Spring Break Staycation Fun around Kalamazoo

After surviving record low temperatures (hello, polar vortex!) and ice storms, you may have wondered if winter was ever going to end. Have no fear: Spring Break is around the corner. Pack away the snowpants and mittens and get excited for the many fun things happening in our area.

No plane tickets booked? No road trip scheduled? No problem, Kalamazoo offers plenty of family-friendly activities and events over Spring Break right in our backyard.

Spring Break

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Libraries, museums, day trips, and outdoor adventures are all options for awesome and FREE events that you’ll want to explore with the family. Check out our list of staycation ideas and our day-by-day planner.

A number of businesses have extended hours and added special events. We’ve outlined 25+ options sure to keep kids of all ages active this spring break. 

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 availability.

For even more daily activities, head over and check out our Event Calendar.

FREE (or Affordable) Activities

Watch a movie. Check out the Flick’s Family Film Festival or the GQT Morning Movies offering free (or nearly free) movies .

Kingdom Sports has drop-in soccer Monday through Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM over Spring Break for $5/person. Toddler time soccer is Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Hop over to Art Hop. We love this FREE event held on the first Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to check out local artists and explore Downtown Kalamazoo.

Ice cream! Head out to one of your favorite ice cream spots for a sweet treat. Don’t forget that Wednesdays at Y’OPA in Portage is Kids Day with half-off self-serve treats or smoothies for all kids 12 and under.

Visit the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery in Mattawan. The Hatchery opens for the season on Tuesday, April 2. Feed the fish, take a hike or tour, do a scavenger hunt and check out the new exhibits in the Visitor’s Center. 

Head out to one of our readers’ favorites parks and playgrounds around town.

Tour the Kalamazoo Valley Museum for their Numbers on Parade Hands on Happenings for Spring Break. Each day features a different craft and story from 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM to explore mathematics. As always, admission is free to this local favorite.

Feed the geese, swans and ducks at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

Allegan Event Center - Spring Break

At Allegan Event Family Adventure Center, you will find kids and adults making like squirrels as they explore the Sky Trail® Ropes Course at heights up to 35 feet! Discover over 50 ropes elements and take a ride on the first and only curved Sky Rail™ zip line in Michigan. The heart-pumping bi-level course is paired with other activities such as the QUICKJump free-fall simulation, Vertical Drop Slide and 17 Clip ‘n Climb walls.

Spring Break hours are Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and Sunday: 11:00AM – 6:00PM. Please note that our hours change seasonally.


    439 River Street, Allegan, MI 49010
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Something New to Try

Sign the kids up for one of the great Spring Break Camps around town. There’s such a great variety including science, acting, arts and nature camps.

Spring is an opportune time to have family photos updated. Trek to one of the best Photo Location Spots with Kids around Kalamazoo.

Be a tourist in our own town and visit the Gilmore Car Museum.

Time for a visit to a roller skating rink? Check out Rollerworld for open skate times.

Jump over to Sky Zone Kalamazoo to burn off energy. Have little jumpers? Check out Toddler Time for ages four and under.

Go bowling. Make a trip to Airway Fun Center or Revel and Roll West for tons of family fun.

Let the kids sleep in and take in a late breakfast at one of our reader-recommended Breakfast Spots.

Feeling crafty? See our “Think Spring” Pinterest Board for tons of spring crafts and project ideas.

Get creative! Art Bayou has all kinds of figurines, boxes, banks, platters etc. to customize your dream staycation keepsake.

Go swimming at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. The Kalamazoo Athletic Club (located in the lower level) a day pass rate to use the gym facilities and poolduring regular open hours. Or consider other indoor swim location around Kalamazoo.

Make your way to the Air Zoo for great exhibits, rides, and education. Try out their free electric shuttle to visit both buildings. Must see exhibit is Game Changers. Or, plan ahead with a spring break camp – choose from a variety of science-based, day camp programs that engage and inspire children to learn about the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Preschoolers 4 – 5 years old are welcome to bring an adult chaperone (a +1 for twice the fun), but it is not required.


