by Jill Piwko
Did you know that our KZOOkids EVENT CALENDAR is loaded with great activities? There are so many, in fact, that it takes a bit of time to sort through them. If you’re in a hurry and want to put together a great Spring Break Stay-cation line up, you’re going to love this Day by Day Planner!
Here To Help You Plan Your Spring Break
Monday, April 7:
- Kalamazoo Valley Museum is offering their Hands-On Happenings: Down on the Farm. These events are FREE and offers a different hands on activity each day. Activities run from 1-4 pm. Also, check out the SpacePark 360 show in the planetarium or the Voyage to Mars Mini Mission while you are there.
- Flick’s Family Film Fest. Check out the Featuring FREE family movies for kids 12-under and just $4.00 for adults. For the first full week of April, Frozen is the movie feature.
- High Flying Fun With The Air Zoo at the KPL. Learn about the wonders of flight with the Air Zoo. Make your own kite and discover the forces that make flight possible! Free Ticket Required.
Tuesday, April 8
- Air Zoo Spring Break Camp. The Air Zoo is offering their Super Splatter Science! Camp on April 8 and the Motion Madness! Camp on April 10. These camps are always super fun and are very educational. Make sure to RSVP in advance!
- Kalamazoo Library – Eastwood Branch from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm presents “Sustaining Chemistry: Going Green Through Science,” with Chemical Kim. This is a science show for kids ages 6 and up.
- Rollerwold has a number of open skates during Spring Break. On Tuesday, they have four open skate times starting at 11:00 am and ending at 8 pm. Check their website for hours and pricing.
Wednesday, April 9
- Kids Play ETC is hosting a Drop-N-Play. They will entertain your little ones while you run a few errands, go to appointments, lunch, etc. Your little ones will run, tumble, slide, pretend play, build, play games and have a fun time.
- Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West is offering packages starting at $119 for those who want to get away, but not go too far. On April 9th, the KWings Slappy will be there as a guest from 5-7pm. Other special activities include: Design your own popcorn bag and perk up your own festive delicious popcorn (4-6pm), crafts and games (10am-Noon), reward money to your school of choice of $10.00 (Hotel will send a check), a grab a surprise lunch box at check in, and a pool side movie from 7:30-9:30 pm. Sounds fun! Check out their other daily activities, too.
Thursday, April 10
- Kalamazoo Nature Center Spring Break Camps. Check out the Brain Bug or Creepy & Crawley camps on Thursday for a good time at the Nature Center. Each camp is different based on the age group. Search high and low for insects and their cousins, visit with a cockroach and a tarantula and live the bug’s life!
- John Ball Park in Grand Rapids from 10 am – 4 pm. Worth the drive and they will even have animal demos, crafts, special activities and more during Spring Break week. Just $5 for entrance and the kiddos 3-13 years old are just $4.
- Butterflies are Blooming at the Fredrik Meijer Garden. If you head to Grand Rapids for the day, check out the more than 6,000 butterflies in this exhibition. Think Spring! Tip, if you go, try to head there early as it can get a little crowded later in the day.
Friday, April 11
- Kalamazoo Public Library, Central branch is offering at 2 pm “Didge-ucation”. Create Your Own Didgeridoo. Learn about Australian aboriginal history, art and culture, then create your own Didgeridoo! Free Ticket Require. Pick up FREE ticket at host location starting one week before event; one ticket per person.
- Richland Public Library Teen Poetry Cafe – Create Blackout Poetry! April is National Poetry month and kids in 6th grade through 12 grade are welcome to create Blackout Poetry, enjoy cafe refreshments and view the film “The Dead Poets Society”. Call to library to register.
- Cooking Class: Dress Your Salad-This is one for the teens and pre-teens (12-18 years old) and their parents. Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals. You’ll come away with great new recipes to make for friends and family!
Saturday, April 12
- Crybaby Concert-Songs & Smiles with a cappella group Notified presented by the Fontana Chamber Arts. They are performing at 11 am in the Epic Theater downtown Kalamazoo and its FREE.
- 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.
- Marble Run Mania at the KPL. Marbles on a Roll! Put your STEAM skills to the test by creating a marble run. Watch as the marbles ricochet, deflect, rock and roll! Registration Required. This activity is for ages 6-11.
- Kalamazoo Winters Farmers’ Market from 8:00 am to 1 pm. Many of the same vendors are at the Kalamazoo Winters Farmers’ Market as the Summer Bank Street Farmers’ Market. Stop by and pick up your favorite goodies!
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.