Kalamazoo Guide to Spring Break for Kids: Camps, Drop-In Classes, Road Trips and Family Activities

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Kalamazoo Families, Plan Your Spring Break Fun – 2021

It was about this time last year that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted, well, everything. And while we haven’t returned to our pre-pandemic schedules, that’s not to say that there aren’t activities and events for families to enjoy this year.

Kalamazoo offers plenty of fun happening over spring break in 2021. Visit amazing kids’ play spaces nearby, plan a day trip, or try a drop-in activity. You’ll find no excuse to be bored in Southwest Michigan.

Most area schools start spring break on March 26 and return to school on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Find Spring Break Staycation Fun + Camps, Special Events, and Day Trips

When Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter this year, I found myself hoping the woodland creature made a mistake. While we enjoyed a fairly mild winter through January in Southwest Michigan, Mother Nature roared back in February with frigid temperatures and buckets of snow. I’m ready to pack up the puffy coats and mittens and welcome some sunshine.

For some, spring break may include a road trip or a flight to somewhere new. But you don’t need to leave Kalamazoo to make this week memorable and fun for your family.

Spring break in Kalamazoo brings camps, drop-in classes, free things to do and day trip options to engage kids of all ages.

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.

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Important Message: Area businesses are working to implement procedures based on the new safety guidelines. For each of the attractions and events we mention, we include a link to the business website. Please use this link to confirm the details, hours of operation and any requirements guests must follow before visiting. Thank You!

Kalamazoo Spring Break Activities

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Spring Break at the Air Zoo


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6151 Portage Road
Portage, MI 49002
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The Air Zoo is a highly charged, multi-sensory atmosphere that goes beyond anything you've ever seen! They boast 100+ rare and historic air and space artifacts, exciting stories and exhibits, a world-renowned restoration center, hands-on learning stations and so much more.

New policies and procedures ensure guests feel safe while exploring the Air Zoo’s engaging and immersive experiences.

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Live-Virtual Spring Break Day Camps are also available for kids Kindergarten-5th Grade!

Spring Break at Allegan Event


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439 River Street
Allegan, MI 49010
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Allegan Event will be open for extra weekday spring break hours Wed., March 31 - Fri., April 9!

Conveniently located 30-minutes from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Holland, Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course and offers endless adventurous activities for guests of all ages to explore, get active, and make lasting memories.

Attractions include the heart-pumping bi-level Sky Trail® ropes course with Sky Rail® zip rails, Sky Tykes® course for small children, QUICKjump free-fall simulation, Vertical Drop Slide, Clip ‘n Climb® walls, arcade, and food and beverage area.

Spring Break Camps & Scheduled Classes

Registration for these camps and classes is required; be sure to sign up soon to secure your spot.

Air Zoo | Live, virtual camps with the Air Zoo: limited to 24 students. Kits can be picked up or shipped to your home. | Ages: Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Full Blast | Spring Break Blast Off Camp is a day style camp complete with sports, games, park visits and field trips. | Ages: 5 – 12 years

Kalamazoo Nature Center | The Preschool Explorers Program is a great way to learn about animals and nature. Offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings; register online. | Ages: 3 – 5 years

Kalamazoo Valley Museum | Register for a craft kit to compliment their online Hands-on Happenings Program, featuring a different story each day.

Drop-In Classes

If structured isn’t your thing, give one of these classes a try over spring break. Please note due to COVID-19, facilities are operating at lower capacity numbers; call ahead with any questions.

Art Bayou | Create beautiful artwork at this paint your own pottery studio.

Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace | Kids will enjoy making custom sand candles. This unique activity can be completed in only ten minutes, as they don’t need to dry! Cost: $10/candle (no studio fee).

Kids Gym | Open gym on Fridays and Saturdays (check website for policies and ages).

Take-Home Kits & Projects

Let your creativity soar at home with projects from local shops. These fun activities let someone else gather all of the materials and instructions while you get to work on them on your own schedule. Win-win.

Art Bayou | Art Bayou also offers pottery kits to take home and paint at your convenience. Shop online and even pick up curbside.

Kalamazoo Pottery Painting
Photo: Art Bayou

Glass Art Kalamazoo | Browse Glass Art’s “take-home classes” with fused glass. Check the schedule for available projects including sun catchers and glass magnets. No experience is required!

Michaels | The craft store is selling pre-made sensory bins in different themes, including ice cream, dinosaurs or outer space.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute | Pick up a free kit of fun, hands-on STEAM activities to keep learning during Spring Break. Kit topics include (but are not limited to): insects, animal tracks and scat, birds and food chains.

Stay Local with these Activities & Scheduled Events to Try

Whether you want to stay inside or heat outdoors, there is no shortage of local activities and events to try in the Kalamazoo area over break:

Visit the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery in Mattawan.  Feed the fish, take a hike or tour, or try their scavenger hunts.

Paint some cute, fluffy chicks with Wine and Canvas on March 27 (ages 5+)

Hunt for Easter eggs at Cornwell’s Turkeyville on April 3 (registration is required).

Visit the rescued birds of prey (hawks, owls and eagles) at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. While there, walk the trails and feed the waterfowl (available for purchase in the visitor’s center).

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Ride your hoverboard or scooter at Rollerworld on Saturdays at 5:00 PM.

Be a tourist in our own town and follow this itinerary to rediscover the best Kalamazoo has to offer with a 2-Day Guide of all the best spots to visit with kids.

Let the kids sleep in and enjoy crepes or waffles at one of our reader-recommended Breakfast Restaurants.

Visit the Michigan Maple Syrup Festival on March 27 and 28.

See the live Science Floor Show at the Air Zoo. Normally only on weekends, these will be offered daily during Spring Break at 2:00 PM. These are included with the cost of admission; come watch by the Blackbird after you walk through the clouds!

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Looking for a Mini Getaway? Day Trip Ideas

With drives under two hours, these spring break travel suggestions for families will guarantee a stellar adventure, without all the luggage.

Soak in the beauty of butterflies at the Frederick Meijer Gardens Butterflies are Blooming exhibit in Grand Rapids.

Make some Wild Connections at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s LEGO exhibit.

Head east to Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Auburn Hills to visit with Peppa Pig, Legoland, and SeaLife Aquarium.

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.

Craig’s Cruisers in Grand Rapids is open for indoor fun. This place is more than trampolines and go-karts; this fun center will keep the kids busy all day.

Play with animals at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing; they are open year round!

Take a walk along the beach and dip your toes into the chilly Lake Michigan water

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Need more day trip ideas? Try our list of favorite destinations that don’t require a hotel stay overnight.

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