    6151 Portage Rd.| Portage, MI 49002

    WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 269-350-2848

Take a Short Drive

Soak in the beauty of butterflies at the Frederick Meijer Gardens Butterflies are Blooming exhibit in Grand Rapids. They are open late this year: enjoy this exhibit from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, April 1-5.

Zoom around on the indoor go-karts at Craig’s Cruisers with loads of activities for kids of all ages. 

Get your knowledge fix at the capitol building in downtown Lansing. Take a self-guided tour of the Michigan State Capitol.


Play with animals as both John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and Potter Park Zoo in Lansing are open.

Explore a Michigan museum: Impression 5 in Lansing, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan is a fun place for the LEGO-lover in your family. While in Auburn Hills, grab a meal at the Rainforest Cafe or head to SeaLife Aquarium (all in the same mall).

Venture out a bit for a trip that’s between two-to-five hour drive from Kalamazoo? See our Road Trip Guide for options.

Visit the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, it’s worth the trip. Some of our favorites include Slows Bar B Q, Madcap Coffee, and Love’s Ice Cream.

Dip your toes into the chilly Lake Michigan water. Take a road trip to a beach in Southwest Michigan.

Twist and turn down a water slide at an Indoor Waterpark.

Enjoy FREE admission for kids (17 and under) to the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Day-by-Day Spring Break Events

Not really planning ahead? We’ve highlighted some fun events happening each day – take a peek.

Monday, April 1

Hands on Happenings at the KVM

Kalamazoo Valley Museum | 230 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | 269-373-7990

Enjoy J. Sheppard’s book the Right Number of Elephants and learn how many elephants it takes to pull a train, paint a ceiling, provide shade at the beach, perform a circus, or play cards.  

Tuesday, April 2

Kids’ Day Out

Marketplace by Kalamazoo Candle | 166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | 269-532-9816

Drop into Kalamazoo Candle Company where kids can make their own personalized 6.5 oz candles. Aprons and safety goggles provided. Ages 3 -12.

“Can of the Week” Skate at Rollerworld

Rollerworld | 7491 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | 269-375-4609

Admission is only $2.50 if you bring Macaroni and Cheese for Rollerworld to donate to Loaves and Fishes. 

Wednesday, April 3

Animal Encounters

Kalamazoo Nature Center | 7000 North Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | 269-381-1574

Kids will have fun learning about spiders through a story, coloring and live animal encounters. This program is geared towards children five and under.

Thursday, April 4

F.A.W.N. Playgroup at Binder Park Zoo

Binder Park Zoo | 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | 269-979-1351

First Adventures With Nature is a playgroup at the zoo that includes an animal presentation, discovery tour, and sensory development activities. This event will focus on animal enrichment: how do zookeepers play with animals? Registration required, suited for ages 2-5, with adult.  Fee: $10

Friday, April 5

Free Morning Movies (Jumanji)

Goodrich Kalamazoo 10 | 820 Maple Drive, Kalamazoo | 10:00 AM | 269-345-6434

Take in a show for free (FMG member) or only $1 per ticket (non-members). Jumanji will show Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.

GLOW at Skyzone

Skyzone  | 5103 Portage Road, Kalamazoo | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | 269-459-9243

Lasers, blacklight and music transform Skyzone into a dance party after dark for tweens and teens. Attendees must wear neon clothes that illuminate under blacklight.

Saturday, April 6

Build–a–box NestWatch Workshop

W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary | 12685 East C Avenue, Augusta | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | 269-671-2510

Future ornithologists or bird enthusiasts: learn how to build your own nest box. This workshop helps you build a box to take home, and gives you the opportunity to contribute your findings to the NestWatch website. Registration required.

Sensory Friendly Movies at Celebration Cinemas

Celebration! Cinema Crossroads & IMAX | 6600 Ring Road, Portage | 10:30 AM | 269-324-7469

Enjoy this sensory friendly showing of Dumbo at Celebration Cinemas. These movies feature brighter lights, limited previews and lower sounds.

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