Just because you're sticking around for spring break doesn't mean you can't have any fun. West Michigan is full of exciting (and educational) activities for families. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
A Full Week of Play
Make the Grand Rapids Children's Museum your spring break destination. In addition to a full week of special performances and drop-in programming, the Amazing Dinosaurs exhibit is now open. Your kids can put their archaeological skills to the test while digging for fossils, exploring habitats and maybe even coming face-to-face with a baby dino.
If your kids love the kitchen, let them learn a thing or two! Grand Rapids' Downtown Market is hosting two spring break classes for kids: Break Globetrotters escorts kids around the globe as they make foods including Jamaican jerk chicken skewers, Asian egg rolls, Norwegian elk sliders and Madagascan marshmallows on the braai; Spring Break Roadtrippers sticks to the States with Memphis barbecue, Chicago-style hot dogs, Southwest veggie quesadillas and Florida orange sorbet. Classes run April 4 through 6, 2017. Cost is $50 per kid.
Help a Bird Out
Head to the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta for an outdoor education experience. On April 1, Build-a-Box NestWatch Workshop allows families to make—and take home—a nestbox for West Michigan birds; celebrate W.K. Kellogg's birthday on April 2 with free admission to the sanctuary at the 90 Years of Sustaining the Vision Open House; get to know the sanctuary's ambassador raptors while participating in fun, family-oriented activities at Birds of Prey Live on April 9. While there, make sure you take time to enjoy the trails in springtime weather.
Take to the Trees
Climb, swing, balance and soar at Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park. Challenge yourself at Michigan's newest adventure park, or enjoy a relaxing climb or zip through the trees. Families can climb together in this fun experience—working together to complete courses. Nervous? No need! The park provide top-of-the-line climbing gear and training upon arrival.
99 Red Balloons
What kid doesn't love balloons? Amaze them with Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art, a balloon-themed exhibit exploring the imaginative ways artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture. The exhibit is on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art through April 23.
Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Don't break the bank/stick around Michigan.