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by Robin B 




This spring, fun is in full bloom with our exciting spring-break ideas and activities for your family. Maybe you are traveling, staying home or doing a little bit of both. We have a list of activities around Kalamazoo that will give you some ideas to fill your week. Check back often as we will be continuing to add ideas and events to this Spring Break Stay-cation Guide. Have fun!

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.

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1. Go to a local toy store and let your kids play their heart out. We love the train set-up at Barnes and Noble. Also, Barnes & Noble will have several story time events scheduled during spring break week; make sure to check out the schedule for dates and times.

2. Head over to the movie theatre. Flick’s Family Film Fest at Celebration! Cinema offers FREE family movies for kids 12-under and just $5.00 for adults. Over spring break you can catch Big Hero 6 and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Goodrich Quality Theaters in Kalamazoo is also offering FREE movies and you can check out How to Train your Dragon 2 on Saturday (April 11) and Sunday (April 12) in the morning.

3. Check out the Hands-On Happenings: Sportilicious! at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Visit the KVM Monday-Friday, April 6-10, from 1-4 pm for free arts and crafts, story time, and a chance to explore the Museum! From kite flying to puddle jumping, baseball, hockey, ballet, and pigs trained in martial arts, this week has something for everyone! 

4. Are you a Yo-Yo fan? If so, make sure to see Zeemo the Yo-Yo Man on Friday, April 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the KVM. Paul Kyprie will demonstrate a variety of yo-yos and spinning tops, a sure delight for kids of all ages.

5. The Portage Public Library offers a number of story-times throughout the week. On Monday April 6th there is a Puppet show with Kevin Kammeraad at 2:00 p.m.

6. Visit the Kalamazoo Public Library for a number of special events this week: Miss Lisa: Stories and Dance, Family story time, Spring fling crafts, LEGO at the library, Fizz Boom Read program, to name just a few.

7. Make plans to attend a two-part program about the history of dance at the Alma Powell Branch Library on April 7th and on April 10th from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The event is for ages 7-18 and attendees will see break-dancing and hip-hop and then on Friday watch the competition. Advance registration (free ticket) is required.

8. Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary will be visiting the Eastwood Branch of the KPL on April 9th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. with a live alligator show. FREE ticket required for event.

9. If the weather cooperates – go outside to explore. Take a bike or scooter ride along the path at Celery Flats/Portage Creek Trail.

10.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.

11. Visit the Park! See our Kalamazoo Park Guide for ideas of some of our favorite parks around the Kalamazoo area.

12. Build a project! Home Depot’s kids workshop will offer a FREE hands-on workshop on Saturday, April 4th starting at 9:00 a.m. The Lowes Build and Grow event will be held on Saturday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m. Your child will love learning about plants and watching them grow with a great ‘See it Grow’ kit.

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. On April 8 from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm, they will be having a Spring Beak Fun Day with unlimited rides (provided by Verticle Edge Entertainment) and arcade games for just $10. 

14. Feeling Crafty? Head over to Michaels on Saturday, April 11th as part of the Kids Club to make a craft for only $2.00 per child! A cute Lady bug clay pot.

15. Join BenJammin Educational Music with BenJammin & Analisa on April 4 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo for a fun time of educational music which includes teaching kids concepts such as health, hygiene, conflict resolution, and core subjects through interactive music.

16, Check out the monthly series, Art Detectives at the KIA on April 11 from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm. Children hear stories about art, go into the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts galleries to see and learn about the art on display, and do art in the Kirk Newman Art School. It’s all free!



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17. In the mood for some music? Check out The Erlkings and Groove Platter at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on Friday April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature a mix of pop, rock, and blues.

18. Haven’t had enough of the ice and cold? Head over to Wings West for public skate which occurs daily Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (children age 4 and under are FREE of admission)! Or check out the Wings West next Character Skate activity on April 12. Your kiddos can skate with Rapunzel. 

19. Stop by the Kalamazoo County Expo Center on April 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for the Spring Cleaning Model Railroad Swap Meet. Admission: Adults $3, Children 10 and under are free.

