the corner and if you’re staying close to West Michigan, there are so many options for family fun! Check out Maranda’s Guide to Spring Break Fun, including her picks of the day! To get a list of family-friendly activities emailed to you each week, click here!

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Spring Break Week

Marvel Universe LIVE! Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
Thursday, March 31 – Sunday, April 3
See your favorite Marvel super heroes come to life in an action-packed arena performance! Tickets start at $27.50.

MOO-Ville Spring Break, Nashville
Friday, April 1 – ongoing (closed Sundays)
Free petting farm opens on April 1! MOO-ville also has a play area, farm and creamery tours, and homemade ice cream and dairy products.

Critter Barn, Zeeland
Friday, April 1 – Saturday, April 9 (closed Sundays)
Special Spring Fling hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tour the farm, visit and feed animals, and enjoy the outdoors. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Spring Break Extended Hours, Holland Community Aquatic Center
Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 10
Open swim for kids of all ages. Pool, Splash Zone, water slide, kiddie pool, obstacle course, and more! Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 – 8:30 p.m. Sat. noon to 7 p.m. Sun. 1 – 5 p.m. $5.50 per person.

Spring Break Open Jump, Sky Zone, Grand Rapids
Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 10
Open jump for all ages.

Spring Break at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Saturday, April 2 – Saturday, April 9
Special performances during spring break with special open hours on Monday, April 4! Free with admission.

Spring Break at the Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 10
Special activities Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 pm., and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. See the new Robot Zoo exhibition!

Spring Break Art Camp, Muskegon Art Museum
Monday, April 4 – Thursday, April 7, 9 a.m. – noon
Children are encouraged to bring out their inner artist, architect, and designer by creating stories for their own buildings and characters within them. For ages 7-11. $20 per day or $75 for the week for non-members. $17 per day or $65 for the week for MMA members.

Klassic Arcade, Gobles
Monday, April 4 – Thursday, April 7
Play classic arcade games for just $5 per day. Special spring break hours of 2-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Normal hours Friday-Sunday.

Calvin Ecosystem Preserve Spring Break, Calvin College, Grand Rapids
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Families can stop by the Bunker Interpretive Center to read stories, perform a puppet show, play nature bingo, or go on a hike. Educational programs offered every day during Spring Break.

Spring Break at the Kroc Center, Grand Rapids
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Special activities and entertainment all week including open swim, fitness classes, sports tournaments, performances, and more! Activities are free for members and included with a day pass for non-members. Visit website for complete schedule.

Spring Break at Craig’s Cruisers, Wyoming
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 4 – 9 p.m.
$24.99 wristband good for unlimited activities, go karts, laser tag, pizza buffet, and more!

Taste, Touch, and Tour 2.0, Koetsier’s Greenhouse, Grand Rapids
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. – noon
Bring the family to taste plants, herbs, and veggies. Plant objects you can take home and tour the greenhouse. Free!

Zoobilee, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Special activities and fun every day. Animal feeding demonstrations each day. Discount admission: $7 for adults, $6 for kids 2-12.

Lunch Time Open Skate, Griff’s Ice House, Grand Rapids
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
$3 for all ages, $2 skate rental.

Springtime Discovery Programs, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8
Stop in for a different children’s activity each day! Preschool program at 11 a.m. and family program at 2 p.m. See website for admission rates.

Spring Break Creative Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 1 – 4 p.m.
Free arts and crafts focused on characters and storylines from author and illustrator Leo Lionni. Free admission!

Spring Break for Kids: “Peter and the Wolf,” Peter Martin Wege Theatre, Grand Rapids
Tuesday, April 5 – Thursday, April 7
Register early to take advantage of kid-friendly “Peter and the Wolf” ballet performances for families! Shows are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. April 5-7 with activities starting at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-show activities include free trial ballet class, costume dress-up, and chance to win prizes.

Spring Break +1 Camps, Air Zoo, Portage
Tuesday, April 5 – Thursday, April 7
Day camps for kids in pre-K and kindergarten along with an adult. Tues: Fantastic Flying Fun; Wed: Ocean Explorers; Thur: Astronauts in Training. $25 per child per camp. Pre-registration required.

