by Jill P
Spring Break will be here soon and we are excited for all of the fun things happening in our area. Whether you plan to stay around Kalamazoo all week or have a quick getaway planned, we have tons of ideas for family friendly fun!
Check back often as we will be continuing to add ideas and events to this Spring Break Staycation Guide. Have fun!
Note: please verify the dates and times of your activity before you go, as venues may change their schedules. Also, note that some of the activities listed require advance registration or have limited seating.
Free or Super Cheap
1. If the weather cooperates – go outside to explore. Take a bike or scooter ride along the Portage Bikeway.
2. Watch a movie. The FREE or Cheap Spring Movie line up is here. $5 or less to see a spring movie.
3. Kingdom Sports has drop in soccer Monday through Thursday from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm on April 4-7. Drop-In charge is $5 per day. Children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
4. Check out the Hands-On Happenings at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Find the creative spirit in you through exploring the arts! Free arts and crafts each day inspired by a book by Leo Lionni. FREE. Plus, make sure you check out the exhibit on the 3rd floor, Goosebumps: The Science of Fear. We went a few weeks ago my son loved it.
5. Hop over to Art Hop on April 1. We love this FREE event held the first Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to check out local artists.
6. Visit the Kalamazoo Public Library. They always have a great number of special events during Spring Break. You’ll love: Movie Matinee: Winnie the Pooh, Carnival Extravaganza, and the Bubbleman.
7. Plan to attend an Easter Egg Hunt and Mom to Mom Sale combined in Springfield at the Springfield Farmer’s Market.
8. Attend a Crybaby Concert. Crybaby Concerts are FREE 45-minute mini-concerts that give children under the age of five and their parents, grandparents and siblings a performance of beautiful music in an open and flexible environment.
9. Walk the mall or have some fun in the children’s play area. Both Crossroads Mall in Portage and Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville have play areas for children.
10. Visit the Park! Head out to one of our reader’s favorites with 9 Great Toddler Friendly Parks in our area.
11. Do some Drop-In Spring Crafts at the Comstock Library. You’ll be abler to choose three crafts from a variety of new and previously offered crafts.
12. Build a Build A Butterfly House at Home Depot. They will offer a FREE hands-on workshop on April 2.
13. Do you remember the Classic Arcade Games from the 1980’s? Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and many more. Check out Klassic Arcade in Gobles for a day of arcade fun. Play all day for just $5 per person.
14, Your teen will love Teen Night at the KIA on April 8. Check out the galleries, try out some art, and share pizza and pop with friends at this monthly get together.
15. Check out the Spring Break activities at Historic Charlton Park in Hastings. On April 4 and 5, they will take items that you may find in your home and turn them into some neat projects!
16. Attend “Kids Camp” at the Alamo Drafthouse in Kalamazoo. They will be showing THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX, from April 2 – 7 and admission prices support a local charity.
17. Attend the RAWK at the KIA event on April 7. The artwork will then inspire all sorts of innovative creations as our RAWK team will lead some fun writing exercises. Free fun!
(Gilmore Car Museum)
Something New To Do
18. Be a tourist in our own town. Visit the Gilmore Car Museum.The Museum’s Historic Campus opens for their 50th Anniversary season on April 1st! There’s plenty to check out.
19. Fan of the comic characters? Head up to Grand Rapids for Marvel Universe LIVE! Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers.
20. Have older kids that are looking for something new? They’ll love the KSO @ The Movies on April 2. The KSO, in partnership with Disney, presents Disney in Concert – Alice in Wonderland. Tickets range from $25 to $40 and students get half off with a valid student ID.
22. Head over to Sky Zone Kalamazoo to burn off some energy. Sky Zone Kalamazoo will not be offering Toddlertime, Jumpapalooza or SkyJam during the week of Spring Break. See our Event Calendar for Spring Break hours.
23. Ice skating over Spring Break? Yes! Go Ice Skating at Wings West with $6 Admission & $3 skate rental. Hours are: Tuesday thru Friday | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Saturday | 6:00 pm -8:00 pm & Sunday | 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm.
24. Consider a visit to the Air Zoo if you haven’t been in a while. They offer some great exhibits and rides that can make for an afternoon of education and fun!
(Spring Break Camp at the KNC, photo courtesy of the Kalamazoo Nature Center)
25. Sign your kiddos up for one of the great Spring Break Camps in our area. There’s such a great variety from science, acting, arts, and nature camps, there’s something for everyone!
26. Head over to Airway Fun Center for Teen Night is April 6 from 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm and includes Unlimited Bowling, Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Bumper Cars, Balladium & Time Freak for $15.00 per person (ages 12-17).
27. Join the fun at Fan Appreciation Night at the Kalamazoo Wings game on April 9 at 7:00 pm. Special activities include: Team poster giveaway and meet hockey players for an autograph, autographed Kalamazoo Wings memorabilia prizes to be won, and Me+3 Family Ticket Package – Buy three and get the 4th one free (available online at ticketmaster.com or at Wings Box Office).
28. Head up to Craig’s Cruisers for loads of activities that your kids will love. $24.99 per person wristbands include unlimited: 3 Hour Pizza Buffet, Indoor Go Karts, Laser Tag, High Ropes Course, Bumper Cars, and Frog Hopper.
29. Looking to stay local? Why not get a room at the Radisson! Watch for our review coming soon!
30. Tackle an art project at Art Bayou. They will be open regular hours (plus Monday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm) and offering pottery painting with no appointment necessary. Or enjoy a mom’s night out with Diva Night. This is an adults only at this pottery painting night out.
(Impression 5 Science Center)
Worth the Drive
31. Go for a Sunday Drive any day of the week. We love the one–hour drives that we can take and be to a new cool town-Saugatuck, South Haven, or St. Joseph.
32. Go visit the zoo. John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is a great way to spend the day. The zoo opened for the season on March 12.
33. Check out a nearby indoor water park. See our Indoor Waterpark Guide we published a few weeks ago. You’ll want to make your reservation now as these fill-up fast.
35. Check out the Frederick Meijer Gardens Butterflies are Blooming exhibition in Grand Rapids. Nothing says Spring like seeing the butterflies in full bloom.
36. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan is opening to the public on March 25! Your LEGO fans will love the 32,000-square-foot indoor attraction at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills featuring millions of LEGO bricks and themed exhibits including a 4D cinema, two interactive rides, large soft play areas and much more. Make sure you buy your tickets on line before you go.
37. Check out the Robot Zoo at the Grand Rapids Public Museum for hands-on fun.
Have a great Spring Break! Hope your kids have a great vacation!