20. Take the kids out for Easter Sunday to the Character Breakfast at Burdick’s in the Radisson on Sunday, April 5th. This month’s theme is: Easter, a visit with the Easter Bunny!

21. Time for a visit to a roller skating rink? Check out Rollerworld for some of their open skate times or Long Lake Roller Rink for skating options.

22. Visit the Kalamazoo Nature Center during spring break for a different children’s activity each day! They will have a preschool program at 11:00 a.m. and a program for families at 2:00 p.m.

23. 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. They will be having extended hours for the week including:

  • Friday April 3: 10 am-10 pm
  • Saturday April 4 10 am-10 pm
  • Closed Sunday April 5 for Easter
  • Monday-Thursday April 6-9 10 am-9 pm
  • Friday April 10: 10 pm-10 pm
  • Saturday April 11th 10 am-10 pm
  • Sunday April 12 12 pm-6 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!

25. Head downtown Kalamazoo on April 10th and visit Art Hop for a family-fun evening of art exhibits and events.

26. Tackle an art project at Art Bayou. They will be open regular hours during the week and offering pottery painting with no appointment necessary.

27. Head over to Airway Lanes for some bowling and game room fun – laser tag and bumper cars to name a few! Be sure to check out the specials online for the month of April. On April 6, they will be having their Teen Night from 8:30 pm – 11:30 for teens 12-17.

28. Visit the Gilmore Car Museum . They open for the summer season the 1st of April! There’s a lot to see and do at the Gilmore Car Museum, including over 100 children’s pedal cars, the only movie set to ever be displayed outside of Walt Disney Studios, Henry Ford’s famous Model T, a fully-functioning 1940s Diner where sweet treats are served, and more!

29. Check out one of the great Spring Break Camps in our area. Between camps at the KIA, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo Civic, and more, there are so many fun options to choose from to keep your kiddos busy and learning the whole week.

30. Did you know that Celebration Cinema now offers Sensory Showtimes? Check out the movie HOME at Celebration Cinema on April 4 at 10:30.

31. Spring Break at the Radisson! Looking to stay local? Day Passes $10.00 Per Child. (Limited day passes available each day). Please Contact Denise Grosser-Welch at 269-226-3115 for your day pass. Radisson Overnight Package Rate is $199.00. Each day is different, so pick the day that best fits your family! Every package will include a goody bag and a $50.00 gift card to be used anywhere in the hotel.


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Just a short drive away

32. Go for a Sunday Drive any day of the week. We love the onehour drives that we can take and be to a new cool town-Saugatuck, South Haven, or St. Joseph.

33. Go visit the zoo! John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids is a great way to spend the day. They plan to host extra animal activities and demonstrations along with games and crafts for kids during the spring break week.

34. Check out a nearby indoor water park. Double JJ Ranch, Soaring Eagle Waterpark, and Surfari Joe’s are all within a good driving distance from Kalamazoo. WMU’s Gabel Natatorium offers open swim on the weekends.

35. Located on the grounds of Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, Kingman Museum is a short drive and open to the public on the weekends from noon-4:00 p.m. Also, check with the Kingman Museum for their special spring break hours. 

36. Head up to the state capitol for a visit to Impressions 5 Science Center in Lansing. This hands-on learning environment offers wonderful opportunities for science exploration in a fun setting! Make sure to check out their new, jaw-dropping exhibit Chew on This!

37. Check out the Frederik Meijer Garden Butterflies are Blooming exhibition in Grand Rapids. Nothing says Spring like seeing the butterflies in full bloom. The Garden’s will host a variety of children activities each day during the exhibition.

38. Take a tour of the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery. Learn about a variety of fish species, their life cycles and habitats and how the DNR works to protect and conserve Michigan’s lakes, rivers and streams.

39. Check out the Spring Break activities at Historic Charlton Park in Hastings relating to fossils and rocks in general. They’ll be making our own fossils, playing with “fossil dough”, making imprints, polishing rocks, and much more!


Have a great Spring Break! Hope your kids have a great vacation!








By | 2015-03-24T06:02:53+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published|Comments Off on Spring Break Staycation Guide For Kalamazoo Area Families – 2015

About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.