Spring Break Day Camps, Air Zoo, Portage
Tuesday, April 5 – Thursday, April 7
Day camps for kids K-2nd and 3rd-5th grade. Tues: Rockets and Roller Coasters; Wed: Rescue 911; Thur: Candy Chemistry. $50 per child per camp. Pre-registration required.

Spring Break Camp, Holland Area Arts Council
Tuesday, April 5 – Friday, April 8
Kids will explore art and expression through design, building, cooking, and creating… all with a Star Wars theme! Runs afternoons, for ages 8 to 12. Registration required online or at (616) 396-3278.

Butterflies are Blooming, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
Through April 30
See the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the country, with thousands of tropical butterflies in an 85 degree tropical setting. Included with admission.

Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Through May 8
Visitors experience fear in a safe and enjoyable environment, rate their response, understand the science behind emotion, and reflect on its personal meaning. Free!

The Robot Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Through September 18, 2016
Eight robot animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities let kids explore the world! Adults $11, kids $6, seniors $10. Includes general admission.

Friday, April 1

MARANDA’S PICK: Flick’s Family Film Festival, Celebration! Cinema
Friday, April 1 – Thursday, April 7
See “Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Chip.” Kids 12 and under are free and adults are $5.

Little Learners Owls, Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon
Friday, April 1, 10 – 11 a.m.
Kids 4 and under can learn about owls through hands-on activities, a story, and a take-home craft. Free!

Spring Break at Craig’s Cruisers, Wyoming
Friday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 4 – 9 p.m.
$24.99 wristband good for unlimited activities, go karts, laser tag, pizza buffet, and more!

Saturday, April 2

MARANDA’S PICK: MOO-Ville Spring Break, Nashville
Friday, April 1 – ongoing (closed Sundays)
Free petting farm opens on April 1! MOO-ville also has a play area, farm and creamery tours, and homemade ice cream and dairy products.

Winter Market, Eighth Street Market Place, Holland
Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. – noon
The Winter Market takes place on the first and third Saturdays through April.

Autism Activity Day, 3 Mile Project, Walker
Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Children with autism and their families are invited to join Centria Health Care for a free fun day of activities and events.

Kids, Crafts & Critters, Coopersville Farm Museum
Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Crafts, activities, puppet theater, animal interactions, scavenger hunt, and more! Free admission!

Spring Break at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Special musical performances by BenJammin’ at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free with general admission.

GRAM Studio Drop-in Family Saturdays, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Saturday, April 2, 1 – 4 p.m.
Learn about an artist featured in GRAM’s collection. Different theme each week. Included with general admission.

Disney in Concert: Alice in Wonderland, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo
Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m.
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra performs music from the movie, along with Kalamazoo Singers and the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus. Tickets: $25 and $40.

Sunday, April 3

MARANDA’S PICK: Spring Break Extended Hours, Holland Community Aquatic Center
Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 10
Open swim for kids of all ages. Pool, Splash Zone, water slide, kiddie pool, obstacle course, and more! Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 – 8:30 p.m. Sat. noon to 7 p.m. Sun. 1 – 5 p.m. $5.50 per person.

Sustaining the Vision Free Open House, W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta
Sunday, April 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free admission to the bird sanctuary in celebration of W.K. Kellogg’s birthday! Admission also free for the day at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House.

What Skull is That? Hemlock Crossing – Nature Education Center, West Olive
Sunday, April 3, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Become a skull detective to identify the skulls of ten common Michigan mammals. Geared for children 8 and older. Free!

Monday, April 4

MARANDA’S PICK: Klassic Arcade, Gobles
Monday, April 4 – Thursday, April 7
Play classic arcade games for just $5 per day. Special spring break hours of 2-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Normal hours Friday-Sunday.

Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Field Trip
Monday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Field trip to Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing. $5 per child. Adults are free! Take lunches and snacks. Contact Katie at (517) 485-8116 ext. 132.

