Kalamazoo Guide to Spring Break for Kids: Camps, Open Gyms, Road Trips + Family Activities

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Kalamazoo Families, Plan Your Spring Break Fun – 2022

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.

Kalamazoo offers plenty of fun happening over spring break in 2022. Visit amazing kids’ play spaces nearby, plan a day trip, or try a take home art kit or activity. You’ll find no excuse to be bored in Southwest Michigan.

Many area schools start spring break on March 25 and return to school on Monday, April 4, 2022.

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care & Preschool

Inside and out, our program is designed for a positive experience for child and parent alike.  We provide a safe environment for children ages six weeks to school-age in facilities that feature secure web camera access for parents.

AppleTree Gilden Woods TS Mar2022

Spring Break 2022

Activities in Kalamazoo for Spring Break 2022

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.

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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Spring Break Fun in Wyoming

5730 Clyde Park Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49509

Spring Break Wristbands

CHOOSE YOUR DAY: April 1st – April 10th
CHOOSE YOUR TIME: Morning from 11 AM – 3 PM OR Afternoon from 4 PM – 8 PM

Wristband Includes:
Unlimited Attractions: Indoor & Outdoor Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini-Golf, Bumper Boats, Frog Hopper, Cruiser Coaster and Ninja Course.

*Weather permitting on outdoor attractions.

Plus the Trampoline Park and the Pizza and Pasta Buffet.

Wristbands are $35 per person.


For Elementary, Tween, Middle School, High School Kids

Spring Break Fun in Allegan

439 River St Allegan, MI 49010

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.

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.


For Toddler, Preschool, Elementary, Tween, Middle School, High School Kids

Spring Break Fun in Kalamazoo

329 S Park St Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Spring Break Campers enjoy connecting with new friends while building acting, singing, and dancing skills. The week ends with a performance on stage in the Civic Auditorium. Early drop off/late pick options available. Financial Aid is available.

Preschool - 3rd Grade: Big Beautiful Planet
4th - 8th Grade: Rock Around the 50’s

Register online at KazooCivic.com/Education


For Preschool, Elementary, Tween, Middle School Kids

Spring Break Fun in Portage

6151 Portage Rd Portage, MI 49002

Come explore Michigan’s premiere aerospace and science center this spring break!

With more than 200,000 square-feet, this Smithsonian-affiliated center features hundreds of air and spacecraft, dozens of multi-sensory exhibits, hands-on learning stations, rides, theater, and active restoration center – there’s something for everyone to explore.

Young engineers will enjoy building structures and getting hands-on in the Kids Room. Make sure to visit both buildings to explore trainer cockpits, rocket launching, stealth aircraft and so much more.

Admission: Ages 4 and under FREE; Ages 5-18 $14.95; Adults $15.95; Seniors $12.95
- Discounts for Military, Fire & Police, and families receiving SNAP benefits -


For Toddler, Preschool, Elementary, Tween, Middle School, High School Kids

Spring Break Fun in Auburn Hills

4316 Baldwin Rd Auburn Hills, MI 48326

4240 Baldwin Rd Auburn HIlls, MI 48326

Discover land and sea this Spring Break at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium!

At LEGOLAND Discovery Center, you'll build memories as a family inside the ultimate indoor LEGO playground while enjoying 2 brick-tastic rides, ten play zones, 4D movies and more!

Then, dive into SEA LIFE and come face to fin with sharks, sea turtles and stingrays while exploring Michigan's ONLY underwater Ocean Tunnel and 10 themed exhibits!


For Babies, Toddler, Preschool, Elementary, Tween Kids

Spring Break Camps

Local spots are gearing up for some engaging and fun camps during spring break. Many offer extended childcare hours and financial assistance.

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

Air Zoo

6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Mar 29 – Mar 31, 2022
PRESCHOOL – 5TH GRADE

Explore science-based day camps at the Air Zoo, with each day featuring a different topic or theme. Wrap around care is also available.

