It’s Spring Break and There are Plenty of Things to Do Here at Home
Spring Break is here! Something everyone looks forward to, no school, hopefully, no work. But, wait, you’re not going anywhere. Some of your friends have gone on break to warmer climates, but not you, and you’re bored.
Not to worry because there is plenty to do here at home. You just have to look for it.
Here are a few ideas for you.
Kidz Fest 2012 returns to the Deltaplex. The Blast Factory, an indoor amusement park with locations in Belmont and Kentwood, holds a one-week only event in the Deltaplex that drew 15,000 to 20,0000 last year. The fourth Kidz Fest, April 3-7, will have more than 50 activities, a 40-foot Ferris Wheel, laser tag, rock climbing, and different live entertainment featured each day, including Animal Magic, Nickelodeon’s Michigan entertainer of the year, and Cirque Amongus, performing and leading acrobatic workshops for the kids, among other events.
The Deltaplex is located at 2500 Turner Ave. NW. Hours are 12 noon-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for an all day pass, $5 admission with no rides. Call 616-364-9000.
How about meeting the Easter Bunny at Woodland Mall?
“Storytime with the Easter Bunny” is at 2 p.m. weekdays now through April 6. Join the Easter Bunny and the staff from Barnes and Noble for a new, whimsical tale each weekday at the Easter Bunny’s springtime home near Macy’s. The Easter Bunny will be available for professional photos through April 7.
Visit the mall’s website or Facebook page for Easter Bunny hours and more information. Woodland Mall is at 3195 28th St. SE in Kentwood. Call 616-949-0012
I’m sure the kids would love a Ballet experience.
Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents “The Aquatic Adventures of Johnny Starfish and the Mermaids”
GRBC holds daily, 30-minute performances April 3-7 plus additional performances on the weekend — seven show in all — at its home at 341 Ellsworth SW. Pre-show activities before each performance. Tickets are $5. Call GRBC at 454-4771.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum has hands-on, art-making activities, featuring Puzzle Making in the Studio, for the whole family all week long, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 3-6, plus access to three exhibition by renowned American artist Robert Rauschenberg. The museum, which is closed Mondays, is at 101 Monroe Center downtown. Call 831-1000.
Everyone loves the Grand Rapids Public Museum. And, the public museum has “Martian Mania” activities, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., April 2-7 with space-themed activities that are free with general museum admission. Make a Martian mask, create an alien, try on moon shoes and watch a hovercraft at the museum at 272 Pearl St. NW.
Because it is spring break week, the museum has extended evening hours for “MARS Madness Nights,” open 5-9 p.m. March 30-April 7. Tickets include general admission plus admission to “Facing Mars” exhibition plus a spaghetti & meteorites dinner and a planetarium show. Tickets are $6.50 members, $12 non-members. Call the museum at 616-929-1700
How about everyone’s favorite, The John Ball Zoo?
“Zoobilee” is held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 2-6 at the zoo. Every day is different at “Zoobiliee,” but every day is packed with different things to do and see, including animal encounters, make-n-take projects, games, critter chats and more. During Spring Break, a second child is admitted free with paid adult and first child admission. The zoo is at 1300 W. Fulton St. Call 616-336-4300.
One of the areas gems is the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Right now, Meijer Gardens has butterflies and more butterflies. “Butterflies are Blooming” is in its 17th year of showing butterflies from all over the world in Meijer Garden’s Tropical Garden. More than 40 species are on display. Meanwhile, “Essence: The Horses of Deborah Butterfield” continues with a range of work by the celebrated artist. Meijer Gardens is located at 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE. Call 616-957-1580.
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, is an easy favorite with the little ones. They’re showing “Izzy’s World of Shapes,” and have performances lined up all week long including “Dilly” songs with Aaron Vande Wege, drumming with WaZoBia, music and movement with Kevin Kammeraad, performances by musical group ScribbleMonster, a sing along with the Porters and live dance with Laura Armenta. The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is at 22 Sheldon Ave. NE. Go online to the museum’s website for days and times. Call 616-235-4726.
The Holland Area Arts Council is holding “Spring Break ART Camp: Post Cards from the Edge (of Lake Michigan). Two camps, for ages 6-9 and 10-14 are being held April 2-5. Campers will “Go Postal” by creating their own postcards & stamps and learn a bit about calligraphy while designing a special stamp to submit to the U.S. Postal Service as well as tour the museum. The camp is 1-4 p.m. at the Holland Area Arts Council’s building, 150 E. 8th St. Registration is $64 for museum members, $80 for non members with discounts for siblings. Call 616-396-3278
So, still bored? Can’t find anything to do? You’re not looking.