Spring Break Day Camp, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
Monday, April 4 – Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Just Zoo It! Explore the zoo to see where zookeepers make the food, where animals sleep at night, and more! For students K-5th grade. $100 per member for two-day session. $105 per non-member for two-day session.

Tuesday, April 5

MARANDA’S PICK: Selfie Scavenger Hunt, DeGraaf Nature Center, Holland
Tuesday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Take pictures of yourself with places on their Facebook page or from a hand-out at the front desk. Find all five and win a prize! $1 per participant.

Free Tuesdays at the GRAM, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Tuesday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free general admission to the museum all day and reduced admission to special exhibitions.

Science Tuesdays, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Tuesday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Science-themed educational activities and interactive displays. Free with admission.

Meijer Free Days, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Tuesday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free general admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. sponsored by Meijer.

Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Field Trip
Tuesday, April 5, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Field trip to World of Gymnastics. $4.50 per child. Adults are free! Contact Jeff at (269) 381-5749.

Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Field Trip
Tuesday, April 5, 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Field trip to Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Free! Contact (269) 373-7990.

Jam Night, Coopersville Farm Museum
Tuesday, April 5, 6 – 9 p.m.
Sign up to sing or play, or listen to musicians sing about animals. $4 per person. Members and kids 12 and under are free. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6

MARANDA’S PICK: Taste, Touch, and Tour 2.0, Koetsier’s Greenhouse, Grand Rapids
Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. – noon
Bring the family to taste plants, herbs, and veggies. Plant objects you can take home and tour the greenhouse. Free!

Animal Encounter, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Wednesday, April 6, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Hear a story, color a picture, and meet a live animal! Geared toward children 5 years and under with an adult. $2 program fee per participating children, in addition to regular admission.

Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Field Trip
Wednesday, April 6, 11 a.m. – noon
Field trip to Continental Lanes. $2.25 per hour. Contact Dave (269) 343-2626.

Picnic with the Birds, Outdoor Discovery Center, Holland
Wednesday, April 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Learn about birds of prey and what they like to eat in an open house program. Bring your own picnic lunch. Free!

Tall Tales Told, Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon
Wednesday, April 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
Members of local Yarn Spinners storytelling club will tell stories and help participants write and perform their own tall tale. Program designed for ages 10-18. $5 for museum members and $7 for non-members.

Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Field Trip
Wednesday, April 6, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Field trip to WMU pool. Flat rate. Contact Kyle (269) 387-2550.

Spring Break Day Camp, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
Wednesday, April 6 – Thursday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Who Dung It? Learn how zookeepers use animal scat to check the health of their animals. Track and identify animals in the wild! For students K-5th grade. $100 per member for two-day session. $105 per non-member for two-day session.

Thursday, April 7

MARANDA’S PICK: Family Night, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Thursday, April 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Family night sponsored by Amway. $1.75 admission after 5 p.m.! Family Dance Party at 6 p.m.

Nature Scavenger Hunt, DeGraaf Nature Center, Holland
Thursday, April 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Scavenger hunts for kids of all ages. Come any time between 10 and 3 and enjoy a treat when you find your treasure! $1 per participant.

Owl Pellet Dissection Open House, Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon
Thursday, April 7, 10:30 a.m.
Find out what an owl eats by dissecting an oil pellet. Program for ages 5 and up. $2 per person.

Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Field Trip
Thursday, April 7, 1 p.m.
Field trip to South Bend Chocolate Factory. Departure time of 11:15 a.m. Admission $1 for child, $4 for adult. Contact (574) 233-2577.

Muskegon Museum of Art Public Tours
Thursday, April 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Drop in for docent-led exhibition tours. Tour is free. Museum admission is $8 for adults, $5 for adult students with ID, free for ages 3-7 and MMA members.

Meijer Free Days, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Thursday, April 7, 5 – 9 p.m.
Free general admission from 5 to 9 p.m. sponsored by Meijer.

Kamrie’s Butterfly Dash, Rockford Construction, Grand Rapids
Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.
New kids run to kick off the annual Running for Jenny event. Free for kids. Participants encouraged to raise money through pledges to be donated to Safe Haven Ministries in honor of the Heeren family.

