Just updated: We just updated our 2017 Spring Break Staycation Ideas. Here you’ll find more than 40 ideas for Spring Break fun! Who needs to head to warmer climates when there is so much happening right here in and around Kalamazoo, MI.
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.
The below information is from 2014. Please see link above for our current listing of Spring Break activities and events.
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.
- Attend a Crybaby Concert-Songs & Smiles with a cappella group Notified. They are performing on April 12 and its FREE.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Airway Lanes is having a TEEN Night Special on Tuesday April 8 from 8:30 PM – 11:30 pm. Cost is $15 per person and includes unlimited bowling, bumper cars, balladium, time freak, laser tag, & laser maze. DJ & Dancing. Appropriate for ages 12-17. Also, check out their basket of fun special for the month of April.
- The Gilmore Car Museum is offering a Spring Break Special! Two adults and an unlimited number of children (under 17) are invited to visit the Museum Monday, April 7th – Friday, April 11th for just $46.00! 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!
Spring Break Camps and Other Specials
- 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 and Wednesday, April 9 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. 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.
- Kalamazoo Park and Recreation Department is having Spring Break Mini Camp – April 7-10. Exciting field trips planned for everyday. Bring a sack lunch. Drop off 9 a.m. pick up 5:15 p.m. Call 269-337-8191 to register. et your child’s name on the list and they will get to enjoy field trips to Rollerworld, Continental Lanes, the Fish Hatchery and more!
- Drop In Sports Camp available at the Kalamazoo YMCA from 8 am-noon Monday-Friday. Drop your child off and pick them up at anytime during camp. Participants will engage in a variety of sports, games, and outdoor activities. Who doesn’t love the flexibility of the drop offs?
- Are you in Battle Creek and looking for a fun camp. Check out the Kingman Museum’s Spring Break Camp. The daily activities look like a ton of fun!
- Kingdom Sports Spring Break Drop-In Schedule: Monday, April 7 > 12:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday, April 8 > 12:00pm-4:00pm,Thursday, April 9 > 12:00pm-4:00pm .$5/person. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
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.