Full Blast

35 Hamblin Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Mar 28 – Apr 1, 2022
AGES: 5 – 12 YEARS

Spring Break Blast Off Camp offers sports, games, park visits and field trips. Camp runs from 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

329 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Mar 28 – Apr 1, 2022
PRESCHOOL – 8TH GRADE

Campers will learn acting, singing and dancing at The Civic. Camp concludes with a performance on April 1.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Mar 28 – Apr 1, 2022
1ST – 5TH GRADE

Spend Spring Break with the KIA; sessions are offered in both half day and full day sessions for grades 1-5.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Mar 28 – Apr 1, 2022
PRESCHOOL – 5TH GRADE

Enjoy themed, age-appropriate stories, art, games, activities, journaling, observation, and hikes at KNC. Half day camps for ages 4-5; full day for grades 1-5.

Kzoo Parks

251 Mills St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Mar 28 – Apr 1, 2022
1ST – 7TH GRADE

Kalamazoo Parks invites kids in grades 1 -7 to a Spring Break Field Trip Fest with locations including Allegan Event, the Ford Rouge Plant and Klassic Arcade.

Soul Artistry LLC/Black Arts Cultural Center

359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 102, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Mar 28 – Mar 31, 2022
AGES: 7 -17

Soul Artistry LLC will facilitate a week-long vocal and performance training camp at the Black Arts & Cultural Center. Participants will take part in a finale performance showcase on April 1 at 6:00 PM during Art Hop.

Yoga Adventures for Kids

811 Gorham Ln, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Mar 28 – Mar 30, 2022
AGES: 3 – 10

Yoga Adventures for Kids is hosting a Yoga Camp Beach Party! Ages 3-5’s session is March 30; ages 5-10 takes place March 28 & 29. Camp runs from 9:00 AM – noon or 10:00 AM – noon (preschoolers) and includes yoga, crafts, music and snacks.

Spring Break Special Events & Open Play Times

Need a bit more flexibility in your schedule? Try these open play times and other special events:

Take Home Projects & Art Kits

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

3306 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
POTTERY KITS

Shop online to select your pottery kit to go from Art Bayou; curbside pickup is available.

Kalamazoo Pottery Painting
photo: Art Bayou

Colors & Cocktails

240 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
ART KITS

Find oodles of DIY art kits and art supplies at Colors & Cocktails. Kits include embroidery, string art, puzzles, painting and more.

Glass Art Kalamazoo

326 W Kalamazoo Ave #100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
FUSED GLASS KITS

Browse Glass Art’s “take-home classes” with fused glass including sun catchers and glass magnets. No experience is required!

Kalamazoo Candle Company

166 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
CANDLE KITS

Older kids (with supervision) will enjoy making candles at home with a DIY Candle Making Kit. For younger kids, we suggest dropping in to make sand candles at their shop.

photo: Kalamazoo Candle Company

Michaels

12765 Harper Village Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49014
6601 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
SENSORY KITS

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

The Salty Owl Studio

315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
ART KITS

The Salty Owl has a wide variety of creative kits, including cross stitch, soap making, felting and macrame.

Looking for a Mini Getaway? 10 Day Trip Ideas

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

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

Meijer Gardens Butterflies

2. See the new Pterosaurus exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

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

4. 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.

5. Play with animals at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing; they are open 364 days/year and very affordable. November through March, kids 3-12 years old are only $3 for admission (under 3 are free). Adults are $4 each.

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

7. Snuggle some farm animals at the Critter Barn in Holland. They are open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Girl at Petting Zoo Critter Barn

8. Explore Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing. Tip: Be sure to bring extra clothes in case your kiddos get wet playing in the water stations.

9. Head west and visit St. Joe: ride the carousel, visit the museums or explore the Sarrett Nature Center.

10. Visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. While in town, we always suggest a stop at the famous Zingerman’s Deli.

Ann Arbor Children's Museum