Kids’ Quick Art Crash Course, Muskegon Museum of Art
Thursday, April 7, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Parents and children can attend gallery walk and talk aby MMA Curator of Education focusing on illustrations of Bryan Collier. Refreshments will be served. Free!

New Moon Hike, Farview Nature Park, Holland
Thursday, April 7, 8 – 9:30 p.m.
Hike wooded trails and boardwalks of the park in search of nocturnal wildlife. Flashlights are welcome. Free! Registration required.

41st annual Gem and Mineral Show, Rogers Plaza, Wyoming
Thursday, April 7 – Saturday, April 9
Treasures to be found for all hobbyists. Demonstrations, displays, exhibits, children’s table, vendors, and more!

Friday, April 8

MARANDA’S PICK: Dairy Discovery Spring Break Bash, Alto
Friday, April 8, 2 p.m. & Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.
Guided educational tours with hayrides, bottle feeding baby calves, watching cows be milked, dairy snacks and more! $8 per person. Family rate: buy 4, get 1 free.

Princesses and Princes, Outdoor Discovery Center, Holland
Friday, April 8, 11 a.m. – noon
Stories, crafts, and learning about amphibians. Free for members. $4 for non-members. Registration required.

Friday Teen Night, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Friday, April 8, 6 – 8 p.m.
See the galleries, take part in activities, and enjoy pizza and pop. Free!

John Ball Zoo Spring Break Overnight, Grand Rapids
Friday, April 8 to Saturday, April 9
Embark on a Starlight Safari and spend the night at the zoo! For students in 3rd through 6th grade. $50 per member, $55 per non-member.

Spring Break Special, USS Silversides Submarine Museum, Muskegon
Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9
Walk through a real WWII submarine and watch “Goonies” at noon. $5 per child and $10 per adult. Build a submersible remote controlled vehicle at 2 p.m. (additional $5).

Flick’s Family Film Festival, Celebration! Cinema
Friday, April 8 – Thursday, April 14
Kids 12 and under can see a family-friendly movie for free! Adults are $5.

Saturday, April 9

MARANDA’S PICK: West Michigan Whitecaps Opening Day, Fifth Third Ballpark
Saturday, April 9, 4 p.m.
Gates open at 2 p.m. Play catch on the field, music sing along, face painting, petting zoo, and more!

Helping Hands Day, DeGraaf Nature Center, Holland
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – noon
Volunteer to help clean up the trails and gardens for spring visitors! Great for individuals, families, or groups. Free pancake lunch at noon! Call to register.

Build-a-box NestWatch Workshop, W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – noon
Learn how to construct a nest box for your backyard and what species of birds use them. $15 per nest box kit. Regular admission rates apply. Pre-registration required by April 1. Contact (269) 671-2510 or birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu.

Kids, Crafts & Critters, Coopersville Farm Museum
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Crafts, activities, puppet theater, animal interactions, scavenger hunt, and more! Free admission!

Action Figure Super Saturday, Muskegon Museum of Art
Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission and activities free all day! Dress as your favorite action figures or make one up! See “The Avengers” movie at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., create your own mini superhero from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

GRAM Studio Drop-in Family Saturdays, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Saturday, April 2, 1 – 4 p.m.
Learn about an artist featured in GRAM’s collection. Different theme each week. Included with general admission.

Free Family Movie Night, Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall
Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m.
See “Matilda” for free with free popcorn and drinks. Presented by Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning.

Sunday, April 10

MARANDA’S PICK: Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Through May 8
Visitors experience fear in a safe and enjoyable environment, rate their response, understand the science behind emotion, and reflect on its personal meaning. Free!

Birds of Prey LIVE! W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta
Sunday, April 10, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Learn about birds of prey at the sanctuary and view them up close. Pre-registration appreciated, but not required. Members: Adults $5, senior/student $4, children (2-17) $3. Non-members: Adults $7, senior/student $6, children (2-17) $5.

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