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By: NATALIE TOPALIAN
TISBITS
Apr 5, 2016

Spring Break 2016: Grand Rapids Style

Photo Credit: Frederik Meijer Gardens

Spring Break is more than just a week free of school; it's the first taste of a 3-month summer vacation for the kiddos. Or maybe this is only the case if you actually go somewhere during the week off... Unfortunately, we're back in freezing temps this week, and we're not excited about it. If you find yourself stuck in Grand Rapids this spring break, don't let the April (snow) showers get you down in the dumps. You can still make this spring break a hit with a few staycation ideas to help make this week something special. Check out some of our spring break-favorites below!

Kid-Friendly Activities

Roller skating

Roller skating or roller blading is a fun way for you and the kids to stay active while keeping warm inside! Tarry Hall Roller Rink is offering $5 admission from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm through April 8 with free roller skates, or $2 extra for roller blades.

Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens

The annual Fred & Dorothy Fitcher butterfly exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens is up and running, including 50 different species of butterflies and over 7,000 tropical beauties fluttering around the bungalow. This is both an interactive and educational activity for you and the kids to enjoy.

Hike a local trail or park

Weather permitting, spending time outdoors will reconnect you with nature and get you even more excited for spring. PJ Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven, and Pickerel Lake in Cannonsburg are just a few of our favorites.

Where The Wild Things Are Exhibit at GRAM

This new exhibit at the GRAM celebrates Maurice Sendak and the fiftieth anniversary of his most famous book Where The Wild Things Are, including original drawings, prints, and posters on display.

Take a day trip (or two)

Day trips are a quick, fun escape from the norm and are totally feasible for locations 2-3 hours away, like Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Traverse City.

Not-so-kid-friendly Activities (because adults deserve a break too!)

Movies at the UICA

This week's showings at the UICA include Embrace of the Serpent, Requiem for the American Dream, Creative Control, and more. Full schedule can be found here.

Art. Downtown.

Art. Downtown. showcases local artists of various mediums from 12 pm - 9 pm this Saturday, April 9.

Wine & Cheese Tasting

Looking to unwind with a little wine and cheese? Hit up local spots Aperitivo, Grove, and Reserve for tastings to die for.

"Staycation" at a local B&B

You don't have to go far to escape reality. The Lafayette House, The Leonard at Logan House Bed and Breakfast, and Peaches Bed and Breakfast are some of the most well-known B&B's in the area, but we also recommend checking the listings on Airbnb!

Whether you're spending this week on the beach, at your favorite theme park, or keeping busy in West Michigan, enjoy the time off!

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