by Jill P
Kalamazoo parents-Are you gearing up for Spring Break week? It is around the corner. Maybe you are traveling, staying home or 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.
Free or Super Cheap
- Go to a local toy store and let your kids play their heart out. We love the train set-up at Barnes and Noble.
- Check out the Featuring FREE family movies for kids 12-under and just $4.00 for adults, Flick’s Family Film Fest at Celebration! Cinema. For the first full week of April, Frozen is the movie feature.
- Check out the Hands-On Happenings: Down on the Farm at the Kalmazoo Valley Museum. These events are Free and offers a different hands on activity each day.
- Go to the library. Kalamazoo Public Library has a number of special events going on during the week: Air Zoo Fun, Chemical Kim Green Science, Binder Park Zoomobile, and Didge-uccation. The Portage Public Library will have a number of crafts available the entire week or check out their Spring Reading Program.
- Go have a play date at McDonald’s with a friend. Tight on cash, just have ice cream cones they are a buck!
- Go feed the ducks at Milham Park. My son LOVED this when he was little!
- On April 12, join the Kalamazoo Institute for Arts for storytelling by Ruth Heinig and her puppet Peggy Sue. This program is geared to children ages 4 – 8 years old. Come in while Mom, Dad or older siblings are in class, or just for the fun of it.
- Go 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.
- Go to the park for free entertainment. See our Kalamazoo Park Guide for ideas of some of our favorite parks around Kalamazoo.
- See if your church is offering any activities during this week.
- Go to Home Depot’s Build and Grow. This month’s project is Build a Birdbath/Birdfeeder from the new FOX film, “Rio 2”, in theaters April 11.
Something New To Do
- For the older kids (12-18) and their parent, take a cooking class at the People’s Food Co-Op: Cooking Class: Dress Your Salad. Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals with Sara Kozminske.
- Feeling crafty? Check out the Spring Arts and Crafts Show at Wings Stadium for a huge array of arts and crafts.
- Stop by the Expo Center for the Spring Cleaning Model Railroad Swap Meet. Admission: Adults $3, Children 10 and under are free.
- Take the kids out to the Character Breakfast at Burdick’s in the Radisson on April 5 from 9:30 am-11:30 am. This month’s theme is: Star Wars. How fun!
- Have you gone rollerskating with your kiddos yet? Check out Rollerworld for some of their open skate times.
- Kick off Spring Break with a visit to the Art Hop in Downtown Kalamazoo.
- Works of whimsy! Kids, create an original painting on canvas at Michael’s. Join them on Saturday, April 5th, for our Whimsical Works of Art Event.
- Art Bayou is having Princess/Prince Day, April 7th. If you wear a crown, tiara, sash or other obviously REGAL outfit (princess or prom dress, wedding dress, suit, tux etc.) you will receive 20% off your selected piece of pottery that you paint today. Not valid on pottery to go or WIP. Let the celebration begin! Open Noon until at least 6:00.
Spring Break Camps and Other Specials
- Attend a Crybaby Concert-Songs & Smiles with a cappella group Notified. They are performing on April 12 and its FREE.
- Kids Play ETC is hosting a Drop-N-Play on April 9. They will entertain your little ones while you run a few errands, go to appointments, lunch, etc. Who doesn’t need a few hours break from the kiddos?
- Check out Spring Break Camp at the KNC where each day campers will explore the Nature Center with theme-related and age-appropriate stories, art, games, activities, journaling/observation time, and hikes.
- Air Zoo + Spring Break Camp=Fun. The Air Zoo is offering two camps-Super Splatter Science! and Motion Madness! These camps are always super fun and are very educational.
- More Spring Break camp fun can be found at the KIA Spring Break Camp or the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. What a great opportunity for the kiddos to learn something new!
- Check out Lunch & Gym for kids ages 6 and older at Kids Gym in Portage to be held Friday, April 4th. Pre-registration is required.
- Your kiddos will love the outdoor camps at the Spring Break Camp at the Sherman Lake YMCA. Check out their day camp options during Spring Break.
Worth The Short Drive
- Go for a Sunday Drive any day of the week. We love the one hour drives that we can take and be to a new cool town-Saugatuck, South Haven, St. Joseph, and Lansing are all just an hour or so away.
- Go visit the zoo! John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids is a great way to spend the day. Worth the drive and they will even have animal demos, crafts, special activities and more during Spring Break week.
- Go to a local indoor water park-Double JJ Ranch, Soaring Eagle Waterpark, and Sarfari Joe’s are all within a good driving distance from Kalamazoo. Or check out the Open Swim time at Lawson arena for some swim time.
- Go camping. Front yard, back yard, in the living room, or make it a weekend trip in another town.
- Check out the Frederik Meijer Garden Butterflies are Blooming exhibition in Grand Rapids. Nothing says Spring like seeing the butterflies in full bloom.
- Go fishing or go on 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.
Stay tuned for our Day by Day Spring Break Planner coming out next week!
What fun things will your family be doing on their Stay-cation here is Kalamazoo? If you have other ideas, please share them in the comment section below.