Kalamazoo Guide to Spring Break for Kids: Camps, Free Things to Do, Road Trips and Day-by-Day Activities

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Kalamazoo Families, Pack Your Schedule with Oodles of Spring Break Fun – 2020

No plane tickets booked? No road trip scheduled? No problem.

Kalamazoo offers plenty of family-friendly activities and events happening over spring break. Visit amazing kids’ play spaces nearby, plan a day trip, or drop the kids off at a spring break camp session. You’ll find no excuse to be bored this spring break.

Most area schools start spring break on April 3 and return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Spring Break Ideas for Kalamazoo Families

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

I don’t generally rely upon woodland creatures for weather predictions. However, when Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early Spring this year, I found myself rooting for the furry creature’s meteorological skills. And while the Southwest Michigan winter was not polar vortex- worthy this year, I won’t miss the puffy coats and mittens.

Are you ready to welcome sunshine? Absolutely.

For some, Spring Break may include a tropical cruise 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.

And, no need to plan everything out. Looking for something to do last minute? Take a peek at the day-by-day activities planner.

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.

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Get Registered! Spring Break Camps You’ll Want to Sign Up for

This is it – the final extended break before summer. Kalamazoo offers a number of camps to keep your crew engaged during spring break. Explore slimy science, act in a play, or create a new work of art to hang on your wall.

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

Air Zoo

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). Utilizing fun, exciting, and highly interactive programming, the Air Zoo guides young minds through creative and inquiry-based experiences that instill a lifelong passion for learning.

The Air Zoo offers camps for kids, preschool through 5th grade. And, 4 and 5 year-old preschoolers are welcome to bring an adult chaperone (a +1 for twice the fun), but it is not required. See the website for camp dates, times and activities. Space is limited so register today!

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Apple Tree and Gilden Woods | Enjoy a week of field trips, friendships, games, crafts and music. | Ages: Kindergarten – 10 years

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 Civic Theatre | Kids will learn acting, singing, and dancing in these fun-filled camps. Camps will perform in the Civic Auditorium on the last day. Early drop off and late pick-up available. | Ages: Kindergarten – 9th Grade

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | Spring break camp is offered in full and half-day options. Students will be introduced to art on in the galleries before working to create their own masterpieces in the studio. | Ages: Grades 1 – 6

Kalamazoo Nature Center | KNC’s Spring Break Camp offers flexibility: registration is available for individual days or the entire week. Each day has a different theme and may include crafts, meeting animal ambassadors, a naturalist-led hike, and choice time. | Ages: 4 – 5 years (half day), Grades 1 – 5 (full day)

Kzoo Creative Art Camp | This camp is taught by two Portage Public Schools art teachers and offers morning or afternoon sessions. | Ages: Grades 1 – 7

Kzoo Parks | Kids will enjoy activities, games and field trips with Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation. Early drop off and late pick-up available. | Ages: 6 – 13

The Courthouse Athletic Center | The Courthouse’s Spring Break Activity Camp includes basketball, volleyball, soccer, and pickleball. | Ages: 8 – 14 years

Want to Play it by Ear? No Sweat, There are Options for Drop-In Spring Break Classes

We’re not always sure what the day will bring, or what we feel like doing.  If structured isn’t your thing, give one of these classes a try over spring break. Drop-in events where no registration is required:

Glass Art Kalamazoo | Drop in with Family Fun Day where families will learn the basics of preparing glass for the fusing (melting) process onto a tile or suncatcher. Check the schedule for drop-in times. No experience is required; children under 13 must have an adult present. | Ages: All

Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace | Every Tuesday is Kids Day Out day at the Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace. Stop in from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM and let kids make their own unique candle. Kids can mix and match their favorite scents, and even design their label. | Ages: 4 -12 years

Kalamazoo Valley Museum | Try KVM’s Hands on Happenings from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM, where crafts and activities each day are taken from different picture books. This year’s topic is No Missing Pieces, where each book explores what it’s like to be included. | Ages: 5 -12 years

Stay Local with these 12+ Activities 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:

Hop over to Art Hop on April 3 to check out local artists and explore downtown.

Attend the final K-Wings game of the season on April 5 for Fan Appreciation Night. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free team poster.

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


Stop by the Edible Book Festival and taste some delicious literary works on April 3.

Head over to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on April 4 and build a nest box to welcome some feathered friends into your yard.

Volunteer to help spruce up the Kalamazoo Farmers Market on April 11.

Catch a free movie with Celebration Cinema’s Flick’s Family Film Festival. Kids 12 and under are free; tickets for ages 13 and above are $5.

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 Spots.

Enjoy a quiet evening out while the kids play: Branch Gymnastics is hosting a Parent’s Night Out on April 4.

Get creative! Art Bayou has all kinds of figurines, boxes, banks, and platters 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 pool during regular open hours. Or consider other indoor swim locations around Kalamazoo.

Our Day-by-Day List for Spring Break Events

Take a peek – We’ve highlighted fun events happening each day.

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Looking for a Mini Getaway? There’s Plenty to Do and See Only a Short Drive Away

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. They are open late during spring break: enjoy this exhibit from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, April 6-10.

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

Brush large teeth at Impression 5 in Lansing. More kid-friendly museum options include the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum or Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

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 more than trampolines and go-karts; this indoor fun center will keep the kids busy all day.

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